1. Robert S. says:


    Give me a call anytime. 256-345-9088. Would love to speak with you! Robert

  2. Matt says:

    Hey Robert…I’m not sure if you would remember me…but I was at DGW back in 2011…I was 13 and I was so scared and made a bad decision..your advice to me was to just think things through…I’d love to hear from you I’m 18 now and going through a lot again in my life…my parents are getting a divorce I’ve been rejected a lot here lately as well and I’m just struggling with my parents divorce as well…the past two years have been the worse for me and I find it hard to find people to talk to and I just don’t know what to do…I just thou that maybe you could help….thank you so much…

  3. Hannah S. says:


    I just wanted to say that you are doing an amazing thing. Your work is powerful and incredibly important. I admire you so much and am grateful that you are doing this. As a once suicidal teenager, now creative nonfiction MFA applicant – I can’t tell you enough how much this would have helped me and how much I know you are helping. I did cry when I read the brevity article and then clicked the link to your site, actually tears are still streaming down my face now as I write this. You are making the world a better place and I can’t express enough how happy I am to know that this is happening. Thank you.


  4. Robert S. says:

    Thank you 08cm!

  5. 08cm says:

    This project is truly a Blessing.

  6. Robert S. says:


    I can’t tell you how much this means to me. I cried reading this. Thank you for reaching out and telling me. It made my week. I will always cherish this post!
    So good to know that you are doing great! Keep it up!


  7. Brittany says:

    Hey Robert, I doubt you will remember me. I was an adolescent in your class back in 2008. I have done a lot of growing since then. I have a 3 year old little girl and happily married. The other night i was going through my closet and I came across my old DGW journal and some of the stories that were published while I was there. I just wanted to let you know that being in your class put an ENORMOUS impact on my life. I discovered so many things about myself. There is no way i could possibly tell you how much I enjoyed your class! People have role models and someone they look up to, and I have never been that type of person but when i left DGW I was a different person, and you are the person I look up too. You are my role model, because you helped me find that girl inside of myself that wanted to live and over come her fears!!! I think what you do for all of your students is amazing, and although we dont show it on the outside all the time, you help us bring out that better person!!! Thank you so much for everything you have done. Love always and you will always be my role model!!!


  8. Becca says:

    Hey Robert! How is everyone doing? I really miss all of y’all! I was gonna come up their and visit you guys again… 3 times… </3 I wouldn't let them take me thought. I see myself coming back in the next few months… So i just might get to write some more stories for you again! I hope everything is good on your end! Can I have your email please? Thanks! 🙂

  9. Becca says:

    Okay yay! thank you!! Also, you will be glad to know that im doing 1000 times better, family life is great now 🙂 I am on NO MEDICATION!!! crazy right? i would never even think about being that happy and needing no meds!! I am taking a creating writing class in school also 🙂 i have a 96 in their!! haha. You changed my life by introducing me to writing and I think you for that!! I hope and know you will change many more lives. Thanks for everything. ( waiting for them to be uploaded haha! ) write soon!

  10. Robert S. says:

    Hey Becca,

    Glad to hear you are doing well. Loved having you in the class. I’ll try and post those issues soon. I’ll look for one of your stories and post it as well.
    Take care,
    Mr. Robert

  11. becca says:

    hey Robert uts Becca i was here in September-October. I worte lots of stories in your class 🙂 I hope you remember me still 🙂 i just wanted to say hey and ask you if you would post issue 177 and 178 because im in them lol 😛 so please respond, i will be waiting for your reply 🙂

  12. becca says:

    hey mr robert its becca .. Remeber me? im still writing… every single day.. it helps me alot. i never knew that entill i came to Decatur General… i kinda miss u guys haha 😮 ik yall miss me! lol imk doing alright, Will u post issue 174 and 175 on here please? ill be waiting for your relpy 🙂

  13. Rob Lavender says:

    Cera, I got it. I loved it!!

    I mailed you a copy of the book. Did you get it? I still have the artwork as well. I can mail it to you. Let me know if you didn’t get a book. Maybe I didn’t have the right address. Send it to me in an email.


  14. Cera says:

    Mr. Robert, it’s Cera. I was just wondering if you got the Halloween issue cover I left with our group therapist. I’m doing better now that I’m out. I’m staying creepy. Let me know, please. And if you did get it, could you send me a copy?


  15. George says:

    i deffinitely will do that thanks.

  16. Robert S. says:

    Great to hear from you! We are putting the finishing touches on the book. We decided to go hardback once again. You’re gonna love it! It’s looking great. I’ll get it to you by the end of next week.


  17. Vincent says:

    Hey, Mr. Robert
    im so glad that im out anyway i was wondering when your publishing 132 because im eager to see how it turns out, do you know im grateful for you teaching me how to express my self in a non violent way through writing.

  18. Robert S. says:

    Hey, George,

    Glad to hear you are still writing! Go to the past issues tab at the top of the website and open some of these past issues. More pictures are inside each issue.

    Stay in touch!

  19. George S. says:

    hey mr. robert. its me george. i wanted to say thank you for showing me how useful of a tool writing really is. im still writing poems. but at the rate that im writing im going to run out of ideas. can you post a few pictures for me to write about. i would really appreciate it.

  20. Robert S. says:

    Thanks so much for the kind words! Loved having you in class. Your last story had some great movement and pacing. Great job! Stay at it and stay in touch!

    I believe in you!

  21. Jeffrey says:

    Hey, Mr. Robert!
    I just want to thank you for showing me the fun in writing. Before I came to your class I absolutely hated writing. I see how much fun it is now. Thanks for being patient with me. By the way don’t forget to send me a copy of issue # 132 when you get a chance. Your one of the best teachers I have EVER had and I really appreciate it.
    Thanks for everything,

  22. Robert S. says:


    So great to hear from you! We miss you as well! Thanks for the kind words! I always love to hear from my former students! Keep writing!

    All the best,

  23. Brooke Swann says:

    hey! i hope you remember me, its been a while. i really appreciate what you did for me and they kids at DGW. i got the comic book about a month ago, thankyou for sending it to me!! i hope your doing good tho!

  24. Robert S. says:

    Miss you, too. Hope you’re doing well!

  25. javaughn allison says:

    mr. robert!! omg i miss u guys

  26. Aspiring Bridge Inspector says:

    I’m doing well! It’s great to hear from you too.. almost makes me want to go back to D.G.W….. but not quite 😀 Miss the book parties and story writing lots though.

  27. Robert S. says:

    Alex!! How are you? So great to hear from you!! Hope you’re doing well. Love the bridge inspector thing. Funny!

  28. Aspiring Bridge Inspector says:

    ^follow-up to my previous comment: I didn’t introduce myself, unlike everyone else above. Oops! I’m Alex, the goofy guy who wrote wild, wacky stories that most people can never understand.

  29. Aspiring Bridge Inspector says:

    It’s great to see these books continuing to be published. Hats off to everyone who helped make this idea a reality. Keep up the good work, Mr. L! 🙂 thumbs up! xD

  30. Robert S. says:

    will do! Take care.
    Keep writing!

  31. spyda45 says:

    Hey, Rob can you email me when the next issue hits the web. I’m always eager to find out what new expressive artwork has come out of D.G. West. Thanks.

    Ethan D

  32. Ethan " Spyda" Duncan says:

    What’s happenin Rob. I told you I be checkin in. Pray hard bro. Stuff starting to hit the fan and I’m getting pushed back to square one. I’m really tryin to stay cool, but between my mom and my girl it ain’t easy. I think of how my actions will affect them, but i’m not getting the same respect ya know. I mean i got enough on my plate already without having to stomach their bull. I’m really trying to keep this thing together, but it’s gettin harder every minute. I need some kinda relief.

  33. krisreisz says:

    Great to hear from you. Congratulations! Hope things go well with you. You’re a special person. Keep your head up!! Robert

  34. Brittany Sandusky says:

    Hey. Remember me…your favorite adolescent. I always helped you with the books we put together while i was there, well things are doing a whole lot better now. Im having a baby…yeah I know what a surprise huh. Well i just wanted to say hey.

  35. krisreisz says:

    What’s up dog? I remember you. How could I forget you? Good to hear from you! Hope you’re doing well. Stay in touch!


  36. wats up teach its jd u know the tall curly head student u had a couple months back i made jokes in ur class all the time wrote(dog town penn) by the way dint see it but thanks ur class was cool like wat ur doing

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