Why Indiana Prison Writers Workshop is needed

Indiana Prison Writers Workshop (IPWW) was founded in September 2018 by Debra Des Vignes who taught a single creative writing class to ten men at Plainfield Correctional Facility. Since then, IPWW has grown into an organization with a team of eleven who use a single curriculum to lead writing workshops inside three Indiana state prisons.

Our creative writing workshop offers an outlet for justice-involved individuals to write and express. The Workshop also reaches those who have experienced violence in their homes and communities to engage in self-reflective writing. Participants find confidence and courage to write from their hearts. The voiceless become empowered and, together, we find hope and healing through written words. We don’t wait for feelings and problems to fester – we write about them. Support is offered for alumni once released from prison including publishing opportunities in online journals and in print. 

Improve the lives of those incarcerated through creative writing and expression

Formerly incarcerated individuals and those affected by crime can strengthen their communities as law-abiding citizens


“Eternal gratitude and appreciation for your time and passion. You are an incredible teacher and facilitator and made everyone feel welcomed, valued, and heard. We cannot wait to collaborate and learn more from one another again.” – Brittany Morton, Academic Program Coordinator, Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, CA

“My son is currently incarcerated. I wish he would have had an opportunity to participate in a program like this.” – Family member of an ex-offender


Contact us:
Indiana Prison Writers Workshop, P. O. Box 44623 Indianapolis, IN 46244