Why the Indiana Prison Writers Workshop is needed

The mission of Indiana Prison Writers Workshop (IPWW) is to change lives through education, writing and creative expression.

IPWW uses creative writing as a catalyst for personal transformation. These men and women, living in the criminal justice system, improve their critical thinking and problem-solving through writing.

While other programs focus on the GED certificate, IPWW helps develop a person to better communicate with family, employers, colleagues and future employers.

The men and women learn how to craft a cover letter and resume, and we provide frequent grammar and spelling tests and measure progress.

Here’s what we have found: through writing, decision-making improves as well as their self-confidence to tackle all aspects of life.