Why Indiana Prison Writers Workshop is needed

Our creative writing workshops offer an outlet for those incarcerated inside two of the state’s correctional facilities as well as for those previously incarcerated managing on the outside to engage in self-reflective, intellectual, and therapeutic writing. By using writing as a tool, offenders find the 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.  

Our Mission
To improve the lives of those currently and previously incarcerated through writing and expression.

Our Vision
A dynamic where men and women who are tangled up in the Indiana criminal justice system are better prepared to rejoin society in order that they are more capable of contributing to a stronger Indiana community and less likely to re-enter the prison system.

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

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

Learn more about the writing topics we explore on the Programs Page.