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Why Indiana Prison Writers Workshop is needed

Our creative writing workshops offer an outlet for those incarcerated inside the state’s correctional facilities 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
The mission of Indiana Prison Writers Workshop is to improve the lives of those incarcerated through writing and expression. Our 12-week curriculum explores the craft of writing, including fiction and non-fiction classes, poetry, rhetoric, and play writing. Each week we provide a sacred space where students can write and feel free to share.

Our Vision
To expand our creative writing program in 10 Indiana correctional facilities by 2021 and to support those incarcerated in their journey in and out of prison through writing and expression in order to increase confidence, reduce recidivism and strengthen families.

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

Studies/Data 
Learn how art programs, like ours, help change behaviors and attitudes.
Article: Justice Policy Journal: The Impact of Prison Arts Programs on Inmate Attitudes and Behavior: A Quantitative Evaluation

Learn more about employment challenges offenders face after prison.
Article: Urban Institute by Justice Policy Center: Employment after prison.