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Why Indiana Prison Writers Workshop is needed

Our creative writing workshops empower those incarcerated to change behaviors as they engage in self-reflective, therapeutic writing. By using writing as a tool, offenders find the confidence to write from their hearts. The voiceless become empowered and, together, we find hope and healing through words. We don’t wait for feelings 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 short stories and poetry.  Each week we provide a sacred place where students can write and feel free to share.

Our Vision
To expand our creative writing program in all 21 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.

Our Partners
Indiana Prison Writers Workshop is a community of writers supported by a wider network of people just like you. Together with local partners, we set and reach goals that make Indiana and the world – a better place. We’ve aligned our efforts and partnerships strategically – from writing centers and human services agencies to the Indiana Department of Correction – around measurable goals that do the most good.

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