About the founder

Debra Des Vignes is the founder of Indiana Prison Writers Workshop, whose mission is to improve the lives of those currently and previously incarcerated through writing and expression. She worked in Television News as a journalist getting her start at ABC-7 in Los Angeles, California, before traveling across the country working at various TV stations covering crime. She has served in various leadership communications roles for nonprofit organizations across the country and her story pitches have garnered national media attention in U.S. World & News Report, CNN, Miami Herald, The Washington Times, and more. Debra received a degree in political science from California State University Northridge.

She has been published in Reflections: A Journal of Community Engaged and Writing Rhetoric and Spirit and Place Festival blog.