Testimonials

“The creative writing workshop provided me with hope. Those who maintain just an inkling of hope in their soul can move mountains, even if the mountain is resting on top of them. You may come out from that mountain broken, but you’ll be alive, but without hope, that mountain will grind you to powder.”
– Student, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

“This class has not only helped me become a better writer, but has also helped me combat the symptoms of my depression and has given me strength to open up and be more expressive.”
– Student, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

“You never let me get away with any of my self doubts. You always knew the right words and the right timing to get me to dig deeper within myself and let those thoughts out.”
– Student, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

“”Hands down I’m a better writer because of the vibe and attentiveness and honesty of this class. Thank you for everything, Professor! Your passion has changed my whole life.”
– Student, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

“I feel this creative writing class unleashed a lot of thoughts that were built up inside of me.”
– Student, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

“Built up anger, avoidance of emotions, silence of my voice from fear of judgment/exposure. This workshop allows me to be vulnerable, to empty my gut, relax my mind and free my soul: happiness, sadness, freedom—that’s the value of creative writing to me.”
– Student, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

“Your class will be something we’ll remember forever. It has helped in my quest for personal redemption and growth.”
– Student, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

“I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge how much you’ve educated, challenged and encouraged me. And I’m glad that I signed up for all the non-measurable intangibles.”
– Student, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

“Thanks to the Indiana Prison Writers Workshop I’m working on my first novel. I don’t know if or when I would have started if it hadn’t been for this class.”
– Student, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

“Indiana Prison Writers Workshop gave me peace of mind. I have now come to the end of my term in prison and I am so glad that I was able to be part of this program. It motivated me to try new forms of writing. I have no doubt that anyone who takes this workshop will become more articulate, sharp and influential through their writing.”
– Student, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

“I’ve been wanting to pursue a career in writing. When the creative writing workshop was made available to us I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t miss. The instructor opened my eyes to new ways of being descriptive in writing which is essential in my area of talent. She not only challenged us but also led us to expand our vocabulary.”
– Student, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

“I was excited to attend the creative writing class each Sunday, and as a result I can express myself now and no longer hold it in. I have learned a lot from this class. For instance, I never knew writing could reveal so much about myself. Thank you for helping me get rid of the pain I held inside.”
– Student, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

“The things that matter most in life cannot always be counted and measured and the things that can be counted don’t always matter that much. So, on that first Sunday on October 22, 2017, I told myself that if I get anything out of this class it will lead me to write a short story, and I did. I can’t even front – I had no idea what I was walking into but I gained so much. And now I am writing a novel.”
– Student, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

“There was this little question that Miss Debra asked – that had some big answers. What makes a good story? She brought us together with a profound and elemental truth about good storytelling that galvanized the 5 senses that are simple, true, and relatable. And in that very moment I was sold. This makeshift classroom brings a little piece of home my way each week.”
– Student, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

“If you were a bird…those five words had me gone before I even heard all the details of the writing prompt. Never disregard the seemingly insignificant. Through the Indiana Prison Writers Workshop, we were immediately given permission to see ourselves as majestic creatures that come and go as we please, fly free, and feel the wind beneath our wings.”
– Student, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop

….”And I’m not even sure if she knew that the question was bigger than getting a glimpse of our personalities – being introverts or extroverts – when she asked us if we’d fly with a flock or branch off on our own. Because to me she was saying, “Go ahead caged bird and sing your little heart out!” How else could I explain the kind of freedom I felt in that little writing exercise?”
– Student, Indiana Prison Writers Workshop