Sols Write House

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Writers Workshop extends the state’s vibrant literary community to correctional facilities and communities impacted by violence in a 4 week Books Behind Bars Initiative designed to offers offenders and those who have experienced violence in their communities, a foundation in creative writing through the use of weekly writing prompts and includes exposure to fiction and non-fiction, poetry and playwriting.

 Each week we provide a sacred space where students can write and feel free to share.about race, poverty, social integration, the frailty of mind and body, vulnerability through trauma, victimization, mental illness, and drug and alcohol addiction.Other components of the workshop include visiting writers, submitting student work for publication as appropriate and certificate of completion.

As part of students’ assignments, working drafts of stories are brought to class to share and submit for instructor feedback. Students’ drafts are read in class, and classmates offer instructor-led critiques and reactions to each piece. We consider grammar and spelling during their review in order to improve students’ basic writing skills.

As writers, we get a chance to hear all stories, and this feedback is invaluable for revision. As listeners and readers, students learn how to articulate what is working or not working in another student’s draft, which also enhances our ability to review work. Upon successful completion of the workshop, students will have a portfolio of revised stories and a published anthology of their work.

In order to make an impact, we must do so not only in the lives of the imprisoned participants, but on broader social change in our current system of mass incarceration.

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.


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Thanks to an all volunteer staff, all donations to the Sols Write House Books Behind Bars Initiative that will  benefit the incarcerated men,women and youth in locked down facilities.

Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. You will be provided with a receipt and letter of thanks from The Sosl Write House Board of Directors.

Support our work by making possible the printing of an annual anthology of student writing. For many writers, the Sols Lyrically Said Poetry Journal is the first time they see their creative work in print.We wold like to make sure each inmate recieves a copy of their work and it is established in the library in all prisons. 

Each year, Sols Write House will hosts an art show and public reading of student work. Friends, family members, and Sols Write House Staff & Board will read on behalf of incarcerated writers, and former students read their own work. This event is one opportunity for community members to join together and learn of the creative work of men and women writing from prison.

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