Unlocking Creativity to Transform Lives

Writers in Residence teaches creative writing to youth who are incarcerated to empower their voices and assist in their re-entry into society.
our model

Creativity as Therapy

Address Unresolved Trauma
Oftentimes youth enter the juvenile justice system with unresolved emotional trauma.
Creative Writing Workshops
Sessions are facilitated by passionate university students who create a safe space for youth to express themselves and work through difficult emotions through engaging prompts.
Ongoing Relationship Building
The real journey begins with re-entry. Youth are often forced to return to unstable environments, and we serve as a support system for them as they embark on this chapter.
Youth Enters Juvenile Justice System
Oftentimes youth enter with unresolved emotional trauma.
Creative Writing Workshops
Facilitated by passionate university students who create a safe space for youth to express themselves and work through difficult emotions through engaging prompts.
Ongoing Relationship Building
The real journey begins with reentry. Youth are often forced to return to unstable environments. We serves as a support system that youth can always return to.
impact

What We've Accomplished

12
separate cohorts across the state of Ohio
1344
residents participated in creative writing workshops
826
pieces of creative writing supported
2146
chapbooks distributed
testimonials

What Residents Say

"I learned about Joy"
Resident at Medina JDC
"It was empowering and a safe space to express myself"
Resident at Seneca County YC
"I like this program because I get to get things off my chest"
Resident at Medina JDC
"I needed Writers in Residence, I got to put what was on my mind while no one saying nothing"
Resident at Seneca County YC
"I learned how to cope by using creative writing and there's multiple opportunities to go far with it"
Resident at Montgomery County CAS
"I know what I need to do to be successful mentally"
Resident at Medina JDC
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Reentry Mentorship Initiative

Facilitate a smooth transition for youth back into their communities.

artifacts

Works of Creative Writing

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All he looked forward to were the parties. Until he started to get sick. Now he is all alone trying to fit in. Wearing his raggedy old cloth’s that he always wears. Leaning away from the crowd, not knowing whether to follow the other kids or just do him.

Angel
Spring 2021
Ravenna

I come from empty fridges and Poor pockets I come from Junkyard hillbillies who Can’t hold a job I come from 209 Jefferson St. where my dad would always abuse me I come from the environment that surrounded me, drugs that my family consumed I come from 800 infirmary Rd. where they watched me grow up I come from a place that me and my friends call Stoners Ledge where we would smoke I come from a place called Ravenna where anything is possible I come from a Place that People come from I’m going to a place I can call home I’m going to do better than my ancestors that came before I’m going to be all that I

Sam
Spring 2021
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1. Remain humble while going hard. 2. loose your fake self, find your true self

Bryan
Spring 2021
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1. Thief, lier, Druggy, chill, funny, loyal 2. funny, calm, smart, outgoing, caring, loving 3. Kind, Respectful, confident, lucky, willing, Safe 4. I will be Sober, honest, free

N
Spring 2021
Oof Means to Me

Why are you saying that? You are so stupid and shut up Oof you lost your bf/gf Go off somewhere else Why in the world would you do that? Oof oof oof Oof that hurt ha ha ha

Julia
Spring 2021
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1. are there animals in heaven 2. I want to be 100% truthful to my famleiy 3. I am a hard worker to fix all the wrong ive Done 4. I workhard on makeing money and saveing it 5. im working on Becoming a beter Role mottlefor my littel Brother

M
Spring 2021
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April 16, 2021 Dear Cody, I can be whoever I want to be have learned that people can change and that change can be good, I have amazing Girl. Your kind respectful you cherish everyone who you come across. Don’t let anybody push you around. You are smart and an amazing Person don’t let anybody come in the way between of me and myself. Stay in Contact with God. Love, Cody

Cody
Spring 2021
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It was cold outside When I was removed from home Walking in the snow sucks Masonique is pretty She is genuinely funny She is My best friend

Alexus
Spring 2021
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1. I will find true happiness soon 2. Steak bowls from Chipotle taste great 3. Show no love, receive no pain

Imari
Spring 2021
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