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.

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Works of Creative Writing

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I come from the streets of Tiffin where There’s No good restaurants I come from the trap where there’s Blunts always Burning drug dealers always selling I come from a town with Rappers and Song artist But I’m going toward A label that is calling my name

Keaton
Spring 2021
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I remember when WE got in a fight (at your dad’s), you never Called me names, you never hit me, you told me I was being rude, you stuck up for me when your dad punched me in the face, you calmed me down by saying something hilarious to me I choked you and still you never laid a hand on me inspite of all of that you still love me and I still love you.

Keithlynn
Spring 2021
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This is the kind of world we live in. Where you can’t trust no one The same people that tell you they love you is gone be the same ones that when times get bad holding the pole up to you and your loved ones head yelling bro just give the dough up. (can’t trust no one it’s me vs me)

Masonique
Spring 2021
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This kind of world we live in is cruel, cold & heartless. No one really cares about anyone anymore. “There is plenty of fish in this dirty sea.” Someone wise told me just by the way you can view everything & everyone. Sit back & observe everyone & see how they all move.

Johnae
Spring 2021
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I remember when WE got in a fight (at your dad’s), you never Called me names, you never hit me, you told me I was being rude, you stuck up for me when your dad punched me in the face, you calmed me down by saying something hilarious to me I choked you and still you never laid a hand on me inspite of all of that you still love me and I still love you.

Keithlynn
Spring 2021
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1. I am a good advice giver 2. I am a very good friend 3. I am a really caring person 4. I am a strong, independent person 5. I am a spontanous/rambunctious person 6. I am a very funny person 7. I am a daring risk taker 8. I have an addictive personality 9. I will be a better me

X
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
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I come from the heart of the ghetto where kids younger than me are dying I come from drugs being the reason why I had clothes on my back and a bed to lay. I come from the projects where unless you turn on the light, the roaches gone greet you at the door I come from a home where promises always get broke and men got chose first But I’m going to be better than what I’ve seen growing up

Imari
Spring 2021
The Loss of Daddy

Dear Daddy, I just lost 2 weeks now! I can’t even say that you were a bad dad because you were the best dad in the world. You were old. You were only 67 years old like how old mom is now. I love you so much to the moon and back. You are my best friend. You know when I’m happy, sad, mad, and etc. I just can’t believe that you’re gone. RIP Daddy. RIP Best Friend

Julia
Spring 2021
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