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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1. I come from the struggle where young babies grow up with no mothers. 2. thugs on the block are tryna make another dollar by the hustle. 3. crackheads are steady begging for cash 4. Oh look down the street it’s another car crash 5. but I’m going to choose to do better 6. and when they speak on me they gone to say yeah she came from the bottom but she’s on a higher level.

Masonique
Spring 2021
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Im in space and I see peter from Family guy throwing a toilet at a rock Trying to break it and he cant. Then he Floats at the toilet and head butts it and Finally gets it to break. And he finally Feels like he has succeded

Dylan
Spring 2021
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Constant thought’s of getting released, I use my positivity to get me threw the Day, An to remind my-self it will all be over with soon.

J
Spring 2021
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Family is a gift you are given the seconed you are born Family is a hand always there to elevate you Family isn’t always blood but the people who accept you regardless Family is a book of memories that you can look back on and smile Family are the people who back you up when your cornered Family is a gift given the seconed your born.

M
Spring 2021
My Mother's Working Hands

When I was born the first person that I saw Was my mother already working as hard as the law. When I turned 3 my mother crafted me a present I would love. a beautiful peice of leather work that id oh so love. When I turned 7 I relized my hands have yet to be like my mothers. I have never crafted a peice of wood into something beautiful nor washed and bathed a child and I had yet to learn the lesson of how my mom survied the wild life she lived. Yet she taught me how to craft a peice of leather work and it was so beautiful like the beauty of the light in her eyes my mother is the light inside me that my family loves so now I do trully understand what it is like to work hard like my mothers working hands. What I mean by this is that my mom inspired me to grow up and to Do good deads for others.

S
Spring 2021
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Door locks spio Like vending machines working Others dropping like shoes Erases goo like candy Ploliils all the way Fike dldrag drwrech

M
Spring 2021
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It was hot. Everyone was leaving. The score was 14 to 36. I was happy My Nephew was in my left arm and my helmet was in my right. The gates were filled with people leaving. My girl was by my sister. My girl kept saying I looked good. I changed outta my cleats to my Jordans

Harris
Spring 2021
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1. I am tired of being in Jail 2. I am Resonable 3. I like Birthday cake 4. I like to get my way 5. I am outgoing 6. I will be the greatest African American male role model I posibley can.

Anthony
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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