Mission and Vision
Writers in Residence teaches creative writing to youth who are incarcerated to empower their voices and assist in their re-entry into society. The organization strives to reduce the recidivism rates of its residents and to participate in the transformation of the juvenile justice system. Writers in Residence fulfills its mission and vision by valuing justice, empowerment, relationships, dignity, and community.
Writers in Residence started as a student-run organization in 2017 at John Carroll University. A group of undergraduates facilitated Creative Writing Workshops (CWWs) at local juvenile facilities in Cuyahoga County. By 2018, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards c/o The Cleveland Foundation supported one of the co-founders to replicate the organization’s program model at more juvenile facilities and academic institutions that Writers in Residence calls a cohort.
Writers in Residence launched 4 cohorts in 2019, facilitating at least 100 workshops and publishing close to 250 pieces of original poetry and prose in over 1,400 chapbooks. The organization distributes these chapbooks inside juvenile facilities, on campuses, and throughout the nearby community at local businesses to raise awareness about the juvenile justice system through the art that residents produce.
Writers in Residence became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2020. The organization partners with almost 15 juvenile facilities and colleges/universities throu ... view more »
Apr 26, 2023