Since January 2010 the trained staff at writing inside VT has helped over 300 incarcerated women experience improved confidence and well-being through self-expression in word and art. This program provides an opportunity for emotional growth at a fraction of the annual cost of imprisonment ($1260 vs $84,000).
“This writing project for prison women is simply amazing in every way! Many facets of it stand out: their writing as a a tool for self-exploration and growth, silence having been the only way to survive the horrors of their lives; the found poems from lines shared the week before; the multiple ways in which you publish and promote their work.”
– Ellaraine Lockie, widely published and awarded author of poetry in the US and abroad, frequent poetry contest judge and reader on national radio
“These places are what we’ve been examining – what makes a home and what grounds us by having one. We can feel it in our bones, the placement of this home …”
Research shows that expressive creative activity boosts self-esteem and wellness, and pushes self-awareness into new territories.
“Each of you has experienced, it seems to me, several lifetimes; and the wisdom you’ve gained is a gift to all who hear and read of your pain, courage, perseverance, gumption and success.” – guest at October 2013 book launch reading
writing inside VT is operated by a trained team of six dedicated women.