Writers’ Block provides therapeutic writing workshops in prisons and juvenile detention facilities in Nebraska, with plans to expand to Iowa. It provides a continuous series of workshops, with Teaching Artists visiting once per month on average to give inmates an outlet to constructively communicate and learn from one another.
The ultimate goals of the program are to help reduce recidivism rates, provide a population with inconsistent access to the arts with improved confidence in writing and public speaking, and eventually to provide transition programming to those who serve their time.
“The Writers’ Block program is an educational creative artform in which individuals learn or develop new coping mechanisms. By enabling better communicative skills through writing, individuals also develop healthier means of self expression … Writing becomes a medicine for the mind, emotions, and inner self.”
-Writers’ Block participant at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women