Writers in Residence facilitates creative writing workshops for youth who are incarcerated in juvenile detention centers, fosters a genuine, long-lasting relationship with the residents, and frees their voices through the distribution and showcase of their creative writing in our published chapbooks shared with the community.


Writers in Residence works toward increasing the residents’ literacy levels and reducing their recidivism rates through creative expression and constructive reflection. We hope that this disrupts the residents’ thinking to create change within themselves and the community’s thinking about the juvenile population whose human dignity deserves recognition.

Upcoming Events:

Some of you couldn’t make our 1st Annual Showcase, which is why we have been working with Cleveland’s best local bookstores to create pop-up summer showcases.

Here’s the lineup:

  1. Saturday, August 3rd at 7:30pm, Visible Voice Books

This is your chance to get a copy of this year’s chapbook and a crewneck sweater!

“I figured out what I want in life and how to get it.”

– A Resident at Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correction Facility