One Year Writing in the Margins

can change
a life . . .








including your own.


One Year Writing in the Margins
is an initiative challenging Teaching Writers to spend one year facilitating creative writing workshops outside the academy, in at-risk communities, where the transforming powers of reading and writing are often a matter of life and death.


What if you
could see your passion for literature and writing making a difference
in real time?

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How to get involved . . .

1.  Help spread the word, and invite others to consider taking up the challenge.

2.  Inquire with a current program about teaching opportunities, and join them if possible.  Or fill a need by starting your own workshop for an at-risk population in your local prison, jail, juvenile detention, homeless shelter, family support center, public school system, addiction recovery organization, or community center.

3.  Reach out to existing programs for ideas, inspiration, and practical tools, and if possible visit the program closest to you for an on-the-ground experience.

4.  Commit to one year.  Begin.


Resources to get started

One Year Writing in the Margins - Resource Page

Prison Arts Coalition: Programs Around the Country

Prison Arts Coalition: Resources

AWP Association of Writers & Writing Programs

PEN America

Writers in the Schools Alliance


Ready to help?



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