Women, Writing and Incarceration Project records
Scope and Contents
The Women, Writing and Incarceration Project records contain poetry and other writings created by women experiencing incarceration in various Illinois correctional facilities as part of DePaul University's Women, Writing and Incarceration Project. This collection also contains grant proposals, planning documents, course materials, and publicity related to the class, as well as writings by Ann Folwell Stanford, the professor who founded and taught the class.
Some personally identifying information has been redacted to protect confidentiality, including addresses, social security numbers, and student names. Prior to each anthology's publication, Stanford collected permission forms from authors stating that their work may be used anonymously in excerpted or whole form for educational purposes (e.g., in classes, published articles, or presentations). Whenever possible, these permissions have been matched to their anthologies within the collection.
- Stanford, Ann Folwell (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use.
Biographical / Historical
The Women, Writing and Incarceration Project (WWIP) began as a class taught by Professor Ann Folwell Stanford in DePaul University's School for New Learning. The class developed from the "Windows to Freedom" library program at Cook County Jail, which was established by community activists in 1996. Stanford conducted creative writing workshops with this program from its inception, and occasionally brought students to volunteer with her. From this, Stanford developed the idea for the WWIP class at DePaul, which she proposed in 2001. The class was intended to be experiential. By bringing students into the prisons to conduct poetry writing workshops with women experiencing incarceration, the WWIP sought to introduce students to the realities of imprisonment for women in the United States, as well as to offer these women a way to "interrupt the official discourse" about them. The class was one quarter long, taught three times per year, and set up as a larger project so that interested students could become "Project Associates" and activists. The class was offered from 2001 to 2005.
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Language of Materials
This collection is organized into six series: 1. Administrative; 2. Ann Folwell Stanford; 3. Anthologies; 4. Class Activities; 5. Publications; 6. Reference Files. Most series are arranged alphabetically by topic; See series-level descriptions for individual arrangement details.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Creative writing--Therapeutic use Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Female offenders--Rehabilitation--Illinois Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Poetry in prisons Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Prisoners as authors--Illinois Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Women prisoners--Rehabilitation--Illinois Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- Guide to Women, Writing and Incarceration Project records
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Finding aid written in English