Department of English

Prison Writing Program to Give Fellowships and Credit Hours

Wed, May 30, 2018
Prison Writing Program to Give Fellowships and Credit Hours
Pen City Writers Journal

The English Department is now sponsoring nine fellowships for incarcerated writing students in the Pen-City Writers program. They will receive UT college credit in partnership with UT Extension. The fellowships are for tuition, program and student fees, and materials. The Pen-City Writers is an award-winning, three-year, creative-writing certificate program for men incarcerated at the Connally Unit, a maximum security prison in southern Texas. Deb Olin Unferth is the director. The English Department has been the official sponsor since January, 2017.

The class is a cooperative of writers, as well as a class. The incarcerated students publish their own journal of writing and artwork, have their own library, do service work for the prison community, and are learning how to be writers and thinkers behind bars.

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