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MPWW’s Annual Student Reading

MPWW BB2023 website


Please join us for our 2023 annual student reading!

MPWW alumni, teachers, mentors, family, and special guests will read powerful stories, essays, and poems written by our students.

Saturday, October 28th, 2023
7:00-9:00 PM
Klas Center, Kay Fredericks Room (3rd Floor)
Hamline University
1537 W Taylor Ave,
St. Paul, MN 55104

The reading will also be live-streamed via Zoom.  Registration is required. Register here.

American Precariat Book Launch


Please join us for the book launch of American Precariat: Parables of Exclusion.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Doors open at 6:00 PM | Reading at 7:00 PM
Hook and Ladder Theater
3010 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55406

AP Book Launch website promo


Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop (MPWW) fosters literary community and a devotion to art inside Minnesota correctional facilities through high-quality creative writing classes and related programming. During incarceration and throughout reentry, we empower writers, challenge stereotypes about the incarcerated population, and promote a vision of rehabilitation and restorative justice through art. We also seek to bridge the divide between literary communities inside and outside of prison by creating platforms for our students’ work.


MPWW was founded in 2011 with a single creative writing class at Lino Lakes Prison. Since then, we’ve grown into an organization of over 25 instructors who have taught more than 250 creative writing classes to over 3,000 men and women in every adult state prison in Minnesota. We are now the largest and most enduring prison-based literary organization in the country. Learn more about our classes and other programs here.