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InsideOUT Writers


The mission of InsideOUT Writers is to reduce juvenile recidivism by providing a range of services that meets the unique needs of currently and formerly incarcerated youth and young adults.


Using creative writing as a catalyst for personal transformation, these young people are empowered with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully re-integrate into our communities and become advocates for their futures.

Who we serve?
At InsideOUT Writers, we serve at-risk/at-promise, currently and formerly incarcerated, and foster youth and young adults. 

once a member, always a member. We continue serving iow alumni members without ever charging a dime for our services. Since 2009, we have served over 500 members with holistic case management services.
our impact inside?
Since 1996, we have provided over 26,000 youth with creative writing classes inside juvenile detention facilities.

Today we offer about 20 weekly creative writing classes inside LA probation juvenile halls and camps.

Meet our executive director, Jimmy Wu

A student of IOW's original Writing Program is one of IOW's first Alumni Program participants and is now one of the first ever hired by IOW. 

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Looking for a job? We can help!

Our Alumni Program staff help at-risk/at-promise, formerly incarcerated, and foster youth with building resumes, interview skills, job leads, and submitting applications until you get a job. We even provide support after you get the job to make sure you keep it. Ask us how to get started today!

Need support?
A dedicated IOW Advocate can help. 

  • Re-Entry support services

  • Mental health/counseling

  • Mentorship

  • Health/dental care access

  • Housing 

  • Job placement

  • Internships and Fellowships

  • Substance Abuse Treatment 

  • Community events and field trips

  • Weekly Writing Circles

  • Field trips and more!

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View or download our IOW 2023 brochure

  • Get your hands on our IOW Brochure for yourself, to provide to your son/daughter, or to your. client for referral to our program. 

  • Easy to digest descriptions of our various programs at IOW. 

  • QR code to our Program Request Form.

  • Contact information to our Case Manager and Program Coordinator. 


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