Howard Area Community Center Hosts Free Creative Writing Workshop For Mothers Of Incarcerated Sons

Chicago, IL (PressExposure) December 08, 2008 -- The workshop will be facilitated by Donna Kiser, a senior at Columbia College Chicago (CCC), a Neighborhood Writing Alliance (NWA) workshop leader, poet, writer, and mother of an ex-offender. Ms. Kiser’s work has been published in the Journal of Ordinary Thought, Fictionary, and several online journals; and she co-edited a CCC student organization publication titled: Word Curves. She hopes to continue her education in the MFA program at Northwestern University. One of the workshops she facilitates for NWA is hosted at St. Leonard’s House, a re-entry facility for ex-offenders on Chicago’s West Side. Donna is currently working on an academic study entitled: Mothers of Incarcerated Sons as Invisible Victims: An Intervention.

As the mother of an ex-offender, Ms. Kiser was dramatically changed by the experience. With 40K+ people currently living inside Illinois prisons, Ms. Kiser feels that the population of mothers impacted could be a powerful voice for sociopolitical change.

The workshop meets every Thursday evening from 6-7:30pm at the Howard Area Community Center, 7648 N. Paulina Street, Room 2 beginning October 16, 2008 through April 16, 2009 with possible extension through December 2009. There is also an online group at

About Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Speak

Workshops are free and require no registration. Paper and pencils will be supplied if needed. Participants will be required to sign a release form for their writings to appear in the anthology. For further information contact Donna Kiser at

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Press Release Submitted On: December 04, 2008 at 2:22 pm
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