PEN’s Handbook for Writers in Prison features detailed guides on the art of writing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays as well as information on punctuation, cover letters, and a list of recommended magazines and journals that consider work for publication. This is an invaluable resource to any incarcerated writer. To date, PEN has distributed 20,000 copies of the Handbook and continues to receive requests.

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Workshop instructors who would like to use the Handbook for Writers in Prison for classes are encouraged to purchase copies.

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If you or someone you know is currently incarcerated, you are eligible to order a FREE copy of the Handbook for Writers in Prison.

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