Debra Des Vignes is the founder of Indiana Prison Writers Workshop (IPWW), an Indianapolis, Ind., not-for-profit that delivers creative writing workshop through the Indiana Department of Correction to men and women serving prison terms in the state’s correctional facilities. Her interest in service to men and women impacted by incarceration began during her decade-long career as a television journalist covering the courts and crime beats for stations in cities that included Los Angeles, Calif., and Birmingham, Ala. Prior to founding the IPWW and after leaving journalism, Des Vignes held executive-level communications positions for multiple not-for-profit organizations, earning media coverage from CNN, U.S. News and World Report, The Miami Herald, and others. Des Vignes is also the author of the chapbook Sunday Sweet Sunday, a story of transformation and hope after working with those behind bars each Sunday.


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