Our Story

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Underground Writing was founded in 2015. We conducted our first creative writing workshop on July 8, 2015 with four students in Skagit County Juvenile Detention.

We are a literature-based creative writing program serving migrant, incarcerated, recovery, and other at-risk communities in northern Washington through literacy and personal transformation.

We facilitate generative readings of literature spanning the tradition—from ancient texts to those written in our workshops. Honoring the transforming power of the word, we believe that attentive reading leads to attentive writing, and that attentive writing has the power to assist in the restoration of communities, the imagination, and individual lives.

We currently have five sites, including our newest weekly workshop site with incarcerated adults at the Skagit County Community Justice Center.

We are an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization. Our EIN# is 83-2570377.


Underground Writing’s books are funded
in part by a grant from ArtsWA

Underground Writing ©2015-2019