Category: Events

Alumni Writers’ Retreat at USC

At the first Alumni Writers’ Retreat on November 23rd, I experienced true friendship and understanding from my fellow alumni. more

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2013 Writers’ Retreat at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall

On October 19th, more than 30 students along with their parents, teachers, Probation and IOW staff and special guests gathered in the Compound at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall for the final Writers’ Retreat of 2013. Retreats are held annually at each of the three juvenile halls where IOW has classes and provide an opportunity for students in different living units to come together as a community to celebrate their writing accomplishments. The Barry J. Nidorf Retreat is unique in that parents are allowed to attend.
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Beach Party 2013

On October 3rd, 2013, board members Barry Nugent, Ian Fischler, Brian Leuchtenburg and Mickey Mandelbaum hosted the 3rd Annual Beach Party Fundraiser as the sun set at a Malibu beach house. Among the 85 guests were alumni, teachers, staff, volunteers, and other board members. In addition to raising funds to support IOW’s work to reduce the juvenile recidivism rate, the event also served as an opportunity for guests to learn about the Writing and Alumni Programs. more

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Strong Performances at the 2013 Central Writers’ Retreat

writers retreat“My name is Alex and this is my poem.”
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Holidays in the Halls

The holidays are filled with emotional highs and lows that serve as memorable placeholders for the rest of our lives. Most of us do our best to treasure what we have, though we often obsess about what we do not. more

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Barry J. Nidorf 2012 Writers’ Retreat

“Sí, yo voy a traducir.”

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Dr. Renford Reese

In the early hours of October 27th, students, teachers, staff and family gathered to celebrate the spirit of writing more

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InsideOUT Voices

Blessed By God

I am blessed for having my family.

I am blessed for having time to think over my decisions. more

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Giving Thanks Feast 2012
Clockwise from bottom left: Sergio Marroquin, Howard Ibach, Gustavo Sanchez, Fernando Zacarias, Edwin Moran, Jessica Corona, Lionel Tate,  Kevin Garnett,  Jimmy Valdez, Alton Pitre and Eliana Yoneda.

Clockwise from bottom left: Sergio Marroquin, Howard Ibach, Gustavo Sanchez, Fernando Zacarias, Edwin Moran, Jessica Corona, Lionel Tate, Kevin Garnett, Jimmy Valdez, Alton Pitre and Eliana Yoneda.

 

On November 15th, the colors of fall and the alluring scent of cinnamon decorated and drifted through the IOW office and alumni classroom. more

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Los Padrinos 2012 Writers’ Retreat: The Future is Not Set in Stone
Gina Loring

Gina Loring

Franky Carrillo

Franky Carrillo

 

On June 16, 2012, InsideOUT Writers’ staff and teachers arrived at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in the wee hours of the morning to begin preparations for the annual Writer’s Retreat.  Fifteen years ago, in 1997, I was a student of the Writing Program and attended the organization’s very first retreat at Central Juvenile Hall.  more

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Reflections on the 2012 Central Writers’ Retreat
Guest speaker and author Luis Rodriguez (left) with IOW teacher Michael Miner (right)

Guest speaker and author Luis Rodriguez (left) with IOW teacher Michael Miner (right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure everyone associated with InsideOUT Writers remembers their first Retreat – as a student, a teacher, staff member or guest.  Mine was as the incoming Writing Program Director. more

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