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I Write to Inmate Penpals

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 45 People

    I Am Doing This For Me As Much As For Her

    First, I must acknowledge the person who encouraged me to reach out. PRP, a core family member in my circle here, and I  had a long discussion about initiating contact with inmates. Many hours and research went into this. While he forged ahead, and gave me updates...
    angelwings626 angelwings626 41-45, F 6 Responses Jun 29, 2010

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    Pen Pals

    I used to write to inmates when I was younger...but not for very long. Then after my divorce and everything....I decided to start writing to them again. I figure that they would make better pen pals than most, since they would have time to write and also thought it would be...
    RubyLane RubyLane 41-45, F May 2, 2012

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    I Stick By My Friends

    I don't want to give too many details because that might reveal my identity, but I'll just say that a friend of mine messed up and got 9 years in prison. I do go to visit every once in a while (it's a 4 1/2 hour drive, so I don't get to visit much), but normally we just write...
    alicia87 alicia87 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 19, 2011

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    Convict Pen Pal

    A couple months ago my house burned down and not long after I received a letter in the mail from a prisoner who read about what happened. I thought it would be rude not to write back to him and that's when it started. We started writing letters back and forth talking as just...
    Lunarmoon22 Lunarmoon22 22-25, F 2 Responses May 27, 2013

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    hisgirlXOXO hisgirlXOXO 22-25, F Mar 29

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    Friendship For Life

    I was watching a documentary about inmate pen pals and thought I would give it a go and hopefully brighten someone's days with my letters. I found a site and got to the 1st page and there he was, I'm not sure what it was but I just had a gut feeling that this would be him. We...
    FreeVic FreeVic 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 19, 2011

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    Magazine

    Hello everyone. I came across this group and have read through some really inspiring and emotive stories. It's brilliant that some of you have formed such good friendships with inmates. I am a feature writer in the UK for women's magazines and I was wondering if any of you would...
    littlestar89 littlestar89 22-25, F Feb 22, 2013

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    Lve Life To The Max!!!!

    I write to inmate penpals that are sad or depressed that need a little fire starter like me to help cheer their moods! I am very energetic and vivacious i'm very approachable I don't care what colour,race or ethnic background you from just want to know how are you feeling today...
    komal1 komal1 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 24, 2009

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    The Unlikely Noble Masses

    There are no doubt many people who will question, caution or outright denounce me writing inmates. But just because you are stuck in punishment for a crime to society that is a financial mortal wound doesn't mean you are not still human. Nor does it mean that you don't have a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses May 25, 2010

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    Saving For the Book!

    When I tell snippets about my life,  many different areas,  people say "you should write a book"! I am not depressed today,  but more so this week.  I am brand new and don't understand how to change it.   Also with the matching of...
    HollyBelinda HollyBelinda 61-65, F 1 Response Aug 30, 2009

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    Complain

    So you'll complain about the rising cost of prisons and housing prisoners, you'll complain about them having access to internet and penpals. You'll say they should never be allowed outside the 4 walls yet somehow when they are on the third, fourth or even sixth prison term - you...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 22, 2010

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    My Mickey

    i was browsing through prison penpal sights. i found his profile. my eyes were fixed straight away.i was drawn towards him. like the picture was saying write to me. so i started writing. i got a reply three week later. took longer because of me been in the uk.the more we write...
    avongirl33 avongirl33 31-35, F Jul 21, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    I'd love to start writing letters again! I just have no one my age to write to
    oceansxx oceansxx 13-15, F Jun 25

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    Ahhhh, that sweet smell of… rejection. It’s not something I’ve had any personal experience with – yet – but I don’t for a moment suppose I...
    Steffi97 Steffi97 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 10

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    There are feelings that you only keep to yourself, unspoken anger, unspoken pains...based on my experience, when I feel this, I grab a paper and a pen and start to write all about...
    lemongrass09 lemongrass09 46-50, F 3 Responses Jun 28

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    That sensation of emptiness when you have so much to write but you just can’t formulate your thoughts into coherent sentences or find the right words to use. That feeling you...
    BewareTheGonzo BewareTheGonzo 13-15 4 Responses Jul 11

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    I write because it makes me feel at ease. I write because no one understands me but the lines.. I write because there is no point in explaining myself to someone. I write because I...
    DevilsLilRebel DevilsLilRebel 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 11

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    I like to write lots of stuff. I am working on a novel, I write poems, I write articles, I have a diary, I have a great little blog that I want to share with the world because it...
    ivankay ivankay 22-25, F Jun 23

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    Today, write yourself a LOVE Note❤️ You know that awesome feeling you get in your chest when you’re reading a Love Note (or Love Text or Love Email) from someone you are...
    lemongrass09 lemongrass09 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 27

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    I won't be posting it, but I'm writing a poem for and about my father. It's been about since I've been able to write. I read the first draft on Father's Day and he was choked up...
    enigmatickoala enigmatickoala 22-25, M Jun 28

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    Ever since I was little I loved performing. At five I preformed original poetry. At six I wrote and acted in a one girl play. (Thanks Dad for building the set). So I guess it's no...
    KateTheStraightedge KateTheStraightedge 16-17, F Jun 30

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    Composition The instructor asked why I won't turn anything in. I did. I turned in two of the five essays that were due. I also only turned in three of the ten reviews. I passed...
    meincarnated meincarnated 22-25 1 Response Jul 1

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    6 weeks ago, I would be crazy to say that I am a writer, but I am a writer now. I had always been complimented on my writing, making visual stories and seem to be real...
    grantfilm95 grantfilm95 18-21, M Jul 2

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    Simple title for simple thought Every event is a story, if is interesting or not, does not matter. but what is lovely is that they are always happening around us, and they are...
    JosueOA JosueOA 18-21, M Jul 7

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    Hello! I'm consider myself a writer on multiple things, I write poetry (I'm not very good at that! But I am learning) I write my own music (I'm quite decent,but I'm underrated) I...
    TodaysDreams TodaysDreams 16-17, M 3 Responses Jul 7

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    ¨My black and white muse I feel sorry that i did not love you But i did not But love itself¨ I ¨write¨ and love poetry indeed, but not to materialize my feelings or to lull my...
    JosueOA JosueOA 18-21, M Jul 7

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    I am an online writer with a passion to...well,write. My name on writerscafe is rayner ramsay,my real name. so please,nobody get any ideas of using it
    orangreeffect orangreeffect 22-25, M Jul 10

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    I am an ONLINE writer with a passion to...well,write. My name on writerscafe is rayner ramsay,my real name. so please,nobody get any ideas of using it
    orangreeffect orangreeffect 22-25, M Jul 10

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    I want to become a writer so badly! I write all the time.
    IssiHerondale IssiHerondale 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 23

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    I've written one good poem. Sometimes I think that I poured so much of my soul into writing it, that I will never express myself completely again. I spent so much effort molding...
    Brianabear Brianabear 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 25

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    I know I am 14 and most kids my age don't even think about writing a book! But I want to write a book so badly! Last night it had a nightmare than ended in a good dream. It...
    Soldiernoah Soldiernoah 13-15, M 4 Responses Jun 25

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    I want to write a book about my life and my experiences and challenges that I had growing up and becoming an adult. And all the moves that I made throughout my life with my parents...
    Sara600 Sara600 56-60, F Jun 25

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    I want to write like I used to. I used to write poetry all the time. I don't know what happened, why I stopped.
    jazzyjay93 jazzyjay93 18-21, F Jun 28

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    So I've been keeping track of my dreams. They all feel like they're in the same world,but never earth. The have the same characters I'm sure I've met but can't remember where or...
    Naty14 Naty14 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 29

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    I have great joy is reading, but an even bigger one in writeing. I havn't git far but i've had a few idea, for a story. I don't know what it's called, the back of the book when...
    Attilane Attilane 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 30

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    Author's note: I'm sorry if all this doesn't make sense. It was written to understand, and I worked through a lot writing it. It feels odd posting it but I haven't posted here in a...
    theologian theologian 18-21, M Jul 4

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    It's actually really funny because in the moment I'll be so emotional and full of anger or angst. I'll just write how I'm feeling and it's usually as unorganized as my thoughts. I...
    fairytalesandspiderwebs fairytalesandspiderwebs 18-21, F Jul 8

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    So since i just wrote my first post a few seconds ago, I realized that,I actually LOVE the Experience Project. Its such a beautiful platform to just type away! With no one to...
    jpereira711 jpereira711 18-21, M Jul 9

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    I grew up thinking that I would be a writer. I always loved stories and read a lot. I don't know if I'm meant to be one, but I would still like to write a novel.
    mountainseal mountainseal 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 11

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    I would like to make some friends on here who are writers. Writers are a different kind of sufferers. I am not published and I have never even had any kind of class, nevertheless...
    beaisforbliss beaisforbliss 18-21, F 6 Responses Jul 12

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    This is not me personally, but its to people I know who're hurt or afraid they feel like there isn't anything left. I wish I could write a happy ending to that reoccurring...
    SoulWriter17 SoulWriter17 16-17, M Jul 12

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    I have issues with writing. I can not express myself clearly. I can not understand English language even though it is my first language. I can not tell if what I wrote makes sense...
    CDFox CDFox 26-30, F Jul 12

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    Yeah. basically thats all I want in life at the moment. and I have a shitload of ideas but I cant pick myself up and write the f***ing story.. I write poems all the time though...
    Mathiiisen93 Mathiiisen93 18-21, F Jul 14

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    I write soo much. I am able to pick up a pen and paper or whip out my cell phone or climb to my laptop and write just about whatever poem pops into my head 8/10 times they are...
    UmmaCoward UmmaCoward 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 14

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    storys and many things to write like write about animals pets and people
    paige100 paige100 13-15, F Jul 14

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    I am a writer but don't won't disclose my real name on this site for privacy and safety reasons. There are experiences from my own life I want to write about but haven't yet...
    grettamoss grettamoss 31-35, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    I wonder why I turn mute whenever I am in front of someone I want to talk to; just simply in front of many people. This is the thing I hate about myself, I am not a spontaneous...
    imerosiie imerosiie 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    There was a time when I wrote poems in my diary.That was when I was in school.I did not get any of them published I did send one to a magazine but it was rejected.Whatever I write...
    restored87 restored87 46-50, F 5 days ago

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