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I Write to Inmate Penpals

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 47 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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    hisgirlXOXO hisgirlXOXO 22-25, F Mar 29

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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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    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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    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 3 Responses May 27, 2013

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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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    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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    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 1 Response May 2, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Jul 21, 2011

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    Related Experiences

    You should be a song writer.... You have the ability to evoke emotion, tell a story, and hook someone... In a very small amount of words, perhaps with some deft rhyming. Even if...
    marklovescoffee marklovescoffee 46-50, M 1 hr ago

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    Yes i completely agree. I am not a good writer. I want to tell you my thouoghts and my experiences everything in interesting way. i will keep improving but for now this is what i...
    blackytale blackytale 22-25, M 13 hrs ago

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    The reflected eyes scowl back As I search inside my mind Thro the cracked looking glass I see an unfamiliar inmate And a readiness for defeat A face that’s plain and crass I...
    SelangorNight SelangorNight 56-60, M 3 days ago

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    This experience is brought to you by birthdays. Not celebrating them, or the occasion itself. But how it's a unique identifier. About how it's a small tender piece of us and yet we...
    milesfromyou milesfromyou 31-35 4 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    I would totally love to help people engineer and create the bones of a story for their book, and get credits not as a writer, but co-creator or co-author, you know, like a how a...
    DoctrineDark DoctrineDark 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 22

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    I would totally love to help people engineer and create the bones of a story for their book, and get credits not as a writer, but co-creator or co-author, you know, like a how a...
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    I've been stuck in a rut for about a year now. The only thing I have been able to write is teen romance- which I'm terrible at. The plots are never original. Boy meets girl- or...
    QueenOfLosers QueenOfLosers 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 18

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    I read something sad today from a friend who is now in a similar situation as i was this time last year and my heart goes out to her. As it was a time when i myself felt so very...
    lilreddress lilreddress 36-40, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Yea I write poetry that all I can ever do make me feel like am dreaming words come and go so I kinda smile a little because it my feeling inside and some time trying to hid. I...
    lovemariefrance lovemariefrance 13-15, F Aug 2

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    Like seriously.. The way I talk in real life is totally different than the way I write. I write better than I speak. Well I've been told that I talk like I'm from back in the day...
    CharleeLuv CharleeLuv 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 12

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    I love to write. I could write about so many things. Real things, raw things, strange things, truth things, lies things. Things that only few have the strength to write and even...
    ventingagain ventingagain 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 15

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    You Should Be a Song Writer You have the ability to evoke emotion, tell a story, and hook someone... In a very small amount of words, perhaps with some deft rhyming. Even if you...
    Mirages Mirages 41-45, F 4 Responses Aug 19

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    You see the world as it should be, and this goes double for all matters of the heart. You can find the romance in any situation, and you would make a talented romance story writer...
    greeneyedlady72 greeneyedlady72 41-45, F 2 Responses Aug 20

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    I do. I love sharing them and knowing that people read what I write. If people hate what is said in my stories, understandable. Haters gonna hate. But I write because I love to...
    StoryTellar69 StoryTellar69 22-25, M a week ago

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    I just got done writing a lovely letter to my beautiful best friend for our 1 year friend anniversary. I absolutely love writing. I love it so much and I can express myself freely...
    SpecialKind SpecialKind 13-15, F Aug 1

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    I am a writer. Your blood is my ink. Your flesh is my paper. Your soul is my passion. Your heart is my heart where we finally connect. I am a writer and you are my...
    marklovescoffee marklovescoffee 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 1

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    Not really here. I'm not here , but I'm not even there. I guess one could presume I was floating on the outskirts of existence? I did not write to confuse, I simple wrote to...
    TheWestlifer TheWestlifer 18-21, F Aug 2

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    Its 1:01 am on a wonderful summer "night" I guess you could say, and I've been up thinking about how my life is at the moment. Honestly there's a million and one things going on in...
    BeautifulVenDisaster BeautifulVenDisaster 18-21, F Aug 4

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    I write therefore I am is what I feel like saying sometimes. I do find it therapeutic in any event . I want to write a story now that I'm motivated to do for several reasons . One...
    tom67890 tom67890 46-50, M Aug 4

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    I write songs, poems, stories.... I used to like thinking that I could write my problems away. It's all REALLY bad, but it makes me happy.
    youtubeninja youtubeninja 18-21, F Aug 4

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    I'm not a writer even though ideally I would enjoy writing. I just don't have the time; I'm to deep in thought about what Im going to do in order to get back on my own once again...
    TransientDude TransientDude 26-30, M Aug 4

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    Hey everyone! I Love to write and am hoping to become a writer/journalist some day. But I definitely need some more practice. So I was wondering if you guys could share either...
    swimmer888 swimmer888 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 5

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    I write short stories all the time and not just on my own but with friends and my bf. but I tend to write them in the format of a movie script. It's just what I am used too as I...
    Dreamprojector Dreamprojector 18-21, F Aug 7

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    Write more about this experience (optional)PLEASE BE MY CO-WRITER FOR A REALISTIC DRAMA NOVEL ABOUT A WOMAN IN PRISON!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Blipsycat Blipsycat 16-17, M Aug 9

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    When I was still in school, I hate writing and writing and telling my stories to other. But now, I understand why do people write especially on journals. I began writing(actually...
    Achelle07 Achelle07 18-21, F Aug 10

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    I want to co-write with someone to write a dark fantasy/action/adventure genre book~~
    redphoenix02 redphoenix02 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 10

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    My writing had been stalled for a while because of my own procrastination based on a pretty puerile reason. After recognizing the importance of not allowing something so trivial to...
    NerdyNYX NerdyNYX 36-40, F 6 Responses Aug 17

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    Most people write beautiful quotes here. Shame I can't think of any to write today.
    maiomeN maiomeN 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 18

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    Some people here seem to believe they write poetry just because they write sentences with words that rhyme...lol...
    Brunette4U Brunette4U 31-35, F 4 Responses Aug 18

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    Romance Novelist - You see the world as it should be, and this goes double for all matters of the heart. You can find the romance in any situation, and you would make a talented...
    SmartKat SmartKat 46-50, F 5 Responses Aug 18

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    I love when other people on here write stories. I enjoy reading the stories and enjoy getting a little insight about the person doing the writing. Everybody has been given a great...
    johnny048 johnny048 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 18

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    I write poems now and then... To express my feelings and emotions, etc. But I never post them... over fear of just being judged by them or someone telling me they're rubbish. I...
    CallMeChelsea CallMeChelsea 16-17, F Aug 20

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    For awhile now I've mostly been posting trivial crap because somehow that makes me feel better. I've been writing for release rather than enjoyment. I used to I wrote for the joy...
    Friability Friability 18-21 1 Response Aug 21

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    I write short stories like mad I also write fanfictions I am currently working on a Blackheart love story (you know Blackheart from the movie Ghost Rider yeah that one)
    HeatherNightmare HeatherNightmare 16-17, F Aug 21

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    I do. Sometimes I'll like an experience here, just to have something to write. That's how much I like to write stuff!!! :D :D :D :D
    Whoami30 Whoami30 26-30, M Aug 21

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    My gf is a writer. I never dated one before. Actually, she doesn't consider herself one, but her writing ability is pretty impressive. We're working on a novel together. It's...
    ACraigNewman ACraigNewman 36-40, M 1 Response Aug 22