Inside Literature is a 501(с)(3) non-profit corporation and community-based learning program in Austin, Texas. We provide university-level instruction to inmates in pre-trial facilities at zero cost to taxpayers. We offer 6-week literature courses led by instructors with advanced degrees in related fields.
We foster community ties, critical engagement, and personal growth through the collective study of literature with incarcerated persons.
We believe that providing the most educationally underserved members of our community with an opportunity to read and discuss great literature benefits our students and instructors, as well as corrections and law enforcement officers and the wider community.
We use Community-Based Learning, a teaching approach distinguished by an emphasis on reflection as well as collaboration and reciprocity among community members. Community-Based Learning programs enrich students’ academic experience and encourage civic engagement while confronting community challenges and supporting community interests.
Inside Literature reminds people that they belong to a community by creating those ties through literature as a common ground. Literature allows students a mediated approach to sensitive topics like identity, race, employment, etc. and promotes community ties when read and discussed together.