In 2007, MFA student Brenna Casey began to organize writing workshops at South Bend’s award-winning Center for the Homeless. MFA students continue to meet once a week with the men and women who live in the center.

The students develop and lead exercises, including writing time and time for sharing writing with one another. Both the students and the residents participate in the activities each week. The group size varies widely—from one resident to twenty—and the format and activities of the workshop also vary.

Under faculty guidance, the student coordinators plan and implement the workshops by sending reminder e-mails, asking other students to lead the exercises, and putting together an anthology of the residents’ work at the end of the year. These workshops are open for all MFA students to attend.