VETERANS WRITING WORKSHOPS ARE FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – CLICK HERE.
The Veterans Writing Workshop provides veterans, military personnel, and their family members a creative space to develop their writing skills and to tell their stories. The Missouri Humanities and the St. Louis Public Library will host this five-session workshop on Saturdays, from March 30th through May 4th (except April 20th) from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Workshop participants are led through writing exercises with meaningful feedback from facilitators, Kent Walker, a combat Army veteran, and Stacey Walker, lecturer at University of Missouri. Both hold MFAs in writing. Participants are not required to write about their military experience.
Session 2: Characterization and Dialogue
In this session participants will explore character more closely and determine who is telling the story. Participants will look at main and minor characters and how they work together to help reveal plot and tension. Guest speaker, Mary Troy, will help facilitate this session.
Mary Troy is the author of five books of fiction: the novels Swimming on Hwy N and Beauties (winner of the USA Book Award and finalist for Forewords Book of the Year Award) and the short story collections Cookie Lily (winner of the Devils’ Kitchen Reading Award), The Alibi Café and other stories, and Joe Baker Is Dead (a PEN/Faulkner Award Nominee). She has won a Nelson Algren Award from the Chicago Tribune, a William Rockhill Nelson Award, and a John Gould Fletcher Award. Her books have been reviewed widely, including by the New York Times. Close to fifty of her short stories and essays have been published in literary journals and anthologies. For many years, she directed the University of Missouri – St. Louis MFA Program and taught fiction writing and contemporary literature. She won the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and is now an Emeritus Professor currently working on a novel and a new book of stories.