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 4: Setting, Imagery, and Details
By studying examples of memorable, imagistic writing, workshop participants will learn how writers creatively engage the senses of touch, sight, sound, smell, and taste to create vivid scenes, paragraphs, and stories. Participants may either bring their writing from the previous week, or begin a new piece with suggested writing prompts. Guest speaker, Ron A. Austin, will help facilitate this session.
Ron A. Austin holds an MFA from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and is a 2016 Regional Arts Commission Fellow. Avery Colt Is a Snake, a Thief, a Liar, his first collection of linked stories, won the 2017 Nilsen Prize. The book will be released in fall of 2019. Austin’s short stories have been placed or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Story Quarterly, Ninth Letter, and Black Warrior Review. As co-director of the River Styx Reading Series he works to share local and national literary talent.