The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) recognizes that veterans returning from war or otherwise dealing with traumatic, stressful experiences find significant value in putting their thoughts, experiences, and creative thinking on paper, and/or in print.
Through the Veterans Writing Workshops and the Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors anthology series, MHC is partnering with many great organizations to provide veterans with the guidance and encouragement to tell their stories and provide an outlet for self-expression as they build and enhance their support systems, reconnect with their families, and reintegrate into the workplace.
- Veterans Writing Workshops
The MHC, in partnership with the VA St. Louis Medical System at Jefferson Barracks-Occupational Therapy, the St. Louis Public Library, the Kansas City Public Library, and Drury University offer these workshops to veterans and their families – teaching them the writing and narrative skills needed to better share their stories, whether fiction or non-fiction. The workshops are free and taught by professional writers; they provide the same high level of instruction as a college/university writing course.
“I really enjoyed the caliber of the instructors and the camaraderie with the Veterans.” –Workshop Participant
Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors
Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors is a creative writing anthology of poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and photography submissions by and about veterans from across the nation, and spanning generations—from WWI to Iraq and Afghanistan. It is an annual series, which was first released in November 2012. The anthology is funded by MHC, edited by Dr. Susan Swartwout, and published by Southeast Missouri State University Press. Submissions are reviewed by a panel of judges for inclusion in the anthology, with a $250 prize in each of the five categories listed above.
“After all this time, Michael finally shared his story of Vietnam, over the past year since Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors was published . . . [He] has opened up more to me about Vietnam than he has in our 39 years of marriage. Perhaps after reading what others shared, he feels it is now okay for him to do so as well. History will always be written by professionals, but a personal story of what a man experienced in his lifetime is priceless for our future generations.” –Michele Boyle, wife of Michael Boyle, Marine Corps Vietnam Combat Veteran
To learn how you may attend or host a writing workshop, and/or submit your work for Proud to Be, please contact MHC’s Director of Family and Veterans Programs, Lisa Carrico at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314.781.9660. Click here to purchase your copy of Proud to Be online.
The humanities are a significant part of the human experience, but there are certain times when they are particularly powerful. We know that veterans returning from war or otherwise dealing with traumatic, stressful experiences find significant value in putting their thoughts, experiences, and creative thinking on paper. Our workshops help enable that writing process. For more information, contact MHC’s Director of Family and Community Programs, Lisa Carrico at email@example.com.
“Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors” is a creative writing anthology of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews and photography submissions by and about veterans from across the nation and spanning generations—from World War I to Iraq and Afghanistan. It is an annual series first released in November 2012.
It is critical that American veterans have an outlet in which to experience the process of self-expression. Secondly, it is essential for the good of our society and our nation that we appreciate the stories these men and women have to share.
“Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors” is published by the Southeast Missouri State University Press in cooperation with the Missouri Humanities Council and the Warriors Arts Alliance. The call for submissions recently passed, so check back soon for Volume 4 of the series.
Support our work by ordering your copy of Proud to Be today.
Who can attend the workshops?
Any veteran or current service member is welcome to attend MHC veteran writing workshops. The workshops have a maximum capacity, however, so make sure to register in advance.
Do I need to sign-up in advance?
Yes. Please register in advance to ensure your place in the workshop is reserved.
Is there a cost associated with the workshop?
No. These workshops are underwritten by the Missouri Humanities Council in partnership with the host venue.
Do I need to attend every workshop?
While there are 12 workshops that build upon one another, you do not have to commit to each workshop in order to participate. Please feel free to register for only those or the workshop that you can attend.
Do I need to be a great writer to attend?
Absolutely not. In fact, that’s partly the point. We aim to help you put your thoughts on paper, no matter your experience with writing. These workshops are intended to do just that.
Can I make a gift just for MHC’s veterans programming?
Yes. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the MHC that are held specifically in support of certain programs, such as our veterans workshops and child literacy programs. For more information, please contact Jim Weidman, Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 781-9660. To make a contribution directly online, click here.