Veterans Writing Workshops


All veterans have a story to tell.  Since 2011, the Missouri Humanities Council has partnered with many great organizations to provide veterans and their families with an outlet for self-expression through writing.  MHC’s Veterans Programs offer support to both new and experienced writers through workshops, readings, and an annual publication.  Together, these programs encourage hundreds of veterans each year to tell their stories.

In partnership with libraries and veteran support organizations throughout Missouri, MHC offers Veterans Writing Workshops to develop the skills of veterans and their families — empowering them to share their stories, thoughts, and experiences through the written word.  The workshops are free of charge and facilitated by professional writers.  Topics include the basics of writing from first draft to publication.  Participants are lead through writing exercises with meaningful feedback from facilitators, fellow veterans, and family. Beginners to advanced writers welcome.

The workshops are a collaborative community effort.  Past and present partners include:  VA St. Louis Medical System at Jefferson Barracks-Occupational Therapy, the St. Louis Public Library, Drury University, Springfield-Greene County Library, Moral Injury Association of Americathe Kansas City Public Library, and The Writers Place .

I really enjoyed the caliber of the instructors and the camaraderie with the veterans.

-Workshop Participant

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS


SATURDAY, SEPT. 15, 2018 AT 10:15AM – PUBLIC PROGRAM

Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch  |  4801 Main St., Kansas City, MO

The first of five weekly sessions at the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch opens with a public presentation featuring Iraq War veteran and acclaimed author and poet Brian Turner. He joins Rita Brock, senior vice president of moral injury programs for the nonprofit Volunteers of America, and George Dent, a PTSD psychologist at Kansas City’s VA Medical Center, in discussing PTSD, moral injury (the inability to reconcile wartime actions with a personal moral code) and other traumas and how writing and other creative arts can help in recovery. Later that afternoon, eligible veterans, active duty military, and their families can take part in the first writing workshop.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15, 2018 FROM 1:00PM – 3:00PM – VETERANS WRITING WORKSHOP SESSION 1 “WRITING THROUGH INJURY”

Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch  |  4801 Main St., Kansas City, MO

SESSIONS 2-5: SEPT. 22ND, SEPT. 29TH, OCT. 6TH, OCT. 13TH  |  9:00AM – 12:30PM

Click the flyer for more information and registration.

Would you like to host or attend a Veterans Writing Workshop in your community?

Contact MHC’s Veterans & Family Programs Director, Lisa Carrico at lisa@mohumanities.org or call 314.781.9660.

Do you know about our Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors anthology series?

Click on the book below for more information.

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Vol. 6 was released on Veterans Day, 11.11.17.

To purchase Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Vol. 1-5, click here –>

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