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Veteran Writes: Finding Your Voice Through Creative Writing
July 17, 2017
ONLINE July 17 – August 13, 2017 (4 weeks)
Instructor: PW Covington
ADMISSION TO THIS COURSE IS NOW CLOSED.
Submariner, combat medic, aviator, rifleman, crew chief, military police officer, logistics specialist, finance clerk, respiratory therapist—there are as many ways to serve our nation and global humanity as there are to express ourselves via the written word.
Join PW Covington, widely published poet, short story writer, and USAF veteran, for this four-week, online course that will offer an overview of several creative writing techniques. We will make use of our common experience as US military veterans as a starting point to explore and examine a variety of creative forms and prompts. Participants will be encouraged and supported to use their individual military experiences as the foundation of, but not necessarily the focus of, their writing, as we explore topics such as:
– Free form poetry
– Haiku/Tanka/Shadorma poetry
– Flash Fiction
– Creative Nonfiction
Contemporary, approachable veteran writers’ work will be showcased as examples throughout the course, and an atmosphere of mutual encouragement and respect will be maintained at all times. This course is designed to help us all grow beyond stereotypes of what “Veteran Writers” are expected to be producing by those that chose not to serve (and sometimes even by our fellow veterans). Special attention and focus will be spent on presenting authentic voices from women, disabled, LGBTQ, and immigrant veterans of all eras and generations.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
PW Covington is a 100% service connected disabled veteran of the United States Air Force with combat service in Southwest Asia during the first Gulf War and as an International Peacekeeper in Somalia during OPERATION RESTORE HOPE. His short fiction has earned a Pushcart Prize nomination and has made the short list in Queer Sci-Fi’s 2017 Flash Fiction contest. His poetry has been widely published internationally by academic journals, as well as Indie and underground ‘zines. His latest collection of poetry is titled “Sacred Wounds” and was published by Slough Press. Covington has been invited to read from the Texas/Mexico border to the Dakotas and from the East Coast to the Beat Museum in San Francisco.
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