Your story can change lives. Learn to tell it with skill and power.
Veterans are changing the arts in America. A new generation of artists
is responding to the traumatic experiences of prolonged war, creating haunting and memorable work.
One of the best-kept secrets
in this technically oriented culture is that simply speaking truth heals.
– Rachel Remen, MD
The Writer’s Garret has developed the Veteran Writes program to support military veterans and their families. Your story can change lives. Learn to tell it with skill and power. Share your experiences through writing in a way that will help others to better understand your service.
Veteran Writes faculty and presenters are practicing writers: poets, spoken word artists, playwrights, and novelists, writers of memoir, creative non-fiction, and short stories. Many are themselves veterans, the spouses of veterans, and the sons and daughters of veterans. All are trained workshop facilitators with a heart for serving their communities through sharing their love of the written word.
Our workshops focus on the craft of writing, as well as strategies to help participants process and write about intense experiences in a way that promotes good health. Research exploring the connection between the arts and well-being has found that writing from deep feeling boosts immune function, brings about drops in blood pressure, reduces feelings of depression, and elevates daily moods. Writing makes a difference.
Veteran Writes workshops are always free to veterans and their family members. To learn more about bringing a workshop to veterans in your organization or community, contact:
Robin Turner, Program Manager: email@example.com
Discounts for writing workshops at The Writer’s Garret
Are you a veteran or family member interested in attending one of our upcoming general interest writing workshops at The Writer’s Garret? We invite you to register using the code VETS for a 100% discount on tuition.
RECENT VETERAN WRITES WORKSHOPS, CLASSES, AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS
A weekly meeting of elder veterans learning to share their WWII experiences through writing.
A one-hour panel discussion to introduce veterans, spouses, and family members to the craft and healing potential of writing the military experience through memoir, fiction, and poetry.
This one-day writing workshop for veterans and spouses explores storytelling in all forms: the novel, memoir, short story, poetry, and nonfiction.
A panel discussion on writing’s unique power to move, heal, and more deeply connect us to our own stories and those of others.
Learning to Share Your Story at the Center of Excellence for Returning War Veterans in Waco (Summer 2016)
Instructor: Leila Levinson
A four-week writing workshop for veterans and their spouses to learn simple, straightforward strategies to help process and write about intense experiences in a way that also promotes physical and emotional well-being.
Explore powerful writing by veterans
A SELECTION OF BOOKS BY MILITARY VETERANS, SPOUSES, AND FAMILY
Here, Bullet Brian Turner
A Clock of Human Bones Matthew Borczon
The Book of Willie Charles Kesler
Short Story Collections
Redeployment Phil Klay
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
You Know When the Men are Gone Siobhan Fallon
The Yellow Birds Kevin Power
The Confusion of Languages Siobhan Fallon
The Great Santini Pat Conroy
Birding Babylon: A Soldier’s Journal from Iraq Jonathan Trouern-Trend
Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point Elizabeth D. Samet
Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress Mary Edwards Wertsch