Writing Over WarTell your story of service 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
Your story can change lives. Learn to tell it with skill and power.
The Writer’s Garret has developed Writing Over War to support military veterans, their families, and others affected by conflict. 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.
Writing Over War faculty and presenters are practicing writers: poets, novelists, memoirists, and playwrights; they are spoken-word artists and writers of creative non-fiction, flash fiction, and short stories. Many are themselves veterans, the spouses and sons and daughters of veterans, or refugees from war-torn countries. 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.
Writing Over War introductory workshops are always free to veterans and their family members. To learn more about bringing a workshop to your organization or community, contact us at [email protected]
If you are a veteran interested in attending one of our upcoming community writing workshops at The Writer’s Garret, you may be eligible for special support from the Texas Commission on the Arts to take a workshop gratis. Please contact g[email protected] or call (214) 828-1715 to see if your class choice qualifies for this special subsidy.
Featured Writing Over War Events
From Afghanistan to Abilene at McMurry University (Spring 2019)
An afternoon creative writing workshop intensive with the veteran students of McMurry University, near Dyess Air Force Base, led by Writing Over War lead instructor Joshua M. Folmar.
In the Pity: Introduction to Poetry and Truth or Fiction: Introduction to Prose at Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Metrocare Services (Summer and Fall 2018)
Monthly foundational expressive writing classes for clients of the Cohen Clinic, led by Writing Over War lead instructor Joshua M. Folmar.
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.
For Further Reading
A Clock of Human Bones Matthew Borczon
The Book of Willie Charles Kesler
The War Works Hard Dunya Mikhail
Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting: Poems Kevin Powers
Here, Bullet Brian Turner
Short Story Collections
You Know When the Men are Gone Siobhan Fallon
Redeployment Phil Klay
The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
The Great Santini Pat Conroy
The Confusion of Languages Siobhan Fallon
The Yellow Birds Kevin Powers
Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point Elizabeth D. Samet
Birding Babylon: A Soldier’s Journal from Iraq Jonathan Trouern-Trend
My Life as a Foreign Country Brian Turner
Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress Mary Edwards Wertsch