Writing Over War


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 WoverW@writersgarret.org

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? You are eligible for special support from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Veterans may take most classes gratis, and members of a veteran’s immediate family may receive a 50% discount, also courtesy of Texas Commission on the Arts.

Please contact Gen@writersgarret.org or call (214) 828-1715 to see if your class choice qualifies for either of these special subsidies.



Veteran Writes at Juliette Fowler Communities in Dallas (Fall 2016)
Instructors: Charles Kesler and Michael Clay

A weekly meeting of elder veterans learning to share their WWII experiences through writing.

Writing the Military Experience Panel Discussion at VFW Post 6796 in Dallas (Fall 2016)
Panelists: Charles Kesler, Leila Levinson, Rod Pannek, Kathleen M. Rodgers

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.

Writing Your Story Workshop at the Veterans One Stop Center in Waco (Summer 2016)
Instructors: Jack Woodville London and Don Helin

This one-day writing workshop for veterans and spouses explores storytelling in all forms: the novel, memoir, short story, poetry, and nonfiction.

Writing as a Healing Practice Panel Discussion at the Waco Public Library (Summer 2016)
Panelists: Leila Levinson, Jack Woodville London, Ruth Pennebaker, Jenuine Poetess

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 from veterans and those affected by war




Flying Over Baghdad With Sylvia Plath: Experiences, Through Poetry, With Poets And Poems In Iraq And Afghanistan   Paul David Adkins

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



Gated Grief: The Daughter of a GI Concentration Camp Liberator Discovers a Legacy of Trauma   Leila Levinson

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

Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Ice Man, Captain America, and the New Face of American War   Evan Wright