The 4th annual Veterans Writing Workshops, which coincide with the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into World War I, kicks off this month at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street.
Now more than ever, veterans’ stories should be told. America has seen its longest stint of wartime over the last decade and a half, and fewest Americans have directly participated in the military, with only one percent of the population serving. The Veterans Writing Workshop, sponsored by the St. Louis Public Library, along with Missouri Humanities Council, gives veterans a voice.
The Veterans Writing Workshops provide a safe and creative outlet for veterans, active duty members, and their family to develop writing skills and tell their stories. The workshops are free and consists of five, four-hour sessions taught be professional writers. The workshop facilitators will lead the group through readings and constructive critiques; including the basics of writing and draft revision. Participants will leave with the tools to enjoy a writing style at home. This year’s workshop series will kick off with a workshop specifically for women.
- Workshop 1 (women only): Saturdays, April 1 through May 13 (excluding April 15 and 29) from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Workshop 2 (both men and women): Saturdays, May 27 through June 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Urban Eats Central Café will provide lunch each week for all workshop participants.
Participants can take part in a two-day workshop on May 19 and 20, titled “Writing War: A Guide to Telling Your Own Story” led by Ron Capps, executive director of the Veterans Writing Project based in Washington DC.
On April 22 and 23, St. Louis Public Library and Shakespeare St. Louis will host “Cry Havoc,” a one-man play describing the horrors of war through Shakespeare’s works. April 22 will also feature DeCruit, a writer’s workshop.
Registration for the workshops can be done through the Events at slpl.org, by email at email@example.com or by calling 314-539-0336. All workshops will be held at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street.