VETERANS Photo: Jerrey Roberts, Daily Hampshire Gazette
SHARING STORIES OF WAR AND HOMECOMING This project offers veterans and military family members instruction and inspiration from writing instructors, published writers, and newspaper reporters and editors. There will be opportunities for publishing writing in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and on the internet. The project is open to any veteran or family member with experiences to share related to wartime or peacekeeping missions. REGISTRATION: For information o registration, please email the VEP office, firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Veterans Writers Project” in the subject line. If email is not an option, call VEP at 413-253-4947. If you email, please state your name and tell us if you are a veteran or military family member. If you are a veteran, please tell us your branch and term of service, and the places and dates of your wartime or peacekeeping deployment(s). We will email you additional information and material, including a Writers’ Guide. These programs are organized by the Veterans Education Project (www.vetsed.org), Amherst MA, and funded in part by the MassHumanities Foundation. Co-sponsors include UMass Veteran Services and Daily Hampshire Gazette. UMassAmherst
FREE WRITING WORKSHOPS FOR VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILY MEMBERS
P I O N E E R VA L L E Y
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
INTRODUCTORY DOCUMENTARY VIDEO, MEET THE VWP WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS & ORGANIZERS
Monday, March 7, 6pm UMass Isenberg School of Management, Room G26 (in basement) Pizza served.
H ORAL HISTORY & WRITING WORKSHOP
Saturday, March 26, 1-5pm UMass Isenberg School of Management, Room 119. Led by Elise Tripp, editor of two collections of veterans’ interviews and oral histories (Surviving Iraq: Soldiers’ Stories, Interlink Publishing, 2008; Veterans On War, 2011).
WRITING THE WAR EXPERIENCE: THE STORY OF OPERATION HOMECOMING
Tuesday, April 5, 7:30pm UMass Campus Center Reading Room (across from the Blue Wall) This event will instruct and inspire those wishing to write about warrelated experiences. Nationally acclaimed writer and editor Andrew Carroll speaks about his experiences working with Operation Homecoming, helping Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to write about their war experiences. VWP participants will read from their work.
WRITING WORKSHOP II
Saturday, April 9, 1-5pm UMass Isenberg School of Management, Room 119. Led by Stephen Sossaman, Vietnam veteran, retired WSU English professor, creative writing instructor and published writer. Mr. Sossaman will elaborate on storytelling and writing nonfiction memoir and fiction.
FINALIZING & POLISHING WRITING
(April-Early May) Completion of submissions for publication; individualized coaching, from experienced writers, will be available. Poster: Deb Chandler