Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Free Fiction Workshop for Veterans, Active Duty Personnel and Family Members

The Writer’s Center has received funding from The National Endowment for the Arts to offer a tuition-free writing workshop starting September 23.  The workshop, which is offered to military veterans, service members and their families, meets at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, in Washington, D.C., two short blocks from the Eastern Market Metro station on the orange and blue line.  To register please email and put “Free Workshop for Military” in the subject line.  We’d like to thank the NEA for funding this workshop  and Hill Center for generously providing a room.  A tuition-free nonfiction workshop, also funded by the NEA, will be offered at The Writer’s Center in 2014.

Fiction workshop at Hill Center
6 Mondays
September 23 through October 28
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

This fiction workshop is offered to military veterans, service members, and their adult family members. It focuses on intensive writing and revision, with some required reading. Participants will submit short stories or novel chapters to the instructor and to their peers for critique. Typically, one or two stories or chapters are submitted during a workshop. Workshop participants will also submit detailed critiques of their fellow students' writing. The workshop is provided at no cost to the participants. Readings and some directed writing projects will be assigned by the instructor. Maximum attendance: 12.

Workshop Leader:  Ron Capps, founder  and director of the
Veterans Writing Project,  served 25 years in the Army and Army Reserve and is a combat veteran of Afghanistan. He is a contributor to Time Magazine’s Battleland blog and to Foreign Policy; his literary writing has been featured in JMWW, The New York Times, Little Patuxent Review, Prime Number, and Riverlit. The Washington Post called his 2009 essay Back From the Brink, “stunningly good.” His essay The French Lieutenant’s iPod won first prize for creative non-fiction in Press 53′s 2011 Open Awards competition, and his 2011 essay Yellow was listed as a Notable in Best American Essays of 2012. He has been a featured speaker on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, Pacifica Radio, the BBC World Service and has been a consultant to Time, Rolling Stone, and public broadcasting’s Frontline. His book, Writing War: A Guide to Telling Your Own Story serves as the curriculum for VWP seminars and workshops. A memoir, The French Lieutenant’s iPod, is forthcoming in 2014 from Schaffner Press.

Hal Wilson, left, of the Eastern Shore Writers Association, interviews Ron Capps in Delmarva Public Radio’s studio (WSDL-FM, Salisbury) – Photographed by Wilson Wyatt. Click here to hear the interview.




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