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Warrior Writers Facilitator’s Trainings, Writing and Visual Art Workshops, Art Exhibition, and Performance

Warrior Writers hosted a powerful gathering of veterans, artists, and supporters at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH, July 26-27, 2013. We were very excited to host Facilitator’s Trainings for folks interested in hosting workshops for veterans in their own cities. We also debuted our new and improved Warrior Writers Do-It-Yourself guide – a complete guide to creating a healthy and sustainable Warrior Writers Community. The weekend also included writing workshops for veterans, a workshop of working with veterans for allies, visual arts, performing and drumming workshops, good food, socializing, and a inspiring performance.

Workshop Descriptions:

Working with Veterans 101: an arts-based workshop for civilian allies
This workshop is centered around building beneficial veteran-civilian relationships. Weexplore participant's perceptions about and relationships with veterans. We utilize creative writing/art-making, dialogue, participatory learning and active listening processes, as well as, the artwork of Veteran artists to guide our discussions. Some areas of learning & investigation include: veterans’ issues and experiences, PTSD, challenges/benefits of working with veterans, and specific information about healthy ways of engaging veterans.  This workshop will provide a foundation from which civilian allies can build healthy and sustainable relationships with veterans and move toward creative collaboration. We also require any volunteers interested in facilitation or arts collaboration through Warrior Writers to attend a training with us.  

Veterans Writing Workshop:
Our workshops are designed to assist veterans to share stories, opinions, and ideas, using prompts to enable participants to do productive writing/reflecting/story-telling/art-making on the spot where they learn by doing. Prompts and discussions cover a variety of military issues and experiences such as joining the military, homecoming, deployment, relationships, healing, growth, anger, etc. A crucial aspect of the workshop is that the discussions and writings are guided by participation. Veterans’ support for each other is a key aspect of collaboration.  A highlight for many veterans is having a space to air pent-up thoughts with others who understand and a sense of empowerment in the ability to tell their own stories. The workshop is for any military veteran regardless of their experiences with writing, combat, art, deployment, etc.

Writers Workshop/Facilitator’s Training:
Interested in possibly running a writing workshop in your area? Maybe looking to do closer work with veterans in the future? Warrior Writers founder Lovella Calica slead training for veterans and allies interested in facilitating workshops. Having attended our Working with Veterans 101 training is a must for civilians interested in attending this workshop. The format is the same as a regular WW workshop, but with added tips, conversations and a DIY guide; essentially, you see it in action. Attendance to this workshop does not authorize one to lead workshops using the WW name, but is a stepping stone in the process.

Visual Arts Workshops:
This hands-on, learn-by-doing-training covers the basics of digital photography, video or a variety of art-making, including photo transfer process. Participants in photo or video workshops can join a team to document the workshops and performances.

Art Exhibition:

Coming Home,visual art and writing from recent veterans working with Warrior Writers and Combat Paper, was exhibited in Herndon Gallery in Yellow SPrings, OH June 11-16, 2013. Coming Home featured a site-specific installation by Iraq veterans Aaron Hughes and work by Veteran artists and Warrior Writers Chantelle Bateman, Drew Cameron, Toby Hartbarger, Aaron Hughes, Kevin Kilgore, Iris Madelyn, Robynn Murray, Jennifer Pacanowski, Amy Rising, Jon Turner, Eli Wright and Ash Kyrie.

Press: Yellow Springs News, WYSO