Workshops, Performances, Exhibitions &Training

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Portland Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Sunday, Apr. 22, 1-3PM
Where: American Legion Post 134, at 2104 NE Alberta, Portland, OR
What: Portland-area veterans, family members of veterans are invited to join a small group (twenty-five people or fewer) for a free, six-month reading, writing, and discussion group. War Stories will be an opportunity to come together to explore the experience of military service, wartime, and the challenges and opportunities of transitioning from active duty to civilian life through writing, talking and reflection. War Stories is sponsored by Oregon Humanities and led by Purple Heart recipient and author, Sean Davis. The workshops will be split into two parts: a writing session and a discussion, with a break in between. The writing session will include prompts that cover a variety of military issues and experiences, and will occasionally feature special guest speakers.
Cost: Free
Contact: Jacob Meeks, pdx@warriorwriters.org

Bridging the Divide: Connecting Veterans and Civilians to the Humanities
When: Apr. 23, 7-9PM
Where: Codman Square Health Center, 637 Washington St., Boston, MA
What: Warrior Writers have also been invited to participate in a free, 5-week community building workshop at the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester. Led by experienced teachers and taught in a seminar format, the workshop will focus on the experience of war in art and literature. Participants will have the opportunity to read, view, and discuss great works of literature and art inspired by military conflicts throughout history. Register here    More Info here.
Cost: Free
Contact: info@btdclass.com

New Brunswick Warrior Writers Workshop
When: Monday, April 23, 6-8 PM
Where: Room 302, Murray Hall, 510 George St., New Brunswick, NJ
What: Veteran Writing workshop. This creative workshop offers prompts that cover a variety of military issues and experiences. This encourages sharing stories, opinions, and ideas for productive writing/reflecting/story-telling and art-making.
Cost: Free.    Register here    More Info
Contact: William D Brown, Rutgers.veterans@gmail.com

New Brunswick Warrior Writers Poetry Reading
When: Apr. 25, 6-8PM
Where: Rutgers Academic Building - Room 2225, 15 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ
What: Come out to celebrate dynamic and powerful NJ-area veteran writers with us. This poetry reading will feature long-time Warrior Writers artists from the area as well as showcase emerging veteran writers from Rutgers. All are welcome.
Cost: Free.    Register here    More Info
Contact: William D Brown, Rutgers.veterans@gmail.com

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Sunday, Apr. 29, 1-3PM
Where: American Legion Post 134, at 2104 NE Alberta, Portland, OR
What: Portland-area veterans, family members of veterans are invited to join a small group (twenty-five people or fewer) for a free, six-month reading, writing, and discussion group. War Stories will be an opportunity to come together to explore the experience of military service, wartime, and the challenges and opportunities of transitioning from active duty to civilian life through writing, talking and reflection. War Stories is sponsored by Oregon Humanities and led by Purple Heart recipient and author, Sean Davis. The workshops will be split into two parts: a writing session and a discussion, with a break in between. The writing session will include prompts that cover a variety of military issues and experiences, and will occasionally feature special guest speakers.
Cost: Free
Contact: Jacob Meeks, pdx@warriorwriters.org

Bridging the Divide: Connecting Veterans and Civilians to the Humanities
When: Apr. 30, 7-9PM
Where: Codman Square Health Center, 637 Washington St., Boston, MA
What: Warrior Writers have also been invited to participate in a free, 5-week community building workshop at the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester. Led by experienced teachers and taught in a seminar format, the workshop will focus on the experience of war in art and literature. Participants will have the opportunity to read, view, and discuss great works of literature and art inspired by military conflicts throughout history. Register here    More Info here.
Cost: Free
Contact: info@btdclass.com

Warrior Writers Bookmaking Workshop
When: Wednesday, May 2, 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA
What: Generative writing workshop for veterans of war and conflict.
Cost: Free
Contact: boston@warriorwriters.org
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NJ Veteran Writing Workshop
Who: Veterans and family members
When: Thursday, May 10, 7-10PM
Where: Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, 14 Maple Ave., 3rd Floor, Morristown, NJ
What: Veterans and family members, join us for a creative writing workshop and an opportunity to socialize with other veterans. No prior writing experience is necessary. Parking is available in public parking garage behind the office building; we can get parking ticket punched in the office and park for free. Entrance to Dodge Foundation from parking lot is back door on first floor. Take elevator to 3rd floor conference room. Please bring snacks or supper.
Cost: Free   RSVP
Contact: Jan Barry, janbarry61@hotmail.com

Poetry Reading
When: Sunday May 13, 2PM
Where: South Philadelphia Free Library, 1700 S. Broad Street (at Morris Street)
What: Poetry Reading featuring poet, writer, scholar, teacher and Vietnam war veteran W.D Ehrhart; Poet Laureate of Bucks County Bill Wunder; and members of Warrior Writers. Stay tuned for more details.
Cost: Free
Contact: larry@moonstoneartscenter.org
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Warrior Writers Bookmaking Workshop
When: Wednesday, May 16, 5:30-7 PM
Where: Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA
What: Generative writing workshop for veterans of war and conflict.
Cost: Free
Contact: boston@warriorwriters.org
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Veteran Artists in Craft Week in Maine
When: May 21 – 25, 2018. Registration Deadline: Friday, April 6
Where: Deer Isle, Maine
What: Frontline Arts and Haystack have teamed up to develop a program for military veterans based on the “combat paper” model of taking discontinued military uniforms and transforming them into handmade paper. The goal with these workshops has been to highlight the veteran artist movement and provide opportunities for veterans to learn from one another in a supportive community of makers. A lottery process will be used for selecting participants. Workshops are open to all skill levels. Those accepted attend for free.
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MA Warrior Writers
When: Wednesday, May 30, 6-8 PM
Where: Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA
What: Generative writing workshop for veterans of war and conflict.
Cost: Free
Contact: boston@warriorwriters.org
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MA Warrior Writers
When: Wednesday, June 13, 6-8 PM
Where: Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA
What: Generative writing workshop for veterans of war and conflict.
Cost: Free
Contact: boston@warriorwriters.org
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NJ Veteran Writing Workshop
Who: Veterans and family members
When: Thursday, June 14, 7-10PM
Where: Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, 14 Maple Ave., 3rd Floor, Morristown, NJ
What: Veterans and family members, join us for a creative writing workshop and an opportunity to socialize with other veterans. No prior writing experience is necessary. Parking is available in public parking garage behind the office building; we can get parking ticket punched in the office and park for free. Entrance to Dodge Foundation from parking lot is back door on first floor. Take elevator to 3rd floor conference room. Please bring snacks or supper.
Cost: Free   RSVP
Contact: Jan Barry, janbarry61@hotmail.com

5th Annual Warrior Writers Retreat in Boston
When: June 24 – 30, 2018
Where: Boston, MA
What: The Boston Retreat takes place in conjunction with the William Joiner Institute's 31st Annual Summer Writers' Workshop, giving interested members an opportunity to enroll in Master Classes during the weeklong retreat with their distinguished faculty, including Martin Espada, Danielle Legros Georges, Laren McClung, Bruce Weigl, Martha Collins, Sean Davis, Fred Marchant, Lady Borton, and more.    More Information on the William Joiner Institute's 31st Annual Summer Writers' Workshop here.
We are actively fundraising to cover the cost of travel, housing, meals, and Joiner Institute tuition scholarships for Warrior Writers interested in taking Master Classes. If you will need financial support, please register as soon as possible so we can account for you!
In addition to amazing programming and time with friends, the weeklong retreat will include opportunities for you to share your work with the public on June 27 and 29, 2018. Registration is now open for our 5th Annual Warrior Writers Retreat in Boston
Contact: boston@warriorwriters.org
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Boston Poetry Reading
When: Wednesday, June 27
Where: Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA
Reading by participants in the Boston Warrior Writers Retreat
Cost: Free
Contact: boston@warriorwriters.org
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Art Exhibition / Book Release Party / Celebration of Veteran Artists
When: Friday, June 29, 2018
Where: Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA
Stay tuned for more details

Warrior Writers Publishes New Guide
We're excited to announce a new book release! Warrior Writers Guide: How to Facilitate Writing Workshops for Veterans is an 82-page, spiral bound manual providing everything you need to know to get your own veterans writing workshop up and running. It includes a detailed facilitation plan, over 20 long-form writing prompts (also useful for individual veteran writers), our working with veterans 101 tip sheet, historical context on the origins of veterans writing workshops, and much more. We've learned a lot as an organization over the past decade+ and we want to share that knowledge with you. Available today in the Warrior Writers bookstore.

Radio Silence, a hybrid documentary, variety show, and radio play, conceived by artist Michael Rakowitz, brings the Iraqi diaspora to the airwaves. The project kicked off Sunday, July 30 with a massive live broadcast on Independence Mall, the symbolic home of American democracy. The event featured stories about Iraqi culture, daily life, music, and food from refugees, interwoven with animal performers and newly invented superheroes, along with the experiences of Iraq war veterans from Warrior Writers, traditional Iraqi food and a tahkt ensemble. The experience continues with a 10-episode radio show, broadcast on WPPM PhillyCAM Radio 106.5 FM and community radio stations across the country in partnership with Prometheus Radio Project—and distributed nationwide through Public Radio Exchange (PRX). Warrior Writers participated in a Radio Silence Listening Party on April 15 to kick off the broadcasts. For a full schedule and to download episodes, visit the Radio Silence website     Radio Silence blog
Photos and Recap     Video of performance     Photos from Warrior Writers/Mural Arts Radio Silence Workshop

Facilitator Trainings
We're seeking funding and organizers to bring training sessions for new facilitators to the LA, Boston, Denver, Chicago, and the South as we work to create more opportunities for veterans to join our supportive and creative community. Please get in touch if you'd like to help out! Contact: info@warriorwriters.org

On-going Warrior Writer Events

Philadelphia Warrior Writers

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Email info@warriorwriters.org for time and date of next workshop
Where: 1315 Walnut St. Suite 320, Center City, Philadelphia, PA
What: Monthly series of Warrior Writers writing workshops for veterans. All veterans are welcome no matter what branch they served in, what era, whether they served in combat or not. In addition, we accommodate people with all skill levels, including beginners. It is a safe space and we respect each other's differences. There will be a public performance of the writing/art created in the spring of 2018, participation in performance is completely voluntary. Workshops will take place monthly, Sept. 2017 – March 2018.
Cost: Free, all materials will be provided. A limited number of small travel or childcare stipends will be available for each workshop on a first come, first serve basis. Refreshments will be provided.
Contact: info@warriorwriters.org to sign up, get more information, or to request a travel/childcare stipend.

Call for Submissions for Chapbook by Philadelphia Area Warrior Writers Artists:
You can submit up to two pieces of poetry, attached as a word document with your full name and contact info. Poetry should not exceed 30 lines for each poem. Send the documents along with your bio to info@warriorwriters.org by April 16th. This chapbook, sponsored by Moonstone Arts, will be available on May 13th.

Boston Area Warrior Writers

Monthly Warrior Writers Workshop
When: Second Monday of the month, January-April, 6PM
Where: Greenfield Public Library,  402 Main St. Greenfield, MA
What: Join us at the Greenfield Public Library for our monthly series of Warrior Writers workshops for veterans. These creative workshops offer prompts that cover a variety of military issues and experiences to encourage storytelling and the sharing of opinions and ideas for writing, reflection, and artmaking. All veterans are welcome no matter what branch they served in, what era, whether they served in combat or not. In addition, we accommodate people with all skill levels, including beginners. It is a safe space and we respect each other's differences.
Cost: Free
Contact: boston@warriorwriters.org
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New Jersey Warrior Writers

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
Who: Veterans and family members
When: Second Thursday of every month, 7-10PM
Where: Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, 14 Maple Ave., 3rd Floor, Morristown, NJ
What: Veterans and family members, join us for a creative writing workshop and an opportunity to socialize with other veterans. No prior writing experience is necessary. Parking is available in public parking garage behind the office building; we can get parking ticket punched in the office and park for free. Entrance to Dodge Foundation from parking lot is back door on first floor. Take elevator to 3rd floor conference room. Please bring snacks or supper.
Cost: Free
Contact: janbarry61@hotmail.com

Portland. OR Warrior Writers

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: First Sunday of every month, 1:00-3:00PM
Where: American Legion Post 134, at 2104 NE Alberta, Portland, OR
What: Portland-area veterans, family members of veterans are invited to join a small group (twenty-five people or fewer) for a free, six-month reading, writing, and discussion group. War Stories will be an opportunity to come together to explore the experience of military service, wartime, and the challenges and opportunities of transitioning from active duty to civilian life through writing, talking and reflection. War Stories is sponsored by Oregon Humanities and led by Purple Heart recipient and author, Sean Davis. The workshops will be split into two parts: a writing session and a discussion, with a break in between. The writing session will include prompts that cover a variety of military issues and experiences, and will occasionally feature special guest speakers.
Cost: Free
Contact: Jacob Meeks, pdx@warriorwriters.org

Ithaca, NY Warrior Writers

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Every Other Thursday. Check listings above for next workshop.
Where: Unitarian Church parlor, 306 N Aurora St. (corner of Aurora and Buffalo), Ithaca, NY
What: Veteran writing workshop, facilitated by Kevin Basl and Fred Wilcox. Open to veterans of all eras.
Cost: Free
Contact: Kevin Basl, kevin.basl@gmail.com

NYC Warrior Writers

Contact: nyc@warriorwriters.org for information on next workshop.

#BeyondTheBBQ: Buy a Book for a Veteran in Memory of Lost Family Members or Friends
Consider commemorating your loved ones by supporting veterans that continue to struggle today. You can donate one of our anthologies to a veteran in the Warrior Writers community, in memory of someone you want to honor. Many veterans experience isolation, especially around Memorial Day. Help us remind our veterans that they are not alone, by offering them a book of art by veterans. The books remind them that there are hundreds of veterans interested in sharing experiences and community.
Inside the book cover it will say: In memory of the person you want to honor, from your name.
The cost is $30. Please make checks payable to Warrior Writers of Culture Trust, and send with name of honoree and donor to:
CultureTrust/Warrior Writers, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320, Philadelphia, PA 19107
or you can donate online and send us an email at info@warriorwriters.org with the honoree and donor information.