Workshops, Performances, Exhibitions &Training

Past Events

Upcoming Events

Letters Home: Lecture and Discussion with Andrew Carroll
When: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6:00-7:30 PM
Where: Digital Studies Center, 101 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ
What: Andrew Carroll, director of the Center for American War Letters, will present a talk that examines both the history and enduring significance of war letters, followed by a discussion with multiple generations of veterans and their family members. All are welcome at this free event. Andrew Carroll is the editor of several New York Times bestsellers, including War Letters and Behind the Lines. He also edited Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families, which inspired the Emmy award-winning film Operation Homecoming. Andrew is the director of the Center for American War Letters (www.warletters.us) at Chapman University. The Center’s mission is to seek out and preserve war-related correspondence by troops, veterans, and their loved ones from every conflict in U.S. history. Check below for events on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5.
Cost: Free; RSVP encouraged.
Contact: Leah Falk, writers@camden.rutgers.edu
More Info & RSVP: Here

Tea Performance with Aaron Hughes
When: Friday, Nov. 16, 2:00 - 3:15 PM
Where: Edgewood College Gallery,1000 Edgewood Dr., Madison, WI
What: A performance and discussion that explores war, detention, love, and tea. Tea Performances utilize the space created when someone sits, sips, and reflects over a cup of tea to ask questions about one’s relationship to the world: a world that’s filled with dehumanization, war, and destruction; a world that’s filled with moments of beauty, love, and humanity. Tea Performances are one aspect of the larger collaborative Tea Project by Amber Ginsburg and Aaron Hughes.
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Taking Place Exhibit Opening
When: Friday, Nov. 16, 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Edgewood College Gallery, 1000 Edgewood Dr., Madison, WI
What: Works by Warrior Writer Aaron Hughes and The Dirty Canteen.
" By our mere existence, we reflect the politicization of survival. We should not accept the complacency of war advocates as the threshold for patriotism. We seek to comprehend, reflect, and educate ourselves and others about what exactly is taking place in our country and in the world. Through acknowledgment of the complexities of truth, we are taking place in the necessary dialog. "
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Steamroller Print Mayhem
When: November 17 @ 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Arts+Literature Laboratory (A.L.L), 2021 Winnebago ST., Madison, WI
What: Don't miss your big chance to watch artists ink up large woodblocks that are then printed by a 1-ton steamroller in the back driveway at Arts+Literature Laboratory. Inside, you can have fun at one of our screen print stations or pull a sheet of Combat Paper. We aim to make this the most memorable, free, community event you've ever witnessed.
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MN Warrior Writers Meet Up
When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 1:00-2:30 PM
Where: The Loft, 1011 Washington Avenue South, third floor #302, Minneapolis, MN
What: Writing workshop and social event for veterans of all eras. No experience necessary.
Cost: Free.
Contact: Chante Wolf, chantewolf7@gmail.com or Raymond Camper, raymond.camper@gmail.com

Letters Home: Writing Workshop for Veterans with Warrior Writers
When: Thursday, Nov. 28, 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: Writers House, 305 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ
What: As part of the Letters Home project, Warrior Writers facilitates a series of free writing workshop for veterans in 2018-19. An experienced facilitator will guide participants through a series of generative writing prompts that engage veterans’ experiences. All veterans are invited to sign up whether or not they are affiliated with Rutgers. Letters Home is generously supported in part by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. There will also be a writing workshop on Dec. 5.
Cost: Free; RSVP encouraged.
Contact: Leah Falk, writers@camden.rutgers.edu

Warrior Writers Writing and Performance Workshops
When: Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 28-29
Where: 1000 Edgewood College Dr., Edgewood College, Madison, WI
What: We’re excited to join forces with the ever-amazing Yvette Pino in Madison, WI, to close out In Good Company: An Exposition of work from Emerging Veteran Artists. Pino has organized dozens of events in Madison, bringing veterans from around the country. Warrior Writers will be hosting both a writing workshop and performance workshop led by Jeff Key at Edgewood College in conjunction with their theater department and their student veteran organization. The workshops are open to the public and will be beneficial for veterans and civilians.
Day One: Working with Veterans 101: an arts-based workshop for civilian allies
This workshop is centered around building beneficial veteran-civilian relationships. We explore 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 facilitated Warrior Writers workshops to attend a training with us.
Day Two: Writing for Performance and Stage Workshop
Actor/Writer Jeff Key will be teaching a writing for performance and the stage workshop with veterans and theater students.
Contact: info@warriorwriters.org

Letters Home: Writing Workshop for Veterans with Warrior Writers
When: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: Writers House, 305 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ
What: As part of the Letters Home project, Warrior Writers facilitates a series of free writing workshop for veterans in 2018-19. An experienced facilitator will guide participants through a series of generative writing prompts that engage veterans’ experiences. All veterans are invited to sign up whether or not they are affiliated with Rutgers. Letters Home is generously supported in part by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Cost: Free; RSVP encouraged.
Contact: Leah Falk, writers@camden.rutgers.edu

Veteran Reading
When: Wednesday, December 5, 6 PM
Where: Suffolk Poetry Center, Mildred F Sawyer Library, 73 Tremont St, Boston, MA
What: Veterans reading original work created in writing workshops at the Suffolk Poetry Center.
Contact: boston@warriorwriters.org for more information.

MN Warrior Writers Meet Up
When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 1:00-2:30 PM
Where: The Loft, 1011 Washington Avenue South, third floor #302, Minneapolis, MN
What: Writing workshop and social event for veterans of all eras. No experience necessary.
Cost: Free.
Contact: Chante Wolf, chantewolf7@gmail.com or Raymond Camper, raymond.camper@gmail.com

Warrior Writers News

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.

The Art of Re-integration: Veterans and the Silences of War
When: August 2018-April 2019
Where: Philadelphia, PA
What: Warrior Writers, in partnership with The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a series of discussion programs titled The Art of Re-integration: Veterans and the Silences of War. Starting this summer, the project team will use an intensive 5-day preparatory program to train six veteran and non-veteran discussion leaders to facilitate intimate conversation programs that will happen on a monthly basis. The programs will engage veterans, their families, and humanities enthusiasts in conversations about heroism, re-integration, suffering, and anti-war activism, in the context of three conflicts: World War I, the Vietnam War, and the Global War On Terror. Sessions will run through April 2019.
More Info: Historical Society of Pennsylvania

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

On-going Warrior Writer Events

Western MA Warrior Writers

Monthly Warrior Writers Workshop
When: First Monday of every month, 6-8 PM
Where: Levanway Meeting Room, Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main Street, Greenfield MA
What: Join us at the Greenfield Public Library for our monthly series of Warrior Writers workshops for veterans facilitated by local veteran and Warrior Writers member Eric Wasileski.. 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

Newburgh, NY Warrior Writers

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Every Third Thursday of the month, 5-7 PM. Check listings above for next workshop.
Where: Cornerstone Community Room, 111 Broadway, Newburgh, NY
What: Veteran writing workshop, facilitated by Kevin Basl and Fred Wilcox. Open to veterans of all eras.
Cost: Free
Contact: Everett Cox, 845-544-1341

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.