Workshops, Performances, Exhibitions &Training

Past Events

Upcoming Events

Amherst College Warrior Writers Reading
When: Monday, May 1, 4:30-6PM
Where: Porter Lounge, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
What: Amherst College Student Veterans in partnership with Warrior Writers is sponsoring a spring writing series that will culminate in a public reading on May 1st in the Porter Lounge on the Amherst campus. We are planning to publish some of the material in an anthology chapbook available at the final reading. The performance reading is open to the public.
Cost: Free
Contact for More Information: Eric Wasileski at or Roy Andrews, Writing Associate at Amherst College,

Women’s Writing Workshop (for Women Veterans only)
When: Tuesday, May 9, 5:30-6:30PM
Where: 259 N. Lawrence St., (Old City) Philadelphia, PA
What: Writing workshop for women veterans.
Cost: Free

Seaside Writers’ Conference Veteran Scholarship
When: May 14-21
Where: Seaside Academic Village, 168 Smolian Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
What: The Seaside Writers’ Conference is an annual gathering of creative writers from all over the nation, and features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and nonfiction who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops.
More Info: Seaside Writers Conference
Contact: Seth Tucker, or Matt Bondurant,

Indiegogo Campaign Kickoff
When: Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20
What: In May, we’ll be launching a crowd-sourced fundraiser. This fundraiser is envisioned as a way to raise money for a 10-year birthday book, while also connecting with as many veterans, service members and allies as possible, to celebrate with our hundreds of friends across the United States. We will accomplish this by hosting regional book release events. Stay tuned for more details.

First Person Arts StorySlam: Battle Scars
When: Tuesday, May 23, 7PM
Where: FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA
What: StorySlam hosted by Warrior Writers Founder/Director Lovella Calica StorySlam is more than a storytelling competition. It’s an invitation to share five minutes of your life and connect with a room full of people who appreciate a well-told tale. Gutsy audience members sign up at the door to tell true stories on the theme of the night: “Battle Scars.” Nobody’s perfect. From broken limbs to heartbreak, and everywhere in between, we want to hear all about your scrapes, scruffs, dings, and dents. Not every battle leaves a scar, but every scar tells a story. Of those who sign up, ten storytellers are randomly selected to take to the stage with their most outrageous, heartfelt, and hilarious tales. Judges, also selected from the audience, determine the StorySlam winner, who is awarded a $100 prize, and a chance to compete in the season finale Grand Slam. Got five minutes? Come and lend an ear, or share an experience! Sponsored by First Person Arts and WHYY.
Cost: $7, $10. Click here for tickets.
More info: Event Evite

Memorial Day - BBQ at our Mural in Philly
When: Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 6PM
Where: at our Mural - near the VA in West Philadelphia at 4129 Woodland Ave.
What: Join us as we gather for community connection at our mural, "Communion: Between Iraq and a Hard Place." Please bring sides, drinks and desserts, we'll provide the rest. Poetry reading, book/T-shirt sales, and good food promised - an auction is possible!
Cost: Free

Workshop for Veterans: A Century Later, Looking at WWI Writing
When: Wed. May 31, 6:30-8PM
Where: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St. Philadelphia, PA 19107
What: Join us at the Historical Society as we examine WWI texts from one hundred years ago. As we reflect on the centennial, we will use WWI texts to find commonalities to the recent conflicts and its effects on our society and individuals. Led by local Warrior Writer artist Toni Topps, this is sure to be a unique and important experience.
Cost: Free

Annual Summer Writing Retreat
When: Monday, June 26-Friday, June 30
Where: The Old Oak Dojo, 14 Chestnut Pl, Jamaica Plain, MA
What: We will again partner with the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences during their Annual Writers’ Workshop at UMass Boston. Faculty have included Brian Turner, Bruce Weigl, Fred Marchant, Sean Davis and Larry Heinneman. Warrior Writers will offer our own programming alongside the Joiner Center’s series of master classes. We are excited to again be hosted by our friends at The Old Oak Dojo.
More details and registration will be available soon.

Stay Tuned for More Information

Our 2017 Series of USO Workshops (each a weeklong), at Fort Belvoir and Walter Reed, will begin in April and run through October. We’ll hold a public art exhibition and poetry reading as a finale each week.

Seven More Birthday Party Performances will be held in Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, the Bay Area, and other locations. Our Boston Birthday party will be June 30. Please contact us if you’d like to host us, have an idea for another location or event, or would like to help.

Radio Silence/Desert Home Companion, a collaboration between Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz and Mural Arts, will continue through 2017. Come see a live performance on Independence Mall in Philadelphia on July 29, which will feature Warrior Writers, Iraqi musicians, and many other acts in a large-scale performance that will be part of a weekly NPR radio series from Aug. to Oct. Rakowitz will bring together recordings of famed Iraqi broadcaster Bahjat Abdulawahed with other Iraqi refugees and Iraq War veterans, as well as musicians and other performers, to craft a surreal world of “Radio Baghdad,” using conventions of radio (from news to variety) to poetically frame the real experiences and talents of participants.
Photos from Warrior Writers/Mural Arts Radio Silence Workshop
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Ongoing workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. We’re also jumpstarting the New York City and Chicago workshops.

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:

On-going Warrior Writer Events

Boston Warrior Writers

Midnight Voices Spoken Word & Poetry Night
When: Third Thursday of every month at 7-9PM
Where: Friends Meeting, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
What: Spoken Word and Open Mic Night with monthly featured reader. We are actively seeking featured readers for upcoming months.
Cost: Free
Contact: for date, time and place of next workshop
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NJ Warrior Writers

Warrior Writers New Jersey 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
Cost: Free

NYC Warrior Writers

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#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 with the honoree and donor information.