Workshops, Performances, Exhibitions &Training

Past Events

Upcoming Events

Frontline Arts/Warrior Writers Present
When: Thursday, August 23, 7:30 PM
Where: 70 South Gallery, 70 South St., Morristown, NJ
What: Spoken word by veterans David Keefe, Eli Wright, Jan Barry, Everett Cox
Cost: Free
Contact: www.mayoarts.org/free-community-events

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Thursday, August 23, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Where: Workers' Center, 115 E. Martin Luther King Jr. St. (above Autumn Leaves Books on The Commons), Ithaca, NY
What: Veteran writing workshop, facilitated by Kevin Basl and Fred Wilcox. Open to veterans of all eras.
Cost: Free
Contact: Jim Murphy, murphy@ithacaradio.org

Veteran and Service Member Art Exhibit and Reading
When: Friday August 24, 7-9PM
Where: Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD 20812
What: In partnership with Frontline Arts and Warrior Writers, local Service Members in the DC area participate in a week long workshop at the USO Warrior and Family Centers. During the workshop, participants are guided by veteran artists through the process of transforming military uniforms into handmade paper. Through writing and art workshops, participants narrate their individual military experiences through original works of art and writing, using these modalities to bridge the gap between the military and civilian communities.   Download Flyer
Contact: ashy@usometro.org

Two Rivers: Letters from the Tigris to the Schuylkill
When: Sunday, August 26, 2:30-5:30, show at 3 PM
Where: Burholme Park by Ryerss Mansion near the Carriage House, 1400 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111
What: A performance by Iraqis and veterans, followed by a picnic and kite-making.Warrior Writers presents Two Rivers: Letters from the Tigris to the Schuylkill. The event is based on building friendships amongst veterans and Iraqis in the landscape of Philadelphia. Music and all materials will be included, all ages are welcome. This performance is part of the City of Philadelphia’s Arts in Action initiative managed by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Promotional support provided by Mural Arts Philadelphia.
Cost: Free
Contact: info@warriorwriters.org

War Poetry: A Writing Workout for Warrior Writers at the Dojo
When: Wednesday, August 29, 5-8 PM
Where: The Old Oak Dojo, 14 Chestnut Pl, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
What: Join Warrior Writers at the Old Oak for a little labor and new writing prompts. We´ll read a few poems by Vietnam Veterans for inspiration, and free write. Thinking about the works of the last generation of Americans to really trust their government, the Baby Boomers who had just a few views to choose from on the evening news, we will be writing about the past and the future. We will discuss perspective in poetry, and generate some new writing.
Cost: Free
Contact: boston@warriorwriters.org

Writing and Art Workshops for Veterans
When: Friday, Sept. 7, 9AM-Noon and 1-4PM
Where: Third Floor, Madigan Library at Penn College of Technology, 1 College Ave, Williamsport, PA 17701
What: Two creative writing workshops with Warrior Writers Kevin Basl and Nate Lewis and one printmaking art workshop with local artists Lynn Estomin and Jeremiah Johnson. These workshops are for veterans, active duty service members and family only and are part of a day of workshops and serices for veterans in conjunction with the exhibition, Mindful, at the Gallery at PCT.
Cost: Free
Contact: Penny Lutz, plutz@pct.edu

Workshop and Reading for Veterans
When: Saturday, Sept. 8, 12-4: Lunch & workshop, Reading: 7-9PM
Where: Minnesota Humanities Center - 987 Ivy Ave E, St Paul, MN 55106
What: Workshop for vets and public reading by vets. Partnering with the MN Humanities Center, Veterans' Voices, and Minneapolis VA Suicide Prevention Outreach, Warrior Writers will be hosting and workshop and reading.
Cost: Free
Contact: Jessica.Faue@va.gov
Registration: Register here to join us

The Art of Re-integration: Veterans and the Silences of War
When: Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 5:30PM
Where: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia
What: We are providing the opportunity for folks to participate in monthly discussions that will create a constructive dialogue between veteran and non-veteran communities. Presented by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Warrior Writers, conversations will center on four themes: homecoming, suffering, anti-war activism and heroism in the context of World War I, Vietnam War, and the Global War on Terror.

We will utilize literature, visual artwork, and historical documents. The discussions will be a safe and welcoming space for everyone to examine multiple points of view where everyone is respected. Selected applicants must commit to participating in at least five out of the seven discussions, which will take place monthly at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (mostly on Wednesdays and/or on weekends in the evening). We will provide refreshments as well as a small stipend to cover transportation/childcare. Sessions will run through April 2019; the first session will take place on August 15.
More Info: Details on program   Become a participant. We will accept applications until Sept. 7.

Warrior Writers and Bastion NOLA Veterans and Community Retreat
When: Sept. 28-30
Where: New Orleans, LA - Most activities will take place at the Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St. More locations to be announced.
What: With support from Bastion, Warrior Writers will kick off its New Orleans chapter by hosting a Veterans and Community Retreat. We invite veterans, active-duty service-members, caregivers/care partners, family members, artists, allies and healers for a weekend of creativity and care. This free retreat will feature writing and art-making workshops, wellness sessions, seminars on how to build healthy relationships between vets and allies, facilitator’s training and discussion panels exploring local support for veterans. We are excited to feature a reading by veterans on Saturday evening as well as a reading of Lilac and Liquor (a play written by veteran Jeff Key) on Sunday evening. Our overall goal is to create space and community for veterans and their allies to connect, be creative and build a foundation for collaboration. Warrior Writers is a welcoming space for everyone regardless of their experiences with art, combat, deployment and political/religious perspectives.
Cost: Free
Contact: NOLA@warriorwriters.org
Registration: To join us, register here.   FB

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.
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

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.