Workshops, Performances, Exhibitions &Training

Past Events

Upcoming Events

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans
When: Submissions accepted May 1-31.
What: This year's judge is Brian Turner, author My Life as a Foreign Country. This creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel is hosted by The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter. Prizes: First place: $1,000 plus publication in an issue of The Iowa Review. Second place: $750. Three runners-up: $500.
More Info. https://iowareview.org/veteranswritingcontest

Veteran Artists Craft Week in Maine
When: May 21 – 25
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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Memorial Day Poetry Reading & Open Mic
When: Saturday, May 26, 3 PM
Where: Poet's Seat Tower, Mountain Road and Maple St., Greenfield, MA
What: Second Annual Memorial Day Poetry Reading & Open Mic featuring Doug Anderson, Preston Hood, Eric Wasileski, Ron Whittle, L.D. Green and Caleb Nelson. After the features, we will have an open mic. Each reader will have up to 5 minutes to share their original works. We will stay until we run out of words! Cost: Free
Contact: boston@warriorwriters.org
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Performance of Spoken Word Theater, Panel Discussion & Iftar Dinner
When: Wed, May 30, 7-9 PM
Where: MDC Live Arts Lab, 300 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL
What: Join us for a 25-minute excerpt of AMAL, developed and directed by Teo Castellanos, with original music production by Brimstone127. AMAL delves into the impact of war for both combatants and noncombatants as people of color, and shares experiences of veterans’ adjustment to life after war, as well as that of refugees and asylum seekers from war-torn countries. The performance will culminate with a Combat Hippies panel discussion along with local Muslim organizations, as well as an Iftar dinner. This communal breaking of the fast welcomes Muslims and non-Muslims alike to come together in a celebratory meal prepared by the Syrian Supper Club.
Contact: FREE! Limited Spaces available; You must RSVP.

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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Call for Discussion Leaders for The Art of Re-integration
When: Application Deadline is June 8
Where: Philadelphia
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. we are seeking skilled facilitators who are enthusiastic about literature, veterans and the arts. Discussion leaders will receive payment for their time ($200 for full training day, and $200 per event thereafter).
More Info: Apply Here

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, 7-10 PM
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

Warrior Writers Art Exhibition and Poetry Reading
When: Friday, June 15, 7 PM
Where: The Art League, 105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA
What: Art Exhibition and Poetry Reading by active duty service members
Cost: Free
Contact: info@warriorwriters.org

Inspired by True Events: Veteran Poetry Performance
When: Thursday, June 21, 6 PM
Where: InterAct Theatre Company at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks St., Philadelphia, PA
What: Join Warrior Writers for an inspiring evening of veteran poetry and performance hosted by InterAct Theatre.
Contact: info@warriorwriters.org

5th Annual Warrior Writers Retreat in Boston
When: June 24 – 30
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, 6 PM
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
Where: Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA
Stay tuned for more details

Two Rivers: Letters from the Tigris to the Schuylkill
When: Sunday, August 12, 3 PM
Where: Burholme Park in the Northeast, 1400 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA
What: A performance by veterans and Iraqis focusing on the natural landscape at Burlholme Park. More info TBA.
Cost: Free
Contact: info@warriorwriters.org

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: Details and discussion group leader application

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.