FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 7, 2014

THE WRITERS PLACE TO HOST WRITING MY WAY BACK HOME: FREE WRITING WORKSHOP FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Two-day event on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26, 2014 gives veterans the tools to document their wartime experiences

Contact: Mary Bunten, Executive Director, The Writers Place

Phone: (816) 753-1090

Email: mbunten@writersplace.org

 

KANSAS CITY, MO---Military veterans and their families are invited to attend a free writing workshop, WRITING MY WAY BACK HOME, to help them gain the tools and confidence they need to tell their stories and to document their wartime experiences.  This two-day event is open to all U.S. veterans, active and reserve, as well as to their spouses, significant others, and teenage children.  No previous writing experience is required.  WRITING MY WAY BACK HOME will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014 and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO. 

 

WRITING MY WAY BACK HOME is made possible by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council.  The workshops are co-sponsored by The Writers Place and RezVets at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. 

 

The WRITING MY WAY BACK HOME weekend workshop seeks to help veterans tell their stories in an atmosphere of trust and respect.  Writing can therapeutic, aid self-reflection, and can help one organize experience and gain power over traumatic events. 

 

WRITING MY WAY BACK HOME will also give veterans the skills to write their stories well.  By using reading and writing exercises to explore deployment and wartime experiences—the fear, boredom, anxieties, thrills, brutality, tears and beauty—WRITING MY WAY BACK HOME attendees will learn how to make their stories compelling. Professional writers will lead sessions focusing on elements of craft of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.  They will present models by classic and contemporary authors, and expose veterans to a variety of genres and styles. 

 

Participants will work one-on-one with the session leaders, including current Missouri state poet laureate William Trowbridge, novelist Matthew Eck, writer and artist José Faus, poets Al Ortolani and Andrés Rodriguez, memoirist Barbara Bartocci, and essayist Emma Rainey.

 

New wars have created a new generation of soldiers who need to express themselves.  We believe that many of this generation’s literary works of outstanding quality will likely be produced by veterans and their families, and deal with the wartime experience--perhaps in part as a result of workshops like this. 

 

ABOUT THE WRITERS PLACE

The Writers Place is a literary community center, library, and gathering place for writers, readers, and the general public. Located at 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO, The Writers Place provides support, resources, guidance, and inspiration for those in our region who care about the word as art.

 

ABOUT THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is located at 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, Kansas.  It also has locations in Olathe, Blue Springs and downtown Kansas City.  Resurrection is the largest Methodist church in the country with over 18,000 members.  Additional information about the church is available at www.cor.org.

 

ABOUT THE REZVETS

The RezVets is a ministry group in The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Its mission is to help restore, reconcile and re-integrate veterans and their families to a holistic relationship within family and community including the community of faith.  Additional information about RezVets is available at www.cor.org/veterans.

 

Event Details:

WRITING MY WAY BACK HOME: A FREE WRITING WORKSHOP FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Friday, April 25, 2014, 5 PM – Saturday, April 26, 2014, 5 PM

Location: The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, Missouri

Open to military veterans, their spouses and significant others, and teenage children.

Free, but registration is required.  To register, visit  writersplace.org or call (816) 753-1090

 

 

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