Veterans programs

For the past several years, veterans and their families from across the Kansas City metro area have been involved in programs at The Writers Place. In addition to the veteran-focused workshop series we have put on the past three years, there are also monthly writing groups that have grown from different programs over the years. Our very own Dr. H.C. Palmer, a retired physician and battalion surgeon with the First Infantry Division during the War in Vietnam, has been a huge force behind these programs and is a poet himself. 

SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH 2017 7-9PM Beginning with a keynote speech by novelist, short story writer and professor Phong Nguyen, Saturday’s workshop is designed to give veterans and their families the tools and confidence to develop and tell their own stories. Whether you have never written a letter or have had a steady writing practice for years, this conference is designed to benefit YOU. Participants will explore approaches to writing through writing prompts connected to Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried.  There will then be individual writing to enable participants to craft their own story. Poets, professors, and novelists will be available for one-on-one work and review. Participants may bring a working story of their own to the conference in the inspiration of O’Brien’s book, but it is not necessary. Please limit story length to 500 words. Register HERE

SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH 2017 7-9PM

Beginning with a keynote speech by novelist, short story writer and professor Phong Nguyen, Saturday’s workshop is designed to give veterans and their families the tools and confidence to develop and tell their own stories. Whether you have never written a letter or have had a steady writing practice for years, this conference is designed to benefit YOU.

Participants will explore approaches to writing through writing prompts connected to Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried.  There will then be individual writing to enable participants to craft their own story. Poets, professors, and novelists will be available for one-on-one work and review. Participants may bring a working story of their own to the conference in the inspiration of O’Brien’s book, but it is not necessary. Please limit story length to 500 words. Register HERE

Phong Nguyen, Keynote Speaker

Phong Nguyen is the author of a novel, The Adventures of Joe Harper (Outpost19, 2016), and two story collections, Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History (Queen's Ferry Press, 2014) and Memory Sickness and Other Stories (Elixir Press, 2011). He teaches fiction-writing at the University of Central Missouri, where he serves as editor of Pleiades. His own stories have appeared in more than 40 national literary journals, including Agni, Boulevard, Iowa Review, and North American Review.

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Who can attend? Any veteran or military member and family from across the Kansas City metro area (Kansas and Missouri) may register for the workshop. No prior writing experience is necessary. This workshop will be beneficial for both the newcomer as well as the studied writer. Children must be 13 or older and attend with an adult family member. Register online at www.writersplace.org. Registration is limited to 30 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Register HERE!

Is there a fee? Yes, the workshop is $20 for each individual participant, payable at registration. Saturday lunch is included with the fee. The first 10 people to sign up will receive a free copy of The Things They Carried, so don’t delay! Registration will close on April 18th. Register HERE!

Where is the workshop? All sessions are held at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64111.

 

During the Fall of 2016, The Writers Place is partnering with Missouri Humanities Council and the Kansas City Public Library to offer a series of 4 workshops designed to help veterans and their families develop the writing and narrative skills that can empower them to tell their stories, whether they be true-life accounts or wholly original tales. This workshop is free. For more information, and to reserve your spot, click here. 

During the Fall of 2016, The Writers Place is partnering with Missouri Humanities Council and the Kansas City Public Library to offer a series of 4 workshops designed to help veterans and their families develop the writing and narrative skills that can empower them to tell their stories, whether they be true-life accounts or wholly original tales. This workshop is free. For more information, and to reserve your spot, click here

Above is a short video produced by KCPT that highlights our veterans program Writing My Way back Home.

In 2014 and 2015, The Writers Place held weekend workshops called "Writing My Way Back Home," partnering with incredible organizations such as The Moral Injury Association or RezVets. These workshops helped veterans gain the tools and confidence they need to tell their stories and document their wartime experiences. Countless studies have shown that writing can be therapeutic, aid self-reflection, and help people organize their experiences and gain power over traumatic events. In 2016, we held a weekend of workshops called "Telling Your Story," which was open to veteran's family members as well and featured both military and non-military authors as speakers/instructors.