Veterans Writing Workshop: Session 1 - Writers' Critique and Point of View

Saturday, October 7, 2017 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED:   |   816.701.3757

2017 Veterans Writing Workshop is 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.


SESSION 1: Writers' Critique and Point of View

Bring a piece of writing, prose or poetry, and a group of veterans will review it to determine your starting point. If you don't have a first piece, don't worry. Learn how to offer meaningful critiques that helps your fellow vets improve their work. Participants will also discuss crafting point of view, reviewing clips from war movies as examples.

Lunch will be provided.

Registration Deadline October 3



October 7: Session 1—Writers' Critique and Point of View
October 14: Session 2—Begin with Memoir
October 21: Session 3—The Power of Imagery
October 28: Session 4—Polish the Details
November 4: Session 5—Writers' Critique and Learning Session

All sessions run 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. Lunch will be provided. The workshop is free and open to past or present military members and family members of veterans. Attendees must register for each session and are strongly encouraged to attend all five. 

Presented by the Missouri Humanities Council, The Writers Place, The Moral Injury Association of America, and The Kansas City Public Library.

For questions or to register for the series, contact   |   816.701.3757



Joseph Di Candeloro, M.A., is a scholar of narrative theory. His background includes studies of ideological currents in history and artistic movements. He received his M.A. from University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire with a thesis on narrative structure. Joseph taught Discourse at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, and he is currently an independent scholar studying Semiotics and the role of narrative in mass movements.



Each of the four-hour sessions are conducted by professional writers and educators; they provide the same high level of instruction as a college or university writing course. Sessions cover a variety of topics, ranging from crafting narratives and vivid language to editing and publication. Participants are not required to focus their writing on their military experience.

The Workshop is FREE, but space is limited and registration is required. Participation in all five sessions is highly encouraged.

The 2017 series is also part of the Big Read KC, a community-wide reading of the seminal Vietnam War book The Things They Carried. Explore events and activities at the Kansas City Public Library or around the region.