Veterans Writing Workshop: Session 2 - Begin with Memoir

Saturday, October 14, 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 2: Begin with Memoir

Explore how a writer makes use of first-person notes, drafts, journal entries, free-writing exercises and other methods to generate a strong, moving and honest first-person work of writing. We will explore literary examples, participate in low-key writing exercises and enjoy good company. Writers can use these techniques in any genre they choose: biography, family memoir, short story, poetry, essay.

Lunch will be provided.

Registration Deadline October 7



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



Catherine Anderson, M.A., is the author of Woman with a Gambling Mania (2014), selected as one the Kansas City Star's best books of the year, and two other full-length collections of poetry. She is the recipient of a recent Pushcart Prize and has won poetry prizes from the I-70 Review and the Crab Orchard Review.

Robert Cole, M.A., received his M.A. in English from UMKC. He worked for ten years at area newspapers, including the Kansas City Business Journal and the Kansas City Star. He teaches English composition as a member of the adjunct faculty at Longview Community College and at Kansas City Kansas Community College.



Each of the four-hour session 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 write about their military experience.

The workshop is FREE, but space is limited and registration is required. Enrollment in all five 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.