Veterans Writing Workshop: Session 3 - The Power of Imagery

Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED:   |   816.701.3757

2017 Veterans Writing Workshops are 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 3: The Power of Imagery

By studying examples of memorable, image-centric writing, we will learn how writers imaginatively engage the senses of touch, sight, sound, smell, and taste to create vivid scenes, paragraphs and stories. Writers can either bring their writing from the previous week to work on, or begin a new piece with suggested writing prompts.

Lunch will be provided.

Registration Deadline October 14



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 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.

Workshops are 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.