Kansas City, MO - The Kansas City Public Library will host the upcoming Veterans Writing Workshop at the Library’s Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., beginning Saturday, September 15, 2018.
The workshop, in partnership with Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and the Missouri Humanities Council, is designed to help veterans, active military, and their family members develop the writing and narrative skills that can empower them to tell their stories.
The series opens with a public event, Invisible Wounds of War: Writing through Injury, at 10:15 a.m. on September 15. The program features Iraq War veteran and acclaimed author Brian Turner. He joins Rita Brock, senior vice president of moral injury programs for the nonprofit Volunteers of America, and George Dent, a trauma/PTSD psychologist. They will discuss how writing and other creative arts can help veterans recover from PTSD, moral injury (the inability to reconcile wartime actions with a personal moral code) and other traumas.
The public program is followed by the first writing workshop session from 1-3 p.m. Additional sessions – all free – are offered weekly:
• September 15, 1-3 p.m.: Writing Through Injury
• September 22, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Poetry Writing
• September 29, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Prose Writing
• October 6, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: How to Revise Your Work
• October 13, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Writers’ Critique