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Veterans Writing Workshops Session 1: Thinking About Narrative Poems

Whether during active combat or after returning home from a tour of duty, many of our nation’s veterans have had traumatic, stressful experiences that are difficult to discuss or share with others. For many who have served, having a creative outlet to share their thoughts and experiences or explore their original ideas can be rewarding and enriching.

This fall, the Missouri Humanities Council, The Writers Place, and The Kansas City Public Library offers a series of 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.

Each of the four-hour workshops is free and conducted by professional writers; they provide the same high level of instruction as a college or university writing course. Sessions cover a variety of topics, ranging from understanding genre and building narratives to editing and collaboration and publication.

Four-week sessions, September 17 – October 8, 2016

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch

4801 Main St., Kansas City, MO

Workshops are FREE, but space is limited. Participants may enroll in as many sessions as they like. Each workshop is structured independently; however, there is a natural progression from week to week. Get details or register: or 816.701.3757

September 17, 2016 SESSION 1: Thinking About Narrative Poems

Get an introduction to narrative poetry and receive tips on how to brainstorm your concept and begin the writing process.

September 24, 2016 SESSION 2: Thinking About Prose Narratives

Learn about writing dialogue, character point of view, scene details, and constructing plot tension.

October 1, 2016 SESSION 3: Moving from Reader Response to Revising

Explore the fundamentals of genres and the related criteria. Discuss how to work with other writers and give and accept feedback.

October 8, 2016 SESSION 4: Saying What You Want

Dig into word choice, grammar, punctuation, and editing. Gain an understanding of your creative exercises and writing process.