Workshops, Conferences, Readings


This is me, presenting at the Veterans Writing Project seminar hosted by Shenandoah University in November 2014. Don’t you love it when the photographer catches you with your mouth wide open?

Below is a list of some upcoming workshops and conferences where women veterans can develop their writing skills or hear other veterans read their work.

I’m only going to list events specifically for veterans – but there are many excellent literary events with a more general focus in most major metropolitan areas. Your local library and the classified pages of the most recent issue of Poets and Writers Magazine are great places to find more information.

If you’d like to see an event listed here, please let me know.

Upcoming Workshops, Conferences, & Readings

September 29, 6:30PM/8:00PM: New York, NY. Veterans’ Voices/Outside Paducah. Jerri Bell and Jenny Pacanowski will read before a production of Jay Moad’s play Outside Paducah. Hosted by CONSEQUENCE Magazine.

September 30, 9:00AM—5:00PM. Durham, NC. On Point Women Warriors’ Writing Workshop, led by former Marine Tracy Crow. Guest speakers will include M. L. Doyle, co-author of POW Shoshana Johnson’s memoir I’m Still Standing: From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen—My Journey Home. Free.

September 30 (Deadline for submissions). Reading for women’s issue – CONSEQUENCE Magazine.

Details available here.


Fall 2017. Rockville, MD. A writer’s workshop taught by Dario DiBattista in conjunction with our partners at the Montgomery County Public Library (MCPL). Taking place at the Rockville branch of the MCPL on six consecutive Saturdays from 1-3pm beginning September 30th and running through November 4th.  Participants will create new works in the workshop and share their work among the group to receive feedback from peers and from the facilitator. Space is limited to 12 participants and participants must agree to attend all sessions. Contact Clotilde Puertolas to register:

October 7-8. Saratoga Springs NY, Empire State College. Our two-day Open Seminar. Open to any veteran, any service member, and any of their adult family members. Contact Ryan Smithson for more information:

October 26-27-28. Buffalo NY. Department of Veterans Affairs National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. Ron Capps will lead a two day workshop for the winners of the creative arts festival’s writing contest.

November 4-5. Outer Banks, NC. Our annual collaboration with the Dare County Arts Council. This year we’ll present a two-day memoir focused workshop led by Jerri Bell. For more information contact Chris Sawin of the Dare County Arts Council:

November 10. The Writers Center, Bethesda, MD. Veterans Writing Project’s Veterans Day Reading. Details TBA.

November 30. Baltimore, MD. A reading focused on the war in Vietnam by VWP members and friends. At the Anchor Southeast Library 3601 Eastern Avenue, 6:30pm.

Spring 2018. Washington DC VA Medical Center.
Women Veterans Writing Seminar. The Veterans Writing Project’s seminar, revised specifically for women veterans. Open to women veterans only. Dates/times TBD.


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