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

March 7 – 11, 2018: Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Tampa, FL. On Friday, March 8, at 0900, Tracy Crow, Mary Doyle, journalist Helen Benedict, and I will be on the panel “Women, War, and the Military: How to Tell the Story,” moderated by Mariana Growhowski. We’ll be weighing the pros and cons of telling military women’s stories through fiction versus memoir. Is the novel still better, as Virginia Woolf argued, at representing the private discourses of women’s lives to the public? Or does the memoir better afford women the opportunity to write themselves into history? What can a novel do that a memoir cannot, and vice versa? Is there a reason why more women veterans have turned to memoir than to fiction?

March 25, 2018, 1400, Prince George, VA. In honor of Women’s History Month, Tracy Crow, Reinetta van Eenderen, and I will read passages which highlight the role of women from our nation’s founding, to the Civil War siege at Petersburg, to our current conflicts and political challenges worldwide. At the Prince George County Regional Heritage Center, 6406 Courthouse Road, Prince George, Virginia. Reservations are not needed for the program. For more information, please contact Ranger Maggs Vibo at 804-732-3531 ext. 222 or email at

May 18 – 20, 2018: Tampa, FL. On Point Women Warriors’ Writing Workshop, led by former Marine Tracy Crow. Free. Details TBA.

September 20 – 21, 2018: Colorado Springs, CO. War, Literature & the Arts 2018 Conference


March 5 – May 21, 2018 (Mondays from 1830-2000): Washington DC VA Medical Center.
Women Veterans Writing Seminar. The Veterans Writing Project’s seminar, specifically for women veterans. Open to women veterans only. This year’s workshop will focus on writing memoir.

October 31, November 1-3. Des Moines, IA. VWP Director Ron Capps, will lead a workshop for the winners of the Department of Veterans Affairs national creative arts writing competition.

November 10-11. Manteo, NC. On the Outer Banks for the annual Dare County celebration of veterans. Ron Capps will lead a two-day writing intensive workshop. Contact Chris Sawin for more information:


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