The Veterans Writing Project (VWP), a nationally recognized arts education nonprofit, will host a free, one-day writing workshop on Saturday, April 9 at The Peace Gallery, a new arts collaboration focused on veterans in Damariscotta.
The workshop will be led by award-winning author and Army veteran Ron Capps, the founder of the VWP. It’s open to any veteran, service member, and adult family member, and is structured for both experienced and new writers. VWP was founded in 2011 to help all veterans gain the skills and confidence they need to tell their stories and present them to a wider audience. More than 3,500 veterans and family members in 24 states have participated in VWP programs, and some of its alumni have become published writers, journalists, and poets, while others have used the skills they gained and the healing power of the story to help them. deal with their experiences of war.
The workshop is a prelude to regular arts education programming that will be led by the VWP and other arts education groups. Starting in late April, VWP will host a bi-weekly Writers’ Roundtable at the Peace Gallery where veterans and their family members can share their writing, receive feedback, and even prepare their writing for publication.
Capps emphasized that this workshop is not just for experienced writers looking to publish their work. “Whether you just want to put your story on paper to leave something for your grandchildren, or you’re ready to start the next great American novel,” Capps said, “there’s something in this workshop for you. ”
The Peace Gallery is located at 112 Main Street, Damariscotta. Advance registration is required and places are limited. For more information, please visit VeteransWriting.org. To register, send an e-mail [email protected].