The Veterans Writing Project began as a way to help our nation’s veterans develop their voices as writers – to give them the tools they need to tell the stories they need to tell – stories the rest of us need to hear.
Nobody could have predicted that those stories would come before such a broad audience. Brian Anthony, an Army vet who joined the workshop as part of the inaugural 2010 workshop, recently joined the staff of Army Wives, where he’ll be able to bring his experiences as a soldier to the screen.
“Creatively, (my time in the Army) created an endless pool of characters and experiences to draw from and incorporate into my work,” Anthony told the Foundation in an email exchange. “Practically, it laid the backbone of discipline that writing requires.”
But the Veterans Writing Workshop helped Anthony direct his voice as a writer. “The monthly workshops provided a wonderful opportunity to gain feedback on my work from a cross section of professional writers,” he wrote. “The personal relationships I made with both veterans and mentors, and the support derived from each, became (and remains) invaluable to me.”
The Veterans Writing Project will continue in 2013. Applications will go live on February 1, so sign up for email updates (in the green box on the right-hand side of this page).