a space for writing
"The Veterans Writing Workshop (VWW) was created as an outgrowth of a successful veterans' writing workshop hosted by Fordham-Westchester University in spring of 2010 as part of the National Endowment of the Arts' The Big Read program. Today it has grown to provide free writing workshops for veterans, active duty service members, their families throughout the year in public settings and veterans' facilities throughout the New York Metropolitan area. VWW has received support from the Fordham Veterans Initiative, Arts Westchester, Poets & Writers Reading/Workshops Program, the Hudson Valley Writers Center and other funders."
"These creative workshops offer prompts that cover a variety of military issues and experiences. This encourages sharing stories, opinions, and ideas for productive writing/reflecting/story-telling and art-making. A highlight of these workshops for many veterans is having a space to release bottled-up thoughts and emotions among others who understand, creating a sense of empowerment in the ability to tell their own story. By creating an open and accepting atmosphere, we build a community of support. Workshops are for any service member or veteran regardless of experiences with writing, combat, art, deployment, etc."
"Research shows that Veterans benefit from writing poetry for therapeutic purposes. This article suggests the need for future research that considers the effects of the artistic choices that Veterans make when using poetry to engage their experiences. The author focuses on one Veteran’s poem about what it means to write poetry as a Veteran."