The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland (just outside of the nation’s capital) will hold a second veterans’ writing workshop April 6-May 18. This free, six-week prose-writing workshop is aimed at active-duty troops, veterans, and their dependents. The workshops are part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience , the innovative program that documents and preserves the wartime experiences of men and women in uniform and their families.
The newest Operation Homecoming workshops will be held at VA Medical Centers, military hospitals, and affiliated centers such as the D.C. Writer’s Workshop, in communities around the country. Operation Homecoming is a partnership with the Department of Defense and the VA, and is strongly supported by The Boeing Company.
The Writer’s Center workshop will be led by James Mathews (above ), an Iraq War veteran and the author of the award-winning short story collection Last Known Position. He joins an impressive list of writers who have conducted more than 60 Operation Homecoming writing workshops here and overseas. That list includes Tobias Wolff, Jeff Shaara, Marilyn Nelson, Bobbie Ann Mason, Joe Haldeman, Richard Currey, and Mark Bowden.
This workshop is limited to 16 participants who will be selected on a first come, first served basis. For info or to register, call 301-654-8664.