War veterans wanted for writing project
1/1/2016, 9:57 a.m.
The Mighty Pen Project teaches military veterans how to best write the stories of their wartime experiences.
The class “is open to all Virginia veterans and civilians alike at no cost, and will focus on furthering the craft of writing about the experiences of war, the warrior’s life, the home front and the military family,” according to organizers.
The next 10-week class will begin Wednesday, Jan. 20, and continue through March 23, at the Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere St., according to a news release by the Virginia War Memorial, which is co-sponsoring the project. Classes meet on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Virginia native and best-selling author David L. Robbins founded the Mighty Pen Project and served as the instructor for the inaugural class. He is slated to teach the upcoming session. Other instructors have included professors from Virginia Commonwealth University and the College of William & Mary.
Previous classes have included veterans of conflicts and wars in Europe, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Class size is limited to 12 participants who will be chosen by Mr. Robbins and Virginia War Memorial staff.
At the conclusion, the Virginia War Memorial will host a public event where members of the class will read selections from their work. Additionally, selections will be bound and preserved for future generations in the Virginia War Memorial’s Research Library.
Registration is open for the first session and a second session in 2016 scheduled from April 13 through June 15. Deadline to register for either session is Wednesday, Jan. 6.
For more information and online applications, go to www.VaWarMemorial.org. — JOEY MATTHEWS