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Veterans Writing

Would you like to be able to tell your story?

Studies shows that the ability to manage your life through your story increases overall wellness. Our Veterans Writing Workshops offer a safe place for veterans, their family members, and caregivers to write about their experiences. These workshops provide participants the opportunity to create, share, and receive feedback on their writing. They are led by veterans who are professional writers. Previous writing experience is not necessary.

Expressive writing workshops can be a useful tool to help people recover from trauma and help manage stress. Dr. James Pennebaker’s Expressive Writing process uses prompts from the creative nonfiction writing field, and is well-researched for its therapeutic effect. Each participant’s work is completely private and need never be shared with others. Group support, creative writing, and pain management practices help writers process the past and envision a better future. Expressive writing involves visualizing changes and mapping steps to realize them, as well as tracking the effectiveness of medical treatments and other interventions like rest, time in nature, meditation, exercise, or creativity.

All 18+ military-affiliated family members, caregivers, veterans, and active service members are welcome.

Creative writing workshops inspire writing that engages with the artistry of language. Participants will learn to use the written word to express emotions and convey their experiences.

Professional-level workshops help you prepare your work to share with family, friends, or the public. Preparing to share or publish workshops offer a safe place to receive feedback on your writing.

To create a veterans writing workshop in your community, contact Josephine Jones at jones@coloradohumanities.org

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Expressive Writing Workshop

Introduction to Veteran’s Expressive Workshops presented by Cindy Skaggs in conjunction with Colorado Humanities and our community partner in Colorado Springs, Mt Carmel Veteran Service Center.

Expressive Writing Workshops inspire writing that engages with the artistry of language. Participants will learn to use the written word to express emotions and convey their experiences.

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