In partnership with the Nebraska Writing Project and the Veterans Administration, Humanities Nebraska launched a new writing program aimed at veterans and active duty military personnel in the autumn of 2014. Participants need only be interested in writing in any form – they do not need to have any previous writing experience to benefit from the workshops.
Facilitated by professional writing instructors, the workshops consist of six biweekly sessions focused on developing strategies and skills. Model texts are read and discussed by the group to help participants identify how good writing is built and to allow writing practice with immediate feedback. The range of works include fiction, poetry, and memoir. Writers develop a strong bond as they encourage each other. The workshop culminates in a voluntary public reading.
Participants develop skills that include:
• Generating ideas
• Seeking a publisher
Nebraska Warrior Writers will be meeting online via Zoom for the remainder of the Spring semester. However, we hope to be able to do an in-person writing marathon in June!
Here is the schedule:
Our plan is to meet every Saturday morning at 9:00 am via Zoom. All Nebraska Warrior Writers, past and present, from Grand Island, Lincoln and Omaha are welcome to attend. Each week alternates a guest presenter with sharing sessions so writers can read their works in progress and get feedback from the group.
4/11 – Organizational meeting with the four facilitators leading
4/18 – Author and creative writing instructor Jody Keisner presenting
4/25 – Sharing session
5/2 – Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason presenting
5/9 – Sharing session
5/16 – Writers Claire and Damien (Jen’s friends) presenting
5/23 – Sharing session
Fiction - Non-Fiction - Poetry - Prose - Song
written by workshop leaders
See the program in action on a special segment of “Nebraska Stories” on NET called “The Warrior’s Pen.”