Kansas City Veterans Writing Workshop March 30

The Kansas City Veterans Writing Team, in conjunction with the Moral Injury Association of America, will conduct a FREE one-day writing workshop for military veterans, service members, and adult family members (ages 16 and up) Sat., Mar. 30, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Woodneath Library Center, 8900 N.E. Flintlock Road, Kansas City, Mo. 64157.

Topics to be discussed will include prose, poetry, and oral storytelling techniques, as well as publishing methods.

Registration for the FREE event is required. (See form at bottom of web page here.) Attendance is limited to approximately 30 participants. Lunch will be provided.

This is the fifth year for the writing program, which conducts such workshop events in spring and fall.

"By using reading and writing exercises to explore deployment, wartime and post-deployment experiences--fear, boredom, anxieties, thrills, brutality, tears and beauty--attendees learn how to write their stories and make them compelling," say press materials. "Through our workshops, monthly veteran critique groups and other literary events, participants explore the many approaches possible to create personal stories, poetry, fiction and essays."

The association notes that more than 500 veterans and family members have attended the programs. "Many graduates of the workshops now meet on a monthly basis in a structured writing critique group, continuing to hone their writing skills, and share their personal stories in a safe environment, offering the camaraderie of military life."

In November 2018, team members participated in the organization's first Veterans Reader's Theater held at the Plaza Library.

Established in 2013, the Woodneath Library Center's Story Center is part of the Mid-Continent Public Library (M.C.P.L), a consolidated library district and tax-supported political subdivision that serves nearly 800,000 people in the greater Kansas City metro area.

The Story Center's programming includes the Woodneath Press, the MCPL's imprint of scholarly, literary, and general interest books. Through the press, the library maintains an on-site print-on-demand service that uses an Espresso Book Machine for production.

The mission of Story Center is to celebrate and develop writers, performers, and filmmakers through access to free resources, workshops, and a community of storytellers. The Story Center offers a Storytelling Certificate Program in partnership with Metropolitan Community College's Maple Woods campus, a speaker series in partnership with Rainy Day Books, a local author fair annually each December, and the Woodneath Press.


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