The Veterans Writing Project is a one-of-a-kind program that offers veterans, service members and military family members the chance to develop the skills and confidence they need to tell their own stories of fiction, literary non-fiction and poetry. Through workshops, seminars, and individual mentoring, participants learn the craft of writing from instructors who are themselves veterans who are working writers, and who hold MA or MFA writing degrees. All VWP programs are presented at no cost to the participants.
The VWP uses two specifically designed course programs in its work. The first, Writing War: A Guide to Telling Your Own Story, is a creative writing program focusing on the elements of craft — scene, setting dialogue, narrative structure, point of view, etc. The second is a program designed for use with veterans and service members who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is currently in use at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, a part of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
In addition to its teaching role, the VWP is also a publishing organization. The project publishes a literary journal, O-Dark-Thirty, both online and in print. There is also a book publishing branch, BCG Books, that will present its first three books this year.
Contributions to the VWP can provide additional seminars or workshops, wider distribution of our journal to deployed units, veterans’ service organizations, or VA hospitals. The VWP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit; donations are tax deductable to the extent of the law.