Yale Veterans Writing Workshop
The inaugural Yale Veterans Writing Workshop will be held at Yale University on April 25 & 26, 2020. The workshop is designed for experienced and aspiring veteran writers (who need not be Yale-affiliated) and provides an opportunity for veterans to develop their voice as storytellers and experiment with different aspects of craft.
The workshop will be taught by author and critic R. Clifton Spargo (Yale Ph.D., alumnus of Iowa Writers’ Workshop). Author of the novel Beautiful Fools, as well as two books on ethics, Spargo has published short stories and essays in The Antioch Review, Glimmer Train, The Kenyon Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. He is the co-creator of the testimonial writing program of The Voices and Faces Project, a former fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and he currently teaches creative writing at Yale University.
Participants will read prominent authors past and present to think about elements of witness, trauma, and documentary embedded in the literature of war. They will complete writing exercises, reflect in free-writes on war and military service, and get feedback in individual workshop sessions from peers and the instructor. The workshop will help writers reflect on how best to turn personal stories into witness literature and will also provide a forum for advancing in-progress projects and developing new ones.
Free of charge to participants, the workshop is generously funded by the Yale Veterans Association, Thomas Opladen, and the Yale Veterans Network. Applicants need not have published before, but some writing experience is desirable. Sessions will run from 10:00 to 5:00 each day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Travel and lodging are the responsibility of participants. This is open to the military veteran public.
How To Apply
Writers who are interested in participating should apply here: https://forms.zohopublic.com/foxburr/form/YaleVeteransWritingWorkshopApplication/formperma/Lz4i3ULjqu8Mvb7uHaBXCO6-jq3eTjqZr1l8xRBiHGc
Applications will be reviewed starting March 23. Applications received after March 30 will not be considered.
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