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Sunday, April 28 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Workshop: Writing The Veteran's Experience

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Right now, in the U.S., less than 1% of Americans have served in uniform during our most recent wars. This is the smallest proportion of our population ever. So, my fellow Veterans you have a most unique experience to share, and the fact that you are at this conference means you are at least thinking about writing what you know. I know that writing is a way of helping us cope or at least release some of the stress related to service. And, that certainly proved true for me. However, that is not why I write*. You need to discover the “why write” for yourself. Writing is hard work and challenging to mind, spirit and body. However, it is, in the end, worth the effort. 
 
In our discussion and exchange of ideas, we will create a roadmap to writing and publication that would allow veterans to use their unique experience as a feather to write fiction, nonfiction or poetry. While my nonfiction deals with law and criminal organizations, and my novel (“Weepers”) is mystery/suspense, my poetry has been the most cathartic. So, bring paper, a pen or pencil, or laptop…whatever you use for writing, and an open and eager mind. Also, if you have written something, even if it is a rough first page, bring it with you. If you have not written anything yet bring your ideas (poetry, fiction, memoir, song, anything). We will write, discuss, read in an atmosphere that is safe and embracing. We will unriddle “show don’t tell” “info dump” “passive voice” “filler vs filter words” stuff like that. And you will leave knowing more about writing and what you want to write than when you arrived. 
 
* Why do I write? And this is just me (and likely more information than you want). I write because I want to prove to the world that I can. Because I want to heal past creative wounds… and show the world that I’m worthy – thanks for the fifty-minutes.

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Nick Chiarkas

Nick Chiarkas grew up in the Al Smith housing projects on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. When he was in the fourth grade his mother was told by the principal of PS-1 that, “Nick was unlikely to ever complete high school, so you must steer him toward a simple and secure vocation... Read More →


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