Veterans Writing Collective

Veterans Writing Collective

The Veterans Writing Collective Welcomes New Members!

  • Interested in sharing your experiences?
  • Want feedback for your writing?
  • Need encouragement for self-expression?

We serve all veterans, active-duty military, and military family members, and offer a workshop environment during which you can read your creative work and receive honest, constructive feedback to support your writing. Meetings are always free.  Find us on Facebook!

Summer Semester Meeting Schedule

  • May 30
  • June 27
  • July - no meeting

For information, contact Robin Greene: rgreene@methodist.edu

Our Mission

The mission of the Veterans Writing Collective is to encourage the art of writing and to provide a workshop environment in which participants offer honest, positive feedback on members' writing. The group is open to writers of all genres—including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, drama, and journaling—and is open to all active-duty military, veterans, and family members.

Meeting Information

The group will meet once a month—date and time to be determined by group members—for a two-hour workshop.  At the group's first meeting—and subsequently at every fourth meeting (for a total of three times a year)—the group will host a credentialed writer to offer an informative presentation on some technical aspect of writing. This meeting will be a three-hour meeting—the first hour for the credentialed writer's presentation and the following two hours for the workshop.  The group will have a moderator who will make sure that new members are introduced and welcomed, and that all members are served.

The group will meet on the Methodist University campus in the Trustees Building, Room 214.

Group members' work may be posted through the Veterans Writing Collective website, sponsored by Methodist University, which will also post a bibliography of books and articles (related to war and to the military), and a list of relevant professional resources. In the future, the group might decide to find other homes and/or formats for sharing and posting their work. When appropriate, the group will offer public readings of their work on the MU campus or at other locations.

Ground Rules

In service to the group's mission, the following ground rules have been established:

1) It's all about the writing.

The focus of the group will be on members' writing and encouraging the effectiveness of that writing. Feedback, therefore, should be supportive and positive.

Members will have an opportunity to post their writing on the MU Writing Center website so as to share their work in advance of the workshop, or for shorter pieces, members can bring copies of their work to share during the workshop. (Again, at a later date, group members may decide on another format by which to share their work.)

The two-hour workshop meeting should be divided fairly so that all members feel served. This division of time should be decided at the first meeting and renegotiated as needed.

NOTE: Although writing is often personal and cathartic, the group's focus is on members' writing and on identifying strategies and techniques to improve the effectiveness of that writing.

2) The workshop critique should not be a forum for political, religious, or social debates.

While writers often express political, religious, or social views in their writing, the group courts an attitude of tolerance and, therefore, any attitude expressed—verbally or in a member's writing—should not be a basis for criticism. Feedback should be focused on the effectiveness of members' writing.

3) Workshop members should be courteous, respectful, and collegial.

Critiques should provide honest feedback offered in a spirit of respect and courtesy. Aggressive and/or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated, and the moderator reserves the right to censor and/or remove any member whose behavior or attitude is disruptive or lacks collegiality.

4) Workshop members should identify strengths and strategies by which writers may improve the effectiveness of their writing.

The group's mission is to encourage the art of writing and to provide a positive workshop environment. To this end, therefore, members should focus on how best their fellow members can improve the effectiveness of their writing.

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