Workshops, Performances, Exhibitions &Training

Past Events

Upcoming Events

We care deeply about the health and safety of our veterans. During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 global health crisis,  we encourage social distancing, so our regularly scheduled workshops listed in the On-going  Events section below  are virtual or have been postponed.  If you have questions about a workshop or need a Zoom link, please contact the facilitator listed as the event contact.  Take care of yourself; stay safe.

Please join us through Zoom for a series of online workshops, discussions, coffee hours, & lunch breaks. Dates and times are listed below. Please note all times are Eastern Standard Time. Please make sure you are only registering for a particular session ONCE. Sessions are filling up and when you register more than once, you potentially take away a spot from another person. After you are registered, you will receive an email a couple hours before the start time of the session with a Zoom link to the meeting. So don’t fret if you don’t receive anything before then!

As we think about the future of Warrior Writers, we want to hear from you, the community, about what you would like to see from us in terms of programming. We have created a survey that we would love you fill out to help us create the best programs to reflect our community. If you have not already, please take just a few moments to fill out this Warrior Writers Program Survey.

Virtual Wellness Center
We have been working with an intentional veterans community called Bastion (in New Orleans) on their Virtual Wellness Center. They are offering free sessions on acupressure, meditation, sleep improvement, Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE), self-care discussions, cooking classes and more. So please take care of yourself and utilize some of these offerings and help spread the word to other veterans and family members/caregivers. You can find a list of upcoming Wellness events and register here.

Lunch Break Writing Prompt
When: Friday, Mar. 5, 12:30-2:30 PM EST
Where: Online via Zoom
What: Join Warrior Writers Facilitators Jake and Bob for a Lunch Break Writing Prompt! Drop in on Zoom for as little or as long as you want to participate in a casual, generative, creative writing session for veterans and active duty. No need to register! Drop in any time during the session.
How to Join: Lunch Break Zoom: Meeting ID: 823 8316 4120, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82383164120
or dial by your location. Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keFAZOGKzI
Cost: Free.
Contact: info@warriorwriters.org

TRE (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises)
When: Sunday, Mar. 7, 7-8:30 PM EST
Where: Online via Zoom
What: TRE (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises) with Lovella Calica. TRE is a simple yet innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma.
Registration: TRE
Cost: Free.
Contact: info@joinbastion.org

NJ Weekly Veteran Writing Online Workshop
When: Sunday, Mar. 7, 12-4 PM
Where: online via Zoom
What: Opportunity to write on war and home front experiences and interact with other vets and family members.
Cost: Free
Contact: janbarry61@hotmail.com

Generative Writing Workshop for Veterans, Active Duty
When: Wednesday, Mar. 10, 7-9 PM EST
Where: Online via Zoom
What: This generative creative writing workshop will offer prompts that cover a variety of military issues and experiences. This encourages sharing stories, opinions, and ideas for productive writing/reflecting/story-telling and art-making. Workshops are for any service member or veteran regardless of experiences with writing, combat, art, deployment, etc.
Registration: Register here.
Cost: Free.
Contact: info@warriorwriters.org

Finger Lakes Veterans Virtual Writing Workshop
When: Thursday, Mar. 11, 7-9 PM.
Where: Online
What: Veteran writing workshop, facilitated by Kevin Basl and Fred Wilcox. Open to veterans of all eras. Currently these workshops are only open to veterans living in the Finger Lakes region.
Cost: Free.
Contact: Contact Kevin Basl, kevin.basl@gmail.com, for Zoom link.

NJ Weekly Veteran Writing Online Workshop
When: Sunday, Mar. 14, 12-4 PM
Where: online via Zoom
What: Opportunity to write on war and home front experiences and interact with other vets and family members.
Cost: Free
Contact: janbarry61@hotmail.com

Lunch Break Writing Prompt
When: Friday, Mar.19, 12:30-2:30 PM EST
Where: Online via Zoom
What: Join Warrior Writers Facilitators Jake and Bob for a Lunch Break Writing Prompt! Drop in on Zoom for as little or as long as you want to participate in a casual, generative, creative writing session for veterans and active duty. No need to register! Drop in any time during the session.
How to Join: Lunch Break Zoom: Meeting ID: 823 8316 4120, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82383164120
or dial by your location. Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keFAZOGKzI
Cost: Free.
Contact: info@warriorwriters.org

MN Warrior Writers Meet Up
When: Saturday, Mar. 20, 1:00-2:30 PM
Where: Due to COVID-19, we are currently meeting via Zoom online.
What: Writing workshop and social event for veterans of all eras. No experience necessary.
Cost: Free.
Contact: Chante Wolf and Raymond Camper, twincities@warriorwriters.org

NJ Weekly Veteran Writing Online Workshop
Due to COVID-19, the regular NJ workshops are rolled into a NJ weekly online workshop.
When: Sunday, Mar. 21, 12-4 PM
Where: online via Zoom
What: Opportunity to write on war and home front experiences and interact with other vets and family members.
Cost: Free
Contact: janbarry61@hotmail.com

Women's Writing Workshop
When: Wednesday, Mar. 22, 6-8 PM EST
Where: Online.
What: This generative creative writing workshop will offer prompts that cover a variety of military issues and experiences. This encourages sharing stories, opinions, and ideas for productive writing/reflecting/story-telling and art-making. This workshop is for veterans who identify as women.
Registration: Register here.
Cost: Free.
Contact: info@warriorwriters.org

Open Mic
When: Thursday, Mar. 25, 8 PM EST
Where: Online
What: Mark it on your calendar to join us through Zoom for a free evening of art shared by the Warrior Writers community! There will be 15 guaranteed performance spots, and 5 waitlist spots, on a first-come first-serve basis. Each performer will be given 4 minutes of time. Poetry, music, storytelling, comedy, or any other form is welcome, and you can perform multiple pieces, as long as it's all under 4 minutes! This is a non-competitive, free event. Performers may share their social media handles, websites, Venmo/Paypal/Cashapp information if viewers want to show some appreciation for the artists’ work!
How to Sign Up: Sign ups will open on March 15 and close when all spots are full or at 4pm EST on March 25. Keep an eye out for an email with the sign-up form in March! We kindly ask that if you participated in the previous two open mics, you do not sign up for this one, to allow more voices to be heard.
How to Watch: Stay tuned for details. Zoom information will be shared soon.

Finger Lakes Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Thursday, Mar. 25 7-9 PM.
Where: Online
What: Veteran writing workshop, facilitated by Kevin Basl and Fred Wilcox. Open to veterans of all eras. Currently these workshops are only open to veterans living in the Finger Lakes region.
Cost: Free.
Contact: Contact Kevin Basl, kevin.basl@gmail.com, for Zoom link.

NJ Weekly Veteran Writing Online Workshop
When: Sunday, Mar. 28, 12-4 PM
Where: online via Zoom
What: Opportunity to write on war and home front experiences and interact with other vets and family members.
Cost: Free
Contact: janbarry61@hotmail.com

Warrior Writers on TV
When: Stream online
Where: PHL 17 TV
What: PHL 17 Salutes Veterans program features Warrior Writers. Check it out.
More Information: PHL17 Salutes Veterans

On-going Warrior Writer Events

National Zoom WOrkshops

Lunch Break Writing Prompt
When: First and third Friday of every Month, 12:30-2:30 PM EST
Where: Online via Zoom
What: Join Warrior Writers Facilitators Jake and Bob for a Lunch Break Writing Prompt! Drop in on Zoom for as little or as long as you want to participate in a casual, generative, creative writing session for veterans and active duty. No need to register! Drop in any time during the session.
How to Join: Lunch Break Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 823 8316 4120, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82383164120
Cost: Free.
Contact: info@warriorwriters.org

TRE (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises)
When: Every Sunday, 7-8:30 PM EST
Where: Online via Zoom
What: TRE (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises) with Lovella Calica. TRE is a simple yet innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma.
Registration: TRE
Cost: Free.
Contact: info@joinbastion.org

New Orleans, LA Warrior Writers

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
Due to COVID-19, the regular NOLA workshops are replaced by Warrior Writers National online workshops.
Contact: nola@warriorwriters.org

MA Warrior Writers

Boston Warrior Writers
Contact: Facebook or Twitter for information on next workshop.

MA Monthly Warrior Writers Workshop
Note: We are temporarily on hiatus. Stay tuned for more info.
When: TBA
Where: TBA
Contact: Eric Wasileski, ericwasileski@gmail.com

Twin Cities, MN Warrior Writers

MN Warrior Writers Meet Up
When: Third Saturday of every month, 1:00-2:30 PM
Where: Due to COVID-19, we are currently meeting via Zoom online.
What: Writing workshop and social event for veterans of all eras. No experience necessary.
Cost: Free.
Contact: Chante Wolf and Raymond Camper, twincities@warriorwriters.org.

New Jersey Warrior Writers

NJ Weekly Veteran Writing Online Workshop
Due to COVID-19, the regular NJ workshops are rolled into a NJ weekly online workshop.
When: Every Sunday 12-4 PM
Where: online via Zoom
What: Opportunity to write on war and home front experiences and interact with other vets and family members.
Cost: Free
Contact: janbarry61@hotmail.com

New York Warrior Writers

Finger Lakes Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Second and Fourth Thursday of the month, 7-9 PM.
Where: Online
What: Veteran writing workshop, facilitated by Kevin Basl and Fred Wilcox. Open to veterans of all eras. Currently these workshops are only open to veterans living in the Finger Lakes region.
Cost: Free.
Contact: Contact Kevin Basl, kevin.basl@gmail.com, for Zoom link.

Newburgh, NY Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
Contact: Everett Cox, coxeverett@gmail.com

NYC Warrior Writers
Contact: nyc@warriorwriters.org for information on next workshop.

Williamsport, PA Warrior Writers

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
Contact: June Gallegos Moser, 570-327-5281, june.gallegosmoser@va.gov

Warrior Writers News

Warrior Writers Publishes Guide
We're excited to announce a new book release! Warrior Writers Guide: How to Facilitate Writing Workshops for Veterans is an 82-page, spiral bound manual providing everything you need to know to get your own veterans writing workshop up and running. It includes a detailed facilitation plan, over 20 long-form writing prompts (also useful for individual veteran writers), our working with veterans 101 tip sheet, historical context on the origins of veterans writing workshops, and much more. We've learned a lot as an organization over the past decade+ and we want to share that knowledge with you. Available today in the Warrior Writers bookstore.

On War & Survival: NVAM Triennial & Veteran Art Summit Resource Guide
With a focus on the visual, literary, performative and creative practices of veterans, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) Triennial Veteran Art Summit explored a century of war and survival while challenging the perception that war is something only those who have served in the military can comprehend. Throughout history, art has provided a frame to create meaning out of the complicated experience of war, seek justice and imagine reconciliation. The NVAM Triennial exhibitions featured art by over 50 veteran artists including Warrior Writers Aaron Hughes, Kevin Basl, Amber Hoy, Carlos Sirah and Jessica Putnam Phillips. Warrior writers facilitated workshops and participated on panels at the summit.
Resource Guide: Download your copy of the Triennial Veteran Art Summit Resource Gude here

Radio Silence, a hybrid documentary, variety show, and radio play, conceived by artist Michael Rakowitz, brings the Iraqi diaspora to the airwaves. The project kicked off Sunday, July 30 with a massive live broadcast on Independence Mall, the symbolic home of American democracy. The event featured stories about Iraqi culture, daily life, music, and food from refugees, interwoven with animal performers and newly invented superheroes, along with the experiences of Iraq war veterans from Warrior Writers, traditional Iraqi food and a tahkt ensemble. The experience continues with a 10-episode radio show, broadcast on WPPM PhillyCAM Radio 106.5 FM and community radio stations across the country in partnership with Prometheus Radio Project—and distributed nationwide through Public Radio Exchange (PRX). Warrior Writers participated in a Radio Silence Listening Party on April 15 to kick off the broadcasts. For a full schedule and to download episodes, visit the Radio Silence website     Radio Silence blog
Photos and Recap     Video of performance     Photos from Warrior Writers/Mural Arts Radio Silence Workshop

#BeyondTheBBQ: Buy a Book for a Veteran in Memory of Lost Family Members or Friends
Consider commemorating your loved ones by supporting veterans that continue to struggle today. You can donate one of our anthologies to a veteran in the Warrior Writers community, in memory of someone you want to honor. Many veterans experience isolation, especially around Memorial Day. Help us remind our veterans that they are not alone, by offering them a book of art by veterans. The books remind them that there are hundreds of veterans interested in sharing experiences and community.
Inside the book cover it will say: In memory of the person you want to honor, from your name.
The cost is $30. Please make checks payable to Warrior Writers of Culture Trust, and send with name of honoree and donor to:
CultureTrust/Warrior Writers, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320, Philadelphia, PA 19107
or you can donate online and send us an email at info@warriorwriters.org with the honoree and donor information.