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 may be postponed or virtual.  If you have questions about a workshop, 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, and coffee hours. Dates and times 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!

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 (lots coming up in the next few weeks) and help spread the word to other veterans and family members/caregivers.

Free Anti-Racism Training Course
When: Register by Saturday, Oct. 31
Where: Online.
What: The Diversity and Resiliency Institute of El Paso is offering this free, online Anti-Racism Training program that will challenge you, and expose you to knowledge and skills to gain better understanding of racial justice and allyship. The staff of Warrior Writers will be completing this training, in our efforts to be better anti-racists and allies, as an organization and individuals. We encourage anyone who shares these goals with us to sign up
More information and to register: Visit the Anti-Racism Training website
Cost: Free.

Basic Mental Health Training by Lovella Calica
When: Sunday, Nov. 1, 5-7 PM EST
Where: Online.
What: This overview session is intended to equip WW facilitators (and any attendee) with basic skills on how to handle sticky situations, learn more about PTS(D), discuss emotional intelligence, speak on suicide and more. While this training will in no way make you a professional therapist, you will be better equipped to respond with compassion and validation, as well as resources to support veterans and others in emotional distress.
More information: Register here.
Cost: Free.
Contact: info@warriorwriters.org

Election Day
When: Tuesday, Nov. 3
Find Voter Information: www.vote.org.
What: VOTE! Make your voice count!
Cost: Free.

The Art of Reintegration: Veterans and the Silences of War
When: Friday, Nov 6, 5:30 PM EST
Where: Online.
What: Warrior Writers joins the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for the final event in The Art of Reintegration. Participants will talk openly and without judgement about what reintegration means –for veterans and for civilians alike – and most importantly, what it entails. In addition to an open discussion platform, the program will feature live poetry readings from some of those authors whose work was used during the meetings.
More information and Registration:  Click here.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Contact: info@warriorwriters.org

Virtual Philadelphia Veterans Parade & Festival
When: Pre-Parade Kickoff, Sunday, Nov. 8, 12:15 PM EST
2020 Veterans Parade, Sunday, Nov. 8, 12:30 PM EST (watch for Warrior Writers’ appearance!)
Veterans Festival, Sunday, Nov. 8, 1 PM EST
Where: Online.
What: The Philadelphia Veterans Parade presented by Comcast, will be holding its annual celebration on Sunday, November 8, 2020! This year the parade will be entirely virtual. Like in previous years, the Veterans Festival will be an opportunity for vets and their families to gather information and resources in a fun and light-hearted, judgment-free environment.
More information: Philadelphia Veterans Parade
Cost: Free.

Veterans Day Virtual Performance: United Against Silence
When: Wednesday, Nov 11, 5– 6:30 PM EDT
Where: Online via zoom, live-streamed to YouTube and Facebook
What: Join our friends at CBAW for an inspiring group of veterans (some WW artists) from all over the country for a live, virtual performance on Veterans Day. Featuring: USA Veteran Willie Young, Jr., USMC Veteran Joe Merritt, USA Veteran Kimberly Defior, USA Veteran Magnus Dunning, USN Veteran Guadalupe Gutierrez, USA Veteran Anne Barlieb, USAF Veteran Belena Marquez, USA Veteran Alexis Laryea, USA Veteran Vainuupo Avegalio and more.
More information: Register to watch here
Cost: Free.
Contact: Community Building Artworks

Warrior Writers and Veterans Day
When: Wednesday, Nov. 11, stay tuned for details
Where: Online.
What: We are sorry that we can’t gather this year in person; we miss connecting with you all face to face, but also are committed to providing our services and sense of community in the safest and most responsible way possible. Please check back for announcements about what Warrior Writers will be doing to celebrate Veteran’s Day through a safe, virtual platform!
Cost: Free.
Contact: info@warriorwriters.org

Ithaca, NY Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Thursday, Nov. 12, 7-9 PM. Check listings above for next workshop.
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: Kevin Basl, kevin.basl@gmail.com.

MN Warrior Writers Meet Up
When: Saturday, Nov. 21, 1:00-2:30 PM
Where: 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.

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

New Orleans, LA Warrior Writers

Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Second Wednesday of every month, 6-8 PM
Where: 1901 Mirabeau Ave, New Orleans, LA
What: Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Bastion for our Veteran Writing Workshops. These creative workshops offer prompts that cover a variety of military and veteran issues and experiences to encourage storytelling and the sharing of opinions and ideas for writing, reflection, and artmaking. All veterans are welcome no matter what branch they served in, what era, whether they served in combat or not. In addition, we accommodate people with all skill levels, including beginners - no writing experience necessary!
Cost: Free
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: Because the meeting rooms at the Greenfield Library are closed, we are temporarily on hiatus while we search for a new meeting room. Stay tuned for more info.
When: TBA
Where: TBA
What: Join us for our monthly series of Warrior Writers workshops for veterans facilitated by local veteran and Warrior Writers member Eric Wasileski.. These creative workshops offer prompts that cover a variety of military issues and experiences to encourage storytelling and the sharing of opinions and ideas for writing, reflection, and artmaking. All veterans are welcome no matter what branch they served in, what era, whether they served in combat or not. In addition, we accommodate people with all skill levels, including beginners. It is a safe space and we respect each other's differences.
Cost: Free
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: The Loft, 1011 Washington Avenue South, third floor #302, Minneapolis, MN
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 Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: First Sunday of every month, 12-4 PM
Where: Frontline Arts/ Printmaking Center of NJ, 440 River Rd., Branchburg, NJ
What: Opportunity to write on war and home front experiences and interact with art workshops for vets and family members. Bring a dish for pot luck lunch. Service dogs welcome!
Cost: Free
Contact: janbarry61@hotmail.com

Secaucus, NJ Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Second and Fourth Friday of every month, 10 AM-1 PM
Where: Secaucus Vet Center, 110 Meadowlands Parkway, Secaucus, NJ
What: Writing workshops for veterans and family members on war and home front experiences. The Secaucus Vet Center also hosts art workshops for vets on Tuesdays, 9-11 AM.
Cost: Free
Contact: Victor Mandio, 201-223-7787

New York Warrior Writers

Ithaca, NY Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Second and Fourth Thursday of the month, 7-9 PM. Check listings above for next workshop.
Where: Unitarian Church parlor, 306 N Aurora St. (corner of Aurora and Buffalo), Ithaca, NY
What:Veteran writing workshop, facilitated by Kevin Basl and Fred Wilcox. Open to veterans of all eras.
Cost: Free.
Contact: Kevin Basl, kevin.basl@gmail.com.

Newburgh, NY Monthly Veteran Writing Workshop
When: Every Third Thursday of the month, 5-7 PM.
Where: Cornerstone Community Room, 111 Broadway, Newburgh, NY
What: Veteran writing workshop, facilitated by Everett Cox. Open to veterans of all eras.
Cost: Free
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
When: Third Thursday of every month, 5-6:30PM
Where: Vet Center, 49 East Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA
What: Warrior Writers, Penn College of Technology Veterans Services and the Vet Center present monthly Warrrior Writers Veteran workshops that provide a safe space for Veterans to tell their own stories, using prompts and discussion covering a variety of military issues and experiences. The workshops encourage sharing stories, opinions, and ideas for productive writing, reflecting, and storytelling. All veterans are welcome no matter what branch they served in, what era, whether they served in combat or not. In addition, we accommodate people with all skill levels, including beginners - no writing experience necessary!
Cost: Free
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.