In partnership with the Nebraska Writing Project and the Veterans Administration, Humanities Nebraska launched a new writing program aimed at veterans and active duty military personnel in the autumn of 2014. Participants need only be interested in writing in any form – they do not need to have any previous writing experience to benefit from the workshops.
Facilitated by professional writing instructors and VA hospital personnel, the workshops consist of six biweekly sessions focused on developing strategies and skills. Two model texts are read and discussed by the group to help participants identify how good writing is built and to allow writing practice with immediate feedback. The range of works include fiction, poetry, and memoir. Writers develop a strong bond as they encourage each other. The workshop culminates in a voluntary public reading.
In 2017, veterans and active duty military personnel in the greater Omaha area are invited to join Nebraska Warrior Writers from February 25 through May 6 at the Willa Cather Branch Library for the free writing workshop.