CWS Veterans Writing Workshop, March 25-27


Veteran poet and essayist Brian Turner, author of Here, Bullet (2005), Phantom Noise (2010), and My Life as a Foreign Country (2014), will be the keynote speaker for the CWS Veterans Writing Workshop on 25-27 March 2015. His talk on Wednesday evening of March 25th (7:30 pm) at the East Carolina Heart Institute auditorium will concern his memoir about his experiences as infantry team leader for the 3d Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Iraq (2003-2004) and the challenges facing returning veterans. On Thursday, Turner along with poet Ilyse Kusnetz and former NC poet laureate Joseph Bathanti, photographer and CWS book artist Linda Fox, and ECU faculty member Bob Siegel will conduct a series of workshops for veterans interested in telling the story that needs told. These workshops welcome both beginners and those with experience to journal writing, fiction, poetry, drama, and visual expression. All veterans and veteran family members are welcome to register. The free workshops are sponsored by Operation Re-Entry North Carolina, Pirate Veterans, Office Student Transitions, and the Office of the Provost.

One aim of the workshop is to begin work that can be compiled into a new publication representing the voices of ECU veterans. Submissions are due beginning August 1, 2015.