Writing Resources for Veterans

Note: This is not an exhaustive list. If you know of workshops and classes not listed here, please e-mail us, and we'll add them to the list.

Articles about Writing

Publishing Venues

  • A-15 Publishing — a publisher and publishing resource for veterans
  • Military Writers Society of America — a veteran writing organization with over 1,200 members; they publish a quarterly magazine called Dispatches
  • O-Dark-Thirty — a journal of creative writing by veterans, service members, and military family members
  • Tactical 16 Veteran Writing Program — a veteran-focused publishing company that strives to work with military, police, firefighter, and emergency service veterans to give them a fair opportunity at sharing their story and becoming published authors; also works with military family members
  • The Deadly Writers Patrol — a journal that publishes twice a year and, according to managing editor Bruce Meredith, is "extremely writer-friendly. We typically make publishing decisions within sixty days. We also work with first-time authors who have a great tale but need help telling it."
    The Wrath-Bearing Tree — established and maintained by combat veterans, the Wrath-Bearing Tree publishes essays, reviews, fiction, and poetry on military, economic, and social violence written by those who have experienced military, economic, and/or social violence
  • Veterans' Voices — print magazine and writing program(s) offered to support veterans using writing for healing and entertainment
  • War Writers' Campaign — a nonprofit, independent publisher supporting U.S. veterans
  • Writers Market — not veteran-focused, but a comprehensive guide to publishing venues by genre; available at many public libraries

Workshops and Classes

  • Fordham University Veterans Writing Workshop — offers weekly professional-level writing workshops free of charge for veterans in the New York City area
    The Red Badge Project — offers storytelling workshops at Veterans Centers throughout Washington state as well as at Joint BaseLewis-McChord.
  • Syracuse Veteran's Writing Group — a writing group hosted monthly at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York; it is open to all veterans and their supporters
  • Veteran Writing Services — a veteran-owned business that provides writing, editing, and publishing coaching services 
  • Veterans Tutoring Veterans — a writing tutorial program at Texas State University
  • Veterans Writing Project — a nonprofit based in Washington, DC, that provides no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, active and reserve service members, and military family members
  • Veterans Writing Workshop — an organization that offers writing programs in public settings and in special veterans' programs and facilities in Westchester County and the New York Metropolitan area
  • Voices From War — free, New York City-based writing workshops for veterans 
  • Warrior Writers — a veteran-focused arts organization that fosters artistic exploration and expression through casual, welcoming workshops and retreats; Philadelphia-based organization, but it has members and activities across the U.S., including in Chicago, the Bay area, New York, Texas, Boston, Oklahoma, and Colorado
  • Writers Guild Foundation Veterans Writing Project — free weekend writing workshops for veterans in the Los Angeles area

There are many short-term workshops around the U.S. Your local public library may have information about these events. 

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