We partner with local writing instructors and literary organizations to offer free, beginner-level creative writing courses for veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers. The classes cover a combination of memoir and fiction, and sessions typically consist of direct instruction, group workshopping, and writing exercises. All courses culminate with an intimate public reading for family, friends, and the local community. Upon graduating, alumni will have the opportunity to enroll in further classes with our partners at The Muse Writer's Center in Norfolk and The Writer's Center of Bethesda.  


Upcoming Classes

PLEASE NOTE: Throughout 2018, ASAP is conducting a Program Impact Evaluation (PIE) with Dr. Tom Ford of Western Carolina University and Dr. Janelle Junkin of unlock Ngenuity, LLC. The PIE includes a 30 minute survey before classes begin, a post-class survey two weeks after classes conclude, follow up surveys again at three months and six months, and at least one interview or focus group. Completion of each survey automatically enters you in to a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Participation in the PIE is voluntary, and your willingness to participate will not affect your admission into the program. If you have any questions about the PIE, please feel free to contact ASAP staff at hello@asapasap.org.

Hampton Roads

  • Instructor: Emily Pease
  • When: Saturdays, September 8th - October 20th (excluding Oct. 13th), 1PM - 3:30PM; culminating reading scheduled for October 25th at 7PM
  • Where: The Muse Writer's Center, Norfolk, VA
  • Application Deadline: Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Washington, D.C. 

  • Instructor: Jim Mathews, USAF
  • When: Saturdays, September 29th - November 3rd, 1PM - 3:30PM; culminating reading scheduled for November 3rd at 4:30PM
  • Where: The Writer's Center, Chevy Chase, MD
  • Application Deadline: Saturday, August 25th, 2018