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: Libby Kurz, USAF
  • When: Saturdays, March 17th - April 28th, 1PM-3:30PM; culminating reading scheduled for April 28th
  • Where: The Muse Writer's Center, Norfolk, VA
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, February 18th, 2018

Washington, D.C. 

  • Instructor: Carlene Cross, Army Mother
  • When: Saturdays, March 17th - April 28th, 2PM-4PM; culminating reading scheduled for May 1st
  • Where: The Capitol Post, Alexandria, VA
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, February 18th, 2018


Applications for ASAP's Spring 2018 creative writing classes are now closed. If you would like to be considered for our Fall 2018 programs, you may still apply via the application link below.