Veterans Writing Project
Two-Day Writing Workshop
November 16th – 17th


Veterans Writing Project (VWP) workshops focus on the elements of the craft of creative writing, so they are useful for writers regardless of their interest in fiction, non-fiction, essay, memoir, short stories, or poetry. Begging with the questions, “Why do we write? and "What’s different about writing the military experience?”, the workshops cover scene, setting, dialogue, narrative structure and plot, point of view, and more. All VWP instructors are veterans who are working writers and who hold graduate writing degrees. Workshops are open to any veteran, any service member, and any of their adult family members.


DAY 1: Saturday November 16th from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM AND
Day 2: Sunday, November 17th from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Please note, this is a two-part workshop. Participants MUST be able to attend BOTH days.


Alexandria, VA
Exact location given to confirmed attendees.

About the Instructor:

Jerri Bell

Jerri Bell retired from the Navy in 2008; her assignments included antisubmarine warfare in the Azores Islands, sea duty on USS Mount Whitney and HMS Sheffield, and attaché duty at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. Her fiction has been published in a variety of journals and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize; her nonfiction has been published in journals and newspapers, and on blogs. She and former Marine Tracy Crow are the co-authors of It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan, published by University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books in 2017.


Our mission is to cultivate community and growth with veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers through the arts. Learn more here.

Please Note: The confirmation process for applicants has begun and will continue until all available spaces are full. If you applied before by Friday, October 11th, you have been contacted. Please be sure to check your inbox. All applicants who apply by November 1st will be notified of their application status by Friday, November 8th.