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 that we are implementing an ongoing Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) system throughout 2019. In order to participate in Creative Writing, all participants must complete a brief pre- and post-class assessment that measures the effects of ASAP's programming on skill-development and well-being. Your participation in our internal monitoring efforts will help us continuously learn from and improve our programs. If you have any questions about our M&E system, please do not hesitate to contact us at hello@asapasap.org.


Hampton Roads
(Norfolk, VA)
2019 Fall


  • Partner Organization: The Muse Writer’s Center

  • When: Sundays from September 15th – October 20th, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

  • Where: The Muse Writer’s Center, 2200 Colonial Ave. Suite #3, Norfolk, Virginia 23517 (FREE PARKING)

  • Graduation Show: Tuesday, October 29th at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (Virginia Beach, Virginia)

  • Application Deadline: Application deadline for our fall 2019 program season has now closed.

Washington, D.C. 
(Chevy Chase, MD)
2019 Fall


  • Partner Organization: The Writer’s Center

  • When: Saturdays from September 28th – November 2nd, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

  • Where: The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

  • Graduation Show: Friday, November 8th at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, (Alexandria, Virginia)

  • Application Deadline: Application deadline for our fall 2019 program season has now closed.

The Armed Services Arts Partnership offers this course two times per year in both the Hampton Roads, Virginia and DC locations. Typically classes start during these months for each session.

Applications will be start being accepted in late December/early January for the 2020 program year.

2020 Spring Session
Starting in late March

2020 Fall Session
Starting in September

Note to Applicants:
Please be sure to complete your application in its entirety. Incomplete applications will be asked to re-submit. Please note: only accepted applicants will be admitted into the class through ASAP's confirmation process. Submitted applications do not guarantee admission into any programs offered through ASAP.

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

We are honored to receive support for Creative Writing from the PenFed Foundation and Sandler Center Foundation.