A Veteran’s Day exploration and presentation of original writings by Veterans and Veteran-inspired pieces.
In partnership with the Shenandoah University Veteran’s Writing Initiative, Shenandoah University’s Center for Public Service and Scholarship, and Walter Reed National Military Hospital’s Stages of Healing program.
Wednesday, November 11th 7:00 PM, 2015
Glaize Studio Theatre (Shenandoah Main Campus in the Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre Building)
This was a presentation of creative writing, featuring the original works of our local and SU Veterans, as well as writings and stories of medical military personnel and service men and women from the Walter Reed National Military Hospital. Additionally, writing, music and movement inspired by these pieces was included and performed by SU students.
The post-show conversation included special guests Dr. Kathy Ganske, Dean of SU School of Nursing, Sherry Rawls-Bryce, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Faculty Leader of the VBSN, some of the Veteran-writers, and was moderated by Associate Professor of Theatre, Kirsten Trump, who has also been the facilitator and director of this project.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Kirsten Trump, 540 931-6489 firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans Writing Project
Shenandoah University Hosted the Veterans Writing Project This workshop was designed specifically to give veterans from the University, our Alumni community, and the Winchester area a chance to put into words their unique experiences and perspective on their life in service. Jerri Bell, with her own military experience and writing expertise, led this unique two-day event.
John Lesinski, a board member for The Center for Public Service and Scholarship at Shenandoah University, said he expected the program to give an outlet for therapeutic, social and literary expression. Lesinski, a Marine veteran, said, “This is the first of many events to support the military population of students in the community”.
“I’m not a combat veteran, but I’ve found that I can express myself better in written word,” Lesinski said. “If that’s just a diary or writing things down, I find that to be much more effective than sharing the story everywhere I go.”
Lesinski said the writing seminar provided outlets for treatment that veterans and their families can’t always get at the Veterans Affairs. He noted that one of his closest friends committed suicide after returning from a tour of duty and wants to see more efforts to provide therapy to veterans and their families.
Honored Veterans, from all of us at Shenandoah University, we would like to kindly thank you for your service to our country.