The Writers Place, in partnership with Moral Injury Association of America, is hosting a writing workshop tailored to veterans and their families on April 28 and April 29 at The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas City.

In its fourth year, this writing workshop is designed to give participants a safe space to share their stories. We are well aware that there are many stories surrounding wartime experiences, and often times these stories are overlooked or not shared. We aim to change this and aid veterans in finding their voices.

The workshop begins Friday night with an open discussion of Tim O'Brien's book “Telling Your Story” led by Kaite Stover from the Kansas City Public Library. Veterans are encouraged to invite family members and friends to the Friday evening discussion, as it will be open to the community.

Beginning with a keynote speech by novelist, short story writer and professor Phong Nguyen, Saturday is designed to give veterans and their families the tools and confidence to develop and tell their own stories. Whether you have never written a letter or have had a steady writing practice for years, this conference is designed to benefit you.

Participants will explore approaches to writing through writing prompts connected to O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried.” Individual writing time is allotted to enable participants to craft their own story. Poets, professors, and novelists will be available for one-on-one work and review. Participants may bring a working story of their own to the conference in the inspiration of O’Brien’s book, but it is not necessary. Please limit story length to 500 words.

There is a cost of $20 to cover lunch and books. For questions, call 816-753-1090 or email nkarsk@writersplace.org.