A free writing workshop offered to benefit local veterans.
The Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) will hold a free writing workshop Thur., Sept. 12, 2019, at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center at from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. MWSA writers, including equine authors Robin Hutton and Valerie Ormond, will present on the topics of storytelling, character, conflict, dialogue, memoir, short story, non-fiction, and editing. Hutton’s and Ormond’s horse books include military themes.
MWSA published authors have conducted veteran-focused workshops over the past five years at VA medical and veteran centers in Phoenix; Waco and San Antonio; Texas, and Charleston, S.C. This year they bring their program to Albuquerque, N.M. The goal of the writing workshops has been to help veterans and their families share their stories through a positive writing workshop venue at no cost to attendees.
Robin Hutton, New York Times bestselling author of Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse and War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of WWII will be presenting with MWSA for the first time this year. MWSA awarded Hutton’s Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse a Gold Medal in its 2016 book awards.
Her topic will be the elements of storytelling. Hutton will also discuss filmmaking and the book she co-authored, 9 Indispensable Ingredients in Every Hit Movie, TV Show, Play and Novel.” She based her book on experience gained working for over 25 years with Tom Laughlin, the creator and star of the iconic “Billy Jack” movies in the 1970s. Hutton said, “Knowing these nine ingredients is an incredible resource for any writer.”
Valerie Ormond’s books Believing In Horses and Believing in Horses, Too, both won the MWSA Gold Medal, Stars and Flags First Place, and multiple other national awards. She is a 25-year Navy veteran and has been a member of the VA Writing Workshops’ faculty for three years. She will discuss character and dialogue. “If I can help one other person tell the story they want to tell, then that’s one more story told that may not otherwise have been shared,” she said.
MWSA’s Director of Education Jack W. London began the program in 2014. London. An award-winning author and Army veteran, said, “Writers helping writers. Veterans helping veterans. These workshops focus on the things that all of us need help with - organizing the non-fiction and fiction, story, characters and dialogue, memoir - the things we want to write.”
London continued, “Our faculty have all won awards for their writing, and we do not charge for our workshops. Our reward is the best reward of all: the satisfaction from giving back with our talents to help others with theirs.”
The workshops aim to achieve one of MWSA’s organizational purposes per its Bylaws “to reach out to reach out to schools, military organizations, and veterans’ groups and encourage an interest in writing….”
Any veteran being treated at any VA hospital or clinic is welcome to attend. In addition, anyone registered for the Joint MWSA/SouthWest Writers (SWW) Conference held Friday, Sept. 13 – Sun., Sept. 14, in Albuquerque may attend. Event organizers request attendees register so they may prepare a sufficient number of books, worksheets, and other handouts. To register for the VA Writing Workshop, please see https://www.facebook.com/events/1247577138714012/.
For additional information about the Military Writers Society of America or the Joint MWSA/SWW Conference, please see http://www.mwsadispatches.com/.
About Robin Hutton
Robin Hutton is a multiple award-winning author of Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse and War Animals: The Unsung Heroes of WWII. She co-authored 9 Indispensable Ingredients in Every Hit Movie, TV Show, Play and Novel,” based on her more than 30 years of experience in the motion picture industry. To learn more, please see https://robinhutton.org/about-me.
About Valerie Ormond
Valerie Ormond is the author of the award-winning novels Believing In Horses and Believing In Horses, Too. She is Chair of the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) Outreach Committee and a finalist for the 2019 MWSA Mike Mullins Memorial Writer of the Year Award. A Navy veteran, she founded and runs her own business, Veteran Writing Services, LLC. For additional information about her and her writing, please see https://www.veteranwritingservices.com/who_we_are and http://believinginhorses.com/home.
About the Military Writers Society of America
The Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) exists to help military service members, veterans, their families, supporters, and historians record history and the complexities of military life, and to encourage writing as therapy. The501(c)3 non-profit organization focuses on using the writing of MWSA members to educate the general public, students, and the military community. Learn more at http://www.mwsadispatches.com/.
About the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center
The Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center is part of the New Mexico VA Health Care System and is located at 1501 San Pedro SE, Albuquerque, N.M. 87108. The Medical Center can be reached via telephone at (505)265-1711 or (800)465-8262. For more information on the VA Writing Workshop, please see https://www.facebook.com/events/1247577138714012/.
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