Giving veterans the tools and confidence they need to develop and write their own stories is the goal of a newly-added program being offered in early April by the Johnson County Museum.
This Veteran Memoir Writing Workshop is designed to help veterans come to terms with their memories. It can also communicate to family and friends those stories that are difficult to verbalize. Participants will learn to use notes, drafts, poetry, free-writing exercises, and other methods to generate moving and honest writing. No prior writing experience is necessary. This program is being presented by Kansas Author and Poet Al Ortolani, in partnership with Humanities Kansas.
This workshop is meant to compliment the “Buy One, Vet One” (B1V1) program which provides free art classes to veterans, and its Interview Theater Workshops - Veteran Story Collecting Project beginning April 4. B1V1 is part of a new partnership between the Arts Council of Johnson County After Action Network’s Operation: Art, and the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.
The Veteran Memoir Writing Workshop will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. There is no cost for this 90-minute program, but please preregister by going to www.jcprd.com, clicking on "Register for Activities," and performing a course ID search for 19161. To learn more about Interview Theater Workshops - Veteran Story Collecting Project, search for course ID 15691.
The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.