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Veterans' Voices is a free and ongoing writing workshop that is open to all Veterans, from any branch of service. It offers a supportive environment and the tools needed for the writing of stories, service-related or not, (fiction and nonfiction) as well as memoir, poetry, and drama.
“When you write, you preserve a memory and stand as a witness to your time.”
About the Instructor:
El Dorado County investigative writer Weston DeWalt leads the Veterans’ Voices Writing Workshop. DeWalt is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Climb, a nonfiction book about a 1996 disaster on Mount Everest. A former acquisitions editor, DeWalt has also worked as a documentary filmmaker, a cold case investigator and as a university teacher of writing and publishing.
For Them, By Us is the first-ever published collection of writing from the Veterans’ Voices writing workshop.
Workshop participants who contributed to this anthology came with a range of writing experience. Some had little to no experience with composition, some had professional writing experience, and others had a longstanding interest in writing or had works in progress. What they shared at the outset was having served the country in the military and an interest in developing their own writing skills.
The stories collected here reflect many experiences and points of view. There are personal reflections on the events of September 11, a return to a family home after a long absence, and a childhood memory of an introduction to coffee. A former cop describes a haunting experience with a traffic accident. A Vietnam vet describes a firefight and its disarming aftermath. There is humor as well, including an imagined scenario of an encounter between a sitting U.S. President and his successor.