Helen Deutsch Writing Workshops
In April 2008, the Writers Guild of America, East Foundation began a series of Writing Workshops for veterans and active duty military from Iraq and Afghanistan.
We conducted two workshops in Columbus, Ohio in 2008 and two in San Antonio, Texas serving disabled veterans in 2009. From 2011 to 2013, in partnership with Wounded Warrior Project, we began a series of six workshops for military family members who have become the primary caregivers of permanently wounded veterans. In April and November 2012, we held workshops at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany for the medical staff for whom cumulative experiences of medical trauma have created extreme compassion fatigue. As of fall 2013, we have conducted 14 workshops serving nearly 300 participants, with at least 5 additional workshops planned for 2013-14.
The Helen Deutsch Veterans' Writing Workshops is named for the late librettist / screenwriter, a primary benefactor of The Writers Guild of America, East, Foundation. These workshops respond to an unprecedented war effect in the United States in the number of physically and psychologically injured soldiers and marines returning home. The workshop’s purpose is to help veterans and more recently caregivers of permanently wounded veterans, explore storytelling in all its forms with the mentors’ guidance and support. The Workshops are not designed or intended to be therapeutic but to engage the participants with writing and story-telling as a means to express themselves in a manner they have been previously unprepared to do, serving as an invaluable opening or their experiences. As one participant has said, “I can't say enough about what the Workshop did in giving me a voice and an outlet. It often feels like outsiders want you to suppress what you and your family know in the aftermath of war. These workshops provide the first steps in using writing as a tool for expression. Attending definitely was a life-changer for me.”
Please click the links below to read more about stories, experiences, and history of our writing workshops.
Columbus, OH - Workshop I & II
San Antonio, TX - Workshop I
San Antonio, TX - Workshop II
Caregivers Workshop - November 2011
Workshop for medical staff - Landstuhl, Germany
Caregivers Workshop - April 2013
San Antonio, TX - Workshop III
Sandy Workshop - for those affected by Hurricane Sandy
Stories from the Workshops: Kat Honaker and Sassy Satterwhite