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SDHC to Sponsor FREE Veterans’ Writing Workshops

After sponsoring an annual Veterans’ Story Writing Contest for the past seven years, SDHC is announcing a change to its Veterans Program. In 2024, SDHC will offer a series of writing workshops in two locations statewide. Below are the primary goals of the workshops.

  • To connect veterans with others who have shared or similar life experiences
  • To provide a welcoming and comfortable place for veterans to “tell their stories”
  • To create a collection of stories that can be shared with a broader audience
  • To provide a platform for veterans to engage in lifelong learning through writing

SDHC Scholar Amber Jensen will facilitate the Brookings workshops. Jensen teaches in the School of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at South Dakota State University. She teaches writing with an emphasis on the genres of creative nonfiction and poetry. Her memoir, The Smoke of You: A Memoir of Love During & After Deployment, focuses on how her husband’s military service has influenced her family. She has worked with military families to encourage the sharing of experiences to better understand the significant impacts of war in our culture.

SDHC Scholar Molly Barari will facilitate the Rapid City workshops. Barari holds a Doctorate in Adult Education from the University of South Dakota and an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has extensive experience teaching writing, including the Heirlooms: Creative Life Writing Workshop, in which she provides writing prompts that encourage participants to record life memories through sensory detail. This type of writing allows participants to process and make meaning of past events and connects them with others through sharing and listening protocols.

Below is the complete workshop schedule.

To register for the FREE workshops, visit Registration opens June 10 at 8 am CT/7 am MT and closes July 1 at 5 pm CT/4 pm MT.

All participants are invited to an interactive workshop, as well as a discussion with Iraq War veteran and award-winning author Brian Castner, at the Festival of Books in Brookings on September 20-22. Further details will be announced this summer.

For more information, please contact SDHC at (605) 688-6113.

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