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Free virtual writing workshops held to help veterans and spouses heal from trauma

Posted at 2:32 PM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 18:39:55-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — This pandemic has put a mental strain on all of us, but for those with wounds from war, getting through a tough time like this means finding healthy ways to cope.

Colorado Humanities is offering two virtual writing workshops for veterans, their families and caregivers.

It's an opportunity for people affiliated with the military, who are experiencing trauma, to find a safe space to release their thoughts and emotions.

The workshops will focus on dialogue writing, character and plot development, and expressive writing.

"I went through a head injury and trauma outside of the military. This helped me to find my way out of an unnecessary suffering," said Josephine Jones, Director of Programming and Center of the book for Colorado Humanities.

Each discussion will be lead by Cindy Skaggs, a veteran and professional writer. Participants can also get feedback on the work from other veterans.

"Expressive writing says there is no editing, there is no stopping the pen, there is nobody watching. You can tell your truth, get out, and look at it," Jones said.

Thanks to partners and sponsors Colorado State University-Pueblo Department of English & Foreign Languages, Arts in Society, Steamboat Creates, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, all classes are free.

Here's a list of workshops and dates:

September 16 – Characters 101

September 23 – Setting 101

September 30 – Dialogue 101

To learn more about all the workshops, click here.