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  • Workshop: Telling the Stories of Conflict Veterans are invited to Conflicted: Telling the Stories of Conflict at Home, Abroad, and in the Heart" that is part of The Writer’s Symposium by the Sea at Pt. Loma Nazarene University. The workshop is Thursday, Feb. 22, from 1-4 pm. Justin Hudnall, producer of the KPBS series Incoming and executive director of So Say We All will moderate. Four writers will participate, all who have witnessed or lived through war or racial and cultural upheaval:Kelly McEvers, civilian journalist and co-host of NPR's All Things ConsideredBrooke King, veteran and author of Full Battle RattleAl Letson, poet, playwright and Reveal cohostJeanne Guerrero, investigative reporter for KPBS FronterasFor more information go to T ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2018, 3:38 PM by Bruce Rowe
  • January Meeting Recap The Veteran’s Writing Group met on January 6, 2018 in the VANC facility. Progress on book 2, LISTEN UP! was presented. We reached agreement on the design of the cover. Also, Jan. 15 is the due date for additional work to be considered for inclusion.We discussed common errors that our editors have uncovered during their careful reading of the stories to be included in LISTEN UP!  Those inconsistencies include commas, semicolons, and capitalization.Several members read from their latest work including Dante’ Puccetti, Charlie Wyatt, Shara French, Glen Foss, and others.We decided to take up a collection monthly to defray the cost of using the room. Suggested donation is $2.00.We'll see you next month ...
    Posted Jan 16, 2018, 10:19 AM by Bruce Rowe
  • December Meeting Recap No guest speaker this month, but that gave us a chance to hear many stories from our writers.  Another 400 copies of Away for the Holidays provided to USO San Diego.We're getting close to publishing our second book of VWG member stories, Listen UP! The manuscript is out to story contributors for version checking and edits. Please return by Dec. 8.Randy provided a lesson on the importance of comma placement. He cited a letter written by Alexander Hamilton with the salutation "To my dearest, Angelica" that illustrates this point. There is an ongoing discussion over whether the comma was a mistake or not. If not, it changes a standard greeting to one that possibly reveals a much ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2018, 8:09 AM by Bruce Rowe
  • November Meeting Recap Here's what we covered at the meeting. Join us next time for an interesting, interactive discussion and a chance to share your writing.Alexa Kingaard shared that her debut novel Keep Forever will soon be available. The official launch of the book is set for January. More info to come.The Hungry Chimera is "an independent literary magazine that features short fiction, poetry and visual art, as we feel that artistic expression cannot be limited to merely one medium. We established THC in July of 2016 with a mission to feature talented authors and artists in such a way as to accentuate the beauty within and make literature and writing a larger focus in others lives as well as ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2017, 8:33 PM by Bruce Rowe
  • Dime Stories The San Diego version of this open mic for writers is the second Friday of every month at Liberty Station. The group offers a showcase for your writing with a forum for "three-minute stories read by the author at live open mics, showcase events, online, and on the radio."Go to DimeStories online for more information or to submit your story for a future meeting, or go to  their Pt. Loma meetings in Barracks 16, Suite 202, at the old NTC.
    Posted Nov 5, 2017, 11:23 AM by Bruce Rowe
  • Fallbrook Writer's Read Readings are the second Tuesday of each month (except July and December), from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., in the Fallbrook Library Community Room, 124 S. Mission.For more information, visit the Fallbrook Writer's Read online, or contact the coordinator, K-B Gressitt, at 760-522-1064 or
    Posted Nov 5, 2017, 11:14 AM by Bruce Rowe
  • Interesting Writing Opportunities Winning Writers Newsletter - January 2017
    Posted Jan 16, 2017, 6:03 AM by Ron Pickett
  • San Diego County Grant We have  been advised by Supervisor Bill Horn's office that we are to receive a grant for $5000 from San Diego County.Thanks Supervisor Horn and Garry Garretson!
    Posted Nov 23, 2016, 10:41 AM by Ron Pickett
  • Article in The Vista Press Read this article in The Vista Press
    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 2:40 PM by Bruce Rowe
  • Veteran's Day Video Here's the link to the video that was broadcast from Palomar College last Thursday:
    Posted Nov 14, 2016, 10:56 AM by Ron Pickett
  • Book: Away For The Holidays Laugh, cry, and support us by living out these experiences in our new book that can be purchased today on Amazon for only $10.00.Away for The Holidays is a collection of stories written by veterans in the Veterans Writing Group San Diego. Each shares a story of celebrating holidays--that time of family, food, friendship and relative safety-- far from those they love. Their stories are heartwarming and heart-rending, funny and frightening as they recall Christmas’ spent on the battlefields of World War II, Vietnam or Kandahar. For the civilian reader, these under-the-helmet stories reveal the everyday sacrifices, camaraderie, and pride of our military. For those who have served, these stories will bring back memories ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 2:45 PM by Bruce Rowe
  • Our founder, Gail Chatfield: Front page news Technically incorrect. Gail was featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune's Lifestyle/People section on October 16th, 2016.She talks about why the group was started, why it is important for veterans to write their stories, and the release of a our anthology; "Away for the Holidays."Article by Lisa Deaderick published at 16, 2016, 6:00 AMGail Chatfield’s father was a Marine who served in World War II, but he died when Chatfield was a teen, so she never heard any of his stories about his time in the service. She found herself fascinated by the stories of other veterans her father ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 2:42 PM by Bruce Rowe
  • How to Turn on Your Writer's Brain and Write Faster        By Steve Coombes on June 23, 2015 Articles, Improve Your Writing      Did you know your brain works in two speeds? Like a 2-speed blender, your brain takes “ingredients” from outside and mixes them into your current stream of thought. Just like the blender, each speed has a distinct purpose. But only one will help you write productively. Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman wrote about these differences in how we think in his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow. In “fast mode,” your brain processes information rapidly — even automatically. It’s fast mode you use when driving your car, reading emotions on someone’s face, or instantly making familiar mental connections. Here’s an example of fast mode thinking you can try ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 2:44 PM by Bruce Rowe
  • Eight Apps for Veterans
    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 2:40 PM by Bruce Rowe
  • NPR Project Update Many thanks to all the writers who participated in the PBS filming for your time and openness on this project. I think we had a much bigger impact on them than they expected. We knew that most of our meeting would end up “on the cutting room floor,” however, I’m impressed that the attitude of the editing crew was as attentive, interested and involved as Ramon Garcia indicates in the email he sent:  "One of our film editors sent me a rough draft of the San Diego Writers Group piece. I have no say in the editing process besides raising flags and giving notes to what the producers have already cut. That being said, it pretty much is the ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 2:47 PM by Bruce Rowe
  • Tom Calabrese, recently won VWG is proud to announce that one of their members, Tom Calabrese, recently won The Saturday Evening Post's Tribute to the Troops essay contest. Read his award winning essay here.
    Posted Oct 11, 2013, 3:26 PM by Michael Wood
  • Warriors Who Write: From Hemingway to Vonnegut to Sheehan-Miles Very interesting articleFrom the websiteIf you don't think writing can be therapeutic, if you don't believe putting pen to paper - or fingers to keyboard - can be truly healing, ask a veteran. There's a long and storied tradition of warriors employing the ancient craft of writing to deal with their experiences on the battlefield. In the last century, novelists, poets, screenwriters and songwriters as diverse as Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Kurt Vonnegut, Leon Uris, Steve Mason, Ron Kovic, Brian Wizard, Oliver Stone, Richard Stekol, Robert Mason, Jason Moon, Senator Jim Webb, Tim O'Brien, Benjamin Busch, and Kevin Powers have written sad, funny, gripping and sometimes haunting accounts of war based directly, or indirectly, on their ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 2:49 PM by Bruce Rowe
  • VETERANS WRITING GROUP MONTHLY CONTEST Today is the first day of our first monthly contest held on facebook, so lets see if you have what it takes to win. TO PARTICIPATE: You must submit a new work, not previously published in any form. It must be original work created by the contest entrant(s). A submission must be 500 words or less. All work must be based in some capacity on the theme photo posted on the Facebook contest page appearing above these rules. Contestants will enter their work by Facebook post below these rules or email the group to have work posted by proxy to the Facebook on entrant(s) behalf. The entrants name must appear with the ...
    Posted Jun 16, 2012, 5:04 PM by Michael Wood
  • MILITARY THEMED PREVIEW OF OIFF-2012 A special Military Themed Screening Block preview of Oceanside International Film Festival will take place 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Saturday, August 11, at Oceanside Library, downtown Civic Center branch, 330 North Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054. The event is free to military, veterans, and their families (with military ID & advance registration) and only $5.00 for general civilian public (with advance registration). The purpose of this three-hour film screening session is to give a sneak peek of the full four-day Oceanside Intl Film Festival, which will run a week after, from August 16 to 19, 2012. The organizers hope this Preview will entice film buffs from North County, especially Camp Pendleton marines and those from ...
    Posted Jun 6, 2012, 12:26 AM by Michael Wood
  • Write On, Oceanside! free literary event (July 28) now accepting participants Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, partnering with the Oceanside Public Library, will be hosting ld “Write On, Oceanside! 2”, a book fair celebrating Oceanside-only authors. This year the event will be held Saturday, July 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 in and around the Oceanside Civic Center Plaza and Community Rooms.The Committee is currently seeking published Oceanside authors. The “Write On!” Committee will consider published, self-published and independent publisher works in the following categories: non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, teenage, how-to, comics/graphic novels, poetry, plays, science fiction/horror, biography/autobiography, gardening, cookbooks, animals, photography/art, mystery and spiritual.Deadline, June 30, 2012For more infomation on how to be a part of this special ...
    Posted May 31, 2012, 12:33 AM by Michael Wood
  • Second Session - Playwriting Workshop Series So Monday night was the second night of our Playwriting Workshop Series for Veterans and it was great meeting some new people. Click here for more info on the seriesOur mentor Mrs. Erika Phillips, more about her here, had us open up the night with Ron's homework assignment from last week;  Write a monolog from the aspect of an inanimate object that might be found on or with a military person. His amazing story showed us how interesting it is to see how a belt buckle could be so proud but yearn to understand its owner. We talked about how the monolog from the belt buckle showed us its character, were it had been and what it could ...
    Posted May 17, 2012, 8:07 PM by Michael Wood
  • First Session - Playwriting Workshop Series So tonight was the first night of our Playwriting Workshop Series for Veterans. It was neat to see how our military background and everyday life  stories fit into playwriting. Our great mentor for this series is Mrs. Erika Phillips and she comes with more than 20 years experience. She is currently acting in the play Brownie Points and is showing until May 27th  at the Lamb's Players Theater in Coronado, CA.  For more information please go to What we went over tonight -The differences between Autobiographical fiction and Memoirs-We read a StagePlay and went over the Dialogue with the narrative    -We looked at how we could have changed some of the narrative into more dialogue to ...
    Posted May 8, 2012, 2:08 PM by Michael Wood
  • Gene Simmons Military Tribute After getting to shake his hand a few weeks ago, this was sent to me. Mr Simmons, thank you for supporting our troops and veterans.
    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 2:52 PM by Bruce Rowe
  • Some Great Answers on Fair Use Do you have questions on fair use of another person's copyrighted material in your own work? View this video: Stanford Center for Internet and Society Fair Use Legal Experts Answer Fair Use Questions.Anthony Falzone, Executive Director of the Fair Use Project, and Julie Ahrens, Associate Director of the Fair Use Project, answer a selection of questions.  Link to website:
    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 2:55 PM by Bruce Rowe
  • Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: If you are interested in screenwriting and want to be successful, take a look at this book.It's fun and easy to read, but most importantlythe author is contributing a portion of his proceeds to the USO. Robert Ben Garant always goes out of his way to help and mentor Veterans' perfecting their writing skill. We can't thank him enough for all that he does, not only for  our group of Veterans but for his support of all military members. Editorial Reviews "These two guys are the reason Night at the Museum won so many Oscars"  —Ben Stiller “Some screenwriters have a knack for capturing the heart and soul of characters, the nuance of themes, the richness ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 3:01 PM by Bruce Rowe
  • Our Vietnam Generation Trailer One of our members received this video. Take a look.  Michigan Vietnam Vets produced it, but it says it all for every Vietnam Vet. Share it with a Vietnam Vet or a family that may have lost a dad, brother, uncle or son. I thought they did an excellent job on it. I suspect in the future this theme will be shown over and over again for each conflict. This story could be retold by 49 other states and territories as well.  If you know a Vietnam Vet, consider sending them this link.  Share your Thoughts ▼
    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 3:05 PM by Bruce Rowe
  • Timothy Wurtz - Developing a Character First, a big thank you to Mr. Wurtz for coming all the way from LA to share his writing tips with our veteran writing group. We are so grateful for our supportive mentors helping us progress in our writing journey, no matter where it leads us.Arguably the most important aspect of any writing is the character. On Saturday we learned more about character development, dimensions, emotional beats, and movement.                                                                                                                                                    (photo: Serena Reid)We captured some great instructional video footage from Mr. Wurtz, but also some of our stories from the group. Keep checking back as we will have members stories and instructional videos on-line.  Here are a few of the notes and a checklist from Saturday's meeting ...
    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 3:11 PM by Bruce Rowe
  • Trelby? Many stress the point, that Final Draft is a necessity if you are serious about writing a screenplay.  But what if you're not ready to buy or are looking for alternatives. We found Trelby. Try it and let us know what you think.From the website: "Trelby is simple, fast and elegantly laid out to make screenwriting simple. It is infinitely configurable. Trelby is free software, that you can contribute..."
    Posted Nov 3, 2017, 2:30 PM by Bruce Rowe
  • Welcome As we grow, so does our website. Please join us in leaving your comments and help us make this site a better place for all Veteran Writers to visit and draw from. 
    Posted Dec 6, 2011, 11:40 PM by Michael Wood
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