One of of group members, Serena Reid and her team at Palomar College placed first out of 900 entrants that submitted their work to the Broadcast Education Association. Congratulations, we are so proud of you! Well done!
From the website;
Host Barb Whitesides narrates "9/11: Ten Years Forward", a radio documentary
marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks on America. The show focuses on how
we have changed as a country and how we are going forward. Guests include
Palomar College professor of Multicultural Studies Dr. Sharon Allen, military
columnist Rick Rogers, Vista Fire Captain Robbie Ford, and a Palomar College
student from Iraq.
Originally aired: September 11th, 2011
Producer: Serena Reid
Associate Producers: Jordan Yonts and Dave Prochazka
(c) 2011 Palomar Community College
Click here to listen the the documentary
Wow what a great play,
It was nice to to watch a play that relate to but also really good. As a military veteran and (well maybe) an aspiring writer, it was easy to relate to the story and very interesting to see it acted out on stage by great actors. If you have a chance check it out and let us know what you think about it.
We do have a short video of our stories that is presented before the play starts. So I was very excited in seeing that also. We will have the video on this website soon so stay tuned.
Here is the The San Diego Union-Tribune review and we are mentioned in it!
MO`OLELO GOES TO WAR WITH ‘HOW I GOT THAT STORY’
If you would like more information about the play check out this link.
from the desk of
The Worst Writer in the World!
In February, program host Elaine Swann talks with Gail Chatfield and John Maki from the Veterans Writing Group; Reginald Owens...
...In tandem with the Grossmont class, Justin and So Say We All will be
offering the same course to another group of veterans in Oceanside, in
partnership with the Veterans Writing Group of San Diego (VWG-SD)
That's two classes, two groups of vets, two showcases and a visit from
Tim O'Brien. We're hoping this turns into a regular program, maybe even a
Veteran Writers Festival. The biggest of thanks in making this happen
go to Sydney Brown for being so generous, talented, altruistic and
somewhat magical in her ability to make really important things happen
in-between e-mails, and to Gail Chatfield, for her tireless devotion to
providing a platform for veterans of all ages to tell their story and
have it heard. We're honored to serve with these women.
We fundraise to keep these and other programs cheap as possible or
outright free to artists and students. So lock and load sugarpants!...
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The Writers Guild Foundation mentors veterans as they transition from military ranks to writing workshops. Kevin Ott from the Writers Guild Foundation and Jonathan Michaels, a veteran mentee, join Ana Garcia on Nonstop News LA.
Source: Veterans Writing for Hollywood | NBC San Diego
More than two million US Veterans live in the Los Angeles area. Most of us might not be aware of them unless we see them asking for help at an intersection. We rarely hear the stories of their lives --which are indeed influenced by military experience but really, so much more than that.
April 21, 2011- By Kerstin Zilm
In a workshop held by The Writer’s Guild Foundation of Los Angeles, 50 veterans were given the chance to share their stories and begin the process of writing them down. Gayle Ocheltree wrote an angry letter to a CIA operative who “in 1988 tricked me, a very young paratrooper, into an operation that was supposed to be civilian.” Once on the ground she was ordered to rescue 250 school kids out of a building under fire and was only able to save 34 students. Ocheltree was surprised that anybody outside of the military would be interested in her story. “I thought with all the death and what was going on-- that people would be revolted and not care at all.”
30-year-old Navy Officer Elizabeth Thompson is frustrated about the inaccuracies she sees when military life is portrayed on TV or in the movies.
Writers Guild program teaches writing to men and women who are back from combat zones.
Bruce Knight, a ground surveillance operator with the U.S. Army Airborne Rangers for more than four years, fingers the chain out from under his T-shirt and eight dog tags clatter against his chest. "Maybe I'll write about them," he says, clutching the tags in his hand. Knight wants to write about what went down in Somalia. He wants to write about being shot in the back by a sniper in Panama. He wants to write about what he doesn't discuss with his wife and sons. Tall and broad-shouldered with a perfectly clipped black-and-white haircut, Knight, 42, is an intense, formidable man. "I'll write the truth," he says, cool eyes narrowing, "the way it really was."
Sgt. Marcy Sanchez
— Veterans throughout San Diego County have found
a way to speak their minds through a writer’s group mentored by
The Veterans Writing Group – San Diego County
consists of writers of all ages and backgrounds who come together to
receive lectures and workshops from professional writers.
The idea started when the Writers’ Guild
Foundation, an organization that educates and inspires writers, hosted a
military veterans writing workshop last year. The workshop was held to
help veterans improve their skills as...