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Veterans Writing Retreat - Sundress Academy for the Arts


  • Firefly Farms 195 Tobby Hollow Lane Knoxville, TN, 37931 United States (map)

"Sundress Academy for the Arts is excited to announce its first writing retreat for veterans on October 7-8, 2017. This two-day retreat at SAFTA's Firefly Farms is for military veterans and current service members and will be a space for creativity, writing exercises, discussions on ways to write about trauma, advice on publishing, and more. This weekend will be an opportunity to express shared experiences and learn to write your story for a non-military audience. 

A weekend pass includes one-on-one and group instruction, writing supplies, food, drinks, and all on-site amenities for $75. Tents, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment are available to rent. 

The event will be open to people of all backgrounds and experience levels and provide an opportunity to work with talented, published fiction writers and poets, including Jeb A. Herrin and Jan LaPerle. 

Jeb A. Herrin was a medic with the 3rd Infantry Division during Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. He earned his BA in English and MFA in Poetry from the University of Tennessee, where he was the 2016 winner of the John C. Hodges Award for Creative Writing for Poetry. His work can be found in Political Punch and O-Dark-Thirty. Jeb has future plans of blending the world of composition with creative writing as well as finding ways to make the voice of the veteran heard. He lives in Knoxville with his wife, son, and two dogs. 

Jan LaPerle lives in east Tennessee with her husband, Clay Matthews, and daughter, Winnie. She has published a book of poetry, It Would Be Quiet (Prime Mincer Press, 2013), an e-chap of flash fiction, Hush (Sundress Publications, 2012), a story in verse, A Pretty Place To Mourn (BlazeVOX, 2014), and several other stories and poems, and in 2014 she won an individual artist grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. LaPerle was on Active Duty at Fort Campbell for three years and has spent 12 years as an Army Reservist, most recently as a Career Counselor. 

We have two full scholarships available for the retreat as well as limited partial scholarships for those with financial need. To apply for a scholarship, send a brief statement on why you would like to attend this workshop and an optional packet of no more than (8) pages of creative writing to Erin Elizabeth Smith at erin@sundresspublications.com no later than September 15th, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be announced shorty thereafter."

Earlier Event: October 1
Fall into Poetry with the Atomic Blondes
Later Event: November 12
Sundress Reading Series