Writing from the Heart and Soul: A Workshop for Veterans and Military

Veterans, Active Duty Military Service Members, and Military and Veteran Spouses, are cordially invited to a FREE Transition Workshop:Writing from the Heart and Soul: A Workshop for Veterans and Active Duty Military.


Sat, September 22, 2018

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT


5034 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

2nd Floor

Knights of Columbus

Washington, DC 20016

Workshop Overview: Military service brings with it diverse feelings including loss, sacrifice, joy,pride, grief, and gratitude. Our hearts can be full to overflowing and our souls ache to find a way to express ourselves. Many communities over the centuries have used songs and poetry as a means to accompany the warrior upon return from war and military service. The scriptural psalms or song poems were a way for the Hebrew people to express their joys, sorrows, fears, laments and petitions, and they continue to serve this function today in many settings. This workshop on writing from the heart and soul will use the Psalms as a template or guide, a structure for our thoughts and feelings. We will begin by listening to a few of the most vivid psalms, and then write our own and a group psalm. All writing is confidential unless you wish to share it with the group. No previous religious experience, affiliation or inclination is needed. If you are able, please bring something to write with and on: a journal, laptop, tablet or phone. Some notebooks will be available on site.

Registration and Breakfast: 10:00 am to 10:30 am

Introduction to Writing Your Story Using the Lament Psalms: 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Break: 11:30 am

Writing Your Own Psalm: 11:40 to 12:15 pm

Lunch and Discussion: 12:15 to 12:45 pm

Wrap-Up and Group Psalm: 12:45 to 1 pm

Free Parking behind the building and on Wisconsin Avenue and local sidestreets.

Friendship Heights (Metro Red Line) is a 10 minute walk.