Returning students may apply for a year-long Veterans Writing Workshop Fellowship, which offers a generous stipend and full tuition remission for the year in exchange for leading a weekly creative writing workshop with a group of recent veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Applications for the Veterans Writing Workshop Fellowship are available to all students entering their second year of the Creative Writing Program.
We are indebted to Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith for founding and sustaining the NYU Veterans Writing Workshop. We are also grateful to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust for their invaluable support.
Please see the NYU Veterans Writing Workshop website here.
Open to any interested veteran, the NYU Veterans Writing Workshop is held on Saturday afternoons from 2–4 pm at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House (58 W. 10th Street, New York, NY 10011). If you are interested in joining, or to find out more, please contact Zachary Sussman, Program Manager, at (212) 992-9809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"It's no exaggeration to say that the NYU Veteran Writer's Workshop has been essential to my development as a writer. Writing is always hard, but I think it's even harder for veterans who struggle with the vestiges of a military culture that demands silence. The Army taught me that it was a kind of betrayal to discuss the realities of modern war in front of civilians, and this had handicapped my participation in other writing classes. The NYU workshop gave me an opportunity to share my stories with fellow veterans, and this camaraderie opened up space to engage in substantive discussions of craft and content. I also had the opportunity to work with accomplished war writers of earlier generations, which provided fire and inspiration for my own work."
—Perry O'Brien, Workshop Participant