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FREE Truth and Risk: Writing in the Military Gaze

Writers of all genres have been truth-telling under the threat of silence or harm for centuries. But it’s even more dangerous — and more important — when the truth concerns power, and the most powerful force for military families is the military itself. How can we tell the necessary truth about our world even at great personal or communal risk? In this workshop, participants will read, reflect on, and discuss the work of daring writers, particularly women, who write with direct and indirect ties to the military and war. We will use this reflection to respond to prompts and share our work. Participants with personal connections to the military are especially encouraged to attend.

Registration for this class will open August 17th.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Abby E. Murray

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2021

Start Date: 10/23/2021

No Class On: 10/30/2021

End Date: 11/06/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 50

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Abby E. Murray

Abby E. Murray earned her MFA from Pacific University and PhD from Binghamton University. She is the editor of Collateral, a literary journal concerned with the impact of violent conflict and military service beyond the combat zone. Her first book of poems, Hail and Farewell, won the 2019 Perugia Press Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Wherever she goes, she teaches poetry and writing workshops for veterans, service members, and their families, as well as detained youth and immigrants, and she loves listening to them read their work in public forums. She teaches argumentative writing in military strategy for Army War College officers on fellowship at the University of Washington, and she recently finished her term as poet laureate for the city of Tacoma. She now lives in Washington DC.

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