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Writing Helps Veterans Go From Victims to Victors

November 28, 2013
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Writing Helps Veterans Go From Victims to Victors
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The goal of the group isn't therapy—just producing good writing

Once a month, a group of veterans meet at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina for a free writing group designed especially for them, the Veterans Writing Collective. The goal of the group isn’t therapy—just producing good writing, but many participants find that focusing on learning the craft of writing does help them. One 80 year-old Air Force veteran said he used to think nobody cared about his experiences in the military, but through writing about them he learned that they do interest others, and he’s uncovered old memories through the writing process. “Writing helps veterans who’ve experienced traumatic events go from victim to victor,” one of the group’s founders, English professor Robin Greene the Fayetteville Observer.

 

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