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Stories Deployed 2019

Veterans, Community Event

Western Washington University's English Department and Veterans Services, The Associated Students Veterans Outreach Center, and the Veteran Community have come together with the Red Badge Project to present their annual Stories Deployed event for 2019. On May 9th 2019 at 4:00 pm-6:00 pm in the Wilson Library Reading Room on WWU's campus, join local veterans as they use their skills in creative writing to share their personal and raw experiences within the military in a spoken performance. This event serves as an outlet for participating veterans from Western's Campus and the Bellingham community to share their stories in a cathartic manner, while simultaneously giving their civilian peers an insight into the complicated and profound experience of military service. Americans should have some understanding of what it truly means to serve their country, and what better way to truly welcome home their service-members than listening to their story. Stories Deployed joins the national storytelling movement within the veteran community, including the Red Badge Project, The Telling Project, and the Veterans Writing Project, to give voice to those who have served. The event is free and open to anyone who wishes to attend. Those veterans who are interested in experimenting with the medium of creative writing or participating in Stories Deployed can attend our writing workshops on April 13th and April 20th 2019, at the Bellingham VFW Post 1585 at 4pm-7pm. In our workshops, veterans will learn how to generate a story and be given feedback on their work. No writing or storytelling experience is necessary to attend, and attendance of the writing workshops does not mean a veteran is forced to participate in the Stories Deployed event in May. Childcare services will be offered for all events to veterans with children so they can participate. Please contact Janice Heebsh, the Veterans Community Coordinator at for further information.