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2020 Calendar of Events

March 5-6-7. San Antonio, TX. Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP 2018). As usual, we’ll have a table where you can come by and meet us, grab a copy of Writing War: A Guide to Telling Your Own Story, or our literary journal O-Dark-Thirty. You’ll also find books by our editors and instructors for sale.

March 24. Charlotte, NC. Our director will present a multi-media piece called, “Trying to Catch Amnesia” about his experience using the creative arts as a vehicle to overcome PTSD symptoms. He will read from his memoir, Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years, and sing some of his award winning songs. Taylor-Talmadge Hall on the campus of Davidson University at 7pm. Free.

April 26. Kensington, MD. We will join with our friends the Memorial Day Writers Project to host presentations (including an open mic) for veteran readers and songwriters. Learn more at Kensington Book Festival.

May 12-June 30. Virtual Creative Writing Workshop. With our friends from Armed Services Arts Partnership, we’re putting on an eight week series of workshops all online. VWP instructors Jerri Bell, Dario DiBattista, and Ron Capps present 90-minute workshops every Tuesday night at 8pm Eastern time. Go to ASAP’s website for more information and to register.

July 11-12/18-19. Virtual Songwriting Workshop. We’re working with the North Carolina and Dare County Arts Councils to present our expanded songwriting workshop. We’ll run this over two weekends (to avoid Zoom fatigue). You can expect discussion and play focussed on the elements of the craft of songwriting including theory, harmony, song structure, lyrics, and more. This is a hands-on workshop presented virtually.  We’ll have mentors logging in from all over the country, so you’ll get lots of different tips and ideas. To register, contact Chris Sawin of the Dare County Arts Council at

September 22-October 27. Virtual Songwriting Workshop. Our friends at the Howard County (MD) Library are hosting our fall songwriting workshop. Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 830pm, 9/22 through 10/27. Taught by Ron Capps with weekly special guests. Subjects: Basic music theory for songwriters, song structures, lyrics, and performing and recording. Taught via Zoom. Contact Rohini Gupta at HLCS for registration or information:

*Other events will be added as they are scheduled. Please come back often to check.

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