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Department of Humanities Sponsors Veteran's Writing Seminar

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By: Jaci Shankel

May 13 Seminar to be Held at WW Public Library

Author Shawn Wong

On Tuesday, May 13, from 7-8 p.m., veterans, along with their families, friends, and counselors, are invited to attend the Red Badge Project writing seminar at the Walla Walla Public Library. Co-sponsored by the library, the Walla University Department of Humanities, and Humanities Washington, this seminar hopes to provide veterans with a guide for how to construct their life stories in writing.

During the seminar, author and professor Shawn Wong will discuss the Red Badge Project, for which he has served for the past year as an instructor at Joint Base Lewis-McChord at Fort Lewis, Wash.  This project, according to its website, aims to help veterans find their voice. “Using the creative process of storytelling, Wounded Warriors begin to rebuild their individual sense of purpose and unique individuality.”

The Red Badge Project works to help soldiers articulate their experiences and ordeals in a way that helps them be heard and understood. Using either nonfictional narratives or fictional characters, instructors such as Wong help veterans to share their experiences with family, friends, and the world around them.

Wong is a professor of English at the University of Washington where he has taught for the last 28 years. He teaches courses in fiction writing, screenwriting, Asian American literature, Chinese-American history, plus courses in travel writing at the UW campus in Rome, Italy. He is also a speaker for Humanities Washington, providing him with another outlet to share the Red Badge Project and its mission.

No registration is required to attend the seminar. 


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