Free Writing for Military and Families Class, June 2022

When: Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28 (4 weeks)
Time: 6:00pm -7:00pm
Location: Newton Military Family Resource Center
Instructor: Shana Thornton

Writing for Military and Families
This is a free class, open to active duty and veteran military personnel and military family members.
The Writing for Military and Families course will offer opportunities to explore writing about the life experiences of military families. This could include the effects of war, the benefits and effects of that lifestyle, and much more. We will establish an open sharing space in the classroom, a safe atmosphere for writing about not only war experiences but also about the personal lives of military families who have a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds. Styles of writing can be nonfiction, fiction, and/or poetry. Styles can be drama, suspense, humor, free verse, narrative, personal journaling etc. Participants may consider experimenting with different styles of writing. Students will learn writing strategies and use different writing prompts and challenges in order to help them create work that speaks about and to their experiences. Some of the classroom time will be used to share work, and students will be offered a chance to voluntarily practice reading aloud to an audience.

This is not a grammar course, and students should have an understanding of English language and usage. This course is for creative writing development. If you have a manuscript-in-progress, bring it with you to the first class. If requested, students can receive critical feedback about how to improve your writing.
The class is limited to 10 students.

Shana Thornton is the author of three novels, Ripe for Pickin’ (Forthcoming 2021), Poke Sallet Queen & the Family Medicine Wheel (2015) and Multiple Exposure (2012), and the young adult book, The Adventures to Pawnassus (2019). She is co-author of the nonfiction creativity book, Seasons of Balance: On Creativity & Mindfulness (2016). She created the BreatheYourOMBalance® series of yoga books and brand. She owns a small publishing company, Thorncraft Publishing, and publishes the work of six individual authors, as well as the Breathe yoga book series.
Shana Thornton has a Master’s in English from Austin Peay State University and a 200-hr. Therapeutic Yoga Teacher registration from Guiding Wellness Institute.
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