Voices From War’s
Writing Workshops for Veterans
Registration for FALL 2017, our 9th Season
More Details Here – including Bronx Registration
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KARA KRAUZE – Founder, Director
Kara Krauze is a writer, editor, and educator. Kara has worked in publishing, financial services, the mental health field, and community organizing. Her writing has been published in Quarterly West, Center: A Journal of the Literary Arts, Highbrow Magazine, The Daily Beast, Hypothetical Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. She has a B.A. from Vassar College in International Studies and a M.A. in Literary Cultures from New York University. Her writing, including a memoir and novels, engages with the subjects of war, loss, and memory. She has lived in Indiana, Ohio, and England, and is a longtime resident of New York City, where she founded Voices From War in 2013.
Instructors – NYC, Manhattan
NINA SEMCZUK – Co-Instructor – NYC, Manhattan
Nina Semczuk served as an Army Officer in various locations and units from 2011-2016. Prior to military service, she attended Boston University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in TV and Film production. Nina now works as a writer and editor at a financial tech startup, and she was a 2017 War Horse Writing Seminar Fellow. You can find her writing on The Muse, itscomplicated.vet, The War Horse, Fast Company, and around the web. First as a participant and now a Teaching Associate, Nina has been with Voices From War since 2016.
SCOTT REEL – Co-Instructor – NYC, Manhattan
Scott Reel served in the Marine Corps as a combat correspondent, finishing as a sergeant with the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton. Following his service, Scott completed his BA in English and Philosophy at the University of Illinois Chicago. He has also worked as a public affairs assistant at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, written and edited for Art of Living, and published poetry. In fall 2017, Scott moved to New York to pursue his MA in English and American literature at New York University. He currently lives in New Jersey with his lovely wife Brittaney.
BRONX – The Craft of War Writing
JEREMY H. WARNEKE – Instructor – NYC, Bronx
Jeremy Hussein Warneke is a United States Army veteran, who served in Iraq. Following discharge, he completed his undergraduate degree at Sarah Lawrence College. His publication credits include Itscomplicated.vet, NYC Veterans Alliance, Homefront Progressives, Task & Purpose, Scintilla, and elsewhere. In 2017, he was a War Horse Writing Seminar Fellow and a second place poetry finalist for Line of Advance‘s COL Darron L. Wright Award. In 2015, he received an honorable mention for photography in Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Vol. 4. A former Voices From War participant, Jeremy launched The Craft of War Writing with support from Voices From War, The New York Public Library, and the Bronx Council on the Arts in early 2016.
JOHN LOSASSO – Co-Instructor – NYC, Bronx
John LoSasso is a retired high school English teacher, dean, and girls varsity basketball coach. Having worked and coached in New York City public high schools for thirty-eight years, he currently keeps himself occupied as an Academic Coach at Pace University-Pleasantville. John began pursuing a “dream deferred” when he started writing in earnest upon joining The Craft of War Writing as a student in 2016. That same year, his short fiction piece, “Buffalo Soldiers,” which emanated from the workshop, was accepted for publication in Proud To Be: Writing by American Warriors, Vol. 5. A native of Brooklyn, John currently resides with his wife in the Bronx, New York.
NATE BETHEA – NYC, Manhattan
Fall 2014 – Fall 2016
Nate Bethea is a writer and critic. He served as an Army infantry officer from 2007-2014, leaving the military in order to attend Brooklyn College’s Creative Writing MFA program in fiction. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the Iowa Review, The Morning News, The Daily Beast, and The New York Times, and he is a contributor to The Road Ahead: Stories of the Forever War (Pegasus, Jan. 2017; eds. Adrian Bonenberger & Brian Castner). He holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism and French from Indiana University. Nate served as a Voices From War co-instructor for five seasons.
JEFF LOEB – NYC, Bronx
Bronx Vet Center collaboration, Fall 2015
Jeff Loeb, a former Marine who served in Vietnam, is a writer and educator. Jeff has taught English literature and writing at the university, college, and high-school levels; published numerous memoiristic essays and critical articles; and worked as a radio reporter. His essays have been published in War, Literature, and the Arts, American Studies, and African American Review, among other journals. He has a B.A. In English, Political Science, and History from the University of Kansas, as well as an MA and PhD in English, also from KU. His dissertation was on the literature of the Vietnam War, with a concentration on African-American memoirs of that conflict. He has written one novel and is at work on another, in addition to a memoir. He is the former Chair of English and Chair of Faculty Development at the Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City, Missouri, and presently lives in New York City.
JACOB SIEGEL – Instructor – NYC, Manhattan
Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
A Writing Workshop for Veterans
Writing and Reading War Stories in the 21st Century
In this workshop we write our own narratives, while reading excerpted fiction and non-fiction by veterans, military spouses, and select civilians. Each week we share student work, learning from each others’ strengths and successes, while also discussing ways we can come closer to the stories we want to tell, whether just for ourselves or for a larger audience.
Excerpted texts have included writers such as Phil Klay, Anatole Broyard, Tim O’Brien, Janine di Giovanni, Benjamin Busch, Grace Paley, Isaac Babel, George Orwell, and others.
Thank you to our gracious GUESTS!
We have had the pleasure of hosting GUEST WRITERS and publishing professionals, including Peter Blackstock, Benjamin Busch, Cathy Linh Che, Maurice Decaul, Jofie Ferrari-Adler, Boris Fishman, Nicole Goodwin, Phil Klay, Roxana Robinson, and Rob Spillman, Christopher Paul Wolfe.
“If you succeed [in storytelling], you replace the fragments of memory with something that has its own shape and meaning, a separate thing that has value in itself.” - Tracy Kidder & Richard Todd
This is a free workshop for veterans.
Prior writing experience not required.
- 2-hour weekly workshop (10 sessions) FALL 2017
- NYC-Manhattan: Sept 19th – Dec 5th, Tuesday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- NYC-Bronx: Sept 9th – Nov 18th, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Questions? Email: email@example.com
Our NYC-Manhattan class is hosted by the 14th Street Y.
Thank you to The Rona Jaffe Foundation for new support in 2016!
Thank you to Poets & Writers for support for our workshops since 2013!
Thank you to the Bronx Council on the Arts for support for The Craft of War Writing since its inception in 2016!
Thank you to the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council for new support in 2017!
Thank you to Amazon Literary Partnership for new grant support in 2017!
Our NYC-Bronx class is hosted by the Morris Park NYPL.
And we could use YOUR support! Contact us about getting involved…
as a sponsor, partner, donor, or volunteer.
◊ Voices From War is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. ◊ Please visit the sidebar or bottom of this page for details — and to support our workshops with a secure online donation. ◊