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NEW Season Starts This WEEK!

Voices From War’s FALL 2021 SEASON – Starts THIS WEEK!



Join us this fall to explore diverse forms of storytelling (through fiction, memoir, poetry), discuss, and work on your own writing. Each season, we welcome recent veterans and those who served years prior, active duty and family members. Come work on your writing in a supportive veteran-focused community, explore your experiences and others, and enhance your writing skills, whether a new writer, or one revising previous work. QUESTIONS? Email: info@voicesfromwar.org

Voices From War has been offering writing workshops for veterans (and family members) since 2013, with two workshop options through the FALL season (Wednesday or Saturday).

Details:  https://voicesfromwar.org

Save the Date! For our WINTER SHOWCASE Sunday, DECEMBER 12, 2021

You can learn more about our instructors on the Instructors page and check out previous Newsletters HERE.


Spring Workshops STARTING SOON

Bronx workshops
Start SATURDAY, Feb. 29th
Plus “Veteran Voices” March 7th
Details Below!

The Craft of War Writing in the Bronx

Workshops START Saturday, February 29th!

  • Learn from published writers and fellow veterans and family members.
  • Read engaging fiction, memoir, essays, and poetry on the subject of war…
  • Discuss practical strategies and create deeper content for writing the stories and poetry that express your vision and/or experiences.
  • Add to a more diverse representation of NYC veteran stories.
  • Come participate in a community of diverse, veteran & military family #writers.

QUESTIONS?  Email: info@voicesfromwar.org

For BRONX Registration – Click HERE
For Manhattan Registration – Click Here

PLUS Come on out on MARCH 7th for “Veteran Voices”

Poetic Theater Productions presents
“Veteran Voices” – a Showcase of Theater, Poetry, & Music

Facebook EVENT Page: Here


Voices From War community – DISCOUNT: “COMMUNITY15”


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EMAIL us for PDF or JPG Flyers:  info@voicesfromwar.org
Bronx – The Craft of War Writing (Saturdays)
Manhattan – Writing & Reading War Stories (Wednesdays)

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Voices From War NEWS

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OPEN HOUSE – Join Voices From War on FEB 11th!

We hope you can join us for Voices From War’s


SUNDAY, February 11th, 4:00-6:00 pm

at the 14th St Y

344 East 14th Street

New York, NY  10003

Come meet and chat with Voices From War instructors and catch up with previous workshop attendees and welcome interested new participants.
Refreshments will be served.


NYC-Manhattan (14th St Y) – Workshops start FEBRUARY 28th (Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m.) – Click to REGISTER NOW

Bronx (Morris Park NYPL) – Workshops start MARCH 10th (Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) – Click to REGISTER NOW


FLYERS below

PDF Flyers available upon request.



We hope to see you for our OPEN HOUSE!
Sunday, FEBRUARY 11th, 4:00-6:00 pm

14th St Y, 344 East 14th St., NY, NY  10003

RSVP or questions: info@voicesfromwar.org

Thank you to our Fall 2017 participants for another great season @14StreetY and @NYPL #MorrisPark


Time for WRITING in the BRONX…

Registration OPEN – NYC FALL workshops


FALL 2017 – CLASSES Start SATURDAY, SEPT 9th – Morris Park NYPL

PLUS Join us for our Voices From War OPEN HOUSE

SUNDAY, SEPT 10th, 4:00-6:00 pm

RSVP: info@voicesfromwar.org

OPEN HOUSE: in Manhattan – (East Village) – a short walk or subway ride from Union Square.

VOICES FROM WAR’s Manhattan workshop (Season 9) STARTS TUESDAY, SEPT 19th


OPEN HOUSE & SOCIAL - FALL 2017 - SEPT 10th, 4:00-6:00 pm
14th Street Y - host to Voices From War (NYC-Manhattan) workshop
344 East 14th Street
NY, NY  10003

RSVP (preferred) & Questions: info@voicesfromwar.org
Join us for conversation & light refreshments.
A chance to connect with past participants, meet the instructors, and talk to other veterans.
Family members (and interested civilians) also welcome.
NYC and full metro area.
Join fellow veterans and engaged civilians for this opportunity to read and write about experiences of war. Past workshops have read great work from a wide range of writers, including work from contemporary veterans such as Maurice Decaul, Matt Gallagher, Nicole Goodwin, and Phil Klay; plus writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Ernest Hemingway, Siobhan Adcock, Elie Wiesel, and Stephen King. Come see who’s next…

FALL 2017 – BRONX Workshop – The Craft of War Writing – REGISTRATION OPEN


NYC – MANHATTAN: Registration & Details

VOICES FROM WAR – Writing and Reading War Stories in the 21st Century



Voices From War at the New York Historical Society

Mark your calendars and join us for great new writing from our NYC veterans!

Stay tuned for more details & check back on our EVENTS page…



Happy Holidays! And our END-OF-YEAR APPEAL!

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Supporters!

Greetings! with warm wishes for this holiday season and a fulfilling and happy new year ahead! It has been a busy and exciting season at Voices From War, culminating earlier this month with our fabulous WINTER READING! Another CONGRATULATIONS to our writers and the skill with which they shared their stories on December 10th. All ten readers were participants this fall in our Voices From War workshop hosted by the 14th Street Y in Manhattan. And it was also exciting to welcome a group of participants attending from our collaboration in the Bronx!group_pic_b__voices_from_war_winter_reading_12-10-16

As we wrap up the year, thinking back and looking forward, we offer thanks to all of you who have supported Voices From War in so many ways this year, with your time, your words and deeds, your valuable contributions. If you have not made a donation to Voices From War this year, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help support our workshops and programming. We cannot offer our signature quality instruction and engaging readings without you – our supporters, our audience, all of you, both veterans and civilians, who care about the stories our veterans have to tell and the community in which discussions, reading, and writing grow.

A few highlights from 2016!

Tango on the Balcony:  We continued partnering with independent short film Tango on the Balcony, including screenings in NYC and multiple international awards (check out their web page for updates!)

Library of America – WW1 Centennial commemorations:  We continued our participation with the Library of America’s exciting program honoring American involvement in WWI – World War I and America, a 2-year initiative with lots happening in 2017 (be sure to check for updates and programming news!)

Including a list of books (and music) written by veterans

The INTREPID Sea, Air & Space Museum:  On November 14th, we were thrilled to run a stand-alone Voices From War writing workshop (part of Intrepid After Hours) on the historic Intrepid!

The Rona Jaffe Foundation: We are grateful for new grant support from the Rona Jaffe Foundation!

Poets & Writers: We are grateful for continued support from Poets & Writers’ Readings & Workshops program! You can also read a short piece about part of my (Kara’s) personal story in Poets & Writers Magazine (Nov/Dec 2016).

Publication News!

Nate Bethea (14th Street Y co-instructor, 2014-16) published several pieces in the New York Times this year (plus, read on for book news)…

Jeremy Warneke (The Craft of War Writing – Bronx collaboration) has published a number of personal essays, including for Task & Purpose and Intersections International

Jeff Loeb (instructor in 2015 for our Bronx Vet Center collaboration and ongoing participant) published a multi-part memoir piece in War, Literature, & the Arts this fall…

Participant, John LoSasso (Bronx: The Craft of War Writing), had a short story accepted for publication in Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Vol. 5…

CONGRATULATIONS to our instructors and all of our participants on their writing accomplishments!

In the NEW YEAR, we’ll be working to bring you a better forum on the website for keeping up with Voices From War participants’ published work, as well as more opportunities to share what they’ve been writing!


NYU Military Family Clinic: A Voices From War workshop during FAMILY DAY on January 28th

Open House at the 14th Street Y – SAVE THE DATE: February 12th

Season 8  – Voices From War’s writing workshop at the 14th Street Y – Starts FEB 28th – REGISTRATION Opens in January

Season 3  – The Craft of War Writing in the Bronx – Starts again in March 2017 – Details & Registration coming soon

Plus, in the community: JAN 10th at the STRAND BOOKS – Don’t miss the NYC Book Launch of THE ROAD AHEAD: Stories from the Forever War, ed. by Adrian Bonenberger and Brian Castner, which includes work from Voices From War instructor Nate Bethea and past Voices From War participants, including Kristen Rouse (founder of NYC Veterans Alliance) and Teresa Fazio, with contributions from esteemed writers we’ve been thrilled to welcome as guests to the Voices classroom, including… art work from veteran-writer Ben Busch and with an introduction by acclaimed novelist (SPARTA) Roxana Robinson — and many other fantastic veteran writers! (Plus, you can also find new work from Teresa Fazio in the exciting new anthology RETIRE THE COLORS, ed. by Dario DiBattista.)

THANK YOU to Nate Bethea for his two and a half years of dedication as co-instructor at the 14th Street Y! And THANK YOU to Jeremy Warneke for a fabulous first year of collaboration – The Craft of War Writing in the Bronx! THANK YOU to the Morris Park Public Library and the Bronx Council on the Arts for support for The Craft of War Writing; and THANK YOU for support in Manhattan from our host the 14th Street Y!


We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible contribution as we close 2016, or even a monthly recurring donation throughout 2017, whatever your giving level.

THANK YOU to each of you for your support for Voices From War and veteran stories!

Here’s to a healthy and fulfilling 2017!

Warm wishes,


Kara Krauze

Founder, Director
Voices From War

Writing Workshops for Veterans


On writing—and war stories we want to read

Redepolyment & The Bosnia ListToday, some words of wisdom from wonderful writer and former U.S. Marine Phil Klay, author of the acclaimed new short story collection Redeployment.

“When I came back I had all these questions to think about that were interesting or important for me, and writing the book was one way for me to grapple with both what the experience meant to me and what the war in Iraq meant to our country and culture.”

        – Phil Klay, author of Redeployment

*interviewed by Kirkus Reviews (Megan Labrise)

Redeployment powerfully encompasses multiple perspectives and experiences of war. The collection recently received a fabulous review (an engaging read in itself, while informative about the qualities that recommend the review’s subject), by Dexter Filkins, author of The Forever War, in the New York Times Book Review.

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In April, The Center for Fiction, in midtown Manhattan, near Grand Central, hosts Phil Klay on Redeployment and Jennifer Vanderbes, whose new book The Secret of Raven Point, is about a brother and sister, soldier and nurse, stationed in Europe during World War II.

That’s April 10th at 7:00 p.m. in NYC.

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War literature is also coming up at Franklin Park’s Reading Series. You can catch Jennifer Percy, author of Demon Camp, about a returning Afghanistan veteran, along with Kenan Trebincevic and Susan Shapiro, writing about Trebincevic’s experiences as a Bosnian émigré and his trip back after the war in The Bosnia List, plus Liza Monroy, author of The Marriage Act, and essayist Melynda Fuller.

That’s this coming Monday, March 24th at 8:00pmFranklin Park Bar and Beer Garden.


** A huge THANK YOU to Poets & Writers and The New York State Council on the Arts for supporting another season of Voices from War, A Writing Workshop for Veterans. And an ongoing THANK YOU to the 14th Street Y, supporter and sponsor, welcoming the workshop and its participants each week; and building Voices from War. **


Start telling your story.

Voices from War’s Writing Workshop for Veterans – Winter-Spring 2014 is running now.
Stay tuned for summer options.
Come work on your story in a supportive community of fellow vets.
Space Limited.
Next Class (#6 of Season 2): March 23rd.