Dare Arts Council To Host Carolina Veterans Weekend In November

Posted By on September 20, 2013

The Dare County Arts Council is honoring the men and women of America’s armed forces this November with the first Carolina Veterans Weekend, featuring a unique writing workshop specifically designed for combat veterans.

An American flag waves during an historic re-enactment in Buxton, NC. (photo: Artz Music & Photography)

 The Dare County Arts Council in partnership with the newly-established Dare County Veterans Advisory Council will host Carolina Veterans Weekend, a celebration of veterans and their families, expressed through the arts.

The centerpiece of the event is a writing workshop led by Ron Capps, where instructors of the Veterans Writing Project, a non-profit foundation that teaches combat veterans to express their military experiences through literature, will lead 25 to 50 veterans through a two-day workshop of intensive writing instruction.

The artistic goal of the project is to teach the veterans the art of literature and to emerge from the weekend with many moving literary works composed by the workshop participants. The hope is that, additionally, the experience will have health benefits for the writers by enabling them to tell their stories of war.

In the experience of the instructors of the Veterans Writing Project, their writing students often testify to the relief of being able to fully express the transformation experience of combat.

The Carolina Veterans Weekend Writing Workshop with Ron Capps will take place on November 16 and 17 at the Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese.

The weekend will kickoff with the Carolina Veterans Concert on Friday, November 15 at Roanoke Island Festival Park, starting at 7pm. Click here for our preview!


Posted by Matt Artz

Matt Artz was a lead reporter and photographer for 'The Coastland Times' newspaper from 2000 to 2009, and has been published in the Outer Banks Sentinel, North Beach Sun, Outer Banks Milepost, among others, before launching OBX Entertainment, NC Film News, and Halloween Daily News in 2012. Matt and Sue Artz are also the founders of the annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade and the Halloween International Film Festival.

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