Veterans Writing Conference – June 1-2, 2012

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Veterans Writing Conference
Las Vegas – June 2012
The Nevada Office of Veterans Services (NOVS) announces its first regional Veterans Writing Conference to be held June 1-2 in Las Vegas, NV. “We’re inviting veterans and family members to this event from the four state area of Nevada, Arizona, California and Utah,” said Caleb Cage, NOVS Executive Director.
VWC soldier writing origAttendees will be able to attend sessions with a group of well known and well published authors all from varying backgrounds of military life experience and all accomplished authors in creative writing.
“We had so much success with the first two writing projects within Nevada, we believe this free conference could be the catalyst for offering more educational opportunities like this one for veterans and their family members,” said Cage. “With six different notable authors and teachers conducting the two-day sessions, there is a wealth of knowledge and direction to be gained for those who would like to pursue creative writing.”
The conference will be held at New York New York hotel on Las Vegas Strip with space for the first 100 people that register. “This is our first undertaking of this kind with this level of scope. We’re not sure what kind of reception to expect, but if it is anything like the state level efforts, we should have good attendance,” said Cage.
As the NOVS continues to reach out to veterans in various organizations throughout each state, anyone receiving this email is encouraged to forward it through their own email network. “We know there is interest out there and we hope folks will help us spread the word of the conference and we appreciate their time in doing so.”
– Caleb Cage
Date: June 1-2, 2012

Location: New York New York – Las Vegas, NV
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Conference is free to attendees. Space is limited. 
Hotel reservations and food costs are the responsibility of attendees.
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Conference Speakers

SallySally Drumm served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1978 through 1998. During August 2005, having earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte while participating in a Veterans Administration education program for disabled veterans, Sally founded MilSpeak Creative Writing Seminars, a free creative writing program for military people. In 2009, Sally founded MilSpeak Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to raise awareness about creative works by military people. Through the foundation, Sally operates a number of military focused creative writing outlets. Along with MilSpeak Books, an eBooks publisher, MilSpeak Memo, a literary magazine, and other programs, Sally is a leader in promoting military people in the arts by developing and encouraging creativity among military people.

Lee BarnesH. Lee Barnes lives and writes in Las Vegas, where he teaches English and creative writing at the College of Southern Nevada. In his past lives, he was a soldier, a deputy sheriff, a narcotics agent, a casino dealer, and a martial arts instructor. His short stories have won the Willamette and the Arizona Authors Association fiction awards. Gunning for Ho, his first collection of short stories, was a finalist for the Stephen Turner First Fiction Award offered by the Texas Institute of Letters. In 2009 he was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.

David Abrams’s short stories have appeared in Esquire, Narrative, The Literarian, Connecticut Review, and other literary quarterlies. Abrams had a 20-year career in the active-duty Army as a journalist, was named the Department of Defense’s Military Journalist of the Year in 1994 and received several other military commendations throughout his career. He joined the 3rd Infantry Division in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His journal during that year formed the blueprint for the novel which became known as Fobbit, and is scheduled for publishing in 2012. He earned a BA in English from the University of Oregon and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Siobhan Fallon, an army spouse, is the author of You Know When the Men Are Gone, “lean, powerful stories” (NY Times) set at Fort Hood, Texas. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Publishers’ Weekly, Women’s Day, Good Housekeeping, New Letters, and she is currently writing a monthly fiction series for Military Spouse Magazine. She earned her MFA from the New School in New York City.

Pinckney Benedict grew up in the mountains of southern West Virginia. He has published four volumes of fiction; his work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including 2009’s Home of the Brave: Stories in Uniform. He is currently at work on a thriller, the protagonist of which is a veteran of combat in Iraq who suffers from traumatic brain injury.

Matt Gallagher joined the U.S. Army in 2005 and received a commission in the armored cavalry. Following a fifteen-month deployment in Iraq, Gallagher left the army as a captain in 2009. The author of the war memoir Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War, he works at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) as a Senior Fellow and is an MFA candidate at Columbia University.