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Veteran Voices by El Dorado Arts Council Beginning Writing Workshops for Veterans

09/23/2015 05:05PM ● By David Norby

FREE Writing Workshop Open to ALL Veterans

Veterans’ Voices, a program of the El Dorado Arts Council, begins its fourth six-week writing workshop the second Thursday of October.

Led by award-winning screenwriter, poet, and teaching artist Shawn Pittard, this FREE two-hour workshop provides ALL veterans with the opportunity to write their experiences—military or not—in a comfortable setting amongst peers. 

Research conducted on behalf of veterans has shown that the act and discipline of guided writing cultivates healing, agency and a sense of possibility for veterans. To that end, Pittard designs his workshops to foster a supportive, convivial writing environment where veterans can tell their stories safely and without judgment.

Bill Blaylock, a co-founder and participant of Veterans’ Voices, knows first-hand how writing an assist a veteran in healing from the experiences of war. Diagnosed with PTSD after suffering flashbacks and nightmares for nearly forty years, Blaylock discovered that writing went a long way to helping him cope with the trauma that haunted him. With the aid of friends, counselors, and fellow vets, Blaylock wrote himself to recovery, penning Invisible: PTSD’s Stealth Attack on a Vietnam War Veteran. In establishing Veterans’ Voices, Blaylock’s hope is to help other veterans—especially those returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—to experience the benefits of writing their stories. “No one else should have to wait decades for help,” says Blaylock.

Starting on Thursday, October 8, the writing workshop meets from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the second floor of the historic Fausel House at 772 Pacific Street in Placerville, and will continue through Thursday, November 12. Drop-ins are encouraged and always welcome!

To reserve your seat for this safe, friendly, and important program, contact Bill Blaylock at 530.677.0277 or Moira Magneson at 530.295.3496 or

Veterans’ Voices writing workshops are made possible through funding from the El Dorado Community Foundation, Faith Episcopal Church, Holy Trinity Parish, and generous private donations from community members. 

El Dorado Arts Council empowers artistic vision at all stages of development, promoting a vibrant community, both culturally and economically, and supporting all art forms.  EDAC promotes and encourages local artists and organizations throughout El Dorado County by providing advocacy, education, programs and services. EDAC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is funded in part by sponsors and the community; tax-deductible contributions sustain artistic discovery and the opportunity to learn, connect and share. 

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