News & Events - Veteran's Writing Group

We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences

Thursdays, October 25, Thursdays, November 1, 8, 15* and 29**,
6:30pm, Meeting Room 2

  *November 15, The Hubbard Room. The group will present excerpts from their soon-to-be-published book, and show the film Veterans of Color.  The public is cordially invited to this event.
   **November 29 the group will host Paul-Stephen Varszegi, founder of the US Veterans’ Rowing and Kayaking Group. The public is cordially invited to this event.

No registration required.

Led by Elizabeth Petry, the Veterans' Writing Group invites all active or retired Veterans to document their stories and experiences for their own benefit or to share with family and friends. New members are always welcome and recent Vets are especially encouraged to attend. The group recently signed a contract to publish a book of their collected writings.  The workshop facilitator is Christy Billings. She can be reached at (860) 347-2528 x 160 or

Members of the Veteran's Writng Group at the Viet Nam war memorial in Washington DCOld Saybrook native Elisabeth Petry is a writer, former journalist and lawyer. Her books include Can Anything Beat White? A Black Family’s Letters and At Home Inside: A Daughter’s Tribute to Ann Petry.  Liz has taught college English and conducted a playwriting workshop. She lives in Middletown with her husband, Lawrence Riley, who is a dog trainer and commander of the Veterans of the Vietnam War, Middletown Connecticut

Film: Veterans of Color; hosted by the Veterans’ Writing Group

Thursday, November 15, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room

African Americans served in some of the bloodiest combat missions in American history, even when their country treated them as lessor citizens. Then many Veterans of color faced even fiercer battles when they returned home to face housing and job discrimination, racial hatred, and other hardships. In the film, Veterans speak directly about their experiences. NR; running time 60 minutes. See a trailer and learn more at:
Drop in; no registration required. Everyone is welcome.
Sponsored and hosted by the Russell Library Veterans' Writing Group. 

Paul-Stephen Varszegi: Founder of the US Veterans’ Rowing and Kayaking Group; hosted by the Veterans’ Writing Group

Thursday, November 29, 6:30pm
Hubbard Room

The US Veterans’ Rowing and Kayaking Group helps Veterans facing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) improve the quality of their lives by engaging them in physical wellness and fitness activities which involve teamwork and shared goals. With 16,000 members in 12 states, Trumbull native Varszegi’s original idea has improved the lives of countless Veterans and their families.
Drop in; no registration required.
Hosted by Russell Library’s Veterans’ Writing Group.


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