News & Events - Veteran's Writing Group

We Were There: Writing Your Military Experiences note the new start time!

Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2:00 – 4:45pm
Meeting Room 3

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 Showing: Veterans of Color

Thursday, February 28, 6:30 PM
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. 

Soldiers of a Foreign War with author Charles McNair

Cancelled: Wednesday, February 13, 6:30 PM
Rescheduled to: Wednesday, March 13th at 6:30PM
Hubbard Room

Soldiers of a Foreign War, a novel with its roots in McNair's own experiences, exposes the stark consequences, the brutality, and the long-term costs of America's presence in Vietnam, while capturing the similarities among the young men fighting on each side of this grisly conflict. Books will be available for signing and purchase after the talk.
Sponsored by the Veterans’ Writing Group: We Were There.

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Middletown Press - September 30, 2014