Fall 2018 Writing Seminar for Military Spouses at The Carey Institute for Global Good

Our writing seminars are where the best writers of today pay it forward to the most promising writers of tomorrow. The stories of military spouses during 17 years at war have largely remained untold. We are excited to work together to change this narrative.

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Explore The Guest Speakers Who Make Our seminars possible

Thank you to each of the generous guest speakers who volunteered their time to inspire and mentor our War Horse Fellows. Explore the thoughtful journalists, authors, educators, agents, and publishers that help to make our writing seminars possible. 

Karen Stabiner: Author and professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism

Dana Priest: Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winning journalist at The Washington Post and NYT Bestselling author

Stuart Krichevsky: Literary agent at SK Agency

Lee Woodruff: New York Times Bestselling author of In An Instant

Steve Coll: Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winning author and dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism

Tracy Grant: Deputy Managing Editor of The Washington Post

Jim Dao: New York Times OP/ED editor

Wendy Wolf: Vice President and Associate Publisher of Viking

Finbarr O’Reilly: World Press Photo Winner

Elana Newman: R.M. McFarlin Professor of Psychology at The University of Tulsa 


Thank you to all of our generous donors and supporters, the Starbucks Foundation, and Cohen Veterans Network, who donated to support our second-annual writing seminar. The week-long retreat brought together a dozen Post-9/11 women veterans together with leading military reporters, veteran advocates, educators, and mental health leaders. During the week, Fellows toured the Washington Post newsroom and received one-on-one professional development from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and authors of New York Times Bestsellers. We hope you enjoy some of the photographs taken throughout our week at Boulder Crest Retreat

This seminar, in one single weekend, challenged my thoughts and feelings through my own written words. I developed an appreciation for my story and a desire to positively impact others by sharing it. I also grew my tribe with the most inspirational women I’ve ever met.

Meet More Of The Guest Speakers Who Make our Writing Seminars Possible

Mark Bowden: Award-winning author and bestselling author of Black Hawk Down

Helen Benedict: Award-winning author and rofessor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism

David Dunlap: New York Times reporter since 1981 where he serves as the “keeper of Times history”

Bruce Shapiro: Executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

Paula Span: New York Times journalist and professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Phil Klay: Marine veteran author award-winning author of Redeployment

Matt Gallagher: Army veteran, author of Youngblood and Kaboom. 

Kevin Cullen: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and NYT Bestselling author

Robert Rosenthal: Award-winning journalist and former executive director of The Center for Investigative Reporting

David Rohde: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and news director at The New Yorker

Writing Seminar for Women Veterans at Boulder Crest Retreat

A five-day writing retreat that brings Post-9/11 women veterans together with leading military reporters, veteran advocates, educators, and mental health leaders.

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This seminar let me discuss my experiences of war in a open environment where others understood and also wanted to move on from. It truly did distance myself from the war and gave me hope to turn traumatic experiences into effective leadership and development traits.

Our 2017 Writing Seminar at Columbia University

The event was hosted alongside the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

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It’s good to have a solid network of people we can turn to for help. It seems like a good foundation is in place.

Veterans and Military Families At Pulitzer Hall

We brought 15 veterans and military family members to New York City to work alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters and leading veteran advocates.

Learn about our Spring 2017 seminar.