Participants sought for Outer Banks Veterans Writing Workshop

Published 8:05 am Thursday, October 21, 2021

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The 8th Annual Outer Banks Veterans Writing Workshop will be held at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, November 14.

Writer, educator, editor and veteran Dario DiBattista will lead this year’s free Veterans Writing Workshop, which is titled A Guide To Telling Your Stories.

DiBattista is the editor of the anthology Retire the Colors: Veterans & Civilians on Iraq & Afghanistan. His work has appeared in the Washingtonian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, Connecticut Review, [Pank], and many other publications. DiBattista served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 2001 to 2007 and later became a distinguished graduate of the Johns Hopkins University M.A. in writing program. He is currently working on a screenplay about a Marine’s return home from war.

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“The workshop will focus on learning the hallmarks of creative writing,” said DiBattista. “Participants will get training and experience in sharing their own stories — whether through poetry, nonfiction, or fiction. I am looking forward to traveling to the Outer Banks and connecting with veterans and their families.”

Beginner and experienced writers are invited to participate in this two-day workshop that is free for veterans, active-duty military and their family members.

Registration for the writing workshop is now open at Pre-registration is required. Attendees will receive a confirmation email with more details after registration. The workshop will accommodate up to 15 participants.

Modeled after the DC-based Veterans Writing Project, a non-profit foundation that teaches combat veterans to express their military experiences through literature, the goal of the Outer Banks Veterans Writing Project is to teach enrolled applicants the art of writing.

The Outer Banks Veterans Writing Workshop is part of Outer Banks Veterans Week, which runs from November 5-14.

The kick-off event will be a performance by Colonel Kirk Lawrence and his band Morgan Creek on Friday, November 5 beginning at 6 p.m. in Dare County Arts Council’s Courtyard in downtown Manteo.

There will also be a free Outer Banks Veterans Concert on Veterans Day (Thursday, November 11) in the backyard at Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint in Kill Devil Hills featuring rock n’ roll by Trick Fly starting at 6 p.m.

Dare County Arts Council will be creating the Outer Banks Veterans Week calendar of events, which is a free directory of veteran celebrations and specials for veterans from Corolla to Hatteras Village.

Groups interested in listing their veteran events and/or specials in the calendar of events should email

For more information about Outer Banks Veterans Week, visit or call 252-473-5558.



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