Women Veterans Writing Workshop Celebrates the Hero's Journey

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG)  |  By Elise Spleiss

   RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) - The Grant Program Veterans Connect @ The Library  at the Rancho Cordova Branch Library, administered by the State of California Library and CalVet, are seeking women veterans and their relatives to participate in the second Women Veterans Writing Workshop being held at the Rancho Cordova Library.  

    Everyone has a story. The purpose of the workshop is to encourage women to experience the satisfaction of successful writing as they delve into who they are and what they have experienced in their life that makes them the heroes they are. 

    The concept for the workshop, "Hero's Journey" comes from the book of the same name by Joseph Campbell. It refers to a hero who goes on an adventure and in a decisive crisis finds victory and in return comes home changed or transformed.  This writing workshop is structured to help participants write about and understand this journey in their own lives. 

    These free workshops are open to women veterans and women with family members who are or were veterans, including a parent, grandparent, sibling or child. 

    The two-hour sessions move quickly, giving each participant a chance to read their assignment from the previous session and receive valuable and respectful feedback from the instructor and other students.  Contributions can be in the form of prose, memoirs, poetry, and short stories.

    Library Supervisor Jill Stockinger is responsible for bringing this program to her branch through Veterans Connect.  Veterans Connect has created 56 Veterans' Resource Centers in California libraries through a federal grant.  CalVet assists California veterans in many ways, including assisting women veterans.

    The writing workshop is led by published author and volunteer instructor Kristine Mietzner. Her writing has appeared in several publications. Her comprehensive piece on the Vets home of California in Yountville entitled 'Yountville Summer' can be found now in the Local Happenings Magazine.

    This workshop began July 14. The four remaining classes are on August 11, August 25, October 13 and October 20, from 10 am-12 noon. Participants can join at any time but registration is required.  Contact: Kristine2770@yahoo.com.   

   This workshop is just one of the many resources available to veterans through the Veterans Connect @ the Library program. The Resource Center at Rancho Cordova and other libraries offer a comprehensive program of services to veterans and their families. They offer a collection of books and other materials specifically for vets. This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. For more information contact the California Department of Veterans Affairs or call 1-844-SERV-VET.