Veterans Writing Group

Are you a military veteran who has always dreamed of being a published author? Or, maybe you just like to write poetry in your spare time?  If so, Southwest has a class just for you!

Enroll in ENGL 2118, a class for veterans only.  The class meets Wednesday evenings, 6-9 p.m., at the Macon Cove Campus beginning Jan. 16.

You will spend time writing in three genres: creative non-fiction (true events told in a narrative, story-like format), short fiction (including some short-short stories and flash fiction), and poetry.

For more information or to register for the class, contact Thad Cockrill at tcockrill@southwest.tn.edu or 901-333-4604.

Frequently Asked Questions

Veterans Writing Group

Do I have to be a degree-seeking student to enroll?

No, and there is no prerequisite course. The permission of the instructor is all that is required.

Do I have to be a great writer?

All military veterans and active duty service members are welcome. Other than veteran status, the primary criterion we look for is a sincere interest in writing.

Can I receive credit for the course if I am a degree-seeking student?

Yes, the course counts as an elective toward our programs, but transfers to other institutions only on a special basis.

Will I have to write about my combat or military experience?

No, we’ll be writing about many topics, as in any creative writing class: family, food, travel, relationships and more. You may write about your military experiences, if you choose; butt is not required.

What kinds of writing will be covered?

We will spend time writing in three genres: creative non-fiction (true events told in a narrative, story-like format), short fiction (including some short-short stories and flash fiction), and poetry.