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Free online writing workshops for veterans and families

Colorado Veterans Writing Workshops provide a safe place for Veterans, adult family members, and caregivers to write and talk about their experiences. Steamboat Creates and Colorado Humanities offer expressive writing workshops online on Sundays at 3 p.m.

Expressive writing supports a deeply private journaling process that has been shown to reduce stress. A recent participant said that the workshop had helped him to ‘write about [his] military experience without fear of being judged or stigmatized ”, allowing him to“ put on paper thoughts that [his] to manage.”

The workshops are led by veterans. Thanks to partners and sponsors National Endowment for the Humanities and Steamboat Creates, all workshops are free. To register, visit

Workshop facilitator Cindy Skaggs is a former serviceman with an MA in Fine Arts from Lutheran University of the Pacific and an MA in Creative Writing from Regis University. She has offered veteran writing workshops in 2019-2020 for Colorado Humanities and Mt. Carmel Veteran Services Center in Colorado Springs and online statewide. His essay memoir recently won the Monadnock Essay Collection Prize finalist award from Bauhan Publishing. She is the author of seven romantic thrillers and numerous journal publications, and is also an advocate for military and veteran issues. A mom of two humans and a reluctant wrestler against too many creatures, she is from Colorado where she teaches creative writing at graduate and undergraduate levels.

Colorado Humanities is the only Colorado organization exclusively dedicated to supporting humanities education for adults and children statewide. Celebrating its 47th and 17th years as host of the Colorado Center for the Book, Colorado Humanities is a 501c3 non-profit organization working in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of Congress Center for the Book, the Smithsonian Institution and the Motheread, Inc., a nationally-awarded educational nonprofit, Colorado Humanities works with partners statewide to design and implement programs that best meet the needs of each community. The goals of Colorado Humanities are to improve education, strengthen cultural institutions, and enrich community life by inspiring Colorado residents to explore ideas and appreciate our diverse heritage.

To learn more, visit or call 303-894-7951

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