Muskegon to host creative writing workshop for women veterans

WINC For All Women Veterans celebrates Women’s History Month by giving female veterans a chance to tell their stories and heal through writing.

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Henrietta Hadley was a military brat, a military wife, and a strong advocate for her countryman. Through all of these experiences, she learned how important it is for people to be able to tell their story.

That’s why Hadley, as WINC’s Outreach Coordinator for All Female Veterans, is trying to get as many female veterans as possible to attend a creative writing seminar to be held Sunday, March 27 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Frauenthal Center for the Performing. Arts in Muskegon.

“There are over 44,000 female veterans residing in the state of Michigan. And of those 44,000 women veterans, a large percentage of those women are suffering from PTSD, either because of the trauma they went through while serving our country, or even because of something even more hideous called military sexual trauma. . And often they don’t share it with anyone when they come home,” Hadley said.

“Suicides of female veterans have increased by more than 80% over the past four years compared to their male counterparts. So for female veterans, right now, they walk in silence. They suffer in silence. And now that we know that, it’s a problem for all of us.

RELATED: Grand Rapids Man Highlights Importance of National Veteran Mentorship Program

WINC leaders hope learning to tell their stories more effectively can be therapeutic for female veterans. And as part of Women’s History Month, they also hope to document the stories of women who have served our country in the armed forces.

“Our women want to write a book, and that would be great because I could take some of those stories and put them in this book called ‘She Served,’ and ‘She Served’ would have these amazing little short stories unfold. And then we could share that with the community so other people could be healed through the power of the pen and the voice of the heart,” Hadley said.

The writing workshop will be taught by “OneSingleRose”, a poet, spoken word artist, author, actress, singer, playwright and filmmaker from Detroit.

“We’re thrilled about that, because a lot of our veterans have told us they don’t always know how to channel their emotions. They don’t always know how to tell our story or raise our voices,” Hadley said.

The writing workshop is the culmination of a weekend of events organized by WINC. There will be a Veterans Gathering on Friday, March 25 from 6-9 at the Paradise Banquet Center on Broadway in Muskegon Heights. On Saturday, March 26 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., WINC will honor women veterans and stakeholders who have supported the organization during the pandemic.

Anyone interested in participating in the writeshop is encouraged to call WINC at 231-332-3859 and leave a message to RSVP.

Make it easier to update with more stories like this. Download the 13 ON YOUR SIDE app now.

Do you have a topical tip? Email [email protected], visit our Facebook or Twitter page. Subscribe to our YouTube channel.