Set of creative writing events; veterans celebration

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Veteran Impact Event

Nearly 250 people gathered for the fifth annual Veteran Impact Celebration at the end of August. The evening featured stories and music with combat veteran Keni Thomas, who served in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, a conflict between US forces and Somali militia fighters, featured in the film “Black Hawkdown”.

The event was highlighted by the prize giving, narration by Thomas and a special live and silent auction. Hazel Daniels and Charlie Daniels Jr. as well as David Corlew, Charlie Daniels’ longtime manager, attended the ceremony.

Title sponsor owner Jimmy Hiller received the inaugural Veteran Employer Award from Daniels Center Director Hilary Miller, who also presented the inaugural Veteran Leadership Award to retired Air Force Colonel Doug Kreulen who was at the Pentagon on 9/11. .

The Friends of the Daniels Center have come together to raise funds for the center and learn how it helps both the population of over 1,000 student veterans and their families. Learn more at

Combat veteran and artist Keni Thomas performs the song,

MTSU Write

MTSU’s at-home creative writing mentorship program, MTSU Write, will host the Fall 2022 Creative Writing Conference on September 23-24.

This year’s conference, themed “Truth or Dare: Writing Beyond the Boundaries of Form, Gender, Tough Topics, and Taboos,” features online and in-person lectures and presentations.

It will be anchored by a Saturday lunchtime keynote from acclaimed writer Sequoia Nagamatsu, author of the national bestseller, “How High We Go in the Dark,” and story collection, “Where We Go When All We Were Gone”.

Registration is free for students and mentors in the MTSU Write program. A flexible deadline of Monday September 12 is encouraged.

Members of the public can attend all sessions of the 2022 conference for $150 or register only for Friday virtual sessions for $75 or Saturday in-person events, including lunch and keynote, for $125.

Virtual programming begins at 10:30 a.m. on September 23, followed by virtual events at 1:30 p.m. The conference begins in person at 7 p.m. that evening in downtown Murfreesboro, 124 N. Church St., with a reading free public. This event, co-sponsored by Poetry in the Boro, will feature guest writer Lynne Lampe, speaker and author Christian J. Collier and limited open mic opportunities.

Saturday’s events will be held in person from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the MTSU Academic Classroom Building, 1751 MTSU Blvd.

Attendees can attend 90-minute discussions on topics including plot development, connections in poetry and prose, reviewing your work, character creation and more.

Nagamatsu will deliver the MTSU Write conference keynote beginning at the 12:15 p.m. conference lunch.

More information, including registration links and additional speaker and presenter details, is available at

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