Mighty Pen Project

Upcoming classes (apply below):

Master Level Session (Alumni Only): Winter 2020 (January 8 – April 1, Wednesdays 6:30 pm-8:30 pm for 12 weeks)

Spring 2020 (April 8 – July 1, Wednesdays 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm for 12 weeks)

“Fatigues glued to my skin, rain of a thousand years, rhythms and waves. I am sitting on my helmet…” — excerpt from Rain by Richard G., Vietnam veteran and Mighty Pen student

The Mighty Pen Project at the Virginia War Memorial generates, preserves, shares, and honors stories written by military veterans and those touched by their service. The student-writers craft works that are deeply expressive and vital documents of service and history. Veterans and their supporters have stories to tell. They carry important experiences and emotions with them during, and often long after, military service. Their stories are always laden with personal import and, frequently, with vital historical perspectives. The Mighty Pen Project provides a variety of programs to memorialize these lives and recollections of service, in order to share their important lessons with our community and keep them ever-present in our culture.

The Virginia War Memorial is proud to offer the Mighty Pen Project each semester as part of our ongoing mission to Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth, and Inspire Patriotism in All. The Might Pen Project provides writing instruction and continuing writing support to those who have experienced our nation’s military events either through service or as a supporter of the military. A major strength of this writing program is the class composition, allowing the participants to see lives of service and world events through a diversity of lenses, encompassing veterans, spouses, family members, and friends spanning every military uniform through eras of conflict and times of peace.

Due to popular demand, the Winter 2020 session of the Mighty Pen Project will be devoted and limited to Mighty Pen Project alumni only. This master level session will provide program alumni with the opportunity to further hone and enhance their writing skills and abilities while they continue to share their valuable personal experiences with others who have mastered the entry level program and who are able to move at a more accelerated pace. The Spring 2020 session of the Mighty Pen Project (April 8 to July 1 for 12 weeks, from 6:30pm-9:00pm) will be open to all and registration will be accepted for the Spring session in early 2020.

The Virginia War Memorial hosts the Mighty Pen classes free-of-charge. The classes are semester-length, collegiate-level writing classes that give veterans and their supporters the academic tools, rigor, and continuing support they need to most effectively tell the stories of their choosing.

If you are interested in reading selected work by students from previous classes, you can browse stories at VCU Scholars Compass.

At the end of each course, there is a reception and reading event where participants can read the stories they worked on throughout the class. To hear some recordings of readings from previous classes, listen through Virginia Voice.


If you have questions or need assistance, reach out to us at mightypen@vawarmemorial.org.