Mighty Pen Project

Were you able to attend the online graduation of the Winter-Spring Mighty Pen Class? Hear students read their stories via the link below.


Our Spring-Summer 2021 Classes will be held via Zoom on Wednesday evenings (April 21 – July 7) from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. A graduation ceremony will be held on July 14th. Registration for Spring-Summer Class is currently closed. Please email awarman@vawarmemorial.org should you have any questions about joining a session.

“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

Share Your Stories.

Do you want to preserve your military experiences?

Veterans, now is the time to share your stories!

The Virginia War Memorial Foundation’s Mighty Pen Project provides creative writing instruction so students may develop their recollections into a complete written narrative. Through this program, the Foundation works to generate, preserve and share stories written by military veterans and those touched by their service.

Classes are hosted free-of-charge as a benefit to veterans.

If you are interested in reading selected work by students from previous classes, you may 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. For the safety of our visitors, due to COVID-19 and Virginia State requirements, graduations and readings will be held virtually for the foreseeable future. Thank you for your understanding. To hear some recordings of readings from previous classes, listen through Virginia Voice.

Are you interested in hosting a Mighty Pen Project class in your region of Virginia? The Foundation is always seeking educators and volunteers to help with veteran programming and outreach across the Commonwealth. Contact us at info@vawarmemorial.org for more information about hosting a Mighty Pen Project class.

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

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