On Point: Women Warriors Writing Workshop debuts April 1 in Tampa

Tracy and five fellow women veterans, who are also published authors, professional speakers, and academically qualified writing instructors, will lead a how-to seminar about owning, writing, and sharing one’s military stories during a daylong event, “On Point: Women Warriors Writing Workshop/Tampa Bay,” to be held April 1 at the University of Tampa.

 On Point: Women Warriors Writing Workshops are developed as women-exclusive events, providing attendees with a safe zone for discussions related to gender-specific topics. All women servicemembers, veterans, and family members are welcome.
Registration is open, and seating is limited. A $15 ticket covers morning and afternoon sessions, as well as lunch. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m., April 1. Parking at the University of Tampa is free. (Event will be held in the Vaughn Center’s 9th Floor ballroom.)

Featured presenters include:

Kayla Williams, director of the VA’s Center for Women and author of two memoirs, Love My Rifle More Than You and Plenty of Time When I Get Home.

Carol Barkalow, West Point graduate and author of the memoir, In the Men’s House.

Jerri Bell, co-author of the forthcoming history/anthology, It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan; managing editor of O-Dark-Thirty; and writing instructor for the Veterans Writing Project.

Paula Broadwell, West Point graduate; best-selling author of the General Petraeus biography All In; and founder of the nonprofit, Think Broader.

Tracy Crow, former assistant professor of journalism and creative writing and author of the award-winning memoir, Eyes Right: Confessions From a Woman Marine; On Point: A Guide to Writing the Military Story; Red, White, & True: Stories from Veterans and Families, WWII to Present; co-author of the forthcoming It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan; and An Unlawful Order, under her pen name Carver Greene.

Laura Westley, West Point graduate and author of War Virgin.

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ON POINT Women Warriors Writing Workshop/Tampa Bay is sponsored by:

UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA

WOMEN MARINES ASSOCIATION/FL-2

Tracy, Warren Publishing partner to develop women-exclusive military imprint

Tracy has partnered with Charlotte-based Warren Publishing — a woman founded, owned, and led company — to develop a military imprint that will exclusively publish books written by women veterans and women military family members.

Tracy will choose two titles per year through Warren’s annual contest, The Deborah Sampson Prize for Women’s Military Writing. Entrants may submit original fiction or nonfiction with a word count of 40,000 to 80,000. Winners will each receive advances of $1,000 against the digital rights of their books.

 

 

Tracy, co-author share cover image & release date for new book

14285251_1261792227172542_402384988_oThe University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books announced recently that it will release Tracy’s and co-author Jerri Bell’s new book, It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan, July 1, 2017.

From the publisher: “As excerpted from their diaries, letters, oral histories, military depositions and testimonies, as well as from published and unpublished memoirs, generations of women reveal how and why they broke with social norms to serve their country, even at great personal peril. It’s My Country Too is the first popular history to document women’s military service to America from the Revolutionary War to the present wars in the Middle East.”

Tracy teams up with DfS, Women Marines for 2nd women vets/families writing event

Thanks to the enormous success of the March 5 writing workshop for women veterans and women family members, Tracy will team up again Oct. 1 with Dress for Success Triangle and the Women Marines Association/NC-3 Semper Fi Chapter.

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Tracy, center and seated, with the March 5 inaugural class.

This time, the free daylong event will be divided between an introductory morning session for new women writers and an afternoon advanced session for returning writers of the March 5 inaugural workshop.

For new writers, the “Owning & Writing the Military Story of Your Life” introductory event will be held 8:30 a.m. to noon in Raleigh (actual location TBD). Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Tracy’s new breakthrough writing text, On Point: A Guide to Writing the Military Story. Afterward, morning session attendees will be treated to a free lunch with the returning writers of the March 5 inaugural class.

The afternoon advanced session for the returning inaugural class of writers will be held  1:30-4:30.

Tracy, co-author, complete new book project for University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books

Tracy and co-author Jerri Bell, a retired lieutenant commander who is managing editor of the military literary journal, O-Dark-Thirty, recently completed the first popular history/anthology book project that documents women’s military service to America.

The book, It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan, will be released in March from the University of Nebraska Press in hardcover and with images. For more than a year, Tracy and Jerri searched through archives for the most revealing excerpts of women’s diaries, journals, military depositions, Congressional testimonies, media interviews, oral histories, and published and unpublished memoirs.

“This book is a game-changer,” Tracy recently shared with students at Saint Leo University. “For too long, women’s military contributions to this country have been discounted, called insignificant, and nothing more than a footnote. No more. This book is going to open a lot of eyes, and we hope a lot of minds. It’s about time.”

It’s My Country Too will be Tracy’s fifth release since 2011, and her fourth book with the University of Nebraska Press since 2012.