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Warrior Writers Retreat in Boston

Join us to celebrate our 10th birthday during the Warrior Writers Summer Retreat at the Old Oak Dojo in Boston in conjunction with the 30th annual Writers' Workshop at The William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences! Please register now and check back for more of the schedule as it develops.


We are eager to be hosted by again this year by our friends at the Old Oak Dojo and Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site retreat programming and public readings. We're asking all retreat participants traveling from out of town to arrive in Boston by 2pm on Sunday, June 25th. 

We'll have a retreat orientation and a member gathering to kick off the week around 4pm, along with an introductory facilitator's workshop for travelers and locals interested in facilitating Warrior Writers workshops in their communities. Stay tuned for more details. The retreat will finish with our birthday celebration on Friday afternoon/evening at the Dojo.

During the week, we'll have programming at the Dojo in addition to opportunities for Warrior Writers to participate in programming at the Joiner Institute, including with distinguished faculty of this year's Writing Workshop: Bruce WeiglBrian TurnerFred MarchantSean Davis Author, and others. For more information on the Joiner Institute's full program visit:


The Warrior Writers schedule will be updated below as we confirm events! Current schedule is subject to change and you will need to select ONE master class to attend in advance. Scholarships for additional master classes may be available but are TBD. Highlights for the week include:


• 2pm – Arrive in Boston and travel to the Dojo
• 4pm – Welcome & Orientation (Dojo or Joiner)


• 9:30am – Warrior Writers Programming (Dojo or Joiner)
• 6:30pm – Special Event TBA (Dojo)


• 9:30am – Master Class: Bruce Weigl "Deep Deception: The Art & Craft of the Poem" (Joiner)
• 2pm – Roundtable: Vietnam War & Its Legacy (Joiner)
• 4pm – Joiner Institute Gala (Boston Public Library)


• 9:30am – Master Class: Fred Marchant "A Letter to the World – Epistolary Poems," or Brian Turner (Joiner)
• 2pm – Roundtable: Race, Refugees, and War (Joiner)
• 6:30pm – Warrior Writers Reading (Longfellow House)


• 9:30am – Master Class: Brian Turner, Sean Davis "Write Like Hell (Writing through Trauma)," or Amir Al-Azraki "Re-imagining the Other: Writing without Stereotyping" (Joiner)
• 2pm – Roundtable: Middle East Wars
• 6:30pm – Special Event TBA (Dojo)


• 9:30am – Master Class: Sean Davis "Flash Fiction Writing" (Joiner)
• 12:30pm – Presentation: Vietnamese Writers
• 4pm – Cookout & Potluck Dinner (Dojo)
• 6:00pm – Warrior Writers Birthday Celebration/Reading (Dojo)