On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war on Germany and entered World War 1. The Great War. The War to End All Wars. President Wilson, who campaigned with the slogan “He kept us out of war,” asked Congress to approve the war declaration with a new slogan. The United States should make the “world safe for democracy.” On July 4, 1917, American soldiers marched to the Marquis de Lafayette’s gravesite to pay homage with the phrase “Lafayette, nous voilà” – Lafayette, we are here.
The Great War. The War to End All Wars. Make the world safe for democracy. Lafayette, we are here.
The above phrases are an important part of world history. The impact of the first global war is still being examined and discussed. A century later, we still have war and democracy may be in peril, but as long as we remember Lafayette and the soldiers inspired by him, as long as we read the stories of soldiers, there is hope that global wars may be history.
World War 1 and America Writing Workshops
“Near” if you are in Delaware, that is.
This spring, I will be participating in three programs at three different venues in the Delaware arts and culture scene:
Friday, February 16
Join us for an exploration of ways to be aware and present in the moments of your life, and how to use that awareness to jump start or enhance your creativity. The class will participate in short meditation, journaling, and visual prompt exercises. The goal is to leave with a plan on how to make each day richer and deeper through the habit and benefits of creative awareness.
Friday, February 16. Time: 7–10pm Ages: 18+ Cost: $35 M |$40 NM Register here.
Winter into Spring Writers Workshop at the Judge Morris Estate
Saturday, March 3 – 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Day long Writer’s Workshop for new and experienced prose writers with Delaware Division of the Arts Masters in Fiction Fellowship Winner and author, Ramona DeFelice Long. This workshop will allow writers to create and share work with an end of winter/coming of spring theme. Registration fee covers light lunch, beverages and snacks. One hour break for lunch.
$15/person. Registration required by Tuesday, February 27. Call 302-368-6900 to register.
World War I and America Writing Workshops at the Delaware History Museum
March 3 – May 5, 2018
In March through the beginning of May, the Delaware Historical Society will offer six writing workshops to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The First State at the Front: World War I and the Road to Victorious Peace exhibition will be open through November, 2018, at the Delaware History Museum in Wilmington. The series will begin on March 3 with an opening event and the first workshop offered by Dr. Samuel Hoff. I will offer workshops on April 7 and 21. More info to come on my workshops in the weeks ahead.
This workshop series is offered through the Library of America’s World War I and America program, a “two-year initiative that aims to bring veterans and their families together with the general public to explore the continuing relevance of the war by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it ﬁrsthand.” The program is offered with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.