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Pritzker Military Writing Prize, Seaside Writer's Conference, Robert Laplander's new book, Darryl Dillard

It's official! Each weekend, the WWrite Blog will post a "WWrite Blog Weekend Update! This Week's Writerly News from the U.S. WWI Centennial Site." In addition to the WWrite featured posts, these weekend posts will highlight all things writerly happening on the Commission's website for the past week. They will also feature various news items about WWrite Bloggers like recent publications, public talks, and conferences. If you have a news item regarding WWI and writing, please contact me at jennifer.orth-veillon@worldwar1centennial.org

News items from this week

Tim OBrien photoTim O'Brien, Winner of the 2013 Pritzker AwardPritzker Military Museum Library and Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. Established in 2007 and sponsored by the Tawani foundation, the Pritzker Literature Award serves to recognize a living author who has made a significant contribution to the understanding of military history including military affairs. These contributions may be academic, non-fiction, or a combination of any of the three. The recipient may be of any nationality and may have written their collective works in any language. The Award includes a citation, medallion, and $100,000. Past winners include Tim O'Brien, Hew Strachan, David Hackett Fischer, Antony Beevor, Sir Max Hastings, Carlo d'Este, Rick Atkinson, Gerhard L. Weinberg, Allan R. Millett, and James McPherson. For details, see Pritzker Award.


Robert Laplander's Third Edition of Finding the Lost Battalion. LostBattalion
Historian, author, and long time WW1CC web site contributor Robert Laplander has been very busy. He just released the third edition of his landmark book, Finding the Lost Battalion. He is also working on a new book about that unit's Commander, Charles Whittlesey. And he has been involved with the highly-anticipated PBS/American Experience series, The Great War.  In addition, Robert spends much time researching to account for the WWI casualties who are still listed as missing with his Doughboy MIA section of the WW1 Centennial Commission web site 'Missing'. Click here to get a full update on all Robert's activities, and learn why he is dedicating so much effort to these WWI projects: Robert Laplander.


Seaside Writer's ConferenceSeaside Writers ConferenceFuture WWrite Blogger Seth Brady Tucker Co-Coordinates the Seaside Writers Conference, which offers a Veteran Scholarship. Along with acclaimed writer, Matt Bondurant, (The Wettest County in the World), award-winning poet and future blog contributor, Seth Brady Tucker (Mormon Boy, We Deserve the Gods We Ask For) run the Seaside Writers Conference. An annual gathering of creative writers from all over the nation, the conference features award-winning writers in poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, one day seminars, school outreach programs, and social events. This event occurs every year in May, and offers the opportunity for beginning, intermediate and advanced writers to celebrate writing, to network with other writers, and to hone their craft. There will also be seminars hosted by professional editors and literary agents who will offer one-on-one consultations. All participants who pay the full conference tuition fee will be able to take part in all daily activities including beach bonfires, receptions, readings, etc., while those paying a la carte pricing will have the pick of which classes and workshops they would like to attend. The Seaside Writers Conference is one of the only conferences in the nation to take place on one of the most beautiful beaches in the US, and every year will feature notable guest writers, literary agents, and professional editors. Seth's post will appear in April on the WWrite Blog.

The Veteran Scholarship
This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Celia Baker (82nd Airborne Division paratrooper and veteran of the First Gulf War), and helps bring emerging veteran writers to the Seaside Writers Conference, where they will have the opportunity to work with professional writers.

--The Scholarship covers full tuition for the conference, and offers steep discount for the superb housing we have at Seaside. Scholars pay a nominal fee of $200 total for the full conference (scholarship is valued at $2050). Please note: Travel stipends are not included at this time for scholars.
--2017 applications open November 1st, 2016 (see website for online submission guidelines). Decisions will be blind-judged according to CLMP guidelines. 
--Scholarships are open to VETERAN poets, CNF, and fiction writers who are actively publishing in respectable journals and magazines—please see application page on our website. Scholars must not have a book published by the time our conference meets.

FINAL DEADLINE March 15th, 2017
--Application fee: $18
For details about 2017 writers and speakers, see Seaside Writers Conference

This Week's WWrite Blog Featured Post with Darryl Dillard. This image is a WWI Military Recruitment Poster next to a 2008 Vogue Controversial Cover Destroy this mad brute lebron jameswith Lebron James and Gisele Bundche.To prove loyalty to the country and gain respect, blacks volunteered in droves to join the war and fight for their country side by side with whites.Read this fascinating article by actor/writer Darryl Dillard as he explores the reality of the times and the implications for today in this week's feature article in the WWrite blog.Darryl Dillard. 







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