Midwest Writing Center dedicates open mic to veterans: The Midwest Writing Center is dedicating its November Out Loud Open Mic night to veterans. The event will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Downtown Central Perk, 226 W. 3rd St., Davenport. The event is free and listeners are welcome.

Veterans of any branch of the military and active military personnel are invited to sign up to get first priority to read their poetry and/or prose to the group. Advanced registration is not required. Following readings from veterans, the microphone will be opened up to anyone else who would like to read.

The open mic night kicks off a series of events to help active and former military personnel express themselves through writing. Beginning Feb. 5, the center will offer its USA VETS Writer’s Studio workshop. Participants can receive writing lessons and share their writing. The group will also have a blog featuring writing from the group members and any other veteran or active military personnel who would like to participate.

Participation is free and reservation is not required, though RSVPs are appreciated for planning handouts.

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For more information or to RSVP to either event, call Midwest Writing Center at 563-324-1410 or email mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org or email Jodie at jodie@wordsywoman.com.

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