January 10 – March 28                         MPP Session 9, VA War Memorial

April 4                                                     MPP Session 9 Graduation Ceremony and Reading



April 11 – June 27                                 MPP Session 10, VA War Memorial

July 11                                                    MPP Session 10 Graduation Ceremony and Reading



April 2018

MPP Alumni Writing Workshop, Virginia War Memorial, Thursday April 12th; 6-9:30pm

Write a NEW story, fiction or non-fiction, a poem, an essay, or anything you please, and submit it to no later than April 3rd. 



AUGUST 4-16, 2016


A benefit for The Mighty Pen Project; produced in collaboration with 5th Wall Theatre
Directed by David L. Robbins
Featuring Landon Nagel, David Janosik, Quan Chou, Harry Kollatz, Jr., Chip Lauterbach (U.S. Marine veteran), Wendy Carter, Dean Knight, Thomas Nowlin, Dean McKnight, Jasmine Shea, Andrew Firda, and Courtney Hans.

One of television’s most memorable hit series is coming back to life, on stage in Richmond! M*A*S*H ran on CBS from 1972 until 1983, becoming one of the highest rated and most watched series in television history. 

For seven performances only, you can experience staged readings of the series’ pilot plus two episodes from the first season, starring some of Richmond's best known actors.

The Mighty Pen Project, founded by Robbins with the Virginia War Memorial, preserves and generates a living history of life in military service through veterans’ writing. It offers university level writing classes for veterans as well as their families and supporters, free of charge. The stories generated by the Mighty Pen are archived and anthologized online and in an annual printed journal.


 David Robbins and the cast of M*A*S*H

David Robbins and the cast of M*A*S*H


October - November 2016

Collective Cadence, a piece by Mighty Pen Project writer Alicia Dietz, a collection of military stories (including some from participants of The Mighty Pen Project) will be on display at The Richmond Public Library - Hull Street location through Veteran's Day.  The Hull Street Library is located at: 1400 Hull Street, Richmond, VA 23224.


Members of the MPP were a part of a panel discussion on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. It was a powerful evening of honest stories and sharing. 


To see more of Alicia's military work, go to:

 The full installation of Collective Cadence by Alicia Dietz

The full installation of Collective Cadence by Alicia Dietz

November 21, 2016

15% of all sales from Bertucci's Brick Oven Pizza went to the Mighty Pen Project. 

Bertucci's is located in Short Pump Town Center, 11721 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23233



November 23, 2016

We enjoyed a night of good music from the Righteous Outlaws at O’Banks, 10392 Leadbetter Rd, Ashland, VA.

A huge thank you to the Righteous Outlaws - all donations they raised that night came to The Mighty Pen Project.  THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!

November 30, 2016

Members of MPP Session 5 read  selections from their writings at the Virginia War Memorial. We listened to honest, vulnerable, and emotional stories from those who experienced them.  It was a night we won't soon forget.  

The Virginia War Memorial is located at 621 S. Belvidere Street, Richmond VA 23220

December 9, 2016

Members of the Mighty Pen Project and author, David L. Robbins' gathered for a panel discussion around his new novel, The Low Bird. 

The panel was held at Richmond Public Library Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin Street, Richmond VA 23219.  6:30-8:30pm.


On his first combat mission of the Vietnam War, US Air Force pilot Sol Rall is shot down over the jungles of Laos. Stranded in a valley teeming with enemy troops, Sol scrambles to survive and evade capture. Pararescueman Bo Bolick has been given just twenty-four hours to find Sol before a US carpet bombing destroys every living thing in the valley, friend or foe.

As Bo’s search intensifies, Minh, a young Hanoi woman who entertains the fighters and travelers along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, becomes inextricably caught up in the raging battle between her North Vietnamese troops and the American forces sent to rescue Sol. In the midst of heavy combat, Minh tries to find and understand love for the first time in her life.


April 6, 2017

MPP Session 6 members hosted a night of readings for the Winter 2017 session at the Virginia War Memorial. A powerful and moving evening, as all reading nights have been. Please join us for our next reading.


Richmond writer David L. Robbins’ critically acclaimed novel is adapted for the stage. In the final days of World War II, the race to conquer Berlin is on. Robbins takes us into the heat of battle, awaiting the fated, terrifying collision between Stalin’s army and Berlin’s civilian population. The End of War examines the choices we make for ourselves, and for each other, when persecution is on our doorstep.

The play runs March 10 - 26th at the Virginia Repertory Theater.

Join members of MPP classes for panel discussions after the shows on March 11th and 19th. The VA Rep Theater is offering free tickets to MPP class alumni for the March 11th 2pm show. To claim your tickets, please send an email to