The Mighty Pen is an initiative begun in Richmond, Virginia, in partnership with the Virginia War Memorial. Through intensive writing classes and workshops, veterans and their supporters write their stories in an encouraging, rigorous environment under the guidance of university writing professors. Our veterans write what they choose; the topics range from home-life and family to their experiences in battle around the world.
This journal consists of some of the best pieces of their works from a year of classes. You’ll encounter stories here that exemplify the courage and sacrifice we associate with our American servicemen and women, as well as the wit and artfulness of our MPP writers – their humor, humility, and extraordinary memories.