Artist Opportunities

Competitions, Classes, Workshops and Auditions, and Job Postings

The following artist opportunities are listed as a service to artists in our community. The Arts Council receives these notifications from many sources, and assumes no liability for their content. If your arts organization has information they would like listed on this page please e-mail Mary Kinney, Marketing Director for the Arts Council, at If you would like more information on exhibiting your artwork at the Arts Council, view the Featured Opportunities below and visit our Exhibit Page for upcoming open exhibits.  (To see an archive of monthly Artists Opportunities provided by the NC Arts Council, go to


After School/Summer Camps

General Arts Opportunities

Visual Arts Opportunities

Performing Arts Opportunities

Literary Arts Opportunities

Featured Opportunities

Arts and Craft Vendors – The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County

Sell your arts/crafts of any kind to a huge weekend crowd!  Applications are now  being accepted for arts and craft vendors for the 39th International Folk Festival.  With 100,000+ anticipated attendance  for less than $100, share you craft at one of Fayetteville’s most popular events!

Deadline:  August 28

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After School/Spring Break/Summer Camps


Encore Kids College Programs – Capitol Encore Academy

Encore Kids College is an after school program hosted by The Capitol Encore Academy (TCEA). The mission of Encore Kids College, through a joint collaboration with local artists and organizations, is to provide access to the arts and creative practices for K-12 children in our community.

Registration for the Fall 2017 Encore Kids College (EKC) after school program is now open. This program is offered to all K-12 students in our community. Students do not have to attend TCEA to participate in EKC Programs.

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Summer Music Camp  – Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

An individualized focused day camp, led by professional musicians of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, for rising 8th grade, high school, and college level students who have experience playing one of the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, or tuba.

Dates: June 12-16, 2017 | 9am-2pm

Deadline: Thursday, June 1st

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Shooting Stars Film Camp 2017  -GroundSwell Pictures

This fun-filled summer camp will not only teach the basics of film making, but will also teach the power of film to create social change. Creating films and digital media will give the campers the chance to take on the various roles both in front and behind the camera.

Campers use professional gear and are taught by filmmakers in small groups.  They learn storyboarding, scripting, studio and location production, editing AND on-camera methods.

Dates: June 19-23June 26-30

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Nature Nuts Camp  – Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Uncover the wonders of the natural world through exploration, games and crafts! During week-long camps, children ages 5-12 can learn about plants, animals and more!

Registration is now open and is due on the Wednesday before the start of each session. Full payment us due at the time of registration.  Camps will be canceled no later than one full week out if a minimum of six children is not met.  Maximum 20 children per camp.  Each camp has at least two dedicated Garden staff.  Membership discount applies at Family Membership level to include children.

Dates: June 26-30 | July 10-14 | July 24-28| August 7-10|

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Junior Master Gardener  – Cape Fear Botanical Garden
The Cumberland County Cooperative Extension Office & The Cape Fear Botanical Garden proudly announce our second annual Junior Master Gardener Summer Camp!
Who: Ages 6-8 and 9-13
When: EVERY Friday 9am-1pm, June 16-July 14 2017
Where: Cape Fear Botanical Garden
The cost for the 5 week class is $50.00.  All snacks and curriculum materials will be provided.  Students are responsible for providing their own bagged lunch, closed toe shoes, hat and towel.

Space is limited to 40 students.

Deadline: June 2, 2017

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Art & Science Summer Camps  – Fascinate-U

Summers are always more fun when kids sign up for our Art & Science Camps!

You can choose whether you would like your child to attend morning, afternoon, or all day camp. Children who attend all day camp will have an hour lunch break to eat their bag lunch in our party room and free play at the museum’s exhibits.  If your child attends the full day of camp, they will enjoy both Science and Art classes.

Dates: June 26-30 | July 17-21 | July 24-28| August 7-11|

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2017 Summer Acting Camp  – Gilbert Theater

The Gilbert Theater 2017 Summer Acting Camp will take place July 31st – August 12th.  Campers can do one or both weeks. Monday – Friday 9:00 am-3:30 pm Saturday performance at the theatre at 7pm.

Students will enjoy a whirlwind week of Improvisation, Comedy, Acting and Movement Classes! The camp week will culminate in a showcase for friends and family! Ages 6-17

Summer Camp Cost: $125.00 Early Bird Rate *After April 3 $150.00 PER WEEK. If your camper chooses to stay in camp for the two full weeks, the cost is: $250.00.  Total fee is due at the time of registration.

Deadline: July 28

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Summer Theatre Camp – Cape Fear Regional Theatre

Registration for Summer Theatre Camps are open!  CFRT offers five one to two week camps that let students explore the word of acting. This year ages 6-9 can join them for Aristocats, kids; ages 9-14 will perform Madagascar, jr; and teens will be guided by guest director, Sarah Hankins, Shakespeare’s 12th Night.



 General Arts Opportunities

Artist & Merchant Village – WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest in Fuquay-Varina

Join us Memorial Day Weekend 2017 for an Artist & Merchant Village that will take place as part of the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest in Fuquay-Varina!  Over 80,000 visitors during three days to see and BUY your work!

Only 100 booth spaces will be available, and applications are already being accepted for those spaces.

The Merchant Village will have a NEW LOCATION this year at the festival.   We will have signage, extended merchant hours (same as the festival hours), opportunities to add electricity, on-site lockable storage, closer vendor parking, and many more improvements.

Date: May 26-29, 2017

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Introduction to Grant Writing – T. Pinckney & Associates

This seminar provides information on how to understand the grant writing process through the exploration of potential funding sources. Professionals will learn how to write clear, succinct and persuasive grant applications. This workshop is designed to be an introduction to grantwriting. Lunch is included in registration fees.

In this Seminar you will learn:

  • The key components of the grant writing process
  • How to research and locate funding sources
  • How to develop an evaluation plan
  • How to link your budget to your programs

Date: May 29, 2017

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Public Art Project – City of Denver Public Art Program

The City of Denver Public Art Program and the Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC) Art Selection Panel have released a Request for Qualifications for artists who wish to work on a public art project for several of the façades within the DPAC campus. The panel is interested in permanent or semi-permanent light-based artworks that are interactive and create interest and impact at the site.

The site for the artwork(s) is the soon-to-be-built plaza at the intersection of Champa and 13th streets. This plaza will be adjacent to several art and cultural activities planned by the Denver Theatre District, the Colorado Convention Center and Denver Arts & Venues, and could become a hub for these kinds of activities. The main area for the artwork(s) will be on the building facades that surround the future plaza. These facades create an “outdoor living room.” Whether the work is light-based, projection, or an alternative medium, creating a piece of artwork that is conceptually responsive to the site’s context and surrounding facilities’ celebration of art, culture, engagement and/or performance is desired.

Budget: $230,000

Deadline: June 7, 2017 at 11 p.m. (MST)

Click here for full RFQ

Click here to apply

Light Rail Project – South Central Extension

Valley Metro is looking for fourteen experienced artists for the South Central Extension Light Rail Project.  Each artist will be tasked with designing and creating artwork for a light rail facility. There are eight station projects and one park and ride project for experienced artists and five traction power substation projects for emerging artists available.  Each artist will work directly with stakeholders to create unique and engaging artworks.

Deadline: June 28, 2017 at 3 p.m. (MST)

 Public Art Opportunity – Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Letters of interest and qualifications are requested from artists interested in creating art for the public area(s) of the new Department of Environmental Quality Technical Support Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Selection Committee will collaborate with an artist to develop an installation that reflects the important role the Department of Environmental Quality plays in safeguarding Utah’s air, land and water.

Budget: $40,500

Deadline: June 30, 2017

STEAM Research – Innovation Collaborative 

You are invited to participate in an important national project that is developing important research foundations for the science, technology, engineering, arts, humanities, and math (STEAM) movement in out-of-school learning settings.

If you participate, you will be included in our listing of participating National Institutions. This is a project of the Innovation Collaborative, a DC-based coalition of leading national arts, sciences, technology, engineering, humanities, and higher education institutions.

Deadline: June 30, 2017

 Pre-Qualified List of Artists – San Antonio River Authority

The San Antonio River Authority seeks exceptional emerging and established public artists working in a variety of media and artistic approaches for its Pre-Qualified List of Artists.  The purpose of the List is to provide a streamlined application and selection process for artists interested in being commissioned for public art projects at the San Pedro Creek Culture Park.  Artists will be commissioned for temporary, permanent, and performance-based artwork and may also be commissioned to participate in planning future phases of the Park.  The first phase of the Park will open on May 5, 2018 as part of San Antonio’s Tricentennial celebrations.

All professional artists, regardless of residence, are eligible to apply.  Budgets range from $10,000 – $1,000,000.

Deadline: June 30, 2017 at 5 p.m. (CT)

Click here for the RFQ

2017 Made in NC Awards – Our State

The Made in NC Awards is for all you North Carolina makers, bakers, crafters, and creators. Maybe you run a small microbrewery, or sell handmade soaps at your local farmer’s market. Perhaps you are a skilled woodworker, or create incredible custom clothing. Whatever is it that you make, you are proud to produce it right here in North Carolina — and we want to help you show it off to the entire state.

The grand prize winner will receive $500. Each category winner (including grand prize winner) will receive ad space in an upcoming magazine gift guide, exposure at the Made in NC Awards Celebration Event on October 7, and a spotlight on

Deadline: July 19, 2017

SPARKcon – Visual Artists Exchange

SPARKcon sets itself apart from other festivals because its content is planned through an open source process. Anyone with creative ideas can have a voice at SPARKcon, resulting in a growing collaborative community with bigger ideas every year. We want you to be part of that community! This inclusivity means there is no template when it comes to SPARKcon. No business-as-usual. It’s weird, ambitious, and authentically yours.

Date: September 14 – 17, 2017

 Displaced Artists Fund Residency Program – Vermont Studio Center

Thanks to generous support from the McComb Foundation, from 2017-2019, VSC will provide up to 20 displaced visual artists and writers with fully subsidized 4- to 6-week studio residencies.

Artists and writers from the U.S. and anywhere in the world who have been directly affected by a natural disaster may apply directly to VSC for a residency.

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Songwriters Needed  – Sweet Tea Shakespeare
Contact if you would like to contribute a guitar or piano driven song to our summer production of Cymbeline.
Artist Link Project  – Arts Access 
Artists, musicians, at all levels and abilities welcome! Arts Access strives to encourage and promote the work of artists with disabilities throughout North Carolina. As a part of this goal we wanted to start a registry which will allow us to connect you with resources and help promote your work.  We will not share your information to others (who might want to hire you or display your work)  unless you give permission but we will add you to our emails to make sure you get resource info.
Talent Wanted – Gallery 116th

Writers, models and photographers wanted.  Talent please email your resume, portfolio or CV to 

Interns Wanted – Gallery 116th

Gallery 116th is seeking interns.  Interns must be in the Fayetteville, NC area, be a creative indivitual and be a team player.  Please email your resume, portfolio or CV to 

Artists’ Charitable Fund
The Artists’ Charitable Fund –  which is a non profit based in Colorado, that provides financial assistance to professional visual artists who are facing medical/dental or other crisis, such as fire or flood.
In the twenty years the Fund has been operating, it has paid out half a million dollars to assist artists all across the USA.
It does not pay the artist directly – but pays the doctor, dentist or as in the case of floods or fire, has purchased art supplies to help artists get back to work.

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Emergency Relief Fund

CERF+ accomplishes its mission through direct financial and educational assistance to artists working in craft disciplines including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance. CERF+ develops, promotes, and maintains resources for emergency readiness and recovery that benefit all artists. CERF+ also advocates, engages in research, and backs policy that supports artists’ careers.

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Art Instructor – Wine and Design

Wine and Design is currently looking for some great art instructors!  We require that you have an artistic background as you will be in charge of teaching 2 hours of “paint parties” to customers with no painting experience at all. Please have sample work/portfolio to provide.

Great personality, patient with large groups, feels confident enough to speak and teach in front of large crowds, strong work ethic, creative, and ENERGETIC!

Must be able to work most Saturday nights — typical hours are 5:30-9:30 pm.

Please email 3 pieces of sample work from your portfolio and a short summary of why you think you would be a great asset to Wine & Design. We will be in contact with you once we have received your information.

LOCATION: Downtown Fayetteville
COMPENSATION: $10.00-$15.00 per hour based on experience

For more information or to apply, email

Professional Development Seminars – The Arts & Culture Alliance

The Arts & Culture Alliance offers professional development seminars throughout the year for artists and creatives.

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Artist Opportunities – Visual Art Exchange

VAE is looking for visual artists, circus performers, musicians, fashion designers, comedians, geeks and more!

If you are a creative talent and want a supportive community outlet for your work, check out the Calls for Talent posted on the SPARKcon website.

Artist Opportunities – NC Arts Council

For additional Artist Opportunities, visit the North Carolina Arts Council Page at for recent updates.

North Carolina Arts Council – Ongoing Opportunities

State-wide artist opportunities in all disciplines can be found at the North Carolina Arts Council’s website. Click here to see current opportunities.

Instrument Grants – Fender Music Foundation

The Fender Music Foundation awards instruments and equipment to eligible music instruction programs. These items are lightly used, blemished, or otherwise imperfect and have been collected from manufacturers and retailers. The organization is currently awarding acoustic guitars, electric guitars, acoustic-electric guitars, bass guitars, and the equipment necessary to play these instruments.

Who may apply: music instruction programs that are part of nonprofit organizations or public schools in the United States. To qualify as a music instruction program, participants must be learning how to make music. Participants can be of any age. Music appreciation or entertainment programs do not qualify and the participants cannot be professional or career musicians.

There is no application deadline.  Applications are approved on a rolling basis that fluctuates depending on the amount of inventory in stock.  Applications can also be placed on hold if the requested instruments are expected to be received within that calendar year.

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A3 Foundation – A3 Fellows Program

The A3 Foundation, which was established by three early employees of Facebook, has two programs in its ongoing efforts to foster and support emerging Asian-American artists in the media.

The A3/Sundance Fellowship allows recipients to participate for the year in the highly coveted Sundance Directors Lab and Screenwriters Lab programs in order to develop hands-on skills and experience in their field.

The A3 Fellows Program is the inaugural program for the foundation placing emerging artists with more established artists to learn and grow. The fellowship consists of $10,000-$20,000 in funding, as well as mentorship from more established artists, and the opportunity to build your skillset and network. Through the funding and support from the A3 Foundation, we give artists their first break as well as help established artists reach the next level of success in the media space.

Want to apply to these programs? Click here to visit their website for additional information.

Professional Development Workshops – Creative Capital

Creative Capital has awarded $29 million to 530 groundbreaking artists nationwide through funding, counsel and career development services. Our Professional Development workshops have empowered an additional 6,500 creative minds to strengthen their careers and enrich their communities.

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Creative Aging Roster – Lifetime Arts

 Lifetime Arts is currently recruiting artists for their Lifetime Arts Creative Aging Roster. With the support of the US Institute for Museum and Library Services, Creative Aging in America’s Libraries will establish a Lifetime Arts Affiliate Network for Libraries over the next few years. Beginning in the fall of this year, myriad employment opportunities for teaching artists will appear in libraries who will look to Lifetime Arts’ Roster for qualified creative aging teaching artists.

Lifetime Arts’ Creative Aging Roster is a free online directory of professional teaching artists – peer vetted and qualified to design and deliver instructional arts programs for older adults. Searchable by arts discipline, geographic location and languages spoken, the Roster is available to anyone interested in engaging teaching artists for creative aging programs.

Interested in becoming apart of the roster?  Click here




Under Pressure  – Visual Art Exchange 

UNDER PRESSURE will consist of a new performance every day, for the duration of the exhibition. This is a call for performers, artists, and performance artists to takeover VAE for an entire day during the month of July 2017. 15 artists/performers will be selected to participate.

Deadline: 11:59 pm on May 28

Summer Regional Show  – Associated Artists of Southport

 The Associated Artists of Southport, NC is accepting entries through June 10, 2017 for the Summer Regional Show (juried art show) to take place June 26, through July 15, 2017.  Robert Joyner (2D) and Shane Mickey (3D)  will judge from actual work.  All work will be displayed at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport, NC.

Deadline: June 8

Summer Regional Show  – Associated Artists of Southport

Any artist 18 years or older may enter two 2-D works and /or two 3-D works of pottery or sculpture. Work must be original, entirely the work of a single artist, executed within the last 3 years, and not exhibited in any previous AAS Summer Show.

Deadline: June 10

Call for Artists – Gateway Arch at Blackstone Gateway Park

The City of Worcester is seeking artist proposals from interested and qualified professionals for the creation of an artist-designed Gateway Arch scheduled for installation in conjunction with the construction of Blackstone Gateway Park.  The Blackstone Gateway Park project will incorporate a Gateway Arch in the main entrance plaza located at the intersection of McKeon Road and Blackstone River Road. Artists can submit a maximum of three design proposals for the Gateway Arch. The Gateway Arch must be delivered completed, stable, well-fabricated and installation-ready. The City of Worcester has set a maximum proposal price of $50,000.

Deadline: June 23

Mezcla  – Visual Art Exchange 

Curator Claudia Corletto invites artists to submit work for MEZCLA. Open to all artists who identify as Hispanic or Latinx. MEZCLA is an exhibition rooted in the principle that Hispanic and Latinx artists play a pivotal role in shaping the narrative of how Hispanic and Latinx culture is formed in the United States.

Deadline: 11:59 pm on June 30

32nd Annual Sculpture Celebration  – Caldwell Arts Council

Sculptors are invited to bring up to 3 sculptures for this one-day competition for $11,000 in cash awards, potential sales and commissions. This annual event brings sculptors and buyers from the eastern United States to Lenoir North Carolina. Early registration discounts are available.

Early registration begins July 1.  On-site registration is Sept. 8-9.

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Third Annual Toe River Arts Juried Show  – Toe River Arts Council

The Toe River Arts Council in Mitchell and Yancy Counties in WNC is hosting the Third Annual Toe River Arts Juried Show.  The exhibition will run from Oct 7-Nov 4 at the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery and is open to artist s18+ in all mediums in GA, VA, TN, SC and NC.  This year’s juror is Randy Sanders, director of the Reece Museum on the campus of ETSU, in Johnson City.  Prizes total $2,000.

Deadline: August 2

Call for Artists – The Big Picture 

The big picture is a collective art project where people in our local area and around the world are collaborating to create a big mosaic picture from thousands of drawings.
This project outlines the connections be

tween individuals from all around the world and can be seen as a giant conversation taking place between all the participants and us through a dynamic and monumental art work.
We are interested in learning more about you: where you are coming from and where you are living now.

Deadline: The project will stop once the picture has been filled with drawings, that should take at least one year. (Date posted: May 22, 2017)

Exhibition Space – Fayetteville VA Health Care Center

The Fayetteville VA Health Care Center is providing the opportunity for local artists to display their works while serving our employees and Veterans through visual arts in our new gallery space.  For more information, please contact Carrie Callahan at .

Residency Fellowships – Vermont Studio Center

Every VSC residency includes a private room, private studio space, and all meals.

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Call for Sculpture artists – Caldwell Arts Council

The Caldwell Arts Council and the City of Lenoir, NC seek sculptors interested in participating in our outdoor sculpture sales gallery located on pedestals throughout downtown Lenoir NC.   Tucker’s Gallery is a public/private partnership project between the City of Lenoir and the Caldwell Arts Council.

Interested sculptors will find the application form and more details at This call for sculpture artists is ongoing; sculptures are placed in the gallery for one year.

Deadline: ongoing

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Visual Art Exchange – Call for Art

Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh is currently scheduling Community Exchange Exhibitions. VAE members can apply for solo exhibitions at Cameron Village Library, Duke Raleigh Hospital and the MJH Gallery at the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. These well-attended exhibitions are seen by over 200,000 people each year.

Deadline: Ongoing
For more information:



Performing Arts

Tap Dancing Class – Cape Fear Regional Theatre
Come tap with Scuttle from CFRT’s production of The Little Mermaid.
On Tuesday, April 25 from 5-7:30 pm  CFRT will be hosting a Tap Dance Master Class taught by Christian Donnelly (Scuttle) for intermediate tap dancers ages 14 and up. Students must bring their own tap shoes.
Cost of registration is $30 per student. Register online at or contact Director of Education and Outreach, Molly Malone at
Gilbert Theater – Audition Schedule

Gilbert Theater holds auditions throughout the year.  To find out about current and upcoming auditions, visit their website by clicking here.

If you cannot make auditions for a particular production, please feel free to contact the Theater or send a resume and headshot to or via mail to P.O. Box 53704, Fayetteville, NC 28305.

Classes on Improvisational Comedy

Offered as part of the Gilbert Conservatory, the classes take place at different times throughout the year. The classes are for all experience levels, fun and friendly and will help you learn how to improvise. The Gilbert Theater is located at 116 Green Street, Fayetteville, NC.

Furthermore, if you’re interested in performing improv comedy, the classes are a great way to try and become a member of the Horrible Folks comedy troupe, which produces the Horrible Folks Comedy Show at the Cameo Theatre in downtown Fayetteville. The show features improv games, as well as video sketch comedy, standup comedians, and more.

For more information, email or call 910-489-8044.


Oldies, Rock & Blues Music

Hope Mills Recreation Center hosts open mic oldies, rock and blues music every first and third Friday of the month.  Enjoy live Rock, Country and Blues music from local artists.  Registration to perform is the day of the event.  Sign-up is open to everyone on a first come first to perform basis.


ConsiderIt is an altruistic organization and online arts journal that presents original writing, visual media and music in order to raise funds for artists and select grassroots organizations. Every three months ConsiderIt hosts a contest for all writers, artists and musicians over 18 years of age. Finalists will be published on the Web site for three months and one winner will receive a cash award. Entry fee applies.

Deadline: Ongoing
For more information: Visit or email



Literary Arts

Residency Fellowships – Vermont Studio Center

Every VSC residency includes a private room, private studio space, and all meals.

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Write On, Right Now – Cumberland County Library

Welcome, all writers! We’ll meet at six for chatting and networking and begin our work at 6:30 for critique and discussion of our literary projects. Sharing is encouraged, but not required, in a helpful and supportive environment. The group meets monthly at Panera Bread at 1933 Skibo Rd., Fayetteville.

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Writing Can Help

Writing Can Help is a new group led by a 30-year veteran for those who have experienced trauma. Its purpose is to encourage release, hope, help and healing through writing. Open to military men and women, retirees, veterans, government civilians, battlefield contractors, first responders and their family members who have experienced or who are experiencing events resulting in mental (such as PTSD and TBI) or physical trauma and disabilities, Writing Can Help aims to be an environment in which members feel comfortable and free to express themselves while developing and learning the benefits associated with writing in a positive and productive manner.   Meetings on the first Saturday of each month will be critiques of work while meetings on the third Saturday will be workshops.

When: First and Third Saturday of Each Month                    Time: 10:30 am                     Location: Rm 202 of the General Classroom building (All American Veteran Center/Book Store Bldg.) on the Fayetteville Technical Community College

RSVP by contacting the facilitator, Jerry Bradley at (910) 574-5019 or

Click here for more information on this group


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