World War I and America Writing Workshop
Saturday, April 07, 2018  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Delaware History Museum - Wilmington


Donald Stephens, Arden Delaware_WWI PacificstThe Delaware Historical Society hosts the third in a series of six World War I-themed writing workshops. Each workshop is open to the public.  By bringing participants of different ages and backgrounds together to discover this history, the dialogue should be engaging and informative.  Each workshop session will use a specific guiding question as the theme, and feature the DHS exhibitions, The First State at the Front: WWI and the Road to Victorious Peace and Delaware, One State Many Stories.

Using World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It, the anthology published by Library of America, participants in the workshop will read and discuss selected works.  The anthology, edited by A. Scott Berg, brings together 127 pieces that tell the vivid story of battlefront and homefront, from Sarajevo and the invasion of Belgium through the sinking of the Lusitania, the Armenian genocide, the controversy over intervention, and the terrible ferocity of Belleau Wood and the Meuse-Argonne, to the League of Nations debate and the racial violence and political repression that divided postwar America.

The writing gathered here illuminates, as no retrospective history can, how Americans perceived and felt about the war, why they supported or opposed intervention, how they endured the nightmarish reality of modern industrial warfare, and how they experienced the uncertainty and contingency of unfolding events. And it shows how World War I framed issues that still haunt us:  what role should America play in the world? Are our claims to moral leadership abroad undercut by the reality of racial injustice at home? What does our nation owe those who fight on its behalf?

Inspired by the themes of war-related experiences explored in the anthology, workshop participants, including high school and university students as well as veterans' writing groups, will create their own essays, stories and poems, responding to issues raised by their discussion of these guiding questions.

Top right: Donald Stephens, Arden, Delaware, World War 1 pacifist.

Facilitator:  Ramona DeFelice Long, 2016 Masters Fellow in Fiction, Delaware Division of the Arts.
Ramona DeFelice Long is an author, editor, and writing instructor from Newark. Her writing has appeared in numerous literary and regional publications, and she has received awards and fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Pennsylvania State Arts Council, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Delaware Press Association. She serves as a state judge for the Delaware Scholastic Writing Awards, and she represented Delaware on the National Endowment for the Arts’ United States of Arts map.


Please join us on April 21, 2018 for the fourth in the series - click here for details.

Reservations requested: click here to reserve.

On-street parking is FREE on weekends.
FREE PARKING is also available courtesy of Colonial Parking on the corner of 6th and Shipley streets.



Saturday, April 7, 2018
1:00 - 1:10 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
Angela Winand, Ph.D., Head, Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, DHS
1:10 - 1:30 p.m. Museum Tour of Exhibitions, The First State at the Front: WWI and the Road to Victorious Peace,
and Mitchell Center, Journey to Freedom, Angela Winand
1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Presentation:What happens when the loyalty of an American minority comes under suspicion during wartime? A discussion of enemy aliens, social unrest before and after the Great War, Woodrow Wilson’s “thorough Americans” concept.

2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 - 2:50 p.m.

Writing Prompts and Discussion: What happens when the loyalty of an American minority comes under suspicion during wartime? World War I and America Anthology and Selected Primary Documents, Ramona DeFelice Long

2:50 - 3:00 p.m. Wrap-up




This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of Library of America
presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History,
the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations,
with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities


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