The 2016 William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium was held at Norwich University on April 6-7, 2016.

“Going to War: The Cost to Families, Communities, and Nation.”

Experience the Symposium. Interviews, discussions, and photos of the 2016 event are in the Multimedia Archive. 

2016 featured guests:

  • Nisid Hajari, Asia editor for Bloomberg View and author of Midnight’s Furies, winner of the 2016 Colby Award. Listen to a podcast interview with Hajari.
  • Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, a New York Times Top 10 Bestseller, and What It Is Like To Go To War.
  • Documentary filmmaker Benjamin Patton, executive director of the Patton Veterans Project and I WAS THERE Film workshops, and author of Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History, and Family Wisdom.
  • Jason Redman, retired U.S. Navy SEAL and founder and spokesperson of the nonprofit Combat Wounded Coalition and Wounded Wear, and author of The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader.
  • Kirsten Holmstedt, expert on women in combat and author of The Girls Come Marching Home and Band of Sisters
  • Jon Coffin retired U.S. Army colonel with 49 years of military service. COL Coffin spent most of the recent wars on active duty traveling to demobilization sites and meeting and debriefing soldiers and units returning from Theater of Operations.