Save the Date! The 2016 William E. Colby Military Writers’ Symposium will be held at Norwich University on April 6-7, 2016.

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

Featuring guests:

  • 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 Officer.
  • Kirsten Holmstedt, expert on women in combat and author of The Girls Come Marching Home and Band of Sisters
  • Jon Coffin, retired Vermont National Guard staff psychologist. Coffin and his Crisis Incident Team debriefed nearly every Vermont solider returning from overseas during his 19-year career.

The two-day event will include:
• Author classroom visits with undergraduate students
• Author presentations
• Book signing
• Undergraduate original research presentations
• Meet the Authors reception and dinner
• Moderated panel discussion
• Presentation of the 2016 Colby Award







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