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WestConn In Danbury Encourages Veterans To Join Writing Project

Sharon Young, faculty adviser to the campus Student Veterans Organization and assistant professor in the WCSU Department of Social Work
Sharon Young, faculty adviser to the campus Student Veterans Organization and assistant professor in the WCSU Department of Social Work Photo Credit: Western Connecticut State University

DANBURY, Conn. — Veterans of all ages from all branches of the military are invited to join as the Western Connecticut State University Veterans Writing Project holds its first meeting.

The meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. in Room 226 of the Student Center on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.

It will be led by Assistant Professor of Writing, Linguistics & the Creative Process Hunter Liguore.

Sharon Young, faculty adviser to the campus Student Veterans Organization and assistant professor in the WCSU Department of Social Work, said that the project will be community-building, as veterans share their experiences through this writing network.

“As a young social worker, I was taught to learn about people by asking them to tell a story: Tell me a story about how you got your name. Tell me a story about when you joined the military. Tell me a story about coming home,” said Young, who also works as an embedded clinician with an infantry unit in the Connecticut National Guard.

“Our stories define who we are and mark our triumphs and tragedies. Story-sharing creates a community, a shared burden and a shared joy.”

The group is set to meet until the end of the semester at which time, Young said, it will set a goal as to how to contribute written work for publication and whether to continue the project.

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