WEST HARRISON, N.Y. -- Fordham Westchester held a reception Dec. 8 to celebrate the publication of "Afterwords: As You Were," the 20th anthology from Fordham’s Veterans Writing Workshop.
The Veterans Writing Workshop is designed to provide veterans with the tools and confidence to share their military experiences through writing.
Veterans participating in the 10-week program read their stories at the reception.
Fordham Westchester offers the program free of charge to veterans.
David Surface is the founder and instructor for the program. Veterans from the program who attended the reception included, Matt Phair, James McCauley, Peter Stone, Matt Coffey, Terry Soloman, Rod Carlson, Nick Lamonica, program instructor George Kelly, David Surface and Randy Swan from Fordham University's campus at 400 Westchester Ave. in West Harrison.
Surface, founder of the Veterans Writing Workshop, has designed and led writing programs in public schools, mental health centers, homeless programs and other community settings for 20 years.
Their stories are collected and published in "Afterwords," a series of print anthologies that preserve and celebrate veterans’ writing.
Surface said the Veterans Writers Workshop is on a break between Fordham semesters. It will start up again Jan. 19 at Fordham Westchester.