Middlesex County College to Hold Tri-State Writers’ Workshop

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EDISON — A writers’ workshop open to the public will be held at Middlesex County College on Friday, August 6. The program mixes sessions on writing skills with practical tips on selling what you have written. There is also a spoken word contest; the winner will receive $100.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to spend the day with published writers and learn their secrets,” said Professor Melissa Edwards, who is coordinating the program. “We’ll have sessions on short stories, memoirs, poetry, translation, playwriting and children’s literature, plus discussions on how to sell what you have written. It promises to be an excellent program – and very valuable for writers and aspiring writers. This is the second writers’ workshop; the first was very well received.”


Public school teachers may earn five Professional Development Credits at the workshop.

The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees may take part in a “spoken word” contest, in which they rap poetry they have written. The winner will receive $100.

Lunch is provided. Participants may select one workshop per session.

Session 1

  • “Poetry, Politics and Power,” Hank Kalet
  • “The Art of Translation,” Santi Buscemi
  • “Drafting the Gods: Using Mythology in Creative Writing,” Mat Spano
  • “The Memoir,” Shirley Wachtel

Session 2

  • “Herbs: Acres of Inspiration – Writing about Plants and Nature,” Gertrude Coleman
  • “Poetry Workshop,” Emanuel di Pasquale, Hank Kalet and Dan Zimmerman
  • “Screenwriting,” Ben Marshall
  • “Writing and Selling for Magazines and Blogs,” Melissa Edwards

Session 3

  • “The Opinionated Writer – Creating the Op-Ed Piece,” Dan Zimmerman and Hank Kalet
  • “Children’s Literature,” Shirley Wachtel
  • “Poetry Workshop: Extending Your Work,” Steven Barnhart
  • “Painting and Poetry,” Susan Altman and Mat Spano

Session 4

  • “Screenwriting,” Ben Marshall
  • “Independent Publishing and Desktop Publishing,” Melissa Edwards
  • “The Creative Memoir,” Keith Drumbore
  • “Haiku,” Mat Spano

“Express Yourself” is being offered as a fundraiser to support the publication of the Middlesex County College literary journal. The registration fee is $75 (same day registration is $80); of that, $60 is considered a contribution for tax purposes.

For a flyer or to enroll, visit www.middlesexcc.edu/express, e-mail lfriedman@middlesexcc.edu or call 732-906-4250.

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