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, Aug. 5. 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 memoirs, poetry, translation, playwriting, how to teach creative writing, plus discussions on how to sell what you have written. We have a new instructor who will be presenting Writing and Blogging About Food, and another who will talk about the Witch in Literature. It promises to be an excellent program – and very valuable for writers and aspiring writers. This is the third writers’ workshop; the first two were 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/essay” contest, in which they present their own work. The winner will receive $100.

Lunch is provided. Participants may select one workshop per session. The workshops are:

Session 1

  • “Poetry as Op-Ed: Poetry as Political Response,” Hank Kalet
  • “The Art of Translation,” Santi Buscemi
  • “Drafting the Gods: Jungian Archetypes and Myth in the Creative Writing Process,” Mat Spano
  • “The Witch in Literature,” Jessica Cortese
  • “The Creative Memoir,” Keith Drumbore

Session 2

  • “Writing and Blogging About Food,” Warren Bobrow
  • “Writing for the Stage and Screen,” Ben Marshall
  • “DIY Journalism: A Q&A for the Citizen Journalist,” Hank Kalet
  • “B.Y.O.W. Bring Your Own Writing,” Steven Barnhart
  • “The Research Paper,” Melissa Edwards

Session 3

  • “Writing for the Stage and Screen,” Ben Marshall
  • “Herbs: Acres of Inspiration – Writing about Plants and Nature,” Gertrude Coleman
  • “Poetry Workshop” Emanuel di Pasquale, Hank Kalet and Dan Zimmerman
  • “The Witch in Literature,” Jessica Cortese
  • “The Creative Memoir,” Keith Drumbore

Session 4

  • “Keeping a Nature Journal,” Gertrude Coleman
  • “Teaching Creative Writing to Young Students,” Melissa Edwards
  • “Writing and Blogging About Food,” Warren Bobrow
  • “Painting and Poetry,” Susan Altman and Mat Spano
  • “B.Y.O.W. Bring Your Own Writing” Steven Barnhart

“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).

For a flyer or to enroll, visit www.middlesexcc.edu/express, e-mail lfriedman@middlesexcc.edu or call 1-732-906-4250.

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