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EXPRESS YOURSELF:
The Tri-State Writers’ Workshop at Middlesex County College

PLEASE NOTE: This year's event has been canceled.

Join accomplished, professional writers as they explore their creative world and give you tips on how to be a better writer. These experts will work with you in a very positive, supportive environment designed to stoke your creativity.

This one-day workshop will help you clarify your thoughts and help you put them on paper. Workshops include poetry, essays, playwriting, and short stories as well as on how to get your work published. Most of the presenters are faculty at Middlesex County College and published authors.

Teachers receive 6 Professional Development Credits.

 

FEES
General Public
: $75 in advance, $80 at the door
Students: $35 students – for promotional code, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 732-906-4250.
Special Rate: Teachers who recruit 5 students are invited to attend free. Call 732-906-4250 for details.


Crabiel Hall
Middlesex County College
Edison, NJ

Saturday, April 11, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

 



SCHEDULE

8:30–9:00 a.m.

Coffee and registration



Session 1 – 9:00–10:15 a.m.

Marketing Your Books and Magazine Articles, Shirley Wachtel
Have an idea in mind but not sure how to get it published? This is the workshop for you.

Jackdaw: Using Personal Primary Source Material to Shape the Writing Process, Kathleen Pearle, Ed. D
A Jackdaw is a personal archive of hands-on primary source materials. This workshop utilizes small collections of personal primary source material (some written, some physical artifacts) to inform reflective practice and improve writing. Some examples might include: inviting teams of students to reconstruct a history of a community based on their analysis of a box of physical and written artifacts; in a class on gender with an oral and written project on gender construction, asking students to present their personal or family story using personal artifacts to guide their story telling. Participants will be asked to construct a story based on their examination of a collection of personal artifacts.

Unlocking the Power of Poetry,  Mat Spano
Is poetry just for poets, poetry lovers, and English majors? Nevermore! In order to learn to write effectively and think critically, reading poetry is a must. Many poems present model arguments on relevant issues, appealing to our sense of reason and ethics as well as compelling us to take action. Other poems provide fascinating "case studies" that lend themselves to inter-disciplinary analysis and synthesis. Still others develop our sense of empathy, inviting us to "step into the shoes" of another to experience the world from a wholly different perspective. Then there are poems that enable us to "think outside the box," giving us the critical distance and the metaphors we need to re-frame arguments and issues to better understand them and to conceive of new and effective solutions. Hence, these literary works provide perspectives and insights that informational texts cannot. Join Dr. Mathew Spano in a workshop that will allow you to unlock the power of poetry to make you a more effective writer...and thinker!

Teaching the Research Paper, Melissa Edwards
Aimed at teachers, this workshop will show you how to teach the writing of scholarly and research papers.

 

Session 2 – 10:25–11:40 a.m.

The Memoir, Shirley Wachtel
Not an autobiography, the memoir is a distinct and wonderful genre.

Animation – Six Seconds to Elegant Simplicity: Visual Narrative and the Animation Short, Richard Thompson‬‬‬‬‬
‪By playing a couple of in-class inter-activities and watching, studying and discussing selected examples, this workshop will focus on the techniques that make an animated short successful. Animation principles will be revealed as well as cinematic and scriptwriting approaches that are useful across all mediums.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Creative Writing Workshop, Emanuel di Pasquale & Hank Kalet
Bring your essays, short stories and poems in for a critique. What is working? What isn't? Constructive criticism will make you a better writer and poet.

Connections, Celia Winchester
Using real world experiences in creative writing.

 

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

 

Keynote Speech – 12:30–1:10 p.m.

Careers in Communications
She's been an award-winning newspaper reporter, PR account exec, worked for nonprofits, published her own blog, and more. Let Chandra Hayslett fill you in on careers in the field.

 

Session 3 – 1:15–2:30 p.m.

Journalism in the Digital Age, Hank Kalet
Newspapers are less powerful than they used to be, but journalism is as important as ever – maybe more so. What tools do you need to be a digital journalist in this new age?

E-Prime, Dan Zimmerman
E-Prime is a writing process that excludes all forms of the verb to be. This simple, direct method can help clarify thinking and strengthen writing. You already often do it, pretty much without thinking. Find out how to turn your instinct into an instrument!‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

PR for Small (and Extremely Small) Organizations, Chandra Hayslett
You are an entrepreneur or work for a small company or nonprofit that can't afford its own public relations person. How can you get the word out? How can you stand out from the crowd? This workshop covers both traditional and new media.

The Sonnet: Fun with a Fixed Form, Michael Nester
We will examine the spread of the sonnet from Petrarch, into England and beyond, paying special attention to its formal features, subject matter changes over the years, and how to effectively craft and teach this fixed poetic form. During the presentation, students will actively engage in the sonnet-writing process.

 

Session 4 – 2:40–3:55 p.m.

Teaching Creative Writing to Children, Melissa Edwards
It's not the same as teaching creative writing to adults. Let kids' imaginations soar and help them get their thoughts on paper.

Working in Writing After College, Matt Kardos
How to break into the field and developing a career path.

‪Animation: Six Seconds to Elegant Simplicity: Visual Narrative and the Animation Short, Richard Thompson‬‬‬‬‬
‪By playing a couple of in-class inter-activities and watching, studying and discussing selected examples, this workshop will focus on the techniques that make an animated short successful. Animation principles will be revealed as well as cinematic and scriptwriting approaches that are useful across all mediums.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Connections, Celia Winchester
Using real world experiences in creative writing.

 

4:00 p.m.

Spoken Word/Essay Contest
Participants can read something they have written (3-minute maximum, $100 prize).