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Express Yourself: College to Hold Tri-State Writers' Workshop

A writers' workshop open to the public will be held at Middlesex County College Friday, August 14. 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 $200.

"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, 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."

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

The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Attendees may take part in a "spoken word" contest, in which they rap poetry they have written. The winner will receive $200.

Participants may select five of the following:

How to Sell Your Stuff: Writing and Selling Short Stories for Magazines, Professor Melissa Edwards

The Memoir, Professor Shirley Wachtel

The Power of Poetry, Hank Kalet, Editor of the South Brunswick Post

The Playwright's Craft: Script Writing, Professor Ben Marshall

Writing Children's Literature, Professor Shirley Wachtel

Haiku, Professor Mat Spano

Poetry Workshop/Critique, Professor Emanuel di Pasquale and Professor Dan Zimmerman (please send poetry in advance; details will be provided after registering)

Writing Poetry, Gail Gaspar

"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, please visit www.middlesexcc.edu/express, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 732-906-4250.