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Date: March 7, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Joyce Gray, 301-251-7915

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Montgomery College Libraries and Woman’s Day to Host Seminar to Help Aspiring Writers Achieve Publishing Dreams
Free Event on April 4 to Feature Magazine Writer Stacey Colino

In celebration of National Library Week, Montgomery College Libraries and Woman's Day magazine will host a free seminar on Tuesday, April 4, from noon to 2 p.m., led by Woman’s Day writer Stacey Colino. Designed for aspiring writers, the seminar will be held  at Montgomery College’s Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education in Room 224. The Institute is located on the College’s Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

Colino will conduct a two-hour session on how to get published in a magazine, drawing from her own experiences and specialties. The event also features librarians who will talk about the wide variety of resources available in libraries to help writers break into the business, such as taking a class, surfing the Web or utilizing the Writer’s Manual, which lists the latest publishing houses and gives tips on submitting manuscripts.

“Great writers get started and inspired in libraries,” said Pat Mehok, director of the Montgomery College Libraries. “Libraries provide the first sources for a writer’s ideas and the ultimate home for their creative contributions. Libraries are where writers come together to learn and share ideas as a community.”

Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and Woman’s Day magazine, the seminar is part of a national program called “Put It in Writing @ Your Library®.” The program aims to teach tomorrow’s writers and to increase awareness of the resources available at libraries. 

The Montgomery College Libraries is one of only ten libraries nationwide chosen to host the “Put It in Writing @ Your Library®.” The program is also being offered at libraries in and around Boston; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Chicago; Denver; New York; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Francisco; West Chester, Ohio; and Vancouver, Washington. The program is part of The Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s multi-year public awareness and advocacy campaign designed to promote the value of public, school, academic and special libraries and librarians in the 21st century.

To register for this free seminar please contact Joyce Gray at 301-251-7915 or by e-mail at

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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