Writing Right

How to Publish Your Book

Whether it’s an idea or finished manuscript, get the tools needed to publish a book here. Groom your book for an established market. Discover how to find the right publisher. Find out what to expect, and what to look out for when signing the contract. Learn to promote yourself and more! Instructor: Julie Castillo

Total Cost: $39 (includes $39 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-013-A4
Wednesday, May 28, 6 – 9 p.m.
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Travel Writing for Business or Pleasure

Are traveling and writing two loves in your life? Combine your passions and you’ve got a new hobby or business. See the country, world or your own backyard and learn to turn your adventures into articles so vivacious that readers feel like they’ve come along for the ride. Discover how to find, research and tell a story and create dozens more. Make it colorful, exciting, informative and authentic. Instructor: Arlene Karidis

Total Cost: $69 (includes $69 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: XXZ-879-A4
Thursdays, May 15 - 29, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (3 sessions)
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Writing for Children

Author Lois Szymanski lends her expertise to the fun and exciting genre of writing children’s books. Explore the world of children’s book publishing, including what goes into a good story for kids, proper format and how to find a publisher. Learn how to market a manuscript and what happens after the sale. Instructor:Lois Szymanski

Total Cost: $152 (includes $30 fees)
Maryland senior adults pay fees only.
Course #: PDE-868-A4
Wednesdays, May 7 - June 25, 7 – 9 p.m. (8 sessions)
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Our instructors have the write stuff!


Lois Szymanski has authored 24 children’s books, including fiction for young and middle school readers, nonfiction and picture books. Her short stories have appeared in many children’s magazines, including Highlights for Children, U*S*Kids Magazine, Turtle Magazine and Hopscotch Magazine. Szymanski presents writer’s workshops at various colleges, literary gatherings and Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) events.

Julie Castillo, has a Master of Arts degree in Sociocultural Anthropology, and has been a teacher, writer, editor and writing consultant. She brings her expertise and warm, dynamic style to help students gain the tools to enrich their writing.

Arlene Karidis has 30 years’ writing and editing experience and contributes to regional and national magazines, newspapers and blogs. She has written and edited memoirs and teaches several college writing courses. Karidis has managed corporate and public relations communications and publications projects.

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