Student of CCAC Community Education class becomes published writer with first submission

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH-Anne Degerolamo, a middle school language arts teacher, always wanted to be a published writer, so when she saw her name in print in Pittsburgh Parent magazine this month, she was thrilled. Her article, "Things your 12-year-old needs but won't ask for," was born out of her experience spending every school day with hundreds of pre-teens for the past 10 years. She certainly knows her subject matter, but she didn't know how to go about writing for magazines. That changed this spring when she enrolled in two Community Education classes at CCAC.

Degerolamo, of North Strabane Township, took the one-session classes How to Write for Magazines & Other Publications and How to Find a Writer's Agent, both taught by CCAC instructor Ann Howley at Ft. Couch Middle School in Upper St. Clair where Degerolamo is a teacher. She appreciated the fact that, although Howley imparted a vast amount of practical information, the classes were very relaxed, so students could ask questions and it was more like a conversation.

"She was wonderful and extremely knowledgeable," Degerolamo said of Howley. "She really knew her stuff."

Degerolamo followed Howley's instructions to the letter in writing and submitting her article. She has since sent off several queries proposing additional article ideas to magazines, and she just completed the first draft of a novel for young adult readers. Degerolamo had previously taken some prerequisite classes at CCAC when she was transferring from LaRoche College to Point Park University to earn her master's degree in education. Although she will soon be back in the classroom, the teacher and mother of two young children hopes to continue to spend her summers further developing her talent as a freelance writer and author. Like so many in the region, she attended CCAC to attain career goals and then returned for personal enrichment.

She is not the first of Howley's students to achieve success after taking one of her classes. Last year, four of Howley's students became published authors after taking her four-week memoir writing workshop at CCAC-one student's book, "Carl's Story," received wide acclaim and was endorsed as an official project of the World War I Centennial Commission.

For more information on CCAC Community Education classes, visit: ccac.edu/community-education, contact communityeducation@ccac.edu or call 412.788.7507.

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