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Montgomery County Public Libraries Offers Veterans Writing Workshop

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will offer a creative writing workshop for veterans, active service members, and their adult family members to help shape and tell their stories. The program is appropriate for beginner and intermediate level creative writers.


The workshop is focused on the elements of writing fiction and non-fiction including scene, setting, dialogue, narrative structure and plot. Participants will create new works and can share their work to receive feedback from participants and the workshop leader.


“This workshop provides the opportunity for the more than 45,000 veterans who live in Montgomery County an opportunity to share their compelling stories,” said County Executive Ike Leggett.   


The Veterans Writing Workshop is led by Iraq War Marine veteran Dario DiBattista from the Veterans Writing Project, a non-profit founded by veterans and family members. A commentator on National Public Radio, SiriusXM, and for the British Broadcasting Corporation, DiBattista’s work has appeared in Washingtonian Magazine, The New York Times and The Washington Post.


The free six-sessions program will take place on Saturdays, September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Avenue. Registration is limited and required – via MCPL website Calendar of Events or by calling 240-777-0140.


“We are very pleased to offer this writing workshop at MCPL” said Acting Director Anita Vassallo. “To be able to help veterans, active service members, and adult family members of vets learn to create, shape and tell their stories, fits so well with MCPL’s  goal to be a place where community members can come together to connect and share.”


For more information on the program contact Mary Ellen Icaza at 240-777-0006.

Release ID: 17-439
Media Contact: Judy Stiles 240-777-6536