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
"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:
or call 412.788.7507.