First-Foot into the College Classroom

May 18, 2013 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | $20 per class | Register

Rosemont College will be offering high school students a “First-Foot into the College Classroom” event where students can take workshop-style classes from alumni and current members of our graduate Creative Writing and Publishing programs.  Students will receive instruction and feedback on their work, perform in-class exercises, and learn strategies and techniques for college. 

Students are encouraged to spend the day and plan to take both a morning and afternoon session.  Unfortunately, due to summer renovations to the Rosemont dining hall, lunch is not available on campus. For more information about where to have lunch or for more information, please contact MFA program director, Carla Spataro at

Bring pen and paper and be ready to write!

Workshop Descriptions

Blogging Workshop with Robb C. Sewell

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Lawrence 306

Blogging is a powerful way for writers to educate, inform, and influence diverse audiences about subjects and causes that they are passionate about. This class is designed to introduce the topic of blogging. Students will learn the basics of blogging; how to develop, launch, and manage their own blogs; and how to leverage audiences by contributing to existing blogs and/or serving as guest bloggers. Students will learn about blogging services (e.g., Blogger, WordPress, Wix); discover tools to manage and promote their own blogs; and examine specific blogs to see what makes them successful. Finally, students will try their hands at blogging by taking part in a 15-minute assignment where they will put their newfound knowledge to work by crafting a short blog.


Robb C. Sewell received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University and his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Rosemont College where he was honored for outstanding creative writing and academic achievement. He has written over two-dozen blog posts on GLBT topics for Collingswood Patch; maintained his own blog on entertainment and writing; and authored guest blogs about social media. Additionally, EDGE Media has published over 50 of his entertainment reviews/articles. He was an instructor in the Y Young Achievers program in Philadelphia in 2009-2010, tutored writing students, developed a professional development program for staff of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, taught various classes in that same program, and regularly teaches a publications design class for Rutgers employees.

Poetry Workshop with Christina Litman

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Lawrence 307

Poetry is all around us in expected and unexpected ways. It enables writers to communicate ideas through lyrical language that can be compelling, whimsical, and artistic—like painting a picture. For writers that are not poets, it serves as an exercise to practice economy of words and develop language fluidity. This class is designed to help students develop their poetic style. Through a series of poetry exercises students will learn how to effectively craft a poem. Students will also learn about publishing opportunities available to high school students.


Christina Litman has extensively studied poetry throughout undergraduate and graduate school. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Villanova University and her Master of Arts in English and Publishing from Rosemont College (thesis with distinction). She is currently a freelance editor, and guest lectures at Montgomery County Community College on poetry and publishing.

Creative Nonfiction Workshop with Jack Stanton

1 - 3 p.m. | Lawrence 306

In this course, we will look at what defines Creative Nonfiction, including some short reading examples. We’ll consider the ethical factors that arise when getting creative with the truth. Then, we’ll play – both as a group and individually – with some writing exercises designed to get students in touch with their own great stories.


Jack Stanton is entering his final Semester in the Rosemont College MFA Creative Writing program, with an emphasis in Creative Nonfiction. He will be writing a book entitled The Other Berkshire Hathaway for his thesis. He is a tennis teaching professional by trade and for fun; he’s an avid guitar player and singer.

Persuasive Writing Workshop with Joe Lerro

1 - 3 p.m. | Lawrence 307

Persuasive writing is a part of everyday life. Whether in the form of advertisements, newspaper and magazine articles reporting on a given topic, or politicians arguing for their side of the issue, you encounter persuasive writing without even knowing it. This class is designed to help you develop the tools necessary to develop an effective and winning argument in order to persuade your audience to agree with you.

Joseph Lerro is an MA Publishing student at Rosemont College, where he has also earned a graduate certificate in ePublishing. He received a B.A. in Communications with an Advertising Concentration from Loyola College in Maryland. For seven years he has worked in sales and marketing positions within the healthcare and human resources fields. He has extensively trained employees within his organizations on effective marketing and sales techniques.

Characterization Workshop with John McGeary

1 - 3 p.m. | Lawrence 303

The most important thing about a character or a person is not what she or he looks like but what she or he wants.  Desire drives a character and a plot.  In this workshop we’ll have fun adding the external details to a character who really wants something badly.  In developing a character in this way we’ll brainstorm and outline story ideas based on what our character wants most, whether that’s saving the world or buying a pet ferret.  Students are encouraged to come with the name of a favorite character from film, fiction, or fact for discussion.

John McGeary has his BA in Creative Writing from Geneva College and is an MFA candidate at Rosemont College.  He has guest lectured at Geneva on several occasions in both the Cinema and Literary Theory classes.  He has recently finished the first draft of a novel, still dabbles in poetry, and loves the quiet company of his created characters.

More Information

Carla Spataro

Director of Creative Writing
610.527.0200 x2346

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