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videos for April 2014 talk by John DeDakis

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John’s handout is here (pdf).

Filed under: April meeting, fiction writing, MWA, non-fiction writing, video

August 2014 meeting with Craig Schenning

The August 20 2014 meeting of the Annapolis chapter of the MWA will feature author, editor and book publisher Craig Schenning. His talk is entitled “How to Self-Publish and Market Your Book” and is geared towards authors who have some level of desire to have their book published. It is an informational session designed to provide authors with the necessary material they need to make sound decisions about how to publish their book.

More details will be added to this post later.

Filed under: August meeting, MWA

video from Stephen Phillips’ talk on 2014-03-19

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Here are some stills. The speaker Stephen Phillips during his talk:

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The speaker talking with some attendees before the talk:

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Annapolis chapter treasurer Sally Whitney talking with MWA president Paul Lagasse:

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Filed under: fiction writing, March speaker, MWA, video

Screenwriter David S. Ward visits Annapolis in March 2014

The Annapolis Film Festival will have two programmed events with David S. Ward – one a panel and the other a special presentation at the Maryland Hall auditorium.

  • (Friday 2pm-4pm, Maryland Hall) Panel: Screenwriting
    Screenwriting isn’t something learned in grammar school. It feels more like a mysterious dark art, but the truth is that screenwriting is within the grasp of all who are interested. If you’ve ever told a story in your life, you already have the basic knowledge needed to write a movie. Our acclaimed panel explores the difference between the literary and visual mediums, with guidance on how to find your unique voice and work within a creative team. PANELISTS: David S. Ward, Oscar winning screenwriter, The Sting & Sleepless in Seattle Lane Shadgett, screenwriter, Jamesy Boy & Perkins ’14 Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, Editor & Online Community Manager, Script Magazine
    MODERATOR: Michael I. Miller, writer, producer & member, Writers Guild of America; Advisory Board, Annapolis Film Festival
  • (Saturday 5pm, Maryland Hall)
    Enjoy this special presentation by David S. Ward, best known for his Oscar-winning screenplay The Sting, a popular and critical hit, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. It won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture. Following this success, Ward wrote and directed the hit baseball comedy Major League, starring Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen, a movie filmed in Baltimore at Camden Yards. He later scored another box-office coup for his screenplay Sleepless in Seattle, for which he and co-writers Nora Ephron and Jeff Arch received an Oscar nomination. Ward’s other major credits include writing and directing Cannery Row, King Ralph, The Program, and Down Periscope; and writing numerous screenplays including The Milagro Beanfield War, The Mask of Zorro, and Flyboys starring James Franco. Currently, the director/screenwriter brings his distinguished filmography to leading the screenwriting program in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapmen University.He has an M.F.A. in Motion Pictures from U.C.L.A. and studied political science at Pomona College, where he is a member of the board of trustees. Ward continues as an active director, with two features currently in production. The Sting will be viewed in its entirety with a Q&A to follow after the Conversation with David Ward.
    HOST/INTERVIEWER: Ann Oldenburg, entertainment reporter, film critic & blogger, USA Today

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July 2014 meeting with Ally Machate

You’ve experienced the satisfaction of working hard to learn your craft and producing a quality piece of writing—but now what? If you ever want anyone to read your work outside of your immediate circle of family and friends, you’ll need to get published. Ally Machate, an award-winning editor and bestselling writer will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on July 16th, at 6:30pm about “Pitching, Querying, and Proposing: How Authors Go from Shy to Sold”. Though self-publishing is always an option, this talk focuses on how writers generally approach the submission process. Find out who really decides what gets published, how to approach them without getting the proverbial door slammed in your face, and what these gatekeepers expect from you besides your very best work. You’ll also get tips that will make your pitches, queries, and proposals more effective and make you more attractive to publishers for best results. 

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The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. The Annapolis MWA chapter typically meets the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: annapolismwa.wordpress.com and www.marylandwriters.org.

About the author: Ally E. Machate is an editor, writer and publishing consultant with fifteen years of publishing industry experience working for clients such as Simon & Schuster, Reader’s Digest, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as well as literary agents and would-be authors. As a freelance writer, she has published articles in venues such as The Writer and ConsumerSearch.com, written chapters for books such as SparkNotes 101: Philosophy and the Writer’s Digest 2009 Guide to Literary Agents, and most recently collaborated on the national bestseller The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed. Ally is an active member of the Maryland Writers’ Association and has served on its Board in several capacities. You can find out more about her at: www.allymachate.com and www.ambitiousenterprises.com.

Filed under: fiction writing, july speaker, non-fiction writing, press release

video from Randy Baker’s talk on 2014-02-19

The title of his wonderful talk was “The monsters under the writers’ bed”.

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Notes to his talk are here:

http://nerdymovie.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-monsters-under-writers-bed-notes-of.html

Filed under: February meeting, fiction writing, non-fiction writing, playwriting, poetry, screenwriting, video

June 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Michael Hughes

Local author Michael Hughes has agreed to speak at the Maryland Writers’ Association – Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday June 18, 2014. Michael will speak about the long journey from first draft to publication, with an emphasis on his experiences (good and bad) with a new digital imprint at a major publisher. He’ll discuss craft, process, agents, ebooks, marketing, and answer questions about the new landscape of publishing.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org.

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About the speaker:
Michael M. Hughes lives in Baltimore with his wife and two daughters. He writes fiction and nonfiction, and his bestselling debut novel, Blackwater Lights, was released by Hydra (Random House) in 2013. He is currently at work on a sequel. When he’s not writing, Hughes performs as a mentalist (psychic entertainer) and speaks on Fortean and paranormal topics. – See more at: http://michaelmhughes.com/

Filed under: fiction writing, interview, June meeting, MWA

May 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Yvonne Medley

Local author and journalist Yvonne Medley has agreed to speak at the Maryland Writers Association Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday May 21, 2014. She will speak on how to create the voice and vibe of your characters as well as the pros and cons of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing, her personal experience with both.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

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About the speaker: Yvonne Medley is also founder of the Life Journeys Writers Club, Inc. (a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization) and the author of several books. She conducts her Life Journeys Writing Workshops, designed to empower/encourage incarcerated men and women as well as youth and adults, and fellow writers within the general population. She wrote The Prison Plumb Line (2011), a novella with a play and a feature film option in the works; God in Wingtip Shoes (2012), a novel; and its prequel, Jubi Stone: Saved by the Vine (2013), a novel, dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness due to Medley’s personal experience featured in the book. Medley has worked on staff at The Washington Times and freelanced for several publications, such as The Washington Post, People Magazine, and Gospel Today Magazine. She also teaches English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education to adult learners. For more information on the speaker’s work, see www.yvonnejmedley.com and www.lifejourneyswritersclub.com.

Filed under: May speaker, MWA, press release

Denise Camacho videos of her January 2014 talk

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Filed under: fiction writing, interview, January speaker, MWA, video

March 2014 meeting of the Annapolis MWA – Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips, author of two novels of military fiction, will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on March 19th, at 6:30pm. He will share the story of his ongoing journey as a writer, and talk about his publishing paths – both as a commercially published author and your self-published experience.

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The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. The Annapolis MWA chapter typically meets the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: annapolismwa.wordpress.com and www.marylandwriters.org.

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About the author: Stephen Phillips graduated from the USNA in 1992 and served in the U.S.
Navy as a Special Operations Officer and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician.
His debut novel, Proximity, is praised for its exciting an authentic view of life in a military bomb squad. Proximity garnered a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. The Naval Institute Press published Stephen’s second novel, The Recipient’s Son. Set at the U.S. Naval Academy in the 1990s, it is the story of a young man’s struggle to come to terms with his legacy as the son of a war hero and with doubts about his own courage. For more information on the author, see stephen-phillips.blogspot.com.

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Filed under: fiction writing, March speaker, MWA

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