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Yvonne Medley’s Prison Plumb Line is a theatrical play

Recently, the Annapolis chapter had Yvonne Medley speak on her writing and in particular her book The Prison Plumb Line. Here is an invitation to all, in her words:

I would love (and be very grateful for) a MWA Annapolis Chapter presence for the performance of my play based on my book. The Prison Plumb Line leaps from the page to the stage. Experience the dynamic stage play in dinner theater style at:

Place: Mexico Restaurant (address: 10598 Crain Hwy, White Plains, MD 20695, just south of Waldorf)
Date: Monday, 2014-11-10
Doors open: 7:00 PM
Dinner derved: 7:30 PM
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Ticket price: $25

Please join us! The edgy novella is now an edgier play. But have no fear — God’s gettin’ the Glory!

Please find the full info at www.prisonplumbline.com where you can purchase tickets. It’s advance ticket purchases only (by October 31, 2014) because the chef needs an advance headcount.

FYI, our latest new news is that there is a bus leaving from Baltimore for those who would like to attend. Book with Renaissance Productions & Tours, 410.728.3837. That information is on the website
as well.

I’m excited, it’s going to be edgy and interactive — and this Theater Company is ripe and ready to take this show on the road — to You, if you so desire.

But a perfect way to see what we’re about is to come and see it with your own eyes! I’m sooooo hopeful you will be there, and that you’ll spread the good word!

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December 2014 Annapolis MWA Meeting With Kat Spitzer

Kat Spitzer will be speaking December 17 at the Annapolis Chapter Meeting of the Maryland Writer’s Association on the topic of “Making a Book Trailer on a Budget”. She will discuss different avenues for doing a book trailer, the pros and cons of going with a professional company versus creating one on your own, and her own experiences with making a book trailer for her books.

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. However, for October, we meet in room 307. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

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Kat Spitzer is the author of The Happy Hypochondriac and the newly released The Happy Hypochondriac Survives World Travel. She also writes the humor blog by the same name, which you can find at her website, www.happyhypochondriac.com. She contributes nonfiction freelance pieces to magazines and blogs and writes a weekly sports column for The Capital Gazette. While the Happy Hypochondriac series of books is published by Apprentice House, she is also self publishing a compilation of Happy Hypochondriac “Musings” books of her most popular blog posts. The first of these, Musings on Family Life was released this summer. She is now working on a novel. Kat has a law degree, runs a small non-profit, and is the mother of two, wife of one. The word “hypochondriac” appears on all of her medical records.

Here is the book trailer forThe Happy Hypochondriac Survives World Travel:

Filed under: december speaker, humor writing, non-fiction writing, , ,

Book signing at Hard Bean, Annapolis city dock, with Kat Spitzer

Mark your calendars: Local author (and Annapolis MWA president) Kat Spitzer has a book signing at Hard Bean Coffee & Booksellers on November 2, 3:00 pm for her latest book The Happy Hypochondriac Survives World Travel.

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Julia Vickers will be the March 2015 speaker

Julia Vickers, a local area writer and filmmaker, will speak on March 18, 2015. Movies and novels talk to us about our culture and about ourselves. Join Julia Vickers, producer of the documentary Jungian Archetype in Film, to discuss classic novels and films that have endured. The Wizard of Oz, Frankenstein and film noir, are just a few to be discussed. The title of her talk will be Jungian Archetype in Film and Novels. 

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. However, for October, we meet in room 307. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

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Julia Vickers has been working in the Washington DC documentary community for over 15 years and has worked for PBS, WDCA and numerous independent documentaries. She is the author of Lou von Salome and The Fourth Fragment.

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video of Tom Glenn’s talk “Writing No-Accounts”

Tom gave a wonderful talk. Here are the videos, in 2 parts:

part 1:

part 2:

Here is a shot taken from that night:
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Book signing at Hard Bean, Annapolis city dock, with Gary Garth McCann

Local author Gary Garth McCann will be signing The Man Who Asked to Be Killed at the Hard Bean Cafe, Annapolis city dock, this Saturday and Sunday, Sep 20-21, from 10a-1pm. All are welcome!

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In addition, Sep 20th marks the release date for the paperback and all ebook formats of Gary’s novel, published by A Few Good Books Publishing, Annapolis. His entry for The Man Who Asked to Be Killed (under the title Privileged Communication) won the suspense/mystery/thriller category in the 2010 MWA novel contest.

 

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videos from Craig Schenning’s August 2014 talk

With profuse apologizes for the audio problems, here are the videos :

part 1:

Craig Schenning’s August 2014 talk to the Annapolis MWA, part 1 from wdj on Vimeo.

part 2:

Craig Schenning’s August 2014 talk to the Annapolis MWA, part 2 from wdj on Vimeo.

part 3:

(to be posted)

Filed under: August meeting, August speaker, marketing, MWA, non-fiction writing, self-publishing, Uncategorized, video

November 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Harrison Demchick

Harrison Demchick, novelist, screenwriter and developmental editor at Ambitious Enterprises, will speak November 19, 2014, to the Annapolis chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association.

The Skeleton in the Closet: What Film Structure Can Teach Us About Crafting Our Stories

The world of film is filled with comedy and drama, sci-fi and fantasy, thriller and romance, and everything in-between, but what many don’t realize is that nearly every film boils down to the same three-act structure. Novels and memoirs are different, based upon a less precise formula of inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement. But there’s a lot we can learn about general story structure by focusing on three-act film structure. This talk will explore what three-act structure teaches us about how and why stories are constructed, and how these lessons can be incorporated into our own writing.

Three things this presentation will teach you are:

  • How inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement are reflected in the precision of three-act screenplay structure.
  • What the precise location of plot points in film, specifically points of no return, can teach us about building a story through the principle of cause and effect.
  • Why the protagonist typically faces his lowest moment, sometimes called the all is lost moment, shortly before the climax in the third act—and why novels and memoirs can benefit from this approach as well.

About the speaker: Harrison Demchick came up in the world of small press publishing, working along the way on more than two dozen published novels and memoirs, several of which have been optioned for film. An expert in manuscripts as diverse as young adult, science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, literary fiction, women’s fiction, memoir, and everything in-between, Harrison is known for quite possibly the most detailed and informative editorial letters in the industry—if not the entire universe.

Harrison is also an award-winning, twice-optioned screenwriter, and the author of literary horror novel The Listeners (Bancroft Press, 2012). He’s currently accepting new clients in fiction and memoir at Ambitious Enterprises.

Filed under: fiction writing, MWA, november speaker, screenwriting

Pics from Ally Machate’s July talk

Ally from Ambitious Enterprises gave a great talk on July 16th and here are a few shots from the event.

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Filed under: fiction writing, july speaker, MWA, non-fiction writing

videos from Michael Hughes’ June 2014 talk

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Part 2:

Photos:
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Filed under: fiction writing, June meeting, MWA, video

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