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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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Photos:
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michael hughes

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

October 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – James Gossard

We are very happy to announce local area novelist, short story writer and screenwriter James Gossard will be our speaker for October 15, 2014.

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He will talk about the differences between narrative expression and screenwriting, with a discussion of subplots and subtext in film. A great talk on screenwriting but stay tuned for more details, to be added later.

Note: This meeting will be in room 307 and not room 205.

Filed under: interview, MWA, October speaker, screenwriting

videos from Yvonne Medley’s talk May 21, 2014

Here are the videos of Yvonne Medley’s very insightful talk.

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Some messages from her talk:

  • “Don’t edit yourself before anyone sees it. Your writing has to be as big as your story.”
  • “Just because the road is hard doesn’t mean your writing it’s worth it.”

See the videos for more!

The script for “August: Osage County” that Yvonne mentioned is available for download here.

Here is the contest Ynonne mentioned in her talk:

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Good luck!

Filed under: fiction writing, May speaker, MWA, screenwriting, video

September 2014 meeting with Tom Glenn

Local writer Tom Glenn will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on September 17th, at 6:30pm. The title of his talk is “Writing No-accounts”, about his latest novel and readings from it. Published by Apprentice House in March, 2014, the book recounts in fiction the grueling work of helping AIDS victims at the beginning of the epidemic in the mid-1980s. Glenn, who is straight, worked with seven patients—all gay, all died. “My job,” Glenn says, “was not to judge. My job was to help men die.”
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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: www.marylandwriters.org.

About the author: Tom Glenn has worked as an intelligence operative, a musician, a linguist (seven languages), a cryptologist, a government executive, a care-giver for the dying, a leadership coach, and, always, a writer. Glenn’s fiction has dealt largely with Vietnam where he spent the better part of thirteen years as an undercover intelligence operative. His best-known work is his Vietnam novel-in- stories, Friendly Casualties, published in 2012. The Baltimore Post-Examiner printed his story of the fall of Saigon and his role in it as a three-installment article in August and September 2013. He is also a reviewer for The Washington Independent Review of Books where he specializes in books on war and Vietnam. For more about Tom, see his website tom-tells-tales.org.

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Filed under: fiction writing, MWA, press release, september speaker

Video and a few pics from the 2014 Maryland Writers Conference

The organizers did a great job with the 2014 Maryland Writers’ Association Conference. Here are a few pics.

MWA President Paul Lagasse doing introductions for the keynote talk:

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Paul Lagasse

Screenwriter/novelist/journalist Rafael Alvarez giving his keynote address:

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Rafael Alvarez

Rafael Alvarez at a book signing:

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Rafael Alvarez signing books

Video of the keynote address:

Video of the masterclass:

Filed under: Annual MWA Meeting, fiction writing, MWA conference, non-fiction writing, screenwriting, video,

upcoming Writers Center classes by Randy Baker

Randy Baker, who spoke to the Annapolis chapter last February, has two upcoming classes at the Writer’s Center: Playwriting I, from May 6-June 10, and 24-hour Play Workshop, on June 7 and 8.

(Note from the webmaster: As a student of Randy’s I can assure you he is excellent. In fact, I’m signed up for Playwriting I:-)

For more information on this classes, click here.

Filed under: playwriting, screenwriting,

videos for April 2014 talk by John DeDakis

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John’s handout is here (pdf).

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John DeDakis

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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.

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: www.marylandwriters.org.
 
About the author: Before beginning his publishing business in 2006, Craig spent 25 years working as an environmental chemist. His last project focused on the destruction and neutralization of over 1,600 tons of mustard agent that was stored at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Edgewood, MD. When he’s not helping authors he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. For more information, see his website www.maplecreekmedia.com.

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

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