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September 2015 talk at the Annapolis MWA – Fred Tutman

Local writer and educator Fred Tutman will speak on September 16, 2015 on “Finding a Riverkeeper Voice, My personal journey into the heart and soul of community based watershed protection”. Years ago, the Annapolis Capital newspaper had a list of the most important people in Maryland. Whether by coincidence or not, Fred Tutman was listed first. He is a frequent blogger and writes columns for the EPA, Daily KOS, and the Bay Journal.

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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.

Bio: Fred Tutman is a grassroots community advocate for clean water in Maryland’s longest and deepest intrastate waterway and holds the title of Patuxent Riverkeeper and organization that he founded in 2004. He also lives and works on an active farm located near the Patuxent that has been his family’s ancestral home for nearly a century. Prior to Riverkeeping, Fred spent nearly 30 years working as a media producer and consultant on telecommunications assignments all over the globe, including a long stint working with and advising traditional healers in West Africa and coverage of the Falkands conflict in Argentina on assignment by the BBC. After late life sojourn into law school, Fred now teaches an adjunct course in Environmental Law and Policy at Historic St. Mary’s College of MD. In his spare time he does trail maintenance on the Appalachian Trail when not exploring the Patuxent River by kayak. Fred is the recipient of numerous regional and state awards for his various environmental works on behalf of communities He is among the longest serving Waterkeepers in the Chesapeake region and the only African-American Waterkeeper in the nation. For more information on his writings, see fredtutman.com.

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October 2015 talk at the Annapolis MWA – Jenny Yacovissi

Jenny Yacovissi, local writer and secretary of the Annapolis MWA chapter, will speak on October 21, 2015, about 1) working with a small press (no agent needed), 2) working with a publicist, and 3) getting your book reviewed by the review sites and newspapers.
 
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.

Bio: Jenny Yacovissi grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, just a bit farther up the hill from Washington, D.C. Her debut novel, Up the Hill to Home (Apprentice House Press, April 2015), is a fictionalized account of her mother’s family in the same region. In addition to writing and reading historical and contemporary literary fiction, Jenny is a reviewer forWashington Independent Review of Books and the Historical Novel Society. She owns a small project management and engineering consulting firm, and enjoys gardening and being on the water. Jenny lives with her husband Jim in Crownsville, Maryland. For more information, visit jbyacovissi.com.
Watch out for more details!

Filed under: fiction writing, October meeting,

January 2015 Annapolis MWA: Members’ Read and Sale Night

Be sure to join us on Wednesday, January 21st for the first-ever Annapolis Chapter MWA Members’ Read and Sale Night. For this event, four of our members will be reading from (and in one case singing) their published works, after which attendees will have the opportunity to browse, purchase, and have the authors autograph the publications. Our featured authors represent a wonderful variety of genres:
Mike Pace is a thriller writer and author of Dead Light and the recently published One to Go.  Of Dead Light, Kirkus Review states, “Pace crafts compelling characters in service to a thrilling plot with narrative riches.”
Leigh Goff is a young adult-genre author writing bewitching fiction. Her debut novel,Disenchanted, the story of a young witch trying to break a true love curse, is now available.
Jane Elkin is the founder of the Broadneck Writers’ Workshop and author of World Class: Poems Inspired By the ESL Classroom. Her poetry and prose have appeared in dozens of journals, both domestic and foreign, including Kestrel,Kansas City Voices, Ducts, and Off the Coast.
Lee Chapman wrote his first poems at age 15, but spent most of his life energy helping physicists smash atoms at Fermilab. Now he writes songs and poems in which he explores the continuum between serious and silly. Lee will both read some of his poems and perform a song from his CD.

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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July 2015 talk at the Annapolis MWA – Dave Pantzer

Local writer and teacher Dave Pantzer will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on July 15, 2015. The title of his talk is “Structured Writing: Making Rough Phrases Plain”. The “structured writing” approach provides guidelines to help writers tailor documents based on how their (often multiple) audiences will use them.  It gives a framework to help the writer consider the types of information she is providing, as well as guidance for the layout and ordering of that information.  Dave writes about the law, but these ideas may apply to a wide range of subjects and communication goals.

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

Bio:  Dave manages the Maryland People’s Law Library website (peoples-law.org), the Maryland Judiciary’s primary legal information and referral website, geared to the needs of self-represented litigants.  He also teaches undergraduate law at Towson University.  Dave’s prior work includes clerking for a Maryland trial judge and writing for the Social Security Administration.  Dave has an undergraduate degree in computer science, and experience teaching at a Chicago elementary school.

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June 2015 talk at the Annapolis MWA – Scott Morrow

Local writer, and creator of the long-running Annapolis Screenwriters Critique group, Scott Morrow will speak to the Annapolis chapter on June 17, 2015.

Title and topic: “Author manipulation and how to fix it”. More details to be added later!

Filed under: June meeting,

videos for Kat Spitzer’s talk on “Making a book trailer”

Part 1 is here:

Part 2 is here:

Enjoy!

Filed under: december speaker, humor writing, MWA, video

February 2015 talk to the Annapolis MWA – Fraser Smith

Added 2015–02-18: The Maryland Hall is going to close tonight due to the incoming snow storm. Fraser’s talk is therefore cancelled but it will be rescheduled and a new date will be posted soon! Apologies to all for the inconvenience and late notice.


Award-winning local area journalist and radio news host Fraser Smith will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on February 18th, 2015. The title of his talk is “Keep Typing!” and he will speak about the ultimate value of keeping at it. As Fraser says: “We’re all better than we think we are in our dark moments. You have to write and re-write and re-write.”

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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Fraser Smith has been in the news business for over 30 years. He has been with the The Baltimore Sun since 1977. In 1981, he moved to the newspaper’s Washington bureau and in 1983, he became the Sun’s chief political reporter. Currently, Fraser Smith is a Senior News Analyst at WYPR in Baltimore. More on Fraser’s biography can be found here.

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May 2015 talk at the Annapolis MWA – Paul Lagasse and Gary Lester

On May 20th, 2015, Paul Lagasse and Gary Lester will jointly give a presentation titled “Turn WordPress Into a Powerful Publishing Platform”. When most people think of WordPress, they think “blog.” But WordPress is much more than that. It is a powerful tool for easily managing web content — not just words, but also photos, video, podcasts, documents, and more. WordPress is also highly customizable, with a nearly infinite variety of themes and plugins to choose from. Find out how science fiction authors Paul Lagasse and Gary Lester customized WordPress to publish and promote their serial short stories and podcasts on Channel 37, and the tricks and tips they learned along the way. It will be for a non-expert audience.

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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.

Bio: Paul Lagasse is a freelance writer/editor based in Annapolis. He is the owner of Active Voice Writing & Editorial Services (www.avwrites.com), which provides marketing communications, technical writing, and project support services to the public and private sector. He is a past president of the Maryland Writers’ Association and also of its Baltimore chapter.
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Bio: Gary Lester is a Fantasy/Science Fiction novelist in Owings Mills. He has been involved with the MWA since 2003, when his first Novel, Ursula the Yellow,  won first place in the Fantasy category of the MWA Novel Contest. He has help treasurer, VP positions in both the state and Baltimore Chapters and was once the Baltimore Chapters President. He works with Ally Peltier in the management of MWA books and with Paul Lagasse with Channel 37 (channel-37.net).
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videos from Harrison Demchick’s talk

Harrison Demchick gave a great talk on screenwriting. The video was split into three parts.

part 1:

part 2:

part 3:

Enjoy!

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Gary Garth McCann will be the April 2015 speaker at the Annapolis MWA

Local writer Gary Garth McCann has agreed to speak April 2015. The title of his talk is “Why I Write” Gary says this about his talk:

I’ve collected enough rejections to paper my house. Only a crazy man would keep writing. Or an addict. “Don’t write unless you can’t not write,” said Elie Wiesel.
As drunk as I get on the process of writing, often the result has been like a bad hangover. What can we do to get our stories and novels publsihed? How can we get strangers to read them?

 

Naval Academy Emeritus Prof. Philip K. Jason recently reviewed Gary’s latest book, The Man Who Asked to Be Killed, for the Washington Independent Review of Books. Quoting briefly from Jason’s review:

In one scene, in which Buddy is held at gunpoint, he encounters a gray-haired man “as suave as a fundraiser.” Such small tough-guy delights pierce the brooding atmosphere of The Man Who Asked to Be Killed, establishing McCann as the innovator of what someday might be known as Maryland Noir.
 

Gary Garth McCann is the author of the crime noir novel The Man Who Asked to Be Killed, as well as four published short stories, the most recent The Yearbook in Mobius. He has been honored with the Maryland Writers’ Association first prize for suspense/mystery/thriller and first prize for short fiction.

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