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MWAA Welcomes Austin Camacho in May

MWA Annapolis is thrilled to welcome the always-engaging Austin Camacho to our monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 pm. Austin plans to help us with some writing exercises, as he explains:

Every writer needs a little inspiration now and then, but how do we jumpstart our imaginations? I find writing exercises helpful for working those creative mental muscles. In this class, I’ll walk attendees through a few simple spontaneous writing exercises showing how you can create a story from random words, pictures, or situations to get the practice that sharpens both your wordcraft and your creativity.

Bring your writing instrument of choice and plan to have some fun!

Austin CamachoAbout the Speaker: Austin S. Camacho is the author of six novels about Washington, D.C.-based private eye Hannibal Jones, five in the Stark and O’Brien international adventure-thriller series, and the detective novel Beyond Blue. His short stories have been featured in several anthologies, including Dying in a Winter Wonderland – an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Top Ten Bestseller for 2008 – and he is featured in the Edgar-nominated African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey.

Austin is also editorial director for Intrigue Publishing, a Maryland small press, and is deeply involved with the writing community. He is a past president of the Maryland Writers Association, past Vice President of the Virginia Writers Club, and is an active member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime.

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This and all meetings are 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 MWA Annapolis chapter meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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MWAA Calendar of Events

Annapolis MWA logoBe sure to mark your calendar with all the great presentations and writing workshops that MWA Annapolis has lined up in the coming months. We always meet the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 in Room 205 at Maryland Hall. Now that the weather is warming up, shake off those winter doldrums and plan to get out and mingle with your fellow writers to listen, learn, and discuss all things writing related!

 

18 May 2016: Austin Camacho, Writing Exercises

15 June 2016: Izolda Trahktenberg, Speak Your Words

20 July 2016: Teri Winslow, Book Critic and Editor

17 August 2016: Lauren Silberman, Wild Women of Maryland

21 September 2016: Grace Cavalieri, Poetry Editor for WIRoB

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All meetings are 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. MWAA meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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Video of James L Gossard’s talk

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March 2016 at MWAA: James Gossard discusses his graphic novel MOBTOWN

In 1817, German Romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffman (1776 – 1822) wrote the short story “The Sandman”. Hoffman was in the vanguard of the short story movement. He did not anticipate that nearly two hundred years later his work would be the inspiration for a 1959 mobster graphic novel, Mobtown. On the eve of the release of Issue One, James will discuss the journey of his short story “The Enchantress” as it transformed from a pastiche into the graphic novel Mobtown, which also paused briefly in an adaptation as a screenplay. James will peel away the layers of the creative process and venture (the good, the bad, and the ug… er, beautiful). He’ll share the business model that has wrapped itself around what can loosely be labeled as a collaborative, creative franchise property. If you’ve ever wanted to create a graphic novel or wondered just what that beast is, James offers a lively presentation. And he’ll take all questions!

Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 5.15.29 PMAbout the Speaker: James Gossard was just on location in the Central Valley of California working as the Script and Continuity Supervisor for the indie film The Drama Club, which wrapped principal photography in September 2015. More recently, he’s co-authored a sci-fi short film, Apocalypse in 9-8, which will be produced in 2016.

Besides penning graphic novels and screenplays, James owns a company that consults and writes for businesses and provides business advice to artists. He created and hosts the web series Writer, write thyself!, which explores topics of interest in the writer’s life. He regularly leads screenwriting workshops that focus on building a screenwriter’s toolbox and understanding the elements that create a rich story in film. His workshops have been held locally at Balticon and for Women in Film & Video in Washington DC. He has also served as a screenplay judge.

Other projects include a rewrite of his Cory McCabe young adult novels, beginning with Grizzly Heart. He is also developing a volume of poetry, James Leslie on James Leslie. James also writes for stage. As a playwright, his plays have been produced and have received multiple awards, including the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award.

James studied creative writing at the University of Montana and received his M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of Women in Film & Video, Maryland Film Festival, and The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. James lives with his wife Ann in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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This and all meetings are 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 MWA Annapolis chapter meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Filed under: fiction writing, graphic novel, March speaker, marketing, MWA Annapolis Chapter, publication

February 2016 at MWAA: Katherine Pickett Talks Editors and Editing

Plan to join us on Wednesday, 17 February, when award-winning writer and editor Katherine Pickett explains what we need to know to make the very best use of crucial editing resources.

Editors: Who They Are, What They Do, and How They Can Help You

If you plan to publish your work, whether by publishing it yourself or by finding a publisher, you will most likely seek the help of an editor. But what can an editor really do for you? What makes an editor an editor, and how can you be sure you have found a good one?

In this presentation, veteran editor Katherine Pickett will give you the inside scoop on

  • The types of editors you may be working with
  • What qualifies someone to be an editor
  • How to find and hire the right editor for you
  • What your role is when working with an editor
  • How you can save time and money throughout the editing process
© 2013 | Kristina Sherk Photography | www.Kristinasherk.com

© 2013 | Kristina Sherk Photography | http://www.Kristinasherk.com

pickett-PerfectBound-cov1-600x900About the Speaker: Katherine Pickett is the owner of POP Editorial Services, LLC (www.POPediting.net), and the author of the award-winning book Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro. Through POP, Katherine offers copyediting, proofreading, and developmental editing to authors and publishers across the country. Since 1999, she has edited more than 300 books in a wide range of topics and genres. She is an active member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and the St. Louis Publishers Association and is president of the Montgomery County chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association. You can find her blog at http://www.thePOPnewsletter.com. Twitter: @KPickett_Editor.

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This and all meetings are 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 MWA Annapolis chapter meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Filed under: editing, February meeting, publication, self-publishing, writing workshop

Video and slides from Izolda Trakhtenberg’s talk

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Follow along yourself with these slides: trakhtenberg_FlashYourFiction_slides2016

Many thanks to Izolda for the great presentation!

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January 2016 at MWAA: Flash Your Fiction

To start the new year off right, at our 20th January meeting we’ll get our creative juices flowing with this interactive workshop from Izolda Trakhtenberg. Don’t miss it!

Flash Your Fiction!

What comes first–dialogue, characters, plot, or setting? Any of these can inspire us to create or present stumbling blocks to putting words on a page. What would happen if we removed the need for determining who, what, and where? What if someone handed them to us? Would our writing process change? How would we find creative ways to integrate potentially unrelated items into a cohesive tale? To achieve this, we must free our imaginations and think differently.

To access our creative fire, we will use prompts discussed during a brainstorming session to spark our creativity and blast through any obstacles during this writing workshop.

The brainstorming session will include:

  • Incorporating objects, locations, and characters into micro-stories or poems
  • Writing compelling dialogue
  • Focusing on characterization
  • Focusing on plot development and resolution

The writing workshop will include:

  • Attendees producing three short pieces
  • Presenting our pieces and processes in a supportive environment

Be sure to bring a pen and paper, laptop, tablet, or other favorite writing implement to this interactive workshop!

IzoldaDualColorHeadShot Bio: Former MWA–Montgomery County chapter Vice President and author Izolda Trakhtenberg has conducted workshops and presentations for over 20 years. She released her first book, Life Elements: Transform Your Life with Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, in 2008. Her first book in the Fairy Godmother Diaries series, The Fiddler’s Talisman, was released in 2011. She is currently editing the second book in the series, “The Piano’s Key.”

In 2011, Izolda completed a flash fiction project where she wrote a micro-story from a prompt word every day for a year. She challenged herself to complete every story within one minute. The Sixty Second Story project resulted in 365 stories, some of which have been turned into film shorts. Find more about Izolda at http://IzoldaTWriter.com.

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This and all meetings are 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.

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December 2015 at MWAA: Polishing Your Work for Publication

Be sure to mark Wednesday, December 16th on your busy calendar! For MWAA’s last meeting of the year, we’ll be joined again by always-popular speaker Ally Machate, whose humorous, practical, and realistic writing advice helps us all to up our game.

Polishing Your Work for Publication

Each year, more than a million new titles are published by traditional and self-publishers. Every writer knows—or soon learns—that it takes multiple revisions to create a piece ready to compete for book buyers’ attention. This talk will introduce you to the most common problems that plague written works and offer simple ways to identify and resolve them in your own novel, short story, or memoir. You’ll receive tips on improving your work to keep readers’ attention, polishing your manuscript at the technical level, and getting objective feedback before you submit or go to press.

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 9.39.57 PMAbout the Speaker: Ally E. Machate is a bestselling book collaborator, award-winning editor, and expert publishing consultant who loves using her insider knowledge of the publishing industry and wealth of experience to help others reach their publishing goals, whether it’s showing a writer how to improve a manuscript, get an agent, or self-publish, or ghostwriting a book to help an entrepreneur skyrocket her business platform to new levels. Since 1999, she has assisted, guided, and supported would-be authors on their publishing journey and takes pride in serving as their books’ best ally. Grab Ally’s free gifts and learn more at www.thewritersally.com and www.allymachate.com.

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This and all meetings are 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 MWA Annapolis chapter meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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November 2015 Meeting: Members’ Read and Sale Night

Be sure to join us on Wednesday, 18 November for MWAA’s first-ever Members’ Read & Sale Night. This exciting event gives some of our chapter’s published authors the opportunity to read from their work, and gives the rest of us the opportunity to buy autographed copies of their work–just in time for the holidays! (Books make great gifts, and books signed by the author with an inscription to the recipient make the very best gifts.)

We have a wonderful line-up, so you won’t want to miss it! Here are our readers:

headshot J.C. Elkin (side view) Jane Elkin: Jane teaches English as a Second Language for AACC and is the founder of the Broadneck Writers’ Workshop and author of World Class: Poems Inspired by the ESL Classroom, recently featured on Delmarva Today: Writers’ Edition. Her poetry and prose have appeared in dozens of journals, domestic and foreign, including The Delmarva Review, Kestrel, Kansas City Voices, Ducts, and Off the Coast. Visit Jane’s website.

Charles Ota HellerCharles Ota Heller: Charlie’s career has consisted of six phases: engineer, educator, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, management consultant, and author. Today, he is President of Annapolis Capital Group, a management consulting and investment firm. He is the author of two memoirs: Prague: My Long Journey Home (2011) and Name-Droppings:Close Encounters with the Famous and Near-Famous (2013). He is an internationally recognized lecturer on entrepreneurship, venture capital and corporate venturing, and he was a freelance writer and columnist for more than 20 years. His first memoir was translated into Czech and published by Mladá Fronta in April 2011. He is writing two additional memoirs. Visit Charlie’s website.

Rick HinkmeyerRick Hinkemeyer: R.J. Hinkemeyer is the author of the Minnesota Mystery series including When Waters Wept and Snow Cover, which is being released this month. Several of his earlier mysteries won novel contests sponsored by the Maryland Writers Association. An Army veteran and former Federal official, he lives with his family in southern Maryland. Visit Rick’s author page at Amazon.com.

Kristina von RosenvingeKristina von Rosenvinge: Kristina’s memoir, Escaping the Russian Bear, deals with her childhood in Estonia as it came under Russian occupation during World War II, and the path her family took to escape. She has a Masters in Social work and has many years of experience as a psychotherapist in Minnesota and Maryland. Kristina has also worked with Aboriginals and lectured in South Australia. She writes professionally and has published “Relationship Success: How to be Happy Together”. Kristina and her husband live in Annapolis and are the parents of 3 children and have six grandchildren. Visit Kristina’s web page at escapingtherussianbear.com.

Lee Chapman Head Shot 2015Lee Chapman: Lee  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.

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This and all meetings are 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 MWA Annapolis chapter meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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videos from Jenny Yacovissi’s October 2015 talk

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Jennifer Yacovissi, “Publishers, Publicists, and a Reading Public” MWA talk, part 1 from wdj on Vimeo.

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