July 17, 2019 at MWA Annapolis 7pm

Overlapping Fundamentals: An Interview With A Playwright
Dylan Roche’s professional background as a teacher, journalist and editor, published novelist, as well as actor and director brings a well-rounded perspective on his experiences as a playwright. This interactive and lively presentation will be focused on the differences and similarities playwriting has with other types of writing. Dylan will also be presenting on character development for a play, creating dialogue, and story structure, as well as what to do with a play once it’s written. Join us for an interesting discussion about a genre of writing that shares many overlapping fundamentals any writer will appreciate and, hopefully, find encouraging. 
Dylan Roche
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June 19, 2019 at Annapolis MWA: What is Artifact Literature?

Prose is written in a series of paragraphs. Poems, in a series of lines, stanzas. But is that it? Not if writers have anything to say about it. In the last ten years, great works of literature have been told via lists, Power Points, tweet storms, hotel reviews, recommendation letters, emails, YouTube comments, gifs—you name it. Actually, the first novels ever written were made-up diary entries. One of the best poems published last year was a flowchart. The number of forms that writing can take is endless.

Tyler Barton and Erin Dorney of Fear No Lit will present about how great literature takes the form of everyday artifacts all around us. Specifically, they’ll present about their 2018 piece, The Hidden Museum, where they wrote fictional art labels and had them installed at the Susquehanna Museum of Art.

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Tyler Barton is the co-founder of Fear No Lit, the organization responsible for Page Match and the 2017 Submerging Writer Fellowship. He’s the author of the flash fiction chapbook, The Quiet Part Loud, which won the 2017 Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest and will be published this winter by Split Lip Press. This past Fall, he attended the Anne LaBastille Writing Residency in the Adirondacks, where he finished his full-length story manuscript, Get Empty. Stories from that manuscript are forthcoming from Subtropics, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Meridian, and Paper Darts. Find more at tsbarton.com, or reach out at @goftyler.
Erin Dorney is the author of I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems after Shia LaBeouf (Mason Jar Press, 2018). She is the recipient of a 2017 Artist Career Development Grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation; a 2017 Emerging Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center; a 2016 Spruceton Inn Artist Residency; and was the first Modern Worker: Writer in Residence at Modern Art in Lancaster, PA. Erin’s recent projects include “Cento Box” for Container’s Multitudes series; “The Hidden Museum, 2018”, a collaborative conceptual art installation on display at the Susquehanna Art Museum; and “Dystopia Erased”, a literary erasure installation featured as part of Made Here: Future, an urban walking gallery in the West Downtown Minneapolis Cultural District. Erin is cofounder of FEAR NO LIT and volunteers with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

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 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org https://annapolismwa.wordpress.com/

May 15, 2019 at MWA Annapolis Chapter: Susan Cohen’s Point of View Workshop

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Susan Cohen will lead a Point of View Writing Workshop May 15, 2019

Imagine a scene, any scene ordinary or extraordinary. Perhaps it is a quiet moment at the local supermarket when a toddler in a shopping cart grabs a glass ketchup bottle while the parents aren’t watching.  The bottle smashes to the floor and the child begins to cry and the parents begin to accuse each other of not watching the child more carefully, and a woman strolling by gets ketchup splashed on her new white dress, and the store manager has to find someone to mop up on aisle eight, and so on.  Whose point of view do you follow?  What point of view keeps your story alive? How close or faraway are you to the scene? What happens when you write the story from a Second Person point of view rather than a First Person Peripheral or Third Person Objective point of view?

This workshop asks participants to explore point of view using two of their own characters. Participants should come to class with a list of character traits for each character and be ready to set those characters in motion. The setting and point of view will be determined and explored during the workshop. Bring your pencil and notepad.

Susan A. Cohen Ph.D. is co-editor with Julie Dunlap of Coming of Age at the End of Nature: A Generation Faces Living on a Changed Planet (Trinity University Press, 2016), co-editor with Florence Caplow of Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-Based Writing (University of Utah Press, 2010), editor of Shorewords: A Collection of American Women’s Coastal Writings (University of Virginia Press, 2003. She has published short fiction and poetry, nonfiction essays. Her can be found in Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together (MIT Press, 2012), Women Writing Nature: A Feminist View (Lexington Books, 2008), Early American Nature Writers: A Biographical Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2007). Cohen is a Professor of English and the Coordinator of Creative Writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She earned her M.A with an emphasis in Creative Writing and Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Maryland.

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 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org, annapolismwa.wordpress.com/.

 

April 17, 2019 at MWA Annapolis: Pitching your Story to Agents and Publishers

Mary Stojak

Join us and Speaker Mary Stojak, April 17, 2019 at 7pm  to learn more about writing a pitch? What information should you include in a query letter? What about a synopsis? Long time MWA member, Mary Stojak will provide insight into the query letter that will make an agent or publisher want to see more. She would be happy to make suggestions about any query letters that members would like to bring.

Mary Stojak (aka M.P.Stojak and Mary Glennie) writes the occasional short story and novels, mystery and otherwise, with a paranormal twist. She’s never written one about the music world even though she’s been known to play flute professionally off and on through the years. Maybe next year? Mary’s a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She received her Masters in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University and has taught creative writing at the community college level as well as coordinating the MWA Carroll County Critique Group.

March at MWAA: Shaping the Story of You: From Memories to Memoir

March 20th at 7pm join us and speaker Susan Moger as she will give the presentation “Shaping the Story of You: From Memories to Memoir”.  If you are writing to release your memories, distill their meaning, and shape them into stories, this can be the most surprising and meaningful writing you will ever do. But first it’s necessary to subdue the critical side of your brain that can second guess you into silence. Drawing on ten years of teaching autobiographical and memoir writing, Susan will lead exercises designed to distract the internal critic, and others to coax out the memories in everyday “things”—papers, old photos, books, recipes, tools, clothing, music, scents, and tastes.

She will also share strategies for finding patterns in the stories of your life and discuss the ways memoir authors such as Wayne Karlin, Eudora Welty, Tara Westover, and Frank McCourt shaped their published memoirs: Rumors and Stones, One Writer’s Beginnings, Educated, and Angela’s Ashes.

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Susan’s novel Of Better Blood (Albert Whitman, 2016) was inspired by a family story; her published short fiction and poetry is rooted in family settings and events. “Life on Fire,” is her in-progress memoir of working for the New York Fire Department, in the 1980s. Her award-winning nonfiction book Teaching the Diary of Anne Frank was published by Scholastic in 2009. She has received an individual artist grant from the Maryland State Council on the Arts. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in The New York Times, The Bellevue Literary Review, Café Solo, and Texture.

Susan is a freelance editor and writer and an adjunct instructor of writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She has worked as a Senior Editor at Scholastic Inc. and was the first woman editor of the NY Fire Department’s training journal.

Learn more about Susan from her author page on Facebook, her Twitter account, @SusanMoger, and her website https://www.susanmoger.com/

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 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org, annapolismwa.wordpress.com/.

Postponed Due to Weather Conditions: February at MWAA: Between the Sheets- by Mary Bargteil

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Update 2-19-2019: Unfortunately, due to incoming Snow and Icy weather, we will have to reschedule Professor Bargteil’s presentation to another date. Please follow us on the Annapolis Chapter Facebook Page 
Join Us February 20, 2019 at 7 pm for Professor Mary Bargteil and her presentation of “Between the Sheets”.  Whether the scene calls for a young, first-time, sexual encounter between two lovers or the familiar gestures and deep knowledge of a couple who has been together for decades, the critical element is to address the intimacy of the relationship. We will begin by examining successful and disastrous examples, identifying effective techniques and pitfalls. Mary will lead the participants in exercises starting with the first brush of fingertips and escalating through complete consummation. We will address:  What do we call the body parts? When do we cut-away to waves landing on the beach? Assessing the reader’s sensibilities (and whether it matters).
Writers are encouraged to bring scenes with which they are struggling for sharing and critique. Whether you just want to dip your toes in the ocean or dive headlong into the surf, you will develop tools to take the reader into the scene.
Mary Bargteil, a finance and communications director for Consortiq, a drone company by day and an adjunct writing professor at night, is published in short story, novella, and poetry. Graduated summa cum laude with a M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publication Arts, her poetry has appeared in Gargoyle,The Light Ekphrastic, Scribble, Welter, Brown Bag Literary Magazine, Scorched Earth, and Octopus Dreams. She also taught creative writing and memoir courses at Anne Arundel Community College and at other private institutions for over a decade.
Most recently, she has been writing social media postings, press releases, and blog entries for Consortiq. She hopes to move to Colorado someday and establish a non-profit called The Madhatter School of Writing and Book Design. Till then, she resides in Arnold, Maryland, with her dog and kayak. She writes about writing, teaching, social media, and her adventures on two blogs: www.gypsyforhire.blogspot.com and http://demetersden.blogspot.com/  .
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 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org, annapolismwa.wordpress.com/.

December at MWAA: Open Mic Night!

This is always a crowd favorite, so be a part of the fun and excitement — start practicing now!

 

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Cliff Lynn reads at the June 2018 Open Mic Night.

Join us on Wednesday, 19 December at 7:00 p.m. for open mic night. (Well, technically, we don’t have a microphone, so you’ll need to bring your big, room-filling speaking voice). This is your chance to read from your published or unpublished, finished or in-progress work in front of a friendly group of supportive people. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for you to bring a friend or two along for that extra measure of camaraderie.

How to prepare:
Pick a passage that you feel represents your work well.
— Make sure that your reading is no more than five minutes. You’ll be surprised at how short the passage is on the page!
— Plan to spend a little of your time putting the reading in context for your audience. Briefly explain what your listeners need to know to understand what you’re reading.
— Practice–with a timer! Get to the point where you can look up and make eye-contact with your audience, and make sure you’re reading clearly and with feeling.
— Let me know that you’d like to participate by sending email to jenny@jbyacovissi.com. You can change your mind later to join in or opt out. There will also be an opportunity to sign up at the meeting.

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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 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org, annapolismwa.wordpress.com/.

Getting Your Foot in the Door: Publishing in Literary Magazines

Want to submit your work to magazines but don’t know how? Then join us on Wednesday, January 16 when Meg Eden will visit MWA to teach us all the secrets to getting published in literary magazines. In this workshop, we’ll talk about what literary magazines are, what editors are looking for in submissions, have a “translation” exercise, tips on how to get the most out of a lit mag, and the secrets to writing a great cover letter to get an editor’s attention. The skills you learn in this session can easily apply to other publication realms, including writing to agents and editors of small book presses. All participants will receive a complimentary magazine of their choice.

meg_edenAbout the Speaker: Meg Eden’s work is published or forthcoming in magazines including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO and CV2. She teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She has five poetry chapbooks, and her novel “Post-High School Reality Quest” is published with California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Find her online at www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal.

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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. Unless otherwise noted, we meet the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information, visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

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 meet the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, unless otherwise noted. Get out and mingle with your fellow writers to listen, learn, and discuss all things writing-related!

19 December 2018: Open Mic Night!

16 January 2019: Getting Your Foot in the Door: Publishing in Literary Magazines

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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. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

November at MWAA: The Importance of Names — *Note Non-Standard Meeting Day*

PLEASE NOTE: This meeting is one week earlier than normal.

How much thought do you give the names of your fictional characters? Names of characters and places evoke feelings and images, and help to set time period, locale,  ethnicity, even genre.

Make plans to join us on Wednesday, November 14th at 7 p.m. — note this is the second Wednesday of November — when debut author Andrew McDowell discusses the importance of selecting (or creating) names for characters, as well as fictional settings and and other elements of your stories. He’ll walk through key factors to consider, including genre, setting, and character profiling such as ethnic and religious backgrounds, as well as ways to make sure names are easy to pronounce and easily distinguishable from one another to avoid character confusion.

Andrew 2About the Speaker: Andrew McDowell is the author of the YA fantasy novel Mystical Greenwood. He also writes poetry and creative nonfiction. He won second place in the 2014 MWA literary contest for his essay on his experiences with Asperger syndrome, and is an associate nonfiction editor for the literary magazine JMWW. To learn more about Andrew and his writing, visit his website and blog at andrewmcdowellauthor.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. MWAA typically meets the third Wednesday of every month–though we’re meeting on the second Wednesday in November–at 6:30pm in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.