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July Chapter Meeting: Writers Wanted for “Destination” Websites

Looking for opportunities to grow your social media network and expand your portfolio of published works? Of course you are! Then you need to come to our July chapter meeting to hear our speaker, Tony Russo, who is looking for writers to contribute on a regular basis to a set of websites aimed at drawing visitors to specific locales. Here is Tony’s overview:

I am the editor for a company that owns different destination websites, which we are in the process of developing. The principle sites that are either up and running or soon will be  are Annapolis.com, OceanCity.com, ShoreCraftBeer.com and WallopsIsland.org. The company also owns multiple state sites including Maryland.com, which we hope to develop over the coming year.

I would like to share my experience with writing for these popular websites, which has increased my social reach and profile. It has helped with book sales for sure, and I am confident that blogging for ShoreCraftBeer.com in particular gave me the credibility to get my first book contract.

Over the last several months, I have been experimenting with contributors to OceanCity.com and have noticed that they are doing well socially too. OceanCity.com has a massive following (more than 150,000 unique site users) for a site that is pretty niche, but the readership has responded positively to more lifestyle stories than I would have imagined.
My hope is to apply this model to Annapolis.com and, eventually, to Maryland.com. I would like to work to put together a collective of bloggers who use these sites as a way to boost their own work, as well as to support each other’s.

Although many of my current contributors are fiction writers, we have worked out a plan for channeling their creative energy into nonfiction, mainly journaling and travel writing. I workshop and edit and accept and refine pitches so that not only are writers doing better work than they would on their own, they also are getting positive feedback and experience working with an editor as one might in a newspaper. People may contribute as much or as little as they choose.

t_russoAbout the Speaker: Tony Russo has worked as a print and digital journalist for the better part of the 21st century, writing for and editing regional weeklies and dailies before joining the team that produces Annapolis.com and OceanCity.com, among other destination websites. In addition to having documented everything from zoning changes to art movements on the Delmarva Peninsula, Tony has written a couple books on beer culture for The History Press. He cohosts the writing podcast “So What’s Your Story?” and the beer culture podcast “Beer with Strangers.”

Tony lives in Delmar, Maryland with his wife, Kelly and the only of his four daughters who hasn’t moved out. Together they keep their two dogs comfortable.

Follow Tony at @Ossurynot on most social media, although he’s meanest on Twitter.

Filed under: Blogging, july speaker, non-fiction writing, publication

Your State and Chapter Officers

The new state board was elected on 11 June and began its two-year term on 1 July. We are thrilled to have a completely full slate of officers at the state level, and here they are:

President: Eileen Haavik Mcintire
Vice President: Janet Ruck
Secretary: Chip Trimmier
Treasurer: Kimberly Goon
Communications Chair: Rus VanWestervelt
Conference Chair: Jessica Williams
Program Chair: Michelle Markey Butler
Membership Chair: Stephanie Sarwal
Publications Chair: Kit O’Neill
Member-at-Large: Flo McCahon
Member-at-Large: Larry Matthews

For the Annapolis chapter, we are very excited to welcome two new officers this year, and we’re looking forward to a vibrant year of discussing, learning about, practicing, and reading lots of great writing! Your chapter officers are:

President & Program Director: Jenny Yacovissi
Secretary: Victoria ClarksonTreasurer: Linda Wood

 

Filed under: Annual MWA Meeting, Chapter Board, MWA Annapolis Chapter, State Board

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. Get out and mingle with your fellow writers to listen, learn, and discuss all things writing related!

 

15 June 2016: Izolda Trahktenberg, Speak Your Words + Chapter Elections

20 July 2016: Tony Russo, Contributors Wanted

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.

Filed under: Calendar of Events, MWA Annapolis Chapter

June 2016 at MWAA: Speak Your Words! + Chapter Elections

Be sure to join us on June 15th, when we’ll be holding chapter elections for the upcoming year; members must be present at the meeting to vote.

But the real draw is that popular workshop leader Izolda Trakhtenberg joins us again, this time to help us improve in reading our own work aloud.

Speak Your Words!

Authors have many avenues to share and promote their work: live readings, podcasts, audio books, book signings, interviews, and book trailers. Yet many authors hesitate to speak their words out loud. This presentation provides techniques to establish voice, character, reading flow, and the confidence to read aloud.

Learn ways to use your voice to improve and sell your writing!

Maryland voiceover artist and narrator Izolda Trakhtenberg introduces workshop participants to characterization and voicing for presenting their work out loud. This skill set applies to poetry as well as prose.

In this Presentation and Interactive Workshop, learn how to:

  • Start voicing and developing characters vocally
  • Apply proper breathing, projection, enunciation, inflection, and emotion when reading work aloud
  • Develop the confidence to bring out a nuanced and authentic reading

Please bring six to eight lines of your written work to read aloud. Dialogue is preferable. Also bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated.

About the Speaker:

IzoldaDualColorHeadShotWith over twenty years of experience working with clients like NASA, the National Geographic Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Izolda Trakhtenberg specializes in narration, audiobooks, foreign languages (Russian and Spanish), characters, and accents. She just completed her most recent audiobook project, “The Ghost Next Door: A Love Story” for best-selling author Ginny Baird. Her next audiobook projects will be her own two books, “The Fiddler’s Talisman” and “Life Elements: Transform Your Life with Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.”

She recently narrated online coursework for Project Head Start and the NASA movie, “Breathable: NASA Monitors Our Changing Air Quality.” She is also a music teacher and has a great deal of experience teaching people how to sing and how to speak in public. She presents her “Work in Harmony” team building and creativity workshops to corporations all over the country. She helps participants develop the confidence to communicate, build community, and share their work in a meaningful and masterful way. Visit her website at http://IzoldaT.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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Videos for Austin Camacho’s talk, 2016-05-18

Austin Camacho gave a talk entitled “Writing Exercises”. Since there were some dead times when everyone was writing, I edited those parts out.

part 1

part 2

 

Filed under: fiction writing, May speaker, MWA, MWA Annapolis Chapter, video

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.

Filed under: May speaker, MWA Annapolis Chapter, writing workshop, ,

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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Part 2 (note: for copyright reasons, several minutes were cut from part 2, but the corresponding topic can be found in the slides linked to below):

Part 3:

Follow along yourself with these slides: trakhtenberg_FlashYourFiction_slides2016

Many thanks to Izolda for the great presentation!

Filed under: fiction writing, January meeting, January speaker, MWA Annapolis Chapter, video, writing workshop

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