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October at MWAA: Hometown Boy Rafael Alvarez Talks About His Writing Life

MWAA is proud to welcome Rafael Alvarez on Wednesday, October 19th at 6:30 p.m.

rafael-alvarezJournalist, author, screenwriter, member of the Seafarers International Union of North America: Rafael Alvarez has done it all, and he’ll be sharing some of those experiences with us.

Alvarez is a tireless chronicler of the under-represented, roving the streets of Baltimore with a disposable camera to collect faces and stories that emerge unpredictably throughout his work.

Come hear one of Baltimore’s favorite sons talk about working the city desk for the Baltimore Sun back in its heyday; writing his memoirs (Hometown Boy and Storyteller), short story collections (The Fountain of Highlandtown, Orlo and Leini, Tales from the Holy Land), and essays (Crabtown); and dealing with the unique–and often maddening–demands placed on Hollywood’s writers for large and small screens.

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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 6:30 p.m. in Room 205 of the Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Filed under: fiction writing, memoir, MWA, MWA Annapolis Chapter, non-fiction writing, October meeting, screenwriting, Uncategorized

September at MWAA: The Energy of Poetry with Grace Cavalieri

NOTE: The September 21st meeting will be held in Room 308 of the Maryland Hall.

As the host of radio’s “The Poet and the Poem” for the last 39 years, poet and playwright Grace Cavalieri has the distinction of having interviewed the  largest number of sitting poets laureate. MWA Annapolis is proud to host Grace for a poetry workshop at the September 21st meeting. She describes the workshop this way:

The poem asks for intuition, sensuality, thinking, and feeling. But this is not on our minds when we write. We only wish to recall a moment in time where someone is the hero of his/her own story. Who are the characters worth writing about in our lives? We’ll see them in detail before entering the poem: where they’re going, what they want. Your poem will catch them in a tiny moment of this journey. In this workshop, we’ll try samples of the poem through circumstance and story. Discover the elements of poetry. In this session you’ll see that YOU ARE WRITING POETRY. And together, we will find the energy that allows this magnificent journey.

Be sure to bring your laptop, tablet, or pen and paper!

Grace Cavalieri, June, 2014. Photo by Dan Murano Adobe RGB converted to sRGB.

Grace Cavalieri, June, 2014. Photo by Dan Murano.

About the Speaker: Grace Cavalieri’s new book is WITH (Somondoco Press 2016.) She’s the author of several books and produced plays, the most recent of which is, “Anna Nicole: Blonde Glory.” (Theatre for the New City, NYC 2012.) She celebrates 39 years on public radio with “The Poet and The Poem” now recorded at The Library of Congress. Grace’s career includes a co-founder of WPFW-FM; after that, Associate Director for Children’s Programming, PBS; and then a Senior Media Program Officer, NEH. She’s the founder of two poetry presses in DC, still thriving, and is presently the poetry columnist for The Washington Independent Review of Books. Grace was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from Washington Independent Review, and has also received the George Garrett Award from AWP for Service to Literature, the Allen Ginsberg, Paterson Award, Bordighera, and Columbia Poetry Awards, a Pen Fiction Award, and CPB’s Silver Medal.

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

Filed under: MWA Annapolis Chapter, poetry, September meeting, september speaker, writing workshop

Videos for Lauren Silberman’s talk, 2016-08-17

These videos are of of Lauren Silberman’s MWA Annapolis talk. For more details, please see annapolismwa.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/august-at-mwaa-bringing-local-history-to-life-with-lauren-silberman/

part 1:

part 2:

The sound is a bit rough. It was hot and humid outside and the AC was blasting.

Filed under: August meeting, non-fiction writing, Uncategorized

August at MWAA: Bringing Local History to Life with Lauren Silberman

lauren SilbermanJoin us on Wednesday, 17 August 2016 as local author Lauren Silberman takes us on a journey through her work to capture the quirky stories of local Maryland history. Lauren plans to share the research methods she uses, such as networking/crowdsourcing, databases, primary vs. secondary sources, bibliographies, googling, interviews, how much can be found for free, and determining the academic value of a source.

About the Speaker: Lauren R. Silberman is the author of local histories, including Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State (History Press, 2015), Wicked Baltimore: Charm City Sin and Scandal (History Press, 2011), and The Jewish Community of Baltimore (Arcadia Publishing, 2008). She serves as the deputy director of Historic London Town and Gardens, a 23-acre museum and gardens just outside of Annapolis, MD. Previously, she was a program officer for the American Alliance of Museums in Washington, DC and the education and program coordinator for the Jewish Museum of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. She has served on the boards of the Small Museum Association and Friends of the Greenbelt Museum. She has a B.A. in painting and art history from George Washington University and has completed graduate work towards a MSM in Management with a specialization in Nonprofit and Association Management from University of Maryland, University College. Currently she lives in Greenbelt with her husband and a forthcoming son. Learn more about her at www.lsilberman.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, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Filed under: August meeting, historical research, MWA Annapolis Chapter, non-fiction writing

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!

21 September 2016: The Energy of Poetry – A Workshop with Grace Cavalieri

19 October 2016: Rafael Alvarez, Baltimore’s Own Hometown Boy

16 November 2016: To Be Announced

21 December 2016: Open House

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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

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 well-rounded 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: –Vacant–
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 Clarkson
Treasurer: Linda Wood

 

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

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.

Filed under: Uncategorized

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, ,

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