Special Event, 12/16: Bullet Journaling

There will be no meeting on Wednesday, 20 December.

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Laura Shovan leads a “Bullet Journaling” workshop on 12/16.

In place of our normal monthly meeting, we’ll instead be visiting the Eastport-Annapolis Neck library on Saturday, 16 December from 2:00-4:00 p.m. to participate in a Bullet Journaling workshop with Laura Shovan. Laura is the Maryland State Arts Council Artist-in-Residence in Poetry, the author of The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary (Wendy Lamb Books/Random House), and the host of the popular Howard County-based Wilde Readings reading series.

Here’s how she describes the workshop: “First draft finished but struggling to stay on track with revisions? Heard about bullet journaling but a little overwhelmed? Come learn how to use bullet journal techniques to help organize your revision notebook. I’ll share different methods I’ve used to organize my revisions and give you the tools to set up your own revision journal for your work in progress. This is a free hands-on workshop. Please bring a notebook and pens/pencils/markers. Be ready to brainstorm!”

Address: Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library, 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403
Phone: 410-222-1770

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November at MWAA: Debut Authors Panel

3 debut authorsMost aspiring authors have a ton of questions about what it takes to get a book-length project published. Now is your chance to ask all those questions of three debut authors whose books have come out in the last year. Join MWA members Lisa Hillman, Ted Weber, and Sally Whitney, along with moderator Jenny Yacovissi, to talk about their various paths to publication, experiences with the process, and all the many lessons they’ve learned of what worked well and what they would do differently if they had it to do over again.

About the Panelists:

red jacket head shotLisa Hillman is the former President of the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation and a former broadcast journalist. She is a board member of Pathways and Samaritan House, programs that serve addicts. A frequent contributor to area magazines, Lisa lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband Richard and greyhound Harry. She is the proud mother of two children, Heidi and Jacob. Secret No More, her first book, was published in 2017. Learn more about Lisa, her blogs and speaking engagements at www.lisahillmanauthor.com

Ted and macaw 2Ted Weber has pursued writing and music since childhood, and learned filmmaking and screenwriting in college, along with a little bit of physics. His first published novel, a near-future cyberpunk thriller titled Sleep State Interrupt, was nominated as a finalist for the 2017 Compton Crook Award. Mr. Weber is working on two sequels and several other books. By day, Mr. Weber works as an ecologist for a non-profit organization and has had a number of scientific papers and book chapters published. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Karen. He enjoys traveling and has visited all seven continents. Find out more about the book at savethereefs.wixsite.com/sleepstateinterrupt.

Sally Whitney color photo for webAlthough Sally Whitney has spent most of her adult life in northern and midwestern states, her imagination lives in the South, the homeland of her childhood. Her debut novel Surface and Shadow, released in 2016, tells the story of a young wife and mother who risks her marriage and her husband’s career to find out what really happened in the suspicious death of a mill owner in a small North Carolina town. Sally’s short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Best Short Stories from the Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest 2017. She blogs at her website, SallyWhitney.com, and at LateLastNightBooks.com, a blog for readers of fiction.

Jenny YacovissiPanel moderator Jenny Yacovissi is the President of MWAA and the chair of the 2017/2018 Washington Writers Conference. She writes a monthly column for the Washington Independent Review of Books (WIRoB) and is a frequent reviewer for both WIRoB and the Historical Novels Review of the Historical Novel Society. Her debut novel, Up the Hill to Home, published in 2015, follows four generations of a family in Washington, DC between the Civil War and the Great Depression. You can find her blog at jbyacovissi.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 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/.

October 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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Andrew McDowell reads from his upcoming novel, Mystical Greenwood, at the 2016 MWA Annapolis Open Mic Night.

Join us on Wednesday, 18 October 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/.

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 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall. Get out and mingle with your fellow writers to listen, learn, and discuss all things writing related!

 

18 October 2017: It’s Open Mic Night — Start Practicing Now!

15 November 2017: Debut Novelist Panel

20 December 2017: No meeting in December — Happy Holidays!

17 January 2018: Flash Fiction Exercises

21 February 2018: Ghostwriting: Secret and Not-So-Secret Collaboration

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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.

photo/video from “An Evening with Rafael Alvarez”

Many thanks to Rafael Alvarez for the great talk!

Some photos:

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Video, part 1/3:

Rafael Alvarez, MWA talk, part 1/3 from fablestofilm on Vimeo.

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Rafael Alvarez, MWA talk, part 2/3 from fablestofilm on Vimeo.

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Rafael Alvarez, MWA talk, part 3/3 from fablestofilm on Vimeo.

 

 

September at MWAA: Rafael Alvarez Returns!

Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 10.14.40 PMMWA Annapolis is honored once again to welcome acclaimed storyteller Rafael Alvarez, who’ll be visiting us at the Maryland Hall on Wednesday, September 20th, at 7:00 p.m. This Baltimore legend — veteran Baltimore Sun City Desk reporter, author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, screenwriter on the acclaimed HBO series The Wire — will be joining us just two days after the release of his most recent book, Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown. This also marks twenty years since the release of his debut story collection, The Fountain of Highlandtown.

Screen Shot 2017-08-23 at 10.13.53 PMRafael will be talking with us about why we write, what we write, and how we need to keep writing. He’ll read from Boullosa to illustrate idea development and execution. Rafael’s visits with MWA are always a crowd favorite–come ready to think and discuss.

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This and all meetings of the Annapolis chapter of the Maryland Writers Association is held the third Wednesday of the month starting at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 (for August, Room 117B) of the Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD. Meetings are free to MWA members and all first-time attendees; all others may pay $5. To find out more about MWA, visit the website at: http://marylandwriters.org/index.php?bypassCookie=1

August at MWAA: Working with a Publicist

(NOTE: For the August meeting, we will meet in room 117B of the Maryland Hall.)

You’ve written a great book, you’ve even figured out your path to publication; now you need to let the world know you’ve got something it wants. But how? Many new authors imagine that having a publisher means having a marketing budget, and are disappointed to find out this is rarely the case. Generally, authors need to shoulder the responsibility for getting themselves and their books known. This is where a publicist comes in. Join us on Wednesday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m. to learn from Jill Bernstein what a publicist does and how you as an author can work with one most effectively.

Jill BernsteinAbout the Speaker: Jill Bernstein has worked in book publicity and marketing in New York City and Washington, D.C. for more than 20 years. After working as a copywriter at Simon & Schuster, a writer-editor at American University, and marketing manager at the Brookings Institution Press, she started Jill Bernstein Communications in 2004, which specializes in PR and marketing for books and the arts. Jill has worked on campaigns for authors of all kinds, from first-time authors to best-selling authors and many in between. She has worked on fiction and nonfiction from small presses, large publishing houses, and occasionally self-published. She has also organized and promoted book series and literary festivals for venues such as The Hay-Adams and the DCJCC. Having worked both in-house and as a freelancer/consultant, Jill has a wealth of experience to share.

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This and all meetings of the Annapolis chapter of the Maryland Writers Association is held the third Wednesday of the month starting at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 (for August, Room 117B) of the Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD. Meetings are free to MWA members and all first-time attendees; all others may pay $5. To find out more about MWA, visit the website at: http://marylandwriters.org/index.php?bypassCookie=1

July at MWAA: The Interrupted Writer

**NEW TIME** Starting in July, meetings will now be held from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Many of us these days are coming back to writing seriously after gaps of many years, or are attempting to fit our writing into the spaces left by full-time jobs, family commitments, and the general busyness of daily life. How do you carve out the focused time to develop and hone your writing skills? How do you even find the story that you want to tell?

Join us on Wednesday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Maryland Hall to hear National Book Award finalist Ellen Prentiss Campbell discuss making art when there are more reasons to stop than to keep going. She’ll discuss her path to successful publication as she navigated through job and family.EllenCampbell-Headshots-0032

About the Speaker: Ellen Prentiss Campbell’s (www.ellencampbell.net) debut novel The Bowl with Gold Seams (Apprentice House Press) was inspired by the detainment of Japanese diplomats at a Pennsylvania hotel in 1945. Her story collection Contents Under Pressure (Broadkill River Press) was nominated for The National Book Award. Ellen is a contributing editor to The Fiction Writers Review. She lives in Washington, D.C. and is a practicing psychotherapist. Her website is http://www.ellencampbell.net. The novel trailer is at http://bit.ly/1S814g0

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This and all meetings of the Annapolis chapter of the Maryland Writers Association is held the third Wednesday of the month starting at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 of the Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD. Meetings are free to MWA members and all first-time attendees; all others may pay $5. To find out more about MWA, visit the website at: http://marylandwriters.org/index.php?bypassCookie=1

June at MWAA: Be a Social Media Superstar!

(NOTE: June’s meeting will be held in Room 211 of Maryland Hall.)

Like it or not, social media is a crucial part of building an author’s reading audience, but for many of us, social media remains an inscrutable mystery. Move from mystery to mastery by joining us at the Maryland Hall on Wednesday, June 21st to find out how you can use social media to propel your writing, find your tribe, and grow your own audience with tips and tricks from Amy Mascott. Whether you are new to social media or a seasoned vet, you’re bound to walk away with some tips and tricks that will work for you.

AGENDA:
The PLAN: welcome & why we’re here
Step back: blogs; your purpose; your plan
Blog posts–content is KING: structure; SEO; photos; ed cal
Branding: appearance; social; bio
Spreading the word: twitter; pinterest; facebook; instagram; youtube
Growing readership: online; offline; consistency

amy mascott profile 600About the Speaker: Since 2008, Amy Mascott has managed teachmama.com, where she shares tools and resources families can use to be the best teachers they can be for their children. Amy has harnessed the power of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube to build her network from the ground up, now reaching over 5 million users each month.

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This and all meetings of the Annapolis chapter of the Maryland Writers Association is held the third Wednesday of the month starting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205 (in June, Room 211) of the Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD. Meetings are free to MWA members and all first-time attendees; all others may pay $5. To find out more about MWA, visit the website at: http://marylandwriters.org/index.php?bypassCookie=1

Also in June: MWA Annapolis 2017-2018 Chapter Elections

(NOTE that June’s meeting will be held in Room 211 at Maryland Hall.)

At the start of our monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 21st, we will hold annual elections for officers of the Annapolis chapter of the Maryland Writers Association. MWA state president Eileen McIntire will be joining us for the occasion. Voting is open to all current members of MWA, but you must be present to vote.

Here is the slate of candidates, all of whom are current officers of MWAA:

Candidate for President: Jennifer Bort Yacovissi served as MWAA secretary for two years, and has now served as president for two years. Her debut novel, Up the Hill to Home, tells the story of four generations of a family in Washington, DC, between the Civil War and the Great Depression. Jenny is a member of PEN/America and the National Book Critics’ Circle, and reviews regularly for both the Washington Independent Review of Books and the Historical Novels Review of the Historical Novel Society. She is serving as chair of the 2017 and 2018 Washington Writers Conference.

Candidate for Secretary: Victoria Clarkson has served as MWAA secretary for one year. She has been writing for newspapers and magazines for over 20 years. Her blog is “Confessions of a Prepper Gal” and she is currently writing a novel, Cheap French Bubble Bath, about an historical house and slapstick characters.  Her website address is victoriaclarkson.com.

Candidate for Treasurer: Linda Wood has served as MWAA treasurer for one year. Linda retired as a senior financial analyst from the Illinois Institute of Technology and currently helps manage a CPA firm part time with the owner.  Her latest writing project is The Crabtown Chronicles, a collection of short stories with recurring characters all set in Annapolis. Linda says she’s been married for more years than she can count, has “two sons who married lovely girls, and has five perfect grandchildren. Well sometimes they are.”