August 2014 meeting with Craig Schenning

The August 20 2014 meeting of the Annapolis chapter of the MWA will feature author, editor and book publisher Craig Schenning. His talk is entitled “How to Self-Publish and Market Your Book” and is geared towards authors who have some level of desire to have their book published. It is an informational session designed to provide authors with the necessary material they need to make sound decisions about how to publish their book.

The meeting is 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 Annapolis MWA chapter typically meets the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit:
About the author: Before beginning his publishing business in 2006, Craig spent 25 years working as an environmental chemist. His last project focused on the destruction and neutralization of over 1,600 tons of mustard agent that was stored at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Edgewood, MD. When he’s not helping authors he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. For more information, see his website


video from Stephen Phillips’ talk on 2014-03-19

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Here are some stills. The speaker Stephen Phillips during his talk:

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The speaker talking with some attendees before the talk:

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Annapolis chapter treasurer Sally Whitney talking with MWA president Paul Lagasse:

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Screenwriter David S. Ward visits Annapolis in March 2014

The Annapolis Film Festival will have two programmed events with David S. Ward – one a panel and the other a special presentation at the Maryland Hall auditorium.

  • (Friday 2pm-4pm, Maryland Hall) Panel: Screenwriting
    Screenwriting isn’t something learned in grammar school. It feels more like a mysterious dark art, but the truth is that screenwriting is within the grasp of all who are interested. If you’ve ever told a story in your life, you already have the basic knowledge needed to write a movie. Our acclaimed panel explores the difference between the literary and visual mediums, with guidance on how to find your unique voice and work within a creative team. PANELISTS: David S. Ward, Oscar winning screenwriter, The Sting & Sleepless in Seattle Lane Shadgett, screenwriter, Jamesy Boy & Perkins ’14 Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, Editor & Online Community Manager, Script Magazine
    MODERATOR: Michael I. Miller, writer, producer & member, Writers Guild of America; Advisory Board, Annapolis Film Festival
  • (Saturday 5pm, Maryland Hall)
    Enjoy this special presentation by David S. Ward, best known for his Oscar-winning screenplay The Sting, a popular and critical hit, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. It won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture. Following this success, Ward wrote and directed the hit baseball comedy Major League, starring Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen, a movie filmed in Baltimore at Camden Yards. He later scored another box-office coup for his screenplay Sleepless in Seattle, for which he and co-writers Nora Ephron and Jeff Arch received an Oscar nomination. Ward’s other major credits include writing and directing Cannery Row, King Ralph, The Program, and Down Periscope; and writing numerous screenplays including The Milagro Beanfield War, The Mask of Zorro, and Flyboys starring James Franco. Currently, the director/screenwriter brings his distinguished filmography to leading the screenwriting program in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapmen University.He has an M.F.A. in Motion Pictures from U.C.L.A. and studied political science at Pomona College, where he is a member of the board of trustees. Ward continues as an active director, with two features currently in production. The Sting will be viewed in its entirety with a Q&A to follow after the Conversation with David Ward.
    HOST/INTERVIEWER: Ann Oldenburg, entertainment reporter, film critic & blogger, USA Today