July 2015 talk at the Annapolis MWA – Dave Pantzer

Local writer and teacher Dave Pantzer will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on July 15, 2015. The title of his talk is “Structured Writing: Making Rough Phrases Plain”. The “structured writing” approach provides guidelines to help writers tailor documents based on how their (often multiple) audiences will use them.  It gives a framework to help the writer consider the types of information she is providing, as well as guidance for the layout and ordering of that information.  Dave writes about the law, but these ideas may apply to a wide range of subjects and communication goals.

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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. However, for October, we meet in room 307. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

Bio:  Dave manages the Maryland People’s Law Library website (peoples-law.org), the Maryland Judiciary’s primary legal information and referral website, geared to the needs of self-represented litigants.  He also teaches undergraduate law at Towson University.  Dave’s prior work includes clerking for a Maryland trial judge and writing for the Social Security Administration.  Dave has an undergraduate degree in computer science, and experience teaching at a Chicago elementary school.

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June 2015 talk at the Annapolis MWA – Scott Morrow

Local writer, and creator of the long-running Annapolis Screenwriters Critique group, Scott Morrow will speak to the Annapolis chapter on June 17, 2015.

Title and topic: “Author manipulation and how to fix it”.

Speaker bio: Scott Morrow has written screenplays, one-act plays, musicals, radio skits, humorous articles, songs, and restaurant reviews. He has won two Individual Artist Awards in scriptwriting from the Maryland State Arts Council, and his one-act play, “Mr. Mahler Finds a Dollar,” won Baltimore’s Artscape98 one-act play contest. His short film, “Abduction: A Love Story,” was shown at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in 2013.

Scott has been a member of MWA since before it became MWA, and has held several positions within the organization, including serving as President twice. He has been involved with the Scriptwriting Critique Group for over 25 years.

February 2015 talk to the Annapolis MWA – Fraser Smith

Added 2015–02-18: The Maryland Hall is going to close tonight due to the incoming snow storm. Fraser’s talk is therefore cancelled but it will be rescheduled and a new date will be posted soon! Apologies to all for the inconvenience and late notice.


Award-winning local area journalist and radio news host Fraser Smith will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on February 18th, 2015. The title of his talk is “Keep Typing!” and he will speak about the ultimate value of keeping at it. As Fraser says: “We’re all better than we think we are in our dark moments. You have to write and re-write and re-write.”

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. However, for October, we meet in room 307. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

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Fraser Smith has been in the news business for over 30 years. He has been with the The Baltimore Sun since 1977. In 1981, he moved to the newspaper’s Washington bureau and in 1983, he became the Sun’s chief political reporter. Currently, Fraser Smith is a Senior News Analyst at WYPR in Baltimore. More on Fraser’s biography can be found here.

May 2015 talk at the Annapolis MWA – Paul Lagasse and Gary Lester

On May 20th, 2015, Paul Lagasse and Gary Lester will jointly give a presentation titled “Turn WordPress Into a Powerful Publishing Platform”. When most people think of WordPress, they think “blog.” But WordPress is much more than that. It is a powerful tool for easily managing web content — not just words, but also photos, video, podcasts, documents, and more. WordPress is also highly customizable, with a nearly infinite variety of themes and plugins to choose from. Find out how science fiction authors Paul Lagasse and Gary Lester customized WordPress to publish and promote their serial short stories and podcasts on Channel 37, and the tricks and tips they learned along the way. It will be for a non-expert audience.

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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: www.marylandwriters.org.

Bio: Paul Lagasse is a freelance writer/editor based in Annapolis. He is the owner of Active Voice Writing & Editorial Services (www.avwrites.com), which provides marketing communications, technical writing, and project support services to the public and private sector. He is a past president of the Maryland Writers’ Association and also of its Baltimore chapter.
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Bio: Gary Lester is a Fantasy/Science Fiction novelist in Owings Mills. He has been involved with the MWA since 2003, when his first Novel, Ursula the Yellow,  won first place in the Fantasy category of the MWA Novel Contest. He has help treasurer, VP positions in both the state and Baltimore Chapters and was once the Baltimore Chapters President. He works with Ally Peltier in the management of MWA books and with Paul Lagasse with Channel 37 (channel-37.net).
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