January 2016 at MWAA: Flash Your Fiction

To start the new year off right, at our 20th January meeting we’ll get our creative juices flowing with this interactive workshop from Izolda Trakhtenberg. Don’t miss it!

Flash Your Fiction!

What comes first–dialogue, characters, plot, or setting? Any of these can inspire us to create or present stumbling blocks to putting words on a page. What would happen if we removed the need for determining who, what, and where? What if someone handed them to us? Would our writing process change? How would we find creative ways to integrate potentially unrelated items into a cohesive tale? To achieve this, we must free our imaginations and think differently.

To access our creative fire, we will use prompts discussed during a brainstorming session to spark our creativity and blast through any obstacles during this writing workshop.

The brainstorming session will include:

  • Incorporating objects, locations, and characters into micro-stories or poems
  • Writing compelling dialogue
  • Focusing on characterization
  • Focusing on plot development and resolution

The writing workshop will include:

  • Attendees producing three short pieces
  • Presenting our pieces and processes in a supportive environment

Be sure to bring a pen and paper, laptop, tablet, or other favorite writing implement to this interactive workshop!

IzoldaDualColorHeadShot Bio: Former MWA–Montgomery County chapter Vice President and author Izolda Trakhtenberg has conducted workshops and presentations for over 20 years. She released her first book, Life Elements: Transform Your Life with Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, in 2008. Her first book in the Fairy Godmother Diaries series, The Fiddler’s Talisman, was released in 2011. She is currently editing the second book in the series, “The Piano’s Key.”

In 2011, Izolda completed a flash fiction project where she wrote a micro-story from a prompt word every day for a year. She challenged herself to complete every story within one minute. The Sixty Second Story project resulted in 365 stories, some of which have been turned into film shorts. Find more about Izolda at http://IzoldaTWriter.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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December 2015 at MWAA: Polishing Your Work for Publication

Be sure to mark Wednesday, December 16th on your busy calendar! For MWAA’s last meeting of the year, we’ll be joined again by always-popular speaker Ally Machate, whose humorous, practical, and realistic writing advice helps us all to up our game.

Polishing Your Work for Publication

Each year, more than a million new titles are published by traditional and self-publishers. Every writer knows—or soon learns—that it takes multiple revisions to create a piece ready to compete for book buyers’ attention. This talk will introduce you to the most common problems that plague written works and offer simple ways to identify and resolve them in your own novel, short story, or memoir. You’ll receive tips on improving your work to keep readers’ attention, polishing your manuscript at the technical level, and getting objective feedback before you submit or go to press.

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 9.39.57 PMAbout the Speaker: Ally E. Machate is a bestselling book collaborator, award-winning editor, and expert publishing consultant who loves using her insider knowledge of the publishing industry and wealth of experience to help others reach their publishing goals, whether it’s showing a writer how to improve a manuscript, get an agent, or self-publish, or ghostwriting a book to help an entrepreneur skyrocket her business platform to new levels. Since 1999, she has assisted, guided, and supported would-be authors on their publishing journey and takes pride in serving as their books’ best ally. Grab Ally’s free gifts and learn more at www.thewritersally.com and www.allymachate.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. 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.

November 2015 Meeting: Members’ Read and Sale Night

Be sure to join us on Wednesday, 18 November for MWAA’s first-ever Members’ Read & Sale Night. This exciting event gives some of our chapter’s published authors the opportunity to read from their work, and gives the rest of us the opportunity to buy autographed copies of their work–just in time for the holidays! (Books make great gifts, and books signed by the author with an inscription to the recipient make the very best gifts.)

We have a wonderful line-up, so you won’t want to miss it! Here are our readers:

headshot J.C. Elkin (side view) Jane Elkin: Jane teaches English as a Second Language for AACC and is the founder of the Broadneck Writers’ Workshop and author of World Class: Poems Inspired by the ESL Classroom, recently featured on Delmarva Today: Writers’ Edition. Her poetry and prose have appeared in dozens of journals, domestic and foreign, including The Delmarva Review, Kestrel, Kansas City Voices, Ducts, and Off the Coast. Visit Jane’s website.

Charles Ota HellerCharles Ota Heller: Charlie’s career has consisted of six phases: engineer, educator, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, management consultant, and author. Today, he is President of Annapolis Capital Group, a management consulting and investment firm. He is the author of two memoirs: Prague: My Long Journey Home (2011) and Name-Droppings:Close Encounters with the Famous and Near-Famous (2013). He is an internationally recognized lecturer on entrepreneurship, venture capital and corporate venturing, and he was a freelance writer and columnist for more than 20 years. His first memoir was translated into Czech and published by Mladá Fronta in April 2011. He is writing two additional memoirs. Visit Charlie’s website.

Rick HinkmeyerRick Hinkemeyer: R.J. Hinkemeyer is the author of the Minnesota Mystery series including When Waters Wept and Snow Cover, which is being released this month. Several of his earlier mysteries won novel contests sponsored by the Maryland Writers Association. An Army veteran and former Federal official, he lives with his family in southern Maryland. Visit Rick’s author page at Amazon.com.

Kristina von RosenvingeKristina von Rosenvinge: Kristina’s memoir, Escaping the Russian Bear, deals with her childhood in Estonia as it came under Russian occupation during World War II, and the path her family took to escape. She has a Masters in Social work and has many years of experience as a psychotherapist in Minnesota and Maryland. Kristina has also worked with Aboriginals and lectured in South Australia. She writes professionally and has published “Relationship Success: How to be Happy Together”. Kristina and her husband live in Annapolis and are the parents of 3 children and have six grandchildren. Visit Kristina’s web page at escapingtherussianbear.com.

Lee Chapman Head Shot 2015Lee Chapman: Lee  wrote his first poems at age 15, but spent most of his life energy helping physicists smash atoms at Fermilab. Now he writes songs and poems in which he explores the continuum between serious and silly. Lee will both read some of his poems and perform a song from his CD.

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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.