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 meet the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, unless otherwise noted. Get out and mingle with your fellow writers to listen, learn, and discuss all things writing-related!

18 September 2018: Writing for Social Awareness, Jade Dee and Wilnona Marie [note this is a Tuesday]

17 October 2018: Driving Dialogue Writing Workshop, Mary Kay Zuravleff

14 November 2018: Writing Effective Query Letters, Mary Stojak [note this is the second Wednesday]

19 December 2018: The Importance of Character Names, Andrew McDowell

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

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October at MWAA: Develop Driving Dialogue

Good dialogue is the key to so much in fiction: it drives action, it reveals character, it makes a story live and breathe with immediacy and intimacy. For many writers, though, capturing realistic dialogue–the cadence, the word-choice, the tone that distinguishes each character–presents a significant challenge. Join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17th when award-winning author and writing teacher/coach Mary Kay Zuravleff discusses these challenges and helps us to exercise our dialogue chops through writing prompts and exercises. Bring your preferred writing materials: laptop, tablet, or pencil and paper. This is sure to be a fun and engaging session.

Screen Shot 2018-02-18 at 10.15.10 PMAbout the Speaker: Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of Man Alive!, a Washington Post Notable Book, as well as The Bowl Is Already Broken and The Frequency of Souls. She is a founder of NoveltyDC, which offers manuscript consultations and private coaching. Among the honors she has received are numerous Artist Grants from the DC Commission on the Arts, American Academy’s Rosenthal Award, and the James Jones First Novel Award. Mary Kay has taught writing at American University, Johns Hopkins University, and George Mason University, and she has written and edited extensively for the Smithsonian Institution. She is a cofounder of the DMV Women Writers and lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.

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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. Unless otherwise noted, we 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: www.marylandwriters.org.

 

November at MWAA: Writing Effective Query Letters

Please note that this meeting is on the second Wednesday of the month, a week earlier than we normally meet.

You’ve finally gotten your manuscript into ready-for-prime-time shape. Now you want it (and you) to catch the attention of an agent or publisher. How do you do that? Two words: query letter. Writing an effective query letter is both and art and a science, and Mary Stojak joins MWAA on Wednesday, November 14th at 7 p.m. to discuss the ins and outs of developing the very best query letter to pique the interest of that agent or publisher of your dreams.

Screen Shot 2018-07-22 at 9.08.58 PMAbout the Speaker:  After receiving a Masters in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University, Mary Stojak has published short stories in a variety of journals and anthologies including Spectrum, Mystery Weekly, and a Sherlockian publication, The Letters. She taught fiction at Anne Arundel Community College.

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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. Unless otherwise noted, we 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 about MWA, visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

December at MWAA: The Importance of Names

How much thought do you give the names of your fictional characters? Names of characters and places evoke feelings and images, and help to set time period, locale,  ethnicity, even genre.

Make plans to join us on Wednesday, December 19th at 7 p.m. when debut author Andrew McDowell discusses the importance of selecting (or creating) names for characters, as well as fictional settings and and other elements of your stories. He’ll walk through key factors to consider, including genre, setting, and character profiling such as ethnic and religious backgrounds, as well as ways to make sure names are easy to pronounce and easily distinguishable from one another to avoid character confusion.

Andrew 2About the Speaker: Andrew McDowell is the author of the YA fantasy novel Mystical Greenwood. He also writes poetry and creative nonfiction. He won second place in the 2014 MWA literary contest for his essay on his experiences with Asperger syndrome, and is an associate nonfiction editor for the literary magazine JMWW. To learn more about Andrew and his writing, visit his website and blog at andrewmcdowellauthor.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. 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.