June 19, 2019 at Annapolis MWA: What is Artifact Literature?

Prose is written in a series of paragraphs. Poems, in a series of lines, stanzas. But is that it? Not if writers have anything to say about it. In the last ten years, great works of literature have been told via lists, Power Points, tweet storms, hotel reviews, recommendation letters, emails, YouTube comments, gifs—you name it. Actually, the first novels ever written were made-up diary entries. One of the best poems published last year was a flowchart. The number of forms that writing can take is endless.

Tyler Barton and Erin Dorney of Fear No Lit will present about how great literature takes the form of everyday artifacts all around us. Specifically, they’ll present about their 2018 piece, The Hidden Museum, where they wrote fictional art labels and had them installed at the Susquehanna Museum of Art.

Tyler Barton (2)

Tyler Barton is the co-founder of Fear No Lit, the organization responsible for Page Match and the 2017 Submerging Writer Fellowship. He’s the author of the flash fiction chapbook, The Quiet Part Loud, which won the 2017 Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest and will be published this winter by Split Lip Press. This past Fall, he attended the Anne LaBastille Writing Residency in the Adirondacks, where he finished his full-length story manuscript, Get Empty. Stories from that manuscript are forthcoming from Subtropics, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Meridian, and Paper Darts. Find more at tsbarton.com, or reach out at @goftyler.
Erin Dorney is the author of I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems after Shia LaBeouf (Mason Jar Press, 2018). She is the recipient of a 2017 Artist Career Development Grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation; a 2017 Emerging Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center; a 2016 Spruceton Inn Artist Residency; and was the first Modern Worker: Writer in Residence at Modern Art in Lancaster, PA. Erin’s recent projects include “Cento Box” for Container’s Multitudes series; “The Hidden Museum, 2018”, a collaborative conceptual art installation on display at the Susquehanna Art Museum; and “Dystopia Erased”, a literary erasure installation featured as part of Made Here: Future, an urban walking gallery in the West Downtown Minneapolis Cultural District. Erin is cofounder of FEAR NO LIT and volunteers with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

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 https://annapolismwa.wordpress.com/

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May 15, 2019 at MWA Annapolis Chapter: Susan Cohen’s Point of View Workshop

Susan Cohen
Susan Cohen will lead a Point of View Writing Workshop May 15, 2019

Imagine a scene, any scene ordinary or extraordinary. Perhaps it is a quiet moment at the local supermarket when a toddler in a shopping cart grabs a glass ketchup bottle while the parents aren’t watching.  The bottle smashes to the floor and the child begins to cry and the parents begin to accuse each other of not watching the child more carefully, and a woman strolling by gets ketchup splashed on her new white dress, and the store manager has to find someone to mop up on aisle eight, and so on.  Whose point of view do you follow?  What point of view keeps your story alive? How close or faraway are you to the scene? What happens when you write the story from a Second Person point of view rather than a First Person Peripheral or Third Person Objective point of view?

This workshop asks participants to explore point of view using two of their own characters. Participants should come to class with a list of character traits for each character and be ready to set those characters in motion. The setting and point of view will be determined and explored during the workshop. Bring your pencil and notepad.

Susan A. Cohen Ph.D. is co-editor with Julie Dunlap of Coming of Age at the End of Nature: A Generation Faces Living on a Changed Planet (Trinity University Press, 2016), co-editor with Florence Caplow of Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-Based Writing (University of Utah Press, 2010), editor of Shorewords: A Collection of American Women’s Coastal Writings (University of Virginia Press, 2003. She has published short fiction and poetry, nonfiction essays. Her can be found in Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together (MIT Press, 2012), Women Writing Nature: A Feminist View (Lexington Books, 2008), Early American Nature Writers: A Biographical Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2007). Cohen is a Professor of English and the Coordinator of Creative Writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She earned her M.A with an emphasis in Creative Writing and Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Maryland.

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/.

 

April 17, 2019 at MWA Annapolis: Pitching your Story to Agents and Publishers

Mary Stojak

Join us and Speaker Mary Stojak, April 17, 2019 at 7pm  to learn more about writing a pitch? What information should you include in a query letter? What about a synopsis? Long time MWA member, Mary Stojak will provide insight into the query letter that will make an agent or publisher want to see more. She would be happy to make suggestions about any query letters that members would like to bring.

Mary Stojak (aka M.P.Stojak and Mary Glennie) writes the occasional short story and novels, mystery and otherwise, with a paranormal twist. She’s never written one about the music world even though she’s been known to play flute professionally off and on through the years. Maybe next year? Mary’s a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She received her Masters in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University and has taught creative writing at the community college level as well as coordinating the MWA Carroll County Critique Group.