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October at MWAA: Hometown Boy Rafael Alvarez Talks About His Writing Life

MWAA is proud to welcome Rafael Alvarez on Wednesday, October 19th at 6:30 p.m.

rafael-alvarezJournalist, author, screenwriter, member of the Seafarers International Union of North America: Rafael Alvarez has done it all, and he’ll be sharing some of those experiences with us.

Alvarez is a tireless chronicler of the under-represented, roving the streets of Baltimore with a disposable camera to collect faces and stories that emerge unpredictably throughout his work.

Come hear one of Baltimore’s favorite sons talk about working the city desk for the Baltimore Sun back in its heyday; writing his memoirs (Hometown Boy and Storyteller), short story collections (The Fountain of Highlandtown, Orlo and Leini, Tales from the Holy Land), and essays (Crabtown); and dealing with the unique–and often maddening–demands placed on Hollywood’s writers for large and small screens.

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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 6:30 p.m. in Room 205 of the Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Filed under: fiction writing, memoir, MWA, MWA Annapolis Chapter, non-fiction writing, October meeting, screenwriting, Uncategorized

Videos for Austin Camacho’s talk, 2016-05-18

Austin Camacho gave a talk entitled “Writing Exercises”. Since there were some dead times when everyone was writing, I edited those parts out.

part 1

part 2

 

Filed under: fiction writing, May speaker, MWA, MWA Annapolis Chapter, video

March 2016 at MWAA: James Gossard discusses his graphic novel MOBTOWN

In 1817, German Romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffman (1776 – 1822) wrote the short story “The Sandman”. Hoffman was in the vanguard of the short story movement. He did not anticipate that nearly two hundred years later his work would be the inspiration for a 1959 mobster graphic novel, Mobtown. On the eve of the release of Issue One, James will discuss the journey of his short story “The Enchantress” as it transformed from a pastiche into the graphic novel Mobtown, which also paused briefly in an adaptation as a screenplay. James will peel away the layers of the creative process and venture (the good, the bad, and the ug… er, beautiful). He’ll share the business model that has wrapped itself around what can loosely be labeled as a collaborative, creative franchise property. If you’ve ever wanted to create a graphic novel or wondered just what that beast is, James offers a lively presentation. And he’ll take all questions!

Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 5.15.29 PMAbout the Speaker: James Gossard was just on location in the Central Valley of California working as the Script and Continuity Supervisor for the indie film The Drama Club, which wrapped principal photography in September 2015. More recently, he’s co-authored a sci-fi short film, Apocalypse in 9-8, which will be produced in 2016.

Besides penning graphic novels and screenplays, James owns a company that consults and writes for businesses and provides business advice to artists. He created and hosts the web series Writer, write thyself!, which explores topics of interest in the writer’s life. He regularly leads screenwriting workshops that focus on building a screenwriter’s toolbox and understanding the elements that create a rich story in film. His workshops have been held locally at Balticon and for Women in Film & Video in Washington DC. He has also served as a screenplay judge.

Other projects include a rewrite of his Cory McCabe young adult novels, beginning with Grizzly Heart. He is also developing a volume of poetry, James Leslie on James Leslie. James also writes for stage. As a playwright, his plays have been produced and have received multiple awards, including the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award.

James studied creative writing at the University of Montana and received his M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of Women in Film & Video, Maryland Film Festival, and The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. James lives with his wife Ann in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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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.

Filed under: fiction writing, graphic novel, March speaker, marketing, MWA Annapolis Chapter, publication

Video and slides from Izolda Trakhtenberg’s talk

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Part 2 (note: for copyright reasons, several minutes were cut from part 2, but the corresponding topic can be found in the slides linked to below):

Part 3:

Follow along yourself with these slides: trakhtenberg_FlashYourFiction_slides2016

Many thanks to Izolda for the great presentation!

Filed under: fiction writing, January meeting, January speaker, MWA Annapolis Chapter, video, writing workshop

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.

Filed under: december speaker, fiction writing, memoir, non-fiction writing, publication, self-publishing, writing workshop

October 2015 at MWAA: Publishers, Publicists, and a Reading Public

casual_photo_smallJenny Yacovissi, local writer and current president of the Annapolis MWA chapter, will share her ongoing experiences as a debut novelist at the chapter’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 21st. Her talk, “Publishers, Publicists, and a Reading Public,” focuses on many of the lessons she’s learned the hard way leading up to and following the April 2015 publication of her first novel, Up the Hill to Home, including the concept of direct submissions to publishers (that is, traditional publishing without an agent), what to expect when working with a publicist, and the many challenges associated with building readership.
About the Speaker: Jenny grew up in Bethesda, Maryland just a bit farther up the hill from Washington, D.C., the setting of her literary historical novel about four generations of a D.C. family between the Civil War and the Great Depression. Foreword Reviews magazine selected Jenny’s book as one of eight debut novels of note in its Summer 2015 issue, and Readers’ Favorite reviews recently awarded the novel a 2015 gold medal. In addition to writing and reading contemporary and historical fiction, and serving as MWA Annapolis chapter president, Jenny is also a regular reviewer for the Washington Independent Review of Books and the Historical Novels Review of the Historical Novel Society. She owns a small project management and engineering consulting company, YES, Inc. Read more about the book at jbyacovissi.com.
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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.
 

 

Filed under: fiction writing, October meeting,

screenwriter wanted for adaption

Pam Malik sent in the following post for Annapolis MWA members:

My new Indie company is planning to adapt a book into a film. Looking for a scriptwriter new that can be interested in taking a risk with a future payback. We are all doing it on spec, and hope to have a complete product in about a year or so. If interested, I would be interested in talking to the interested parties.

Genre …General audience, quality reading for all ages.
Contact Information… pamisthebest@gmail.com
Brief summary…
This is a story of a feral kid who actually lived with the wolves for five years of his early life till a hunter brought him out of the
jungles. A fiction based on true facts.
http://bookstore.trafford.com/Products/SKU-000154822/Maan-Singh.aspx

Filed under: fiction writing, film production

videos from Michael Hughes’ June 2014 talk

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Filed under: fiction writing, June meeting, Uncategorized, video

videos from Harrison Demchick’s talk

Harrison Demchick gave a great talk on screenwriting. The video was split into three parts.

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part 2:

part 3:

Enjoy!

Filed under: fiction writing, non-fiction writing, november speaker, , ,

Gary Garth McCann will be the April 2015 speaker at the Annapolis MWA

Local writer Gary Garth McCann has agreed to speak April 2015. The title of his talk is “Why I Write” Gary says this about his talk:

I’ve collected enough rejections to paper my house. Only a crazy man would keep writing. Or an addict. “Don’t write unless you can’t not write,” said Elie Wiesel.
As drunk as I get on the process of writing, often the result has been like a bad hangover. What can we do to get our stories and novels publsihed? How can we get strangers to read them?

 

Naval Academy Emeritus Prof. Philip K. Jason recently reviewed Gary’s latest book, The Man Who Asked to Be Killed, for the Washington Independent Review of Books. Quoting briefly from Jason’s review:

In one scene, in which Buddy is held at gunpoint, he encounters a gray-haired man “as suave as a fundraiser.” Such small tough-guy delights pierce the brooding atmosphere of The Man Who Asked to Be Killed, establishing McCann as the innovator of what someday might be known as Maryland Noir.
 

Gary Garth McCann is the author of the crime noir novel The Man Who Asked to Be Killed, as well as four published short stories, the most recent The Yearbook in Mobius. He has been honored with the Maryland Writers’ Association first prize for suspense/mystery/thriller and first prize for short fiction.

Filed under: April meeting, fiction writing, ,

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