November at MWAA: The Importance of Names — *Note Non-Standard Meeting Day*

PLEASE NOTE: This meeting is one week earlier than normal.

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, November 14th at 7 p.m. — note this is the second Wednesday of November — 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


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 typically meets the third Wednesday of every month–though we’re meeting on the second Wednesday in November–at 6:30pm in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.


photo/video from “An Evening with Rafael Alvarez”

Many thanks to Rafael Alvarez for the great talk!

Some photos:




Video, part 1/3:

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Video, part 2/3:

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Video, part 3/3:

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July at MWAA: The Interrupted Writer

**NEW TIME** Starting in July, meetings will now be held from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Many of us these days are coming back to writing seriously after gaps of many years, or are attempting to fit our writing into the spaces left by full-time jobs, family commitments, and the general busyness of daily life. How do you carve out the focused time to develop and hone your writing skills? How do you even find the story that you want to tell?

Join us on Wednesday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Maryland Hall to hear National Book Award finalist Ellen Prentiss Campbell discuss making art when there are more reasons to stop than to keep going. She’ll discuss her path to successful publication as she navigated through job and family.EllenCampbell-Headshots-0032

About the Speaker: Ellen Prentiss Campbell’s ( debut novel The Bowl with Gold Seams (Apprentice House Press) was inspired by the detainment of Japanese diplomats at a Pennsylvania hotel in 1945. Her story collection Contents Under Pressure (Broadkill River Press) was nominated for The National Book Award. Ellen is a contributing editor to The Fiction Writers Review. She lives in Washington, D.C. and is a practicing psychotherapist. Her website is The novel trailer is at


This and all meetings of the Annapolis chapter of the Maryland Writers Association is held the third Wednesday of the month starting at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 of the Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD. Meetings are free to MWA members and all first-time attendees; all others may pay $5. To find out more about MWA, visit the website at:

August at MWAA: Bringing Local History to Life with Lauren Silberman

lauren SilbermanJoin us on Wednesday, 17 August 2016 as local author Lauren Silberman takes us on a journey through her work to capture the quirky stories of local Maryland history. Lauren plans to share the research methods she uses, such as networking/crowdsourcing, databases, primary vs. secondary sources, bibliographies, googling, interviews, how much can be found for free, and determining the academic value of a source.

About the Speaker: Lauren R. Silberman is the author of local histories, including Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State (History Press, 2015), Wicked Baltimore: Charm City Sin and Scandal (History Press, 2011), and The Jewish Community of Baltimore (Arcadia Publishing, 2008). She serves as the deputy director of Historic London Town and Gardens, a 23-acre museum and gardens just outside of Annapolis, MD. Previously, she was a program officer for the American Alliance of Museums in Washington, DC and the education and program coordinator for the Jewish Museum of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. She has served on the boards of the Small Museum Association and Friends of the Greenbelt Museum. She has a B.A. in painting and art history from George Washington University and has completed graduate work towards a MSM in Management with a specialization in Nonprofit and Association Management from University of Maryland, University College. Currently she lives in Greenbelt with her husband and a forthcoming son. Learn more about her at


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, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.