photo/video from “An Evening with Rafael Alvarez”

Many thanks to Rafael Alvarez for the great talk!

Some photos:

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Video, part 1/3:

Rafael Alvarez, MWA talk, part 1/3 from fablestofilm on Vimeo.

Video, part 2/3:

Rafael Alvarez, MWA talk, part 2/3 from fablestofilm on Vimeo.

Video, part 3/3:

Rafael Alvarez, MWA talk, part 3/3 from fablestofilm on Vimeo.

 

 

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October 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – James Gossard

Local screenwriter, playwright and fiction writer, James Gossard, will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on October 15th, at 6:30pm. Jim will be speaking about the differences between narrative expression and screenwriting. His talk will include a discussion of subplots and subtext and how they work in film. The title of his talk is “Don’t Forget About Subplots!”

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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. However, for October, we meet in room 307. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

While penning his first novel, Jim worked as a freelance journalist, writing for wildlife journals. In addition to being an active screenwriter today, he owns a company that consults and writes for businesses and provides business advice to artists. 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. He has also served as a screenplay judge and as a script consultant for independent films. He wrote the Cory McCabe novels, Grizzly Heart and Murder on Marias Pass. His stage plays have been produced and have received multiple awards, including the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. Jim’s co-authored, feature length screenplay, Mobtown, placed as semifinalist in the 2013 Final Draft Screenwriters competition, among others. His latest thriller, White Dust, was named this year as a top ten finalist by StoryPros. He is currently producing Mobtown into a short film and graphic novel. Jim studied creative writing at the University of Montana and received his M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.

Jim is a member of Women in Film & Video, Maryland Film Festival, and The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. Today, Jim lives with his wife, Ann, in Ellicott City, Maryland

Note: This meeting will be in room 307 and not room 205.

June 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Michael Hughes

Local author Michael Hughes has agreed to speak at the Maryland Writers’ Association – Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday June 18, 2014. Michael will speak about the long journey from first draft to publication, with an emphasis on his experiences (good and bad) with a new digital imprint at a major publisher. He’ll discuss craft, process, agents, ebooks, marketing, and answer questions about the new landscape of publishing.

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. 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. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org.

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About the speaker:
Michael M. Hughes lives in Baltimore with his wife and two daughters. He writes fiction and nonfiction, and his bestselling debut novel, Blackwater Lights, was released by Hydra (Random House) in 2013. He is currently at work on a sequel. When he’s not writing, Hughes performs as a mentalist (psychic entertainer) and speaks on Fortean and paranormal topics. – See more at: http://michaelmhughes.com/

Annapolis MWA October Meeting With Maryland writer Nancy Smay

Local author Nancy Smay has agreed to speak to the Annapolis Chapter meeting of the Maryland Writers’ Association on October 16, 2013. The title of her talk is Agents and ePublishing – How do literary agents fit into the brave new world of ePublishing and self-publishing? This talk will consider the traditional agent/writer relationship and examine the ways in which this relationship has changed as the publishing paradigm has shifted. Like authors and publishers, agents are redefining themselves in the face of the sea changes occurring in our industry. The thinking of many authors about the agent/author relationship has changed as a result. This talk will consider questions such as: What does an agent do? How does an agent fit into my publishing plans? How do I “get” an agent? and Do I really need an agent? These questions will be addressed with real-world examples, testimonials from successful authors and tips that utilize online tools anyone can access. Her talk will be on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. The Annapolis MWA chapter typically meets the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org.

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About the author:
Nancy Smay is a technical and freelance writer who has been writing for clients for more than fifteen years. She currently resides in Southern Maryland with her husband and two small boys. As a result, beside “tech writer” and “author,” her current titles include: Pirate Captain, Lego Builder, Monster Hunter, Short Order Cook, and Chauffeur. She publishes fiction under the pen name Delancey Stewart. Her published fiction book-length work includes:
Through a Dusty Window: New York City Stories 1910-2001 (Amazon, 11/2012)
A Rare Vintage, Book One in the Wine Country Romance Series, (Amazon 6/2013)
Upcoming:
Redemption Red, Book Two in the Wine Country Romance Series (Amazon, 10/15/2013)
Men and Martinis, Book One in the Girlfriends of Gotham Series (Swoon Romance, 12/3/2013)
Samantha’s Solace (Swoon Romance, 2014)
For more info, see delanceystewart.wordpress.com.

June meeting of the Annapolis MWA

We are pleased to announce that Laura Shovan, poet and editor of Little Patuxent Review, will talk to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA in June 2013. The title is “On poetry and the Little Patuxent Review” and she will also speak about her life as poet, editor and educator. Laura Shovan’s talk will be on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. The Annapolis MWA chapter typically meets the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

About the author: Laura Shovan is a Maryland poet, author and educator. Her alter ego is the popular Mrs. Poems, who delights in teaching poetry workshops in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the region. She was recently awarded the Clarinda Harriss Poetry Prize. For more information, see http://www.laurashovan.com or her blog Authoramok.com.