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Video and slides from Izolda Trakhtenberg’s talk

Part 1:

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

January 2016 at MWAA: Flash Your Fiction

To start the new year off right, at our 20th January meeting we’ll get our creative juices flowing with this interactive workshop from Izolda Trakhtenberg. Don’t miss it!

Flash Your Fiction!

What comes first–dialogue, characters, plot, or setting? Any of these can inspire us to create or present stumbling blocks to putting words on a page. What would happen if we removed the need for determining who, what, and where? What if someone handed them to us? Would our writing process change? How would we find creative ways to integrate potentially unrelated items into a cohesive tale? To achieve this, we must free our imaginations and think differently.

To access our creative fire, we will use prompts discussed during a brainstorming session to spark our creativity and blast through any obstacles during this writing workshop.

The brainstorming session will include:

  • Incorporating objects, locations, and characters into micro-stories or poems
  • Writing compelling dialogue
  • Focusing on characterization
  • Focusing on plot development and resolution

The writing workshop will include:

  • Attendees producing three short pieces
  • Presenting our pieces and processes in a supportive environment

Be sure to bring a pen and paper, laptop, tablet, or other favorite writing implement to this interactive workshop!

IzoldaDualColorHeadShot Bio: Former MWA–Montgomery County chapter Vice President and author Izolda Trakhtenberg has conducted workshops and presentations for over 20 years. She released her first book, Life Elements: Transform Your Life with Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, in 2008. Her first book in the Fairy Godmother Diaries series, The Fiddler’s Talisman, was released in 2011. She is currently editing the second book in the series, “The Piano’s Key.”

In 2011, Izolda completed a flash fiction project where she wrote a micro-story from a prompt word every day for a year. She challenged herself to complete every story within one minute. The Sixty Second Story project resulted in 365 stories, some of which have been turned into film shorts. Find more about Izolda at http://IzoldaTWriter.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. 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.

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January 2015 Annapolis MWA: Members’ Read and Sale Night

Be sure to join us on Wednesday, January 21st for the first-ever Annapolis Chapter MWA Members’ Read and Sale Night. For this event, four of our members will be reading from (and in one case singing) their published works, after which attendees will have the opportunity to browse, purchase, and have the authors autograph the publications. Our featured authors represent a wonderful variety of genres:
Mike Pace is a thriller writer and author of Dead Light and the recently published One to Go.  Of Dead Light, Kirkus Review states, “Pace crafts compelling characters in service to a thrilling plot with narrative riches.”
Leigh Goff is a young adult-genre author writing bewitching fiction. Her debut novel,Disenchanted, the story of a young witch trying to break a true love curse, is now available.
Jane Elkin is the founder of the Broadneck Writers’ Workshop and author of World Class: Poems Inspired By the ESL Classroom. Her poetry and prose have appeared in dozens of journals, both domestic and foreign, including Kestrel,Kansas City Voices, Ducts, and Off the Coast.
Lee Chapman wrote his first poems at age 15, but spent most of his life energy helping physicists smash atoms at Fermilab. Now he writes songs and poems in which he explores the continuum between serious and silly. Lee will both read some of his poems and perform a song from his CD.

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.

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