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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 (www.ellencampbell.net) 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 http://www.ellencampbell.net. The novel trailer is at http://bit.ly/1S814g0

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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: http://marylandwriters.org/index.php?bypassCookie=1

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July Chapter Meeting: Writers Wanted for “Destination” Websites

Looking for opportunities to grow your social media network and expand your portfolio of published works? Of course you are! Then you need to come to our July chapter meeting to hear our speaker, Tony Russo, who is looking for writers to contribute on a regular basis to a set of websites aimed at drawing visitors to specific locales. Here is Tony’s overview:

I am the editor for a company that owns different destination websites, which we are in the process of developing. The principle sites that are either up and running or soon will be  are Annapolis.com, OceanCity.com, ShoreCraftBeer.com and WallopsIsland.org. The company also owns multiple state sites including Maryland.com, which we hope to develop over the coming year.

I would like to share my experience with writing for these popular websites, which has increased my social reach and profile. It has helped with book sales for sure, and I am confident that blogging for ShoreCraftBeer.com in particular gave me the credibility to get my first book contract.

Over the last several months, I have been experimenting with contributors to OceanCity.com and have noticed that they are doing well socially too. OceanCity.com has a massive following (more than 150,000 unique site users) for a site that is pretty niche, but the readership has responded positively to more lifestyle stories than I would have imagined.
My hope is to apply this model to Annapolis.com and, eventually, to Maryland.com. I would like to work to put together a collective of bloggers who use these sites as a way to boost their own work, as well as to support each other’s.

Although many of my current contributors are fiction writers, we have worked out a plan for channeling their creative energy into nonfiction, mainly journaling and travel writing. I workshop and edit and accept and refine pitches so that not only are writers doing better work than they would on their own, they also are getting positive feedback and experience working with an editor as one might in a newspaper. People may contribute as much or as little as they choose.

t_russoAbout the Speaker: Tony Russo has worked as a print and digital journalist for the better part of the 21st century, writing for and editing regional weeklies and dailies before joining the team that produces Annapolis.com and OceanCity.com, among other destination websites. In addition to having documented everything from zoning changes to art movements on the Delmarva Peninsula, Tony has written a couple books on beer culture for The History Press. He cohosts the writing podcast “So What’s Your Story?” and the beer culture podcast “Beer with Strangers.”

Tony lives in Delmar, Maryland with his wife, Kelly and the only of his four daughters who hasn’t moved out. Together they keep their two dogs comfortable.

Follow Tony at @Ossurynot on most social media, although he’s meanest on Twitter.

Filed under: Blogging, july speaker, non-fiction writing, publication

July 2015 talk at the Annapolis MWA – Dave Pantzer

Local writer and teacher Dave Pantzer will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on July 15, 2015. The title of his talk is “Structured Writing: Making Rough Phrases Plain”. The “structured writing” approach provides guidelines to help writers tailor documents based on how their (often multiple) audiences will use them.  It gives a framework to help the writer consider the types of information she is providing, as well as guidance for the layout and ordering of that information.  Dave writes about the law, but these ideas may apply to a wide range of subjects and communication goals.

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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.

Bio:  Dave manages the Maryland People’s Law Library website (peoples-law.org), the Maryland Judiciary’s primary legal information and referral website, geared to the needs of self-represented litigants.  He also teaches undergraduate law at Towson University.  Dave’s prior work includes clerking for a Maryland trial judge and writing for the Social Security Administration.  Dave has an undergraduate degree in computer science, and experience teaching at a Chicago elementary school.

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Pics from Ally Machate’s July talk

Ally from Ambitious Enterprises gave a great talk on July 16th and here are a few shots from the event.

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July 2014 meeting with Ally Machate

You’ve experienced the satisfaction of working hard to learn your craft and producing a quality piece of writing—but now what? If you ever want anyone to read your work outside of your immediate circle of family and friends, you’ll need to get published. Ally Machate, an award-winning editor and bestselling writer will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on July 16th, at 6:30pm about “Pitching, Querying, and Proposing: How Authors Go from Shy to Sold”. Though self-publishing is always an option, this talk focuses on how writers generally approach the submission process. Find out who really decides what gets published, how to approach them without getting the proverbial door slammed in your face, and what these gatekeepers expect from you besides your very best work. You’ll also get tips that will make your pitches, queries, and proposals more effective and make you more attractive to publishers for best results. 

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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: annapolismwa.wordpress.com and www.marylandwriters.org.

About the author: Ally E. Machate is an editor, writer and publishing consultant with fifteen years of publishing industry experience working for clients such as Simon & Schuster, Reader’s Digest, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as well as literary agents and would-be authors. As a freelance writer, she has published articles in venues such as The Writer and ConsumerSearch.com, written chapters for books such as SparkNotes 101: Philosophy and the Writer’s Digest 2009 Guide to Literary Agents, and most recently collaborated on the national bestseller The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed. Ally is an active member of the Maryland Writers’ Association and has served on its Board in several capacities. You can find out more about her at: www.allymachate.com and www.ambitiousenterprises.com.

Filed under: fiction writing, july speaker, non-fiction writing, press release

Video from Doug Norton’s July talk

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MWA talk by Doug Norton, part 1 from wdj on Vimeo.

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MWA talk by Doug Norton, part 2 from wdj on Vimeo.

I had to cut off the last question from the audience in part 2 for technical reasons (that part of the clip got corrupted somehow). Also, the wireless mic batteries died midway, and so the audio in the second part isn’t as nice as in the first part. Sorry about that.

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July speaker at the Annapolis MWA

Doug Norton, author of political thriller Code Word: Paternity, the timely and cautionary tale of a North Korean dictator, an American president and nuclear terrorism, will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on July 17th, at 6:30pm. He will share the story of his ongoing journey as a writer, from the birth of the idea for his novel through creation, publishing, distributing, and marketing it amidst a revolution in the book business demanding more than “just” craftsmanship of most debut authors.

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.

Doug Norton

About the author: These days Doug Norton is into grandfathering, writing the next novel in this series, volunteering, and sailing. But there was a time . . . As a naval officer throughout most of the cold war, Doug had personal experience with nuclear weapons, both as objects of diplomacy and politics and as objects under his command responsibility—antisubmarine missiles that he might have to launch under cataclysmic circumstances.

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That life journey, plus research, allowed him to craft Code Word: Paternity authentically. As a warship captain he held launch codes for nuclear weapons and was prepared to use them, but he also participated in high-stakes international negotiations to reduce their numbers and the chance of nuclear war. In Geneva, Brussels, and Washington he experienced diplomacy and politics in tense meetings, glittering receptions, and deadline-driven all-nighters. A graduate of the Naval Academy and of the University of Washington, Doug was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and head of international studies at the Naval Academy. After more than twenty-five years’ naval service, he was an executive recruiter for fifteen years. Doug and his wife live in Annapolis, Maryland where he volunteers with the Coast Guard Auxiliary in search and rescue and the Anne Arundel Medical Center in the emergency department. You can find more information on the speaker at his Amazon author page.

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Fernando Quijano III talk

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”
– Sir Winston Churchill British politician (1874 – 1965).

This is Fernando Quijano III’s favorite quote. Fernando is a showman, a truly modest man, and a very talented writer. He just finished his term as vice-president of the Maryland Writers’ Association and now he is president of the Baltimore chapter of the MWA. His work has been featured in “Welter,” “Smile Hon, You’re in Baltimore” and the poetry anthology, “Life in Me Like Grass on Fire.” He uses twitter, facebook and blogs (as “thewordpimp”) to communicate his appearances and is a columnist for theurbantwist.com. Fernando was awarded a grant for his poetry writing by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund. He will speak on his life and success as a writer using social media. For more information on the writer’s work, see his website thewordpimpspits.blogspot.com.

Fernando agreed to speak at the Maryland Writers’ Association Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday July 18, 2012.

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Fernando kindly agreed to an interview afterwards.

Part 1:

Fernando Quijano interview, part 1 from wdj on Vimeo.

Part 2:

Fernando Quijano interview, part 2 from wdj on Vimeo.

Filed under: july speaker, poetry, video

Fernando Quijano III will be the July 2012 speaker

Local author Fernando Quijano has agreed to speak at the Maryland Writers’ Association – Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday July 18, 2012. The speaker is has just finished his term as vice-president of the MWA. His work has been featured in “Welter,” “Smile Hon, You’re in Baltimore” and the poetry anthology, “Life in Me Like Grass on Fire.” He uses twitter, facebook and blogs (as “thewordpimp”) to communicate his appearances and is a columnist for theurbantwist.com. Fernando was recently awarded a B grant for his writing by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund. He will speak on his life and success as a writer using social media. For more information on the writer’s work, see his website http://thewordpimpspits.blogspot.com.

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: www.marylandwriters.org, annapolismwa.wordpress.com/

Fernando Quijano III

Two later posts have photos and video of this talk.

Filed under: fiction writing, july speaker, non-fiction writing, poetry, press release, video

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