June at MWAA: Chapter Elections, Open Mic Night, & Cake!

Please plan to attend MWA Annapolis on Wednesday, June 20th at 7 p.m. to participate in the annual chapter elections, in which members elect the chapter president, secretary, treasurer, and program director. In advance of that, please consider becoming a candidate for one of those positions; it’s a great way to participate in your writing community!

We’re also planning to have a small celebration to mark the Maryland Writers Association’s 30th anniversary! MWA’s first chapter was in Annapolis, so we are the founding chapter. That deserves cake!

After elections, stick around for our perennial favorite activity, Open Mic night. (Well, technically, we don’t have a microphone, so you’ll need to bring your big, room-filling speaking voice). This is your chance to read from your published or unpublished, finished or in-progress work in front of a friendly group of supportive people. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for you to bring a friend or two along for that extra measure of camaraderie.


How to prepare:
Pick a passage that you feel represents your work well.
— Make sure that your reading is no more than five minutes. You’ll be surprised at how short the passage is on the page!
— Plan to spend a little of your time putting the reading in context for your audience. Briefly explain what your listeners need to know to understand what you’re reading.
— Practice–with a timer! Get to the point where you can look up and make eye-contact with your audience, and make sure you’re reading clearly and with feeling.
— Let me know that you’d like to participate by sending email to jenny@jbyacovissi.com. You can change your mind later to join in or opt out. There will also be an opportunity to sign up at the meeting.


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 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.


June at MWAA: Be a Social Media Superstar!

(NOTE: June’s meeting will be held in Room 211 of Maryland Hall.)

Like it or not, social media is a crucial part of building an author’s reading audience, but for many of us, social media remains an inscrutable mystery. Move from mystery to mastery by joining us at the Maryland Hall on Wednesday, June 21st to find out how you can use social media to propel your writing, find your tribe, and grow your own audience with tips and tricks from Amy Mascott. Whether you are new to social media or a seasoned vet, you’re bound to walk away with some tips and tricks that will work for you.

The PLAN: welcome & why we’re here
Step back: blogs; your purpose; your plan
Blog posts–content is KING: structure; SEO; photos; ed cal
Branding: appearance; social; bio
Spreading the word: twitter; pinterest; facebook; instagram; youtube
Growing readership: online; offline; consistency

amy mascott profile 600About the Speaker: Since 2008, Amy Mascott has managed teachmama.com, where she shares tools and resources families can use to be the best teachers they can be for their children. Amy has harnessed the power of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube to build her network from the ground up, now reaching over 5 million users each month.


This and all meetings of the Annapolis chapter of the Maryland Writers Association is held the third Wednesday of the month starting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205 (in June, Room 211) 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

June 2015 talk at the Annapolis MWA – Scott Morrow

Local writer, and creator of the long-running Annapolis Screenwriters Critique group, Scott Morrow will speak to the Annapolis chapter on June 17, 2015.

Title and topic: “Author manipulation and how to fix it”.

Speaker bio: Scott Morrow has written screenplays, one-act plays, musicals, radio skits, humorous articles, songs, and restaurant reviews. He has won two Individual Artist Awards in scriptwriting from the Maryland State Arts Council, and his one-act play, “Mr. Mahler Finds a Dollar,” won Baltimore’s Artscape98 one-act play contest. His short film, “Abduction: A Love Story,” was shown at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in 2013.

Scott has been a member of MWA since before it became MWA, and has held several positions within the organization, including serving as President twice. He has been involved with the Scriptwriting Critique Group for over 25 years.

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.


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/

call for volunteers for Annapolis chapter positions

The next meeting of the Annapolis chapter, on June 19th with poet Laura Shovan as our speaker, will be preceeded by a quick vote for new chapter officers. The following positions have no volunteers (yet) who have said they will definitely run for them: chapter secretary and chapter press+media contact. If you are interested but would like to ask some questions first, contact Kat Spitzer (katspitzer@gmail.com) regarding the secretary position and David Joyner (wdjoyner@gmail.com) regarding the press contact position.