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March 2016 at MWAA: James Gossard discusses his graphic novel MOBTOWN

In 1817, German Romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffman (1776 – 1822) wrote the short story “The Sandman”. Hoffman was in the vanguard of the short story movement. He did not anticipate that nearly two hundred years later his work would be the inspiration for a 1959 mobster graphic novel, Mobtown. On the eve of the release of Issue One, James will discuss the journey of his short story “The Enchantress” as it transformed from a pastiche into the graphic novel Mobtown, which also paused briefly in an adaptation as a screenplay. James will peel away the layers of the creative process and venture (the good, the bad, and the ug… er, beautiful). He’ll share the business model that has wrapped itself around what can loosely be labeled as a collaborative, creative franchise property. If you’ve ever wanted to create a graphic novel or wondered just what that beast is, James offers a lively presentation. And he’ll take all questions!

Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 5.15.29 PMAbout the Speaker: James Gossard was just on location in the Central Valley of California working as the Script and Continuity Supervisor for the indie film The Drama Club, which wrapped principal photography in September 2015. More recently, he’s co-authored a sci-fi short film, Apocalypse in 9-8, which will be produced in 2016.

Besides penning graphic novels and screenplays, James owns a company that consults and writes for businesses and provides business advice to artists. He created and hosts the web series Writer, write thyself!, which explores topics of interest in the writer’s life. 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 DC. He has also served as a screenplay judge.

Other projects include a rewrite of his Cory McCabe young adult novels, beginning with Grizzly Heart. He is also developing a volume of poetry, James Leslie on James Leslie. James also writes for stage. As a playwright, his plays have been produced and have received multiple awards, including the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award.

James studied creative writing at the University of Montana and received his M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of Women in Film & Video, Maryland Film Festival, and The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. James lives with his wife Ann in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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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. The MWA Annapolis chapter meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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video of Julia Vickers’ talk

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Julia Vickers will be the March 2015 speaker

Julia Vickers, a local area writer and filmmaker, will speak on March 18, 2015. Movies and novels talk to us about our culture and about ourselves. Join Julia Vickers, producer of the documentary Jungian Archetype in Film, to discuss classic novels and films that have endured. The Wizard of Oz, Frankenstein and film noir, are just a few to be discussed. The title of her talk will be Jungian Archetype in Film and Novels. 

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 at 6:30pm on 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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Julia Vickers has been working in the Washington DC documentary community for over 15 years and has worked for PBS, WDCA and numerous independent documentaries. She is the author of Lou von Salome and The Fourth Fragment.

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video from Stephen Phillips’ talk on 2014-03-19

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Here are some stills. The speaker Stephen Phillips during his talk:

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The speaker talking with some attendees before the talk:

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Annapolis chapter treasurer Sally Whitney talking with MWA president Paul Lagasse:

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March 2014 meeting of the Annapolis MWA – Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips, author of two novels of military fiction, will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on March 19th, at 6:30pm. He will share the story of his ongoing journey as a writer, and talk about his publishing paths – both as a commercially published author and your self-published experience.

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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.

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About the author: Stephen Phillips graduated from the USNA in 1992 and served in the U.S.
Navy as a Special Operations Officer and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician.
His debut novel, Proximity, is praised for its exciting an authentic view of life in a military bomb squad. Proximity garnered a Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America. The Naval Institute Press published Stephen’s second novel, The Recipient’s Son. Set at the U.S. Naval Academy in the 1990s, it is the story of a young man’s struggle to come to terms with his legacy as the son of a war hero and with doubts about his own courage. For more information on the author, see stephen-phillips.blogspot.com.

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March 2014 speaker: Stephen Phillips

We are very proud to announce that Stephen Phillips, author of The Recipient’s Son, has agreed to speak at the March 19, 2014 meeting of the Annapolis chapter of the MWA. More details later!

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Annapolis MWA March 2013 meeting, with Julie Colman

Julie Coleman’s book, Unexpected Love: God’s Heart Revealed through Jesus’ Conversations with Women, was released by Thomas Nelson Publishers in February 2013.  Thomas Nelson is the largest Christian publisher in the world and sixth largest American trade publisher. Unexpected Love is available at Sam’s Club, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, and Christian bookstores across the country.

After twenty years of teaching young minds, Julie turned in her chalk and left the classroom to earn an M.A. in biblical studies. Since then she has written to help others understand the Bible’s message and experience its transforming power. She is a popular conference and event speaker. She and her husband make their home in the Annapolis, Maryland, area.

You can learn more about Julie at unexpectedgod.com. Her topic for the Annapolis MWA March meeting is “While You Wait: 8 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Getting Published.”

 

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.

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