Want to try your hand at writing a mystery, but the whole thing is just a little too mysterious? Mystery is one of the best-loved and most enduring genres in fiction, but it takes a deft touch to plot a good whodunit. If you’re looking for advice for how to lay out a great mystery, then you’ll absolutely want to join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16th to hear from two of our favorite local mystery authors, Millie Mack and Eileen McIntire.
About the speakers:
Millie Mack writes the Faraday Murder Series featuring amateur sleuths Carrie and Charles Faraday. She also just completed her first culinary mystery for her new Irish Bistro Murder Series. In addition to her books, Millie writes a blog all about mysteries at https://www.milliemack.com. The blog features mystery authors, detectives, and techniques. To challenge the reader’s mystery knowledge, there is an assortment of mystery puzzles. Millie lives in the Baltimore area where she is working on the next book for her mystery series.
Eileen Haavik McIntire writes the 90s Club mystery series–featuring the 90-year-olds at Whisperwood Retirement Village–as well as an historical mystery series. She is currently president of the Maryland Writers’ Association and enthusiastic member of Sisters in Crime. She travels for research and has ridden a camel in the Moroccan Sahara, fished for piranhas in the Amazon, sailed in a felucca on the Nile, and lived on a motorsailer for three years. She and her husband live in Columbia, MD, with their little dog José.
Austin Camacho gave a talk entitled “Writing Exercises”. Since there were some dead times when everyone was writing, I edited those parts out.
MWA Annapolis is thrilled to welcome the always-engaging Austin Camacho to our monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 pm. Austin plans to help us with some writing exercises, as he explains:
Every writer needs a little inspiration now and then, but how do we jumpstart our imaginations? I find writing exercises helpful for working those creative mental muscles. In this class, I’ll walk attendees through a few simple spontaneous writing exercises showing how you can create a story from random words, pictures, or situations to get the practice that sharpens both your wordcraft and your creativity.
Bring your writing instrument of choice and plan to have some fun!
About the Speaker: Austin S. Camacho is the author of six novels about Washington, D.C.-based private eye Hannibal Jones, five in the Stark and O’Brien international adventure-thriller series, and the detective novel Beyond Blue. His short stories have been featured in several anthologies, including Dying in a Winter Wonderland – an Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Top Ten Bestseller for 2008 – and he is featured in the Edgar-nominated African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey.
Austin is also editorial director for Intrigue Publishing, a Maryland small press, and is deeply involved with the writing community. He is a past president of the Maryland Writers Association, past Vice President of the Virginia Writers Club, and is an active member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime.
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.
“Turn WordPress Into a Powerful Publishing Platform”
Photo from right before the talk:
On May 20th, 2015, Paul Lagasse and Gary Lester will jointly give a presentation titled “Turn WordPress Into a Powerful Publishing Platform”. When most people think of WordPress, they think “blog.” But WordPress is much more than that. It is a powerful tool for easily managing web content — not just words, but also photos, video, podcasts, documents, and more. WordPress is also highly customizable, with a nearly infinite variety of themes and plugins to choose from. Find out how science fiction authors Paul Lagasse and Gary Lester customized WordPress to publish and promote their serial short stories and podcasts on Channel 37, and the tricks and tips they learned along the way. It will be for a non-expert audience.
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: ￼www.marylandwriters.org.
Bio: Paul Lagasse is a freelance writer/editor based in Annapolis. He is the owner of Active Voice Writing & Editorial Services (www.avwrites.com
), which provides marketing communications, technical writing, and project support services to the public and private sector. He is a past president of the Maryland Writers’ Association and also of its Baltimore chapter.
Bio: Gary Lester is a Fantasy/Science Fiction novelist in Owings Mills. He has been involved with the MWA since 2003, when his first Novel, Ursula the Yellow,
won first place in the Fantasy category of the MWA Novel Contest. He has help treasurer, VP positions in both the state and Baltimore Chapters and was once the Baltimore Chapters President. He works with Ally Peltier in the management of MWA books and with Paul Lagasse with Channel 37 (channel-37.net
Here are the videos of Yvonne Medley’s very insightful talk.
Some messages from her talk:
- “Don’t edit yourself before anyone sees it. Your writing has to be as big as your story.”
- “Just because the road is hard doesn’t mean your writing it’s worth it.”
See the videos for more!
The script for “August: Osage County” that Yvonne mentioned is available for download here.
Here is the contest Ynonne mentioned in her talk:
Local author and journalist Yvonne Medley has agreed to speak at the Maryland Writers Association Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday May 21, 2014. She will speak on how to create the voice and vibe of your characters as well as the pros and cons of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing, her personal experience with both.
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.
About the speaker: Yvonne Medley is also founder of the Life Journeys Writers Club, Inc. (a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization) and the author of several books. She conducts her Life Journeys Writing Workshops, designed to empower/encourage incarcerated men and women as well as youth and adults, and fellow writers within the general population. She wrote The Prison Plumb Line (2011), a novella with a play and a feature film option in the works; God in Wingtip Shoes (2012), a novel; and its prequel, Jubi Stone: Saved by the Vine (2013), a novel, dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness due to Medley’s personal experience featured in the book. Medley has worked on staff at The Washington Times and freelanced for several publications, such as The Washington Post, People Magazine, and Gospel Today Magazine. She also teaches English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education to adult learners. For more information on the speaker’s work, see www.yvonnejmedley.com and www.lifejourneyswritersclub.com.
Local author Christopher T. George has agreed to speak to the Annapolis Chapter meeting of the Maryland Writers’ Association on May 15, 2013. He will speak on his life and successes as a writer, particularly his book Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay. His talk will be on Wednesday, May 15, 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: www.marylandwriters.org.
￼About the author:
Christopher T. George was born in Liverpool, England in 1948. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, near Johns Hopkins University with his wife Donna. Chris is the editor of the Journal of the War of 1812 and a co-editor of Loch Raven Review, an on-line quarterly literary magazine.. He is featured in the History Channel’s “First Invasion: The War of 1812.” He is working with Dr. John McCavitt on a biography of Major General Robert Ross. See the website The Man Who Captured Washington – General Robert Ross. He is historian for the Havre de Grace Bicentennial project and is an advisor to both the Maryland and Baltimore County Bicentennial projects. He regularly gives talks on the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region. Chris tweets at hashtag @cthompsongeorge