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


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


October at MWAA: Hometown Boy Rafael Alvarez Talks About His Writing Life

MWAA is proud to welcome Rafael Alvarez on Wednesday, October 19th at 6:30 p.m.

rafael-alvarezJournalist, author, screenwriter, member of the Seafarers International Union of North America: Rafael Alvarez has done it all, and he’ll be sharing some of those experiences with us.

Alvarez is a tireless chronicler of the under-represented, roving the streets of Baltimore with a disposable camera to collect faces and stories that emerge unpredictably throughout his work.

Come hear one of Baltimore’s favorite sons talk about working the city desk for the Baltimore Sun back in its heyday; writing his memoirs (Hometown Boy and Storyteller), short story collections (The Fountain of Highlandtown, Orlo and Leini, Tales from the Holy Land), and essays (Crabtown); and dealing with the unique–and often maddening–demands placed on Hollywood’s writers for large and small screens.


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 6:30 p.m. in Room 205 of the Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Videos for Austin Camacho’s talk, 2016-05-18

Austin Camacho gave a talk entitled “Writing Exercises”. Since there were some dead times when everyone was writing, I edited those parts out.

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video for Paul Lagasse and Gary Lester’s May 2015 talk

“Turn WordPress Into a Powerful Publishing Platform”

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Annapolis MWA volunteers needed

Coming June 2015, the Annapolis MWA will have the following offices open:

  • President (Kat Spitzer is stepping down),
  • Treasurer (Sally Whitney is stepping down),
  • Program chair (David Joyner is stepping down).

Please consider volunteering for one of these this summer!


video of Julia Vickers’ talk

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September 2015 talk at the Annapolis MWA – Fred Tutman

Local writer and educator Fred Tutman will speak on September 16, 2015 on “Finding a Riverkeeper Voice, My personal journey into the heart and soul of community based watershed protection”. Years ago, the Annapolis Capital newspaper had a list of the most important people in Maryland. Whether by coincidence or not, Fred Tutman was listed first. He is a frequent blogger and writes columns for the EPA, Daily KOS, and the Bay Journal.


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: Fred Tutman is a grassroots community advocate for clean water in Maryland’s longest and deepest intrastate waterway and holds the title of Patuxent Riverkeeper and organization that he founded in 2004. He also lives and works on an active farm located near the Patuxent that has been his family’s ancestral home for nearly a century. Prior to Riverkeeping, Fred spent nearly 30 years working as a media producer and consultant on telecommunications assignments all over the globe, including a long stint working with and advising traditional healers in West Africa and coverage of the Falkands conflict in Argentina on assignment by the BBC. After late life sojourn into law school, Fred now teaches an adjunct course in Environmental Law and Policy at Historic St. Mary’s College of MD. In his spare time he does trail maintenance on the Appalachian Trail when not exploring the Patuxent River by kayak. Fred is the recipient of numerous regional and state awards for his various environmental works on behalf of communities He is among the longest serving Waterkeepers in the Chesapeake region and the only African-American Waterkeeper in the nation. For more information on his writings, see fredtutman.com.


videos for Kat Spitzer’s talk on “Making a book trailer”

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videos from Craig Schenning’s August 2014 talk

With profuse apologizes for the audio problems, here are the videos :

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Craig Schenning’s August 2014 talk to the Annapolis MWA, part 1 from wdj on Vimeo.

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Craig Schenning’s August 2014 talk to the Annapolis MWA, part 2 from wdj on Vimeo.

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(to be posted)


November 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Harrison Demchick

Harrison Demchick, novelist, screenwriter and developmental editor at Ambitious Enterprises, will speak November 19, 2014, to the Annapolis chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association.

The Skeleton in the Closet: What Film Structure Can Teach Us About Crafting Our Stories

The world of film is filled with comedy and drama, sci-fi and fantasy, thriller and romance, and everything in-between, but what many don’t realize is that nearly every film boils down to the same three-act structure. Novels and memoirs are different, based upon a less precise formula of inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement. But there’s a lot we can learn about general story structure by focusing on three-act film structure. This talk will explore what three-act structure teaches us about how and why stories are constructed, and how these lessons can be incorporated into our own writing.

Three things this presentation will teach you are:

  • How inciting incident, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement are reflected in the precision of three-act screenplay structure.
  • What the precise location of plot points in film, specifically points of no return, can teach us about building a story through the principle of cause and effect.
  • Why the protagonist typically faces his lowest moment, sometimes called the all is lost moment, shortly before the climax in the third act—and why novels and memoirs can benefit from this approach as well.

About the speaker: Harrison Demchick came up in the world of small press publishing, working along the way on more than two dozen published novels and memoirs, several of which have been optioned for film. An expert in manuscripts as diverse as young adult, science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, literary fiction, women’s fiction, memoir, and everything in-between, Harrison is known for quite possibly the most detailed and informative editorial letters in the industry—if not the entire universe.

Harrison is also an award-winning, twice-optioned screenwriter, and the author of literary horror novel The Listeners (Bancroft Press, 2012). He’s currently accepting new clients in fiction and memoir at Ambitious Enterprises.