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videos from Harrison Demchick’s talk

Harrison Demchick gave a great talk on screenwriting. The video was split into three parts.

part 1:

part 2:

part 3:

Enjoy!

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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.

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video from Daniel McInerny’s talk

Part 1 (on comedy writing):

Part 2 (on marketing your books):

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November 2013 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Daniel McInerny

Local author Daniel McInerny has agreed to speak at the Annapolis Chapter meeting of the Maryland Writers’ Association for November, 2013. This talk will consider the self-publishing phenomenon (with an emphasis either upon his children’s and adult fiction), writing high comedy in an age of irony, and children’s literature. His talk will be on Wednesday, November 20, 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. 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, annapolismwa.wordpress.com/.

About the author:
Daniel McInerny is an author of fiction for both children and adults. In 2011 he launched a children’s entertainment company, Trojan Tub Entertainment, which features his humorous Kingdom of Patria series for middle grade readers.
He’s a native of South Bend, Indiana, and hold a degree in English from the University of Notre Dame, and a PhD in philosophy from The Catholic University of America. After finishing his PhD, heI spent 17 years in academia, teaching and working at various universities in the United States. Throughout those years his love of literature and storytelling played a big part in his teaching and research. He lives with his wife Amy in Virginia with their three children. For more info, see http://thecomicmuse.com/, http://kingdomofpatria.com/, and Daniel’s comic novel for adults, High Concepts: A Hollywood Nightmare.

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video of the Larry Matthews talk

Local writer Larry Matthews spoke at the Annapolis chapter of the MWA in November 2012.

Part 1 (his presentation):

Part 2 (questions and answers):

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Annapolis MWA November 2012 meeting, with Larry Matthews

Local author Larry Matthews has agreed to speak at the Maryland Writers’ Association – Annapolis Chapter meeting on Thursday November 15, 2012. The speaker has worked as a news anchor/reporter/editor at various television and radio stations in the Washington DC area. His reporting was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award and many other awards. He has taught broadcasting and television writing course at The George Washington University. He has also published four acclaimed fiction novels and one memoir. A fifth novel, a Dave Haggard thriller, will be out in December. He will speak on his life and successes as a writer. For more information on the writer’s work, see his website www.larrymatthews.net

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 usually meet the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. For the month of November 2012, we meet on the 3rd Thursday. For more information on the MWA visit www.marylandwriters.org.
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Annapolis MWA November 2012 meeting

The November meeting will be at a different date than usual. Usually, we meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month. However, the November meeting will be on the 3rd Thursday of the month. That will be November 15th. Same time (6:30pm) and same place (Maryland Hall for the Arts, in room 205).

Unfortunately, we do not have a speaker yet lined up for November. It may be “open mike” where each member present briefly describes what they are doing, writing-wise. More details on this to follow.

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November 16, 2011 Meeting With Murder Mystery Writer Tracy Kiely

PRESS RELEASE
Annapolis/Anne Arundel County Chapter Maryland Writers’ Association November 16, 2011 Meeting With Murder Mystery Writer Tracy Kiely
The Annapolis/Anne Arundel County Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) will host Murder Mystery writer Tracy Kiely on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at Maryland Hall. The Severna Park resident will discuss her murder mystery genre and her published books during the meeting. Some of her published works are Murder On the Bride’s Side, Murder at Longbourn and her most recent book, Murder Most Persuasive. Kiely is a devotee of Jane Austen and she pays homage to the classic novelist throughout her own works. Fans can learn more about the author at www.tracykielymysteries.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 in room 205 at Maryland Hall. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

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