Good dialogue is the key to so much in fiction: it drives action, it reveals character, it makes a story live and breathe with immediacy and intimacy. For many writers, though, capturing realistic dialogue–the cadence, the word-choice, the tone that distinguishes each character–presents a significant challenge. Join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17th when award-winning author and writing teacher/coach Mary Kay Zuravleff discusses these challenges and helps us to exercise our dialogue chops through writing prompts and exercises. Bring your preferred writing materials: laptop, tablet, or pencil and paper. This is sure to be a fun and engaging session.
About the Speaker: Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of Man Alive!, a Washington Post Notable Book, as well as The Bowl Is Already Broken and The Frequency of Souls. She is a founder of NoveltyDC, which offers manuscript consultations and private coaching. Among the honors she has received are numerous Artist Grants from the DC Commission on the Arts, American Academy’s Rosenthal Award, and the James Jones First Novel Award. Mary Kay has taught writing at American University, Johns Hopkins University, and George Mason University, and she has written and edited extensively for the Smithsonian Institution. She is a cofounder of the DMV Women Writers and lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.
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. Unless otherwise noted, we 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. For more information, visit: www.marylandwriters.org.
Local screenwriter, playwright and fiction writer, James Gossard, will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on October 15th, at 6:30pm. Jim will be speaking about the differences between narrative expression and screenwriting. His talk will include a discussion of subplots and subtext and how they work in film. The title of his talk is “Don’t Forget About Subplots!”
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. However, for October, we meet in room 307. For more information visit: ￼www.marylandwriters.org.
While penning his first novel, Jim worked as a freelance journalist, writing for wildlife journals. In addition to being an active screenwriter today, he owns a company that consults and writes for businesses and provides business advice to artists. 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. He has also served as a screenplay judge and as a script consultant for independent films. He wrote the Cory McCabe novels, Grizzly Heart and Murder on Marias Pass. His stage plays have been produced and have received multiple awards, including the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. Jim’s co-authored, feature length screenplay, Mobtown, placed as semifinalist in the 2013 Final Draft Screenwriters competition, among others. His latest thriller, White Dust, was named this year as a top ten finalist by StoryPros. He is currently producing Mobtown into a short film and graphic novel. Jim studied creative writing at the University of Montana and received his M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.
Local author Nancy Smay has agreed to speak to the Annapolis Chapter meeting of the Maryland Writers’ Association on October 16, 2013. The title of her talk is Agents and ePublishing – How do literary agents fit into the brave new world of ePublishing and self-publishing? This talk will consider the traditional agent/writer relationship and examine the ways in which this relationship has changed as the publishing paradigm has shifted. Like authors and publishers, agents are redefining themselves in the face of the sea changes occurring in our industry. The thinking of many authors about the agent/author relationship has changed as a result. This talk will consider questions such as: What does an agent do? How does an agent fit into my publishing plans? How do I “get” an agent? and Do I really need an agent? These questions will be addressed with real-world examples, testimonials from successful authors and tips that utilize online tools anyone can access. Her talk will be on Wednesday, October 16, 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: http://www.marylandwriters.org.
￼About the author:
Nancy Smay is a technical and freelance writer who has been writing for clients for more than fifteen years. She currently resides in Southern Maryland with her husband and two small boys. As a result, beside “tech writer” and “author,” her current titles include: Pirate Captain, Lego Builder, Monster Hunter, Short Order Cook, and Chauffeur. She publishes fiction under the pen name Delancey Stewart. Her published fiction book-length work includes:
– Through a Dusty Window: New York City Stories 1910-2001 (Amazon, 11/2012)
– A Rare Vintage, Book One in the Wine Country Romance Series, (Amazon 6/2013)
– Redemption Red, Book Two in the Wine Country Romance Series (Amazon, 10/15/2013)
– Men and Martinis, Book One in the Girlfriends of Gotham Series (Swoon Romance, 12/3/2013)
– Samantha’s Solace (Swoon Romance, 2014)
For more info, see delanceystewart.wordpress.com.
This is video of Annapolis MWA talk by Jeffrey L. Shipley on Wednesday 2012-10-17.
Jeff Shipley of unpopularpublications.com gave a great talk at the October 2012 meeting of the Annapolis Maryland Writers Association. He publishes Tales of Blood and Roses, a horror magazine. Websites he talked about were
all of which he created. Jeff also discussed the site
which is a a resource for writers that offers an extensive, searchable database of current fiction, poetry, and non-fiction markets, a calendar of upcoming deadlines, submissions trackers, etc.
For more on Jeff, see jeffreylshipley.com/. For more on the Annapolis MWA, see annapolismwa.wordpress.com/.
Sorry about the bad focus on the more distant camera. Most of the video is using the closer camera (in sharp focus) but I obviously need practice on using the other camera. Hope it isn’t too distracting.
Local author Jeffrey L. Shipley has agreed to speak at the Maryland Writers’ Association – Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday October 17, 2012. The speaker is the creative force behind Unpopular Publications, and publishes the critically acclaimed horror zine, Tales of Blood and Roses. He has work in or forthcoming from Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore, Tales of Blood and Roses, Rhyme and PUN-ishment, Kamikaze Woman, and Genre Smash. He will speak on his life and successes as a writer. For more information on the writer’s work, see his website http://www.jeffreylshipley.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 at 6:30pm the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.