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September at MWAA: The Energy of Poetry with Grace Cavalieri

NOTE: The September 21st meeting will be held in Room 308 of the Maryland Hall.

As the host of radio’s “The Poet and the Poem” for the last 39 years, poet and playwright Grace Cavalieri has the distinction of having interviewed the  largest number of sitting poets laureate. MWA Annapolis is proud to host Grace for a poetry workshop at the September 21st meeting. She describes the workshop this way:

The poem asks for intuition, sensuality, thinking, and feeling. But this is not on our minds when we write. We only wish to recall a moment in time where someone is the hero of his/her own story. Who are the characters worth writing about in our lives? We’ll see them in detail before entering the poem: where they’re going, what they want. Your poem will catch them in a tiny moment of this journey. In this workshop, we’ll try samples of the poem through circumstance and story. Discover the elements of poetry. In this session you’ll see that YOU ARE WRITING POETRY. And together, we will find the energy that allows this magnificent journey.

Be sure to bring your laptop, tablet, or pen and paper!

Grace Cavalieri, June, 2014. Photo by Dan Murano Adobe RGB converted to sRGB.

Grace Cavalieri, June, 2014. Photo by Dan Murano.

About the Speaker: Grace Cavalieri’s new book is WITH (Somondoco Press 2016.) She’s the author of several books and produced plays, the most recent of which is, “Anna Nicole: Blonde Glory.” (Theatre for the New City, NYC 2012.) She celebrates 39 years on public radio with “The Poet and The Poem” now recorded at The Library of Congress. Grace’s career includes a co-founder of WPFW-FM; after that, Associate Director for Children’s Programming, PBS; and then a Senior Media Program Officer, NEH. She’s the founder of two poetry presses in DC, still thriving, and is presently the poetry columnist for The Washington Independent Review of Books. Grace was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from Washington Independent Review, and has also received the George Garrett Award from AWP for Service to Literature, the Allen Ginsberg, Paterson Award, Bordighera, and Columbia Poetry Awards, a Pen Fiction Award, and CPB’s Silver Medal.

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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. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Filed under: MWA Annapolis Chapter, poetry, September meeting, september speaker, writing workshop

video from Randy Baker’s talk on 2014-02-19

The title of his wonderful talk was “The monsters under the writers’ bed”.

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Notes to his talk are here:
http://nerdymovie.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-monsters-under-writers-bed-notes-of.html

Filed under: February meeting, fiction writing, non-fiction writing, playwriting, poetry, screenwriting, video,

Upcoming Annapolis writing workshops

We’re now taking registrations for Writer’s Center workshops at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland. You can register for all Writer’s Center workshops at http://www.writer.org or call us at 301-654-8664.

Turning Points: The Role of the Volta in Poetry
Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Saturday, January 18, 2014 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $50

Although we associate the term volta with the traditional sonnet form, it has been used with great success by many contemporary poets. Marking a shift in the poem’s tone, subject or logic, the volta has been compared to a change of key in music. In this workshop, we will explore how turning your attention in a new direction can open up a poem, allowing it to leap to another level of significance or meaning.

How Poems Begin
Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Saturday, March 8, 2014. 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $50

“Let us go then, you and I,/ When the evening is spread out against the sky/ Like a patient etherized upon a table…” Poets and poems are often remembered for their opening lines, but is there a “right” or at least a “better” way to begin a poem? In this workshop, we will explore some of the ways in which poets have traditionally chosen to open their poems and then look at some poems that break with tradition and still draw the reader in.

Ten Steps to a Great Tale
Workshop Leader: Lynn Schwartz
Saturday, March 15, 2014. 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuition: $50

Let’s discuss the necessary elements to make your story compelling, resonant and accessible to the reader. Learn to identify where to begin, how to end and the skills needed to traverse the murky middle. Appropriate for those writing short stories, novels and those who wish to incorporate fictional techniques in memoir.

Workshop Leaders:

Lynn Schwartz’s plays have been performed in Atlanta and NYC, including the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. Her stories have appeared in literary journals, and she has authored numerous lifestyle features. She founded the Temple Bar Literary Reading Series in NYC and received an Individual Artist Award in Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council. She is a graduate of The City College of New York, Columbia University, and The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater. She teaches fiction at St. John’s College.

Sue Ellen Thompson is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Golden Hour (2006), and the editor of The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. Her work has been included in the Best American Poetry series, read on NPR by Garrison Keillor, and featured in U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s nationally-syndicated newspaper column. She taught at Wesleyan University, Middlebury College, State University of New York at Binghamton, and Central Connecticut State University before moving to the Eastern Shore in 2006. She was awarded the 2010 Maryland Author Prize from the Maryland Library Association.

Filed under: fiction writing, poetry

video from Sarah Pinsker talk

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Video of Laura Shovan’s June MWA talk

Part 1:

Laura Shovan speaker to the Annapolis MWA, part 1 from wdj on Vimeo.

Part 2:

Laura Shovan speaker to the Annapolis MWA, part 2 from wdj on Vimeo.

Filed under: June meeting, MWA, poetry, video

June meeting of the Annapolis MWA

We are pleased to announce that Laura Shovan, poet and editor of Little Patuxent Review, will talk to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA in June 2013. The title is “On poetry and the Little Patuxent Review” and she will also speak about her life as poet, editor and educator. Laura Shovan’s talk will be on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at 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: Laura Shovan is a Maryland poet, author and educator. Her alter ego is the popular Mrs. Poems, who delights in teaching poetry workshops in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the region. She was recently awarded the Clarinda Harriss Poetry Prize. For more information, see http://www.laurashovan.com or her blog Authoramok.com.

Filed under: fiction writing, interview, June meeting, MWA, poetry

August speaker at the Annapolis MWA

Vonnie Crist, author of YA fantasy, “The Enchanted Skean” has agreed to be the August speaker at the Annapolis chapter meeting of the MWA. She will talk about writing for the Young Adult audience and share her journey as a writer and poet. Her talk will be on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at Maryland Hall.

Vonnie Crist picture

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.

Vonnie Crist's book cover

About the author: Vonnie’s newest book, a YA fantasy, “The Enchanted Skean,” was published by Mockingbird Lane Press (Arkansas). She’s also the author of 2 story collections, “The Greener Forest” and “Owl Light” from Cold Moon Press; a children’s book, “Leprechaun Cake & Other Tales” from VRGroup, and 2 books of poetry, “River of Stars” and “Essential Fables” from Lite Circle Books. She won a MSAC award in writing, two L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Honorable Mentions, and has been nominated for a Pushcart. She taught for the MSAC’s AiE Program as a poet for over 10 years and has also taught various creative writing courses at Harford Community College. Always interested in learning, Vonnie earned a MS in Professional Writing from Towson University after age 50. You can find more
information about the speaker at vonniewinslowcrist.com

Filed under: August meeting, fiction writing, MWA, poetry

Video of Justin Sirois’ talk

Here is the video of Justin Sirois’ talk on January 16th.

Thank you Justin for the great presentation!

Filed under: fiction writing, interview, January speaker, non-fiction writing, poetry

December 2012 meeting – open mike

Thanks to Paul Lagasse, who organized the meeting, and Rolf Renner, who provided the refreshments, including homemade Christmas cookies, donuts, apple cider, and coffee. Some of the readings are seen in the signup roster:
MWA Open Mike_2012-12-19

Filed under: december speaker, MWA, poetry

Annapolis MWA January 2013 meeting, with Justin Sirois

The Annapolis Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) will host Justin Sirois on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Justin Sirois is a writer living in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore City paper recently said “Sirois is well on his way to becoming Baltimore’s most important novelist.” His books include So Say the Waiters, Secondary Sound, MLKNG SCKLS, and Falcons on the Floor, written with Iraqi refugee Haneen Alshujairy. Justin received individual Maryland State Art Council grants in 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2011 and a Baker “b” grant in 2011. For more information about his current series, please visit www.sosaythewaiters.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.

Filed under: fiction writing, January speaker, MWA, non-fiction writing, poetry, press release

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