June 19, 2019 at Annapolis MWA: What is Artifact Literature?

Prose is written in a series of paragraphs. Poems, in a series of lines, stanzas. But is that it? Not if writers have anything to say about it. In the last ten years, great works of literature have been told via lists, Power Points, tweet storms, hotel reviews, recommendation letters, emails, YouTube comments, gifs—you name it. Actually, the first novels ever written were made-up diary entries. One of the best poems published last year was a flowchart. The number of forms that writing can take is endless.

Tyler Barton and Erin Dorney of Fear No Lit will present about how great literature takes the form of everyday artifacts all around us. Specifically, they’ll present about their 2018 piece, The Hidden Museum, where they wrote fictional art labels and had them installed at the Susquehanna Museum of Art.

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Tyler Barton is the co-founder of Fear No Lit, the organization responsible for Page Match and the 2017 Submerging Writer Fellowship. He’s the author of the flash fiction chapbook, The Quiet Part Loud, which won the 2017 Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest and will be published this winter by Split Lip Press. This past Fall, he attended the Anne LaBastille Writing Residency in the Adirondacks, where he finished his full-length story manuscript, Get Empty. Stories from that manuscript are forthcoming from Subtropics, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Meridian, and Paper Darts. Find more at tsbarton.com, or reach out at @goftyler.
Erin Dorney is the author of I Am Not Famous Anymore: Poems after Shia LaBeouf (Mason Jar Press, 2018). She is the recipient of a 2017 Artist Career Development Grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation; a 2017 Emerging Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center; a 2016 Spruceton Inn Artist Residency; and was the first Modern Worker: Writer in Residence at Modern Art in Lancaster, PA. Erin’s recent projects include “Cento Box” for Container’s Multitudes series; “The Hidden Museum, 2018”, a collaborative conceptual art installation on display at the Susquehanna Art Museum; and “Dystopia Erased”, a literary erasure installation featured as part of Made Here: Future, an urban walking gallery in the West Downtown Minneapolis Cultural District. Erin is cofounder of FEAR NO LIT and volunteers with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.

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 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org https://annapolismwa.wordpress.com/

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May 15, 2019 at MWA Annapolis Chapter: Susan Cohen’s Point of View Workshop

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Susan Cohen will lead a Point of View Writing Workshop May 15, 2019

Imagine a scene, any scene ordinary or extraordinary. Perhaps it is a quiet moment at the local supermarket when a toddler in a shopping cart grabs a glass ketchup bottle while the parents aren’t watching.  The bottle smashes to the floor and the child begins to cry and the parents begin to accuse each other of not watching the child more carefully, and a woman strolling by gets ketchup splashed on her new white dress, and the store manager has to find someone to mop up on aisle eight, and so on.  Whose point of view do you follow?  What point of view keeps your story alive? How close or faraway are you to the scene? What happens when you write the story from a Second Person point of view rather than a First Person Peripheral or Third Person Objective point of view?

This workshop asks participants to explore point of view using two of their own characters. Participants should come to class with a list of character traits for each character and be ready to set those characters in motion. The setting and point of view will be determined and explored during the workshop. Bring your pencil and notepad.

Susan A. Cohen Ph.D. is co-editor with Julie Dunlap of Coming of Age at the End of Nature: A Generation Faces Living on a Changed Planet (Trinity University Press, 2016), co-editor with Florence Caplow of Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-Based Writing (University of Utah Press, 2010), editor of Shorewords: A Collection of American Women’s Coastal Writings (University of Virginia Press, 2003. She has published short fiction and poetry, nonfiction essays. Her can be found in Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together (MIT Press, 2012), Women Writing Nature: A Feminist View (Lexington Books, 2008), Early American Nature Writers: A Biographical Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2007). Cohen is a Professor of English and the Coordinator of Creative Writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She earned her M.A with an emphasis in Creative Writing and Ph.D. in American Literature at the University of Maryland.

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 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org, annapolismwa.wordpress.com/.

 

April 17, 2019 at MWA Annapolis: Pitching your Story to Agents and Publishers

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Join us and Speaker Mary Stojak, April 17, 2019 at 7pm  to learn more about writing a pitch? What information should you include in a query letter? What about a synopsis? Long time MWA member, Mary Stojak will provide insight into the query letter that will make an agent or publisher want to see more. She would be happy to make suggestions about any query letters that members would like to bring.

Mary Stojak (aka M.P.Stojak and Mary Glennie) writes the occasional short story and novels, mystery and otherwise, with a paranormal twist. She’s never written one about the music world even though she’s been known to play flute professionally off and on through the years. Maybe next year? Mary’s a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She received her Masters in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University and has taught creative writing at the community college level as well as coordinating the MWA Carroll County Critique Group.

March at MWAA: Shaping the Story of You: From Memories to Memoir

March 20th at 7pm join us and speaker Susan Moger as she will give the presentation “Shaping the Story of You: From Memories to Memoir”.  If you are writing to release your memories, distill their meaning, and shape them into stories, this can be the most surprising and meaningful writing you will ever do. But first it’s necessary to subdue the critical side of your brain that can second guess you into silence. Drawing on ten years of teaching autobiographical and memoir writing, Susan will lead exercises designed to distract the internal critic, and others to coax out the memories in everyday “things”—papers, old photos, books, recipes, tools, clothing, music, scents, and tastes.

She will also share strategies for finding patterns in the stories of your life and discuss the ways memoir authors such as Wayne Karlin, Eudora Welty, Tara Westover, and Frank McCourt shaped their published memoirs: Rumors and Stones, One Writer’s Beginnings, Educated, and Angela’s Ashes.

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Susan’s novel Of Better Blood (Albert Whitman, 2016) was inspired by a family story; her published short fiction and poetry is rooted in family settings and events. “Life on Fire,” is her in-progress memoir of working for the New York Fire Department, in the 1980s. Her award-winning nonfiction book Teaching the Diary of Anne Frank was published by Scholastic in 2009. She has received an individual artist grant from the Maryland State Council on the Arts. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in The New York Times, The Bellevue Literary Review, Café Solo, and Texture.

Susan is a freelance editor and writer and an adjunct instructor of writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She has worked as a Senior Editor at Scholastic Inc. and was the first woman editor of the NY Fire Department’s training journal.

Learn more about Susan from her author page on Facebook, her Twitter account, @SusanMoger, and her website https://www.susanmoger.com/

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 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org, annapolismwa.wordpress.com/.

Postponed Due to Weather Conditions: February at MWAA: Between the Sheets- by Mary Bargteil

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Update 2-19-2019: Unfortunately, due to incoming Snow and Icy weather, we will have to reschedule Professor Bargteil’s presentation to another date. Please follow us on the Annapolis Chapter Facebook Page 
Join Us February 20, 2019 at 7 pm for Professor Mary Bargteil and her presentation of “Between the Sheets”.  Whether the scene calls for a young, first-time, sexual encounter between two lovers or the familiar gestures and deep knowledge of a couple who has been together for decades, the critical element is to address the intimacy of the relationship. We will begin by examining successful and disastrous examples, identifying effective techniques and pitfalls. Mary will lead the participants in exercises starting with the first brush of fingertips and escalating through complete consummation. We will address:  What do we call the body parts? When do we cut-away to waves landing on the beach? Assessing the reader’s sensibilities (and whether it matters).
Writers are encouraged to bring scenes with which they are struggling for sharing and critique. Whether you just want to dip your toes in the ocean or dive headlong into the surf, you will develop tools to take the reader into the scene.
Mary Bargteil, a finance and communications director for Consortiq, a drone company by day and an adjunct writing professor at night, is published in short story, novella, and poetry. Graduated summa cum laude with a M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publication Arts, her poetry has appeared in Gargoyle,The Light Ekphrastic, Scribble, Welter, Brown Bag Literary Magazine, Scorched Earth, and Octopus Dreams. She also taught creative writing and memoir courses at Anne Arundel Community College and at other private institutions for over a decade.
Most recently, she has been writing social media postings, press releases, and blog entries for Consortiq. She hopes to move to Colorado someday and establish a non-profit called The Madhatter School of Writing and Book Design. Till then, she resides in Arnold, Maryland, with her dog and kayak. She writes about writing, teaching, social media, and her adventures on two blogs: www.gypsyforhire.blogspot.com and http://demetersden.blogspot.com/  .
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 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org, annapolismwa.wordpress.com/.

December at MWAA: Open Mic Night!

This is always a crowd favorite, so be a part of the fun and excitement — start practicing now!

 

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Cliff Lynn reads at the June 2018 Open Mic Night.

Join us on Wednesday, 19 December at 7:00 p.m. for open mic night. (Well, technically, we don’t have a microphone, so you’ll need to bring your big, room-filling speaking voice). This is your chance to read from your published or unpublished, finished or in-progress work in front of a friendly group of supportive people. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for you to bring a friend or two along for that extra measure of camaraderie.

How to prepare:
Pick a passage that you feel represents your work well.
— Make sure that your reading is no more than five minutes. You’ll be surprised at how short the passage is on the page!
— Plan to spend a little of your time putting the reading in context for your audience. Briefly explain what your listeners need to know to understand what you’re reading.
— Practice–with a timer! Get to the point where you can look up and make eye-contact with your audience, and make sure you’re reading clearly and with feeling.
— Let me know that you’d like to participate by sending email to jenny@jbyacovissi.com. You can change your mind later to join in or opt out. There will also be an opportunity to sign up at the meeting.

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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 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org, annapolismwa.wordpress.com/.

February at MWAA: Ghostwriting — Secret and Not-so-secret Collaborations

Thinking about other ways to make an income from your writing? Interested in being a part of book projects that can change lives? Join us at 7 pm on Wednesday, February 21 to meet a nationally bestselling ghostwriter and learn a little more about this “under the radar” writing field, including what exactly ghostwriting is and isn’t, how ghostwriters find and work with clients, what’s involved in this kind of working relationship, and what writers can do to get started.

allyemachate pro 300DPIAbout the Speaker: Ally E. Machate is a bestselling book collaborator, award-winning editor, and expert publishing consultant who loves using her insider knowledge of the publishing industry and wealth of experience to lead serious authors toward publishing success, whether that means showing a writer how to improve a manuscript, get an agent, or self-publish, or ghostwriting a book to help an entrepreneur skyrocket her business platform to new levels. Since 1999, she has supported authors on their publishing journey and takes pride in serving as their books’ best ally. Grab Ally’s free gifts and learn more at www.thewritersally.com and www.allymachate.com.

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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. 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, and annapolismwa.wordpress.com/.

January at MWAA: Mauled Men, Drowned Dames, and Crispy Critters: A Body Disposal Primer for Writers

Got an inconvenient corpse in your book that someone needs to dispose of? What about one that has turned up and needs to be investigated? Or perhaps a character that just begs to be offed in an interesting way? Whether you are writing mystery, thriller, suspense, crime procedural, or a host of other genres–or even if you’re just writing straight-up fiction–chances are good this interactive workshop will come in handy. Join us on Wednesday, January 17th at 7:00 p.m. to hear from workshop leader Jeanne Adams, who has spent 13 years in the funeral and cemetery business. She can give you all the facts about death, disposal, morgues, coroners, and funeral homes that make your plot points believable.

Jeanne P Adams professional shotAbout the Speaker: Jeanne Adams is an award-winning suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal suspense author who really knows how to get rid of the evidence! She’s written for traditional publishers, while concurrently stepping into independent publishing. Find her books on all major digital outlets. Featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Jeanne’s books are consistently hailed as “Best Suspense Books of the Year!” by Romantic Times. Follow Jeanne at www.JeanneAdams.com, on Twitter @JeanneAdams, or http://www.Facebook.com/JeanneAdamsAuthor.

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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 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org, annapolismwa.wordpress.com/.

November at MWAA: Debut Authors Panel

3 debut authorsMost aspiring authors have a ton of questions about what it takes to get a book-length project published. Now is your chance to ask all those questions of three debut authors whose books have come out in the last year. Join MWA members Lisa Hillman, Ted Weber, and Sally Whitney, along with moderator Jenny Yacovissi, to talk about their various paths to publication, experiences with the process, and all the many lessons they’ve learned of what worked well and what they would do differently if they had it to do over again.

About the Panelists:

red jacket head shotLisa Hillman is the former President of the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation and a former broadcast journalist. She is a board member of Pathways and Samaritan House, programs that serve addicts. A frequent contributor to area magazines, Lisa lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband Richard and greyhound Harry. She is the proud mother of two children, Heidi and Jacob. Secret No More, her first book, was published in 2017. Learn more about Lisa, her blogs and speaking engagements at www.lisahillmanauthor.com

Ted and macaw 2Ted Weber has pursued writing and music since childhood, and learned filmmaking and screenwriting in college, along with a little bit of physics. His first published novel, a near-future cyberpunk thriller titled Sleep State Interrupt, was nominated as a finalist for the 2017 Compton Crook Award. Mr. Weber is working on two sequels and several other books. By day, Mr. Weber works as an ecologist for a non-profit organization and has had a number of scientific papers and book chapters published. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Karen. He enjoys traveling and has visited all seven continents. Find out more about the book at savethereefs.wixsite.com/sleepstateinterrupt.

Sally Whitney color photo for webAlthough Sally Whitney has spent most of her adult life in northern and midwestern states, her imagination lives in the South, the homeland of her childhood. Her debut novel Surface and Shadow, released in 2016, tells the story of a young wife and mother who risks her marriage and her husband’s career to find out what really happened in the suspicious death of a mill owner in a small North Carolina town. Sally’s short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Best Short Stories from the Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest 2017. She blogs at her website, SallyWhitney.com, and at LateLastNightBooks.com, a blog for readers of fiction.

Jenny YacovissiPanel moderator Jenny Yacovissi is the President of MWAA and the chair of the 2017/2018 Washington Writers Conference. She writes a monthly column for the Washington Independent Review of Books (WIRoB) and is a frequent reviewer for both WIRoB and the Historical Novels Review of the Historical Novel Society. Her debut novel, Up the Hill to Home, published in 2015, follows four generations of a family in Washington, DC between the Civil War and the Great Depression. You can find her blog at jbyacovissi.com

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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 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org, annapolismwa.wordpress.com/.

October at MWAA: Open Mic Night!

This is always a crowd favorite, so be a part of the fun and excitement — start practicing now!

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Andrew McDowell reads from his upcoming novel, Mystical Greenwood, at the 2016 MWA Annapolis Open Mic Night.

Join us on Wednesday, 18 October at 7:00 p.m. for open mic night. (Well, technically, we don’t have a microphone, so you’ll need to bring your big, room-filling speaking voice). This is your chance to read from your published or unpublished, finished or in-progress work in front of a friendly group of supportive people. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for you to bring a friend or two along for that extra measure of camaraderie.

How to prepare:
Pick a passage that you feel represents your work well.
— Make sure that your reading is no more than five minutes. You’ll be surprised at how short the passage is on the page!
— Plan to spend a little of your time putting the reading in context for your audience. Briefly explain what your listeners need to know to understand what you’re reading.
— Practice–with a timer! Get to the point where you can look up and make eye-contact with your audience, and make sure you’re reading clearly and with feeling.
— Let me know that you’d like to participate by sending email to jenny@jbyacovissi.com. You can change your mind later to join in or opt out. There will also be an opportunity to sign up at the meeting.

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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 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 at Maryland Hall, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: http://www.marylandwriters.org, annapolismwa.wordpress.com/.