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.

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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.

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January 2015 Annapolis MWA: Members’ Read and Sale Night

Be sure to join us on Wednesday, January 21st for the first-ever Annapolis Chapter MWA Members’ Read and Sale Night. For this event, four of our members will be reading from (and in one case singing) their published works, after which attendees will have the opportunity to browse, purchase, and have the authors autograph the publications. Our featured authors represent a wonderful variety of genres:
Mike Pace is a thriller writer and author of Dead Light and the recently published One to Go.  Of Dead Light, Kirkus Review states, “Pace crafts compelling characters in service to a thrilling plot with narrative riches.”
Leigh Goff is a young adult-genre author writing bewitching fiction. Her debut novel,Disenchanted, the story of a young witch trying to break a true love curse, is now available.
Jane Elkin is the founder of the Broadneck Writers’ Workshop and author of World Class: Poems Inspired By the ESL Classroom. Her poetry and prose have appeared in dozens of journals, both domestic and foreign, including Kestrel,Kansas City Voices, Ducts, and Off the Coast.
Lee Chapman wrote his first poems at age 15, but spent most of his life energy helping physicists smash atoms at Fermilab. Now he writes songs and poems in which he explores the continuum between serious and silly. Lee will both read some of his poems and perform a song from his CD.

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.

July 2015 talk at the Annapolis MWA – Dave Pantzer

Local writer and teacher Dave Pantzer will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on July 15, 2015. The title of his talk is “Structured Writing: Making Rough Phrases Plain”. The “structured writing” approach provides guidelines to help writers tailor documents based on how their (often multiple) audiences will use them.  It gives a framework to help the writer consider the types of information she is providing, as well as guidance for the layout and ordering of that information.  Dave writes about the law, but these ideas may apply to a wide range of subjects and communication goals.

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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.

Bio:  Dave manages the Maryland People’s Law Library website (peoples-law.org), the Maryland Judiciary’s primary legal information and referral website, geared to the needs of self-represented litigants.  He also teaches undergraduate law at Towson University.  Dave’s prior work includes clerking for a Maryland trial judge and writing for the Social Security Administration.  Dave has an undergraduate degree in computer science, and experience teaching at a Chicago elementary school.

May 2015 talk at the Annapolis MWA – Paul Lagasse and Gary Lester

On May 20th, 2015, Paul Lagasse and Gary Lester will jointly give a presentation titled “Turn WordPress Into a Powerful Publishing Platform”. When most people think of WordPress, they think “blog.” But WordPress is much more than that. It is a powerful tool for easily managing web content — not just words, but also photos, video, podcasts, documents, and more. WordPress is also highly customizable, with a nearly infinite variety of themes and plugins to choose from. Find out how science fiction authors Paul Lagasse and Gary Lester customized WordPress to publish and promote their serial short stories and podcasts on Channel 37, and the tricks and tips they learned along the way. It will be for a non-expert audience.

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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: Paul Lagasse is a freelance writer/editor based in Annapolis. He is the owner of Active Voice Writing & Editorial Services (www.avwrites.com), which provides marketing communications, technical writing, and project support services to the public and private sector. He is a past president of the Maryland Writers’ Association and also of its Baltimore chapter.
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Bio: Gary Lester is a Fantasy/Science Fiction novelist in Owings Mills. He has been involved with the MWA since 2003, when his first Novel, Ursula the Yellow,  won first place in the Fantasy category of the MWA Novel Contest. He has help treasurer, VP positions in both the state and Baltimore Chapters and was once the Baltimore Chapters President. He works with Ally Peltier in the management of MWA books and with Paul Lagasse with Channel 37 (channel-37.net).
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December 2014 Annapolis MWA Meeting With Kat Spitzer

Kat Spitzer will be speaking December 17 at the Annapolis Chapter Meeting of the Maryland Writer’s Association on the topic of “Making a Book Trailer on a Budget”. She will discuss different avenues for doing a book trailer, the pros and cons of going with a professional company versus creating one on your own, and her own experiences with making a book trailer for her books.

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.

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Kat Spitzer is the author of The Happy Hypochondriac and the newly released The Happy Hypochondriac Survives World Travel. She also writes the humor blog by the same name, which you can find at her website, www.happyhypochondriac.com. She contributes nonfiction freelance pieces to magazines and blogs and writes a weekly sports column for The Capital Gazette. While the Happy Hypochondriac series of books is published by Apprentice House, she is also self publishing a compilation of Happy Hypochondriac “Musings” books of her most popular blog posts. The first of these, Musings on Family Life was released this summer. She is now working on a novel. Kat has a law degree, runs a small non-profit, and is the mother of two, wife of one. The word “hypochondriac” appears on all of her medical records.

Here is the book trailer forThe Happy Hypochondriac Survives World Travel:

Julia Vickers will be the March 2015 speaker

Julia Vickers, a local area writer and filmmaker, will speak on March 18, 2015. Movies and novels talk to us about our culture and about ourselves. Join Julia Vickers, producer of the documentary Jungian Archetype in Film, to discuss classic novels and films that have endured. The Wizard of Oz, Frankenstein and film noir, are just a few to be discussed. The title of her talk will be Jungian Archetype in Film and Novels. 

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 at 6:30pm on 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.

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Julia Vickers has been working in the Washington DC documentary community for over 15 years and has worked for PBS, WDCA and numerous independent documentaries. She is the author of Lou von Salome and The Fourth Fragment.

The video of your talk is now posted.

Book signing at Hard Bean, Annapolis city dock, with Gary Garth McCann

Local author Gary Garth McCann will be signing The Man Who Asked to Be Killed at the Hard Bean Cafe, Annapolis city dock, this Saturday and Sunday, Sep 20-21, from 10a-1pm. All are welcome!

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In addition, Sep 20th marks the release date for the paperback and all ebook formats of Gary’s novel, published by A Few Good Books Publishing, Annapolis. His entry for The Man Who Asked to Be Killed (under the title Privileged Communication) won the suspense/mystery/thriller category in the 2010 MWA novel contest.

 

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November 16, 2011 Meeting With Murder Mystery Writer Tracy Kiely

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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.