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April 2020

(Zoom) Putting Yourself Out There: The Public Life of the Writer

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

It’s hard enough to get words on the page—but then you have to get your work in front of agents, editors and readers. Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, the process can be daunting, and the etiquette expectations opaque and confusing. In this session, we’ll discuss what makes the public writer life feel daunting at times, and talk about some of the critical principles of being a bold, respectful writer in the public sphere, both in-person and online. We’ll…

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Canceled – Open Mic Event – Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library

April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library, 269 Hillsmere Dr
Annapolis, MD 21403 United States
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This will need to be rescheduled. See this link for more information. Read your published, unpublished, finished or in-progress poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc. in front of a friendly group of supportive people. Sign up for your five-minute spot at annapolismwa@gmail.com, select something that represents your work well, and start practicing now!

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May 2020

(Zoom) Nonfiction: The Truth Versus Fiction

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Although many people write research papers, reports, or essays in high school and college, nonfiction writers have the challenge of telling fact-based narratives that still ought to be vivid and engaging in order to entice people to read them. Meanwhile, the lines of where historical fiction and stories that are based on a true story can sometimes be blurred. What exactly is nonfiction anyway? Ms. Austin will offer insights about the nonfiction genre including the forms of nonfiction writing, as…

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June 2020

(Zoom) Allegories: Whispering Truths Through Art, Rhythm, Rhyme, and Story

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Allegory is a way to reveal a hidden meaning, to whisper truth using the medium of story, poem, song, picture, play, or even simply music to “say without saying” important things. It’s a means to bring the audience to a place of consideration, to cause the thoughtful reader and listener to pause and reflect, or perhaps to simply be still and wonder at the scene presented. Local author, Ben Anderson, will lead our discussion about writing allegories—how authors have done…

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(Zoom) MWA Elections & Annual Membership Meeting 2020

June 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On the agenda are the election of officers, readings of winning poetry from the 2019 poetry contest, and a moderated session for your input on important questions regarding plans for the coming year. We need your ideas and preferences. The meeting will be held by Zoom on June 20, 2 p.m., and is open to all MWA members and guests. Click here to register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApf-6hrjwoGNc6t21dUUfjlVWtb69u5-72 The MWA Nominations Committee has prepared the following slate of candidates for the two-year term beginning July 1,…

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July 2020

(Zoom) The Intertwined Crafts of Thinking and Writing Well

July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

What does it mean to “think well”? How does this skill relate to “writing well”? Freelance writer, editor and speechwriter, herbalist, permaculturalist, and traditional rug-hooking artist, Leigh Glenn, will take us on a journey through the intertwined crafts of thinking well and writing well that naturally lead to synthesizing and writing good stories. Stepping stones will include: drawing on diverse sources, being open to beauty, making discoveries, and reflecting critically on what you see, read, and hear. Leigh spent nearly…

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August 2020

(Zoom) Creating a Template for Success: On the Importance of Structuring Narratives

August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Flashbacks, multiple storylines, chronological order, and circular narrative structures are some of the options to develop your story when writing novels. And then there’s a handful of options to approach your plot development. What about point-of-view, emotional arcs, narrative arcs, motivations, and predicaments? How does culture influence both plot and characters? Having a roadmap of sorts to help support how each micro-decision impacts the story can be helpful. Guest speaker and award winning storyteller, Tope Folarin, will be walking us…

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September 2020

(Zoom) Separating Fact From Fiction: The Rise and Role of Journalism

September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

For twenty-five years (1988-2013), John DeDakis was deeply involved in CNN’s coverage of almost every major national and international news story, retiring in 2013 as a Senior Copy Editor of CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” DeDakis, whose journalism career began when he was tear gassed in 1970 while covering an anti-Vietnam War riot for a Madison, Wisconsin radio station, will trace the rise and role of journalism especially in these toxic times. To register for this online Zoom meeting, visit:…

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October 2020

(Zoom) Writing Advice from a New York Times Bestselling Author

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Most fiction writers spend a lot of time negotiating and then renegotiating how to assemble the seemingly endless amount of swirling ideas into a coherent story. Topics like external conflict, revisions, more revisions, editing, passive voice and dialogue, as well as how to manage time and approach a query letter, are often swirling around in a writers mind at the same time. Accomplished local writer, Brigid Kemmerer, will be walking us through a handful of helpful tips to help ease…

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November 2020

(Zoom) Make Writing Fun Again: An Evening of Group Writing and Discussion

November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Are you feeling lost, lonely, or uninspired? Trying to figure out how to reignite the creative spark in your writing practice? Even if your writing is stronger than ever, come lend your talents and imagination to the group in this interactive zoom meeting. Annapolis Chapter President Becky Shiles will lead attendees in a variety of writing exercises to help you reconnect with the creative muses and just have fun! To register for this online Zoom meeting, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtcuCgpz8jE9EpbkrjLEjaRCD2QlHOJ62q Our facilitator,…

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