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(Zoom) January 20, 2021 – Writers Block Workshop

Are you feeling frozen inside? Stuck in your head? Locked-up and, therefore, unable to write? Do you have a story idea coming to mind, but something is thwarting the starting process? Are you starting to feeling discouraged, demoralized, inadequate? Most writers will agree they have suffered through the creative agony... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) December 16, 2020 – Open Mic Night

The Annapolis Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) presents Open Mic Night! This is your chance to read your published, unpublished, finished, or in-progress poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc. in front of a friendly group of supportive people. This is always a crowd favorite, so be a part of the... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) November 18, 2020 – Make Writing Fun Again: An Evening of Group Writing and Discussion

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... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) August 19, 2020 – Creating a Template for Success: On the Importance of Structuring Narratives

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... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) October 21, 2020 – Writing Advice from a New York Times Bestselling Author

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,... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) September 16, 2020 – Separating Fact From Fiction: The Rise and Role of Journalism

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... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) MWA Elections & Annual Membership Meeting 2020

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.,... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) July 15, 2020 – The Intertwined Crafts of Thinking and Writing Well

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... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) June 17, 2020 – Allegories: Whispering Truths Through Art, Rhythm, Rhyme, and Story

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... Continue reading ...

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

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... Continue reading ...

2020 Meeting cancellations

Because of Maryland’s Shelter-In-Place Order MWA has Cancelled all in-person meetings until further notice Due to concerns about the Coronavirus, we have been forced to cancel this month’s meeting, Writer’s Block Workshop, and postpone the workshop with C.J. Crowe to another month. In part, this is because Maryland Hall will... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) May 20, 2020: Nonfiction: The Truth Versus Fiction

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... Continue reading ...

Canceled – April 18, 2020: Open Mic Event- Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library

CANCELED DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS 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! The event will run from... Continue reading ...

Canceled – April 15, 2020 at Annapolis MWA: Putting Yourself Out There: The Public Life of the Writer

CANCELED DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS 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... Continue reading ...

February 19, 2020 at Annapolis MWA: Storytelling Through Your Personal Ancestry

In recognition of Black History Month, the Maryland Writers’ Association invites you to walk with us through the journey of guest speaker Elayne Bond Hyman who, while researching her ancestral roots, has felt compelled to write the novel They Came Across South Mountain. With a story grounded in Maryland history... Continue reading ...

March 18, 2020 at Annapolis MWA: Writers Block Workshop

***POSTPONED*** Are you feeling frozen inside? Stuck in your head? Locked-up and, therefore, unable to write? Do you have a story idea coming to mind, but something is thwarting the starting process? Are you starting to feeling discouraged, demoralized, inadequate? Most writers will agree they have suffered through the creative... Continue reading ...

Non-Chapter Event: The Importance of Names by Andrew McDowell

Chapter Secretary, Andrew McDowell, will be the guest speaker at the Baltimore chapter. He will be presenting his topic, The Importance of Names, on February 27, 2020, at 9836 Greenside Dr, Cockeysville, MD 21030-5006. If you missed this presentation when he spoke at the Annapolis chapter meeting, here is your... Continue reading ...

NaNoWriMo Book on Sale

The book that started the National Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) phenomenon, No Plot? No Problem!, is on sale for $1.99. Whether you have ever attempted to write a novel in a month, successfully done so, or never even thought to try such a thing, this is a book worth reading. Continue reading ...

Report: Connecting Your Readers To Your Protagonist(s)

Ted Weber gave an excellent presentation about character development and its impact on plot. For more information on Ted and his writing, please visit www.tcweber.com. You can download a free copy of the character sheet used in the presentation as a Word document / PDF Format or download his Power... Continue reading ...

Postponed – 2020 MWA Annual Conference

From Brain to Bookshelf 2020 Register Now Where you can develop the craft and community network to take your writing vision from Brain to Bookshelf. Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29, 2020 College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center Featuring workshops, agent panels, pitch and critique opportunities and master... Continue reading ...

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