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October at MWAA: Hometown Boy Rafael Alvarez Talks About His Writing Life

MWAA is proud to welcome Rafael Alvarez on Wednesday, October 19th at 6:30 p.m. Journalist, author, screenwriter, member of the Seafarers International Union of North America: Rafael Alvarez has done it all, and he’ll be sharing some of those experiences with us. Alvarez is a tireless chronicler of the under-represented,... Continue reading ...

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... Continue reading ...

Videos for Lauren Silberman’s talk, 2016-08-17

These videos are of of Lauren Silberman’s MWA Annapolis talk. For more details, please see annapolismwa.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/august-at-mwaa-bringing-local-history-to-life-with-lauren-silberman/ Continue reading ...

August at MWAA: Bringing Local History to Life with Lauren Silberman

Join us on Wednesday, 17 August 2016 as local author Lauren Silberman takes us on a journey through her work to capture the quirky stories of local Maryland history. Lauren plans to share the research methods she uses, such as networking/crowdsourcing, databases, primary vs. secondary sources, bibliographies, googling, interviews, how... Continue reading ...

July Chapter Meeting: Writers Wanted for “Destination” Websites

Looking for opportunities to grow your social media network and expand your portfolio of published works? Of course you are! Then you need to come to our July chapter meeting to hear our speaker, Tony Russo, who is looking for writers to contribute on a regular basis to a set... Continue reading ...

Your State and Chapter Officers

The new state board was elected on 11 June and began its two-year term on 1 July. We are thrilled to have a well-rounded slate of officers at the state level, and here they are: President: Eileen Haavik Mcintire Vice President: Janet Ruck Secretary: Chip Trimmier Treasurer: Kimberly Goon Communications... Continue reading ...

June 2016 at MWAA: Speak Your Words! + Chapter Elections

Be sure to join us on June 15th, when we’ll be holding chapter elections for the upcoming year; members must be present at the meeting to vote. But the real draw is that popular workshop leader Izolda Trakhtenberg joins us again, this time to help us improve in reading our... Continue reading ...

Videos for Austin Camacho’s talk, 2016-05-18

Austin Camacho gave a talk entitled “Writing Exercises”. Since there were some dead times when everyone was writing, I edited those parts out. part 1 part 2   Continue reading ...

MWAA Welcomes Austin Camacho in May

MWA Annapolis is thrilled to welcome the always-engaging Austin Camacho to our monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 pm. Austin plans to help us with some writing exercises, as he explains: Every writer needs a little inspiration now and then, but how do we jumpstart our imaginations? I... Continue reading ...

March 2016 at MWAA: James Gossard discusses his graphic novel MOBTOWN

In 1817, German Romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffman (1776 – 1822) wrote the short story “The Sandman”. Hoffman was in the vanguard of the short story movement. He did not anticipate that nearly two hundred years later his work would be the inspiration for a 1959 mobster graphic novel, Mobtown. On... Continue reading ...

February 2016 at MWAA: Katherine Pickett Talks Editors and Editing

Plan to join us on Wednesday, 17 February, when award-winning writer and editor Katherine Pickett explains what we need to know to make the very best use of crucial editing resources. Editors: Who They Are, What They Do, and How They Can Help You If you plan to publish your... Continue reading ...

Video and slides from Izolda Trakhtenberg’s talk

Note: for copyright reasons, several minutes were cut from part 2, but the corresponding topic can be found in the slides. Follow along yourself with these slides: trakhtenberg_FlashYourFiction_slides2016 Many thanks to Izolda for the great presentation! Continue reading ...

January 2016 at MWAA: Flash Your Fiction

To start the new year off right, at our 20th January meeting we’ll get our creative juices flowing with this interactive workshop from Izolda Trakhtenberg. Don’t miss it! Flash Your Fiction! What comes first–dialogue, characters, plot, or setting? Any of these can inspire us to create or present stumbling blocks... Continue reading ...

December 2015 at MWAA: Polishing Your Work for Publication

Be sure to mark Wednesday, December 16th on your busy calendar! For MWAA’s last meeting of the year, we’ll be joined again by always-popular speaker Ally Machate, whose humorous, practical, and realistic writing advice helps us all to up our game. Polishing Your Work for Publication Each year, more than... Continue reading ...

November 2015 Meeting: Members’ Read and Sale Night

Be sure to join us on Wednesday, 18 November for MWAA’s first-ever Members’ Read & Sale Night. This exciting event gives some of our chapter’s published authors the opportunity to read from their work, and gives the rest of us the opportunity to buy autographed copies of their work–just in... Continue reading ...

Videos from Jenny Yacovissi’s October 2015 talk

Part 1: Jennifer Yacovissi, “Publishers, Publicists, and a Reading Public” MWA talk, part 1 from wdj on Vimeo. Part 2: Part 3: Continue reading ...

October 2015 at MWAA: Publishers, Publicists, and a Reading Public

Jenny Yacovissi, local writer and current president of the Annapolis MWA chapter, will share her ongoing experiences as a debut novelist at the chapter’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 21st. Her talk, “Publishers, Publicists, and a Reading Public,” focuses on many of the lessons she’s learned the hard way leading... Continue reading ...

August 2015 Open Mic Night was a Hit!

On Wednesday, August 19th, MWAA hosted its first-ever Open Mic Night. Not only was the room packed, but we all got to enjoy hearing the wonderful work–both published and still in progress–from the participants. We will definitely be repeating this event in 2016, so stay tuned for more details. Here... Continue reading ...

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