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July 2020

(Zoom) The Intertwined Crafts of Thinking and Writing Well

July 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom

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, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom

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, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom

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, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom

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, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom

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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December 2020

(Zoom) Open Mic Night

December 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom

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 fun and excitement. Start practicing now! Here’s how to prepare: Select something you feel represents your work well. Make sure your reading is no more than five minutes. You’ll be…

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January 2021

(Zoom) Writers Block Workshop with CJ Crowe

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom

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 that sometimes develops inside one of these scenarios. There must be some kind of outside-of the-box technique to help get back outside-of-the-box! To register for this online Zoom meeting, visit:…

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February 2021

(Zoom) Navigating the Paths of Publishing with Michele Chynoweth

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom

Michele Chynoweth Learn from a best-selling author, editor and marketing expert who has been through a variety of publishing paths including self-publishing, working with a literary agent, and contracting with small and large traditional publishers – and whose novels have gone on to win a number of literary awards and earn her major reviews, publicity and the number one spot on the Amazon bestseller list. Join Michele Chynoweth as she discusses all of the various publishing paths, the pros and…

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March 2021

(Zoom) One Woman Living History with Mary Ann Jung

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom

Mary Ann Jung is an award-winning actress and Smithsonian Scholar who performs delightful and inspiring shows about amazing women in history. She has appeared on CNN and Good Morning America and done numerous shows for the National Archives and Smithsonian Museums. She has been a lead actress and Royal Court Director at the MD Renaissance Festival for 40 years. She was Director of Street Theater and Family Performances at ArtScape for 10 years. Since her programs are wonderful for all…

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April 2021

(Zoom) Writing as Activism with Robert Stubblefield

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom

Writing is like many things in this world. It is a tool and not an end-all be-all solution to everything. However, words, especially that of the written word, have power and can help motivate and inspire those to speak up and demand change as well as use their voice in different ways. From ancient times to the present, writing has been a tool to help capture and describe the winds of change and provide a blueprint for future generations in…

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