October 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – James Gossard

Local screenwriter, playwright and fiction writer, James Gossard, will speak to the Annapolis chapter of the MWA on October 15th, at 6:30pm. Jim will be speaking about the differences between narrative expression and screenwriting. His talk will include a discussion of subplots and subtext and how they work in film. The title of his talk is “Don’t Forget About Subplots!”

James Gossard

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.

While penning his first novel, Jim worked as a freelance journalist, writing for wildlife journals. In addition to being an active screenwriter today, he owns a company that consults and writes for businesses and provides business advice to artists. He regularly leads screenwriting workshops that focus on building a screenwriter’s toolbox and understanding the elements that create a rich story in film. His workshops have been held locally at Balticon and for Women in Film & Video, in Washington. He has also served as a screenplay judge and as a script consultant for independent films. He wrote the Cory McCabe novels, Grizzly Heart and Murder on Marias Pass. His stage plays have been produced and have received multiple awards, including the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. Jim’s co-authored, feature length screenplay, Mobtown, placed as semifinalist in the 2013 Final Draft Screenwriters competition, among others. His latest thriller, White Dust, was named this year as a top ten finalist by StoryPros. He is currently producing Mobtown into a short film and graphic novel. Jim studied creative writing at the University of Montana and received his M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.

Jim is a member of Women in Film & Video, Maryland Film Festival, and The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. Today, Jim lives with his wife, Ann, in Ellicott City, Maryland

Note: This meeting will be in room 307 and not room 205.

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