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December 7 Chapter Meeting: Critique Night

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Maryland Writers,

Are you sitting on a poem, short story or novel because you feel there is something wrong with it, something is missing, but you just can’t see what it is? Do you have something that you feel you must complete; every fiber in your body pushes you to complete it, but something is wrong with it and you just can’t see it? Why not let others help you? We don’t always see problems when we’re so close to our work, but others can see what is missing or needed in your poem, short story or novel.

Come and join us as we get to know more about our fellow writers through their poetry, short story or novel.

Bring your expertise, poems (2- 3), first three pages of your short story, or novel to our critique session in December. During this session, others will share what they see and you may even receive suggestions as to how to proceed.

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Upcoming Events

JAN – Facts about Publishing. We’ll discuss publishing details you should know before deciding how you want to publish your book.
FEB – Poetry Workshop. Two poets will talk about their poetry and will teach us how to create a poem.

Location and Directions

Date/Time:     Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location:Mid-County Community Recreation Center / 2004 Queensguard Road / Silver Spring MD 20906
Directions: ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and immediate Right into parking lot
Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot

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November 5 Chapter Meeting: Eileen Haavik McIntire

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Eileen’s two historical novels, Shadow of the Rock and In Rembrandt’s Shadow, involved extensive research and travel. Shadow of the Rock focused on a story often mentioned in Florida history books about the grandmother of David Levy Yulee, Florida’s first senator. She was captured by Barbary pirates and sold to the vizier of Morocco, finally escaping to Gibraltar. In Rembrandt’s Shadow is the second in the series and follows a Rembrandt painting through the centuries while a present-day couple seek its rightful owner.

Intrigued by the plight of a young woman captured by pirates, Eileen conducted extensive research to find out more with the view to turning the story into a novel.

How would members of the Montgomery County Chapter conduct such a search? Through an interactive process, Eileen will lead a discussion of the creativity involved in answering questions of character, setting, and plot in an historical context. She will draw on the problem-solving capacity of the participants and then describe steps she took in finding out the details for her own historical novels.  These steps began with the obvious: online and library searches, continue with contacting authorities, and then on to travel to important sites in the novel. The last question for participants will be how to incorporate all the accumulated information into a novel. The program will conclude with cautions for writers.

About the Presenter

Eileen McIntire photoEileen writes the 90s Club mystery series and an historical adventure series. She is also president of the Maryland Writers’ Association and a strong advocate of MWA’s local chapters and its critique groups. Eileen and her husband, Roger McIntire, own Summit Crossroads Press, which publishes practical books for parents. Its imprint, Amanita Books, publishes fiction. She is also a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and Sisters in Crime. They live in Columbia, MD, with their little dog José.

Her latest book, In Rembrandt’s Shadow, is now in stores. Visit her website at: www.ehmcintire.com.

Location and Directions

Date/Time:     Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location:       Mid-County Community Recreation Center / 2004 Queensguard Road / Silver Spring MD 20906

Directions:     ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and immediate Right into parking lot

Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot

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October 12 Chapter Meeting: John DeDakis – The Grist of Fiction

Wednesday, October 12 2016, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

A sister’s suicide, a son’s fatal heroin overdose, a deadly car-train collision, and hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, are all personal experiences that led to the publication of the four mystery-suspense novels written by John DeDakis. To show how real life influences fiction, he will also trace the arc of his nearly 45-year journalism career — from getting tear gassed covering an anti-Vietnam War riot in 1970 to his former job as a Senior Copy Editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

About the Presenter

John DeDakis photoJohn is a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” and author of four novels in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series. John’s fourth novel, Bullet in the Chamber, was just released October first. It deals, in part, with the fatal heroin overdose of his son Stephen in 2011.
John DeDakis (deh-DAY-kiss) is a writing coach, a manuscript editor, and a writing workshop leader.
During his award-winning 45-year career in journalism (25 years at CNN), he has been a White House Correspondent and interviewed Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
John lives in Baltimore and has taught journalism at the University of Maryland – College Park and novel writing at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland and at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C.

Location and Directions

Date/Time:     Wednesday, October 12 2016, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location:       Mid-County Community Recreation Center / 2004 Queensguard Road / Silver Spring MD 20906

Directions:     ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and immediate Right into parking lot

Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot

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September 10 Chapter Meeting: Be a social media SUPERSTAR, with Amy Mascott

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Since 2008, Amy Mascott has managed teachmama.com, where she shares tools and resources families can use to be the best teachers they can be for their children. Amy has harnessed the power of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube to build her network from the ground up, now reaching over 5 million users each month. Find out how you can use social media to propel your writing, find your tribe, and grow your own audience with tips and tricks from Amy Mascott. Whether you are new to social media or a seasoned vet, you’re bound to walk away with some tips and tricks that will work for you.

About the Presenter

Amy Mascott photoAmy is mom to crazy-cool 12, 11, and 9-year-olds and is just as active offline as she is online. She hails from the Keystone State but lives in the DC Metro area where she’s either cheering for her kids on the soccer field, biting her nails during swim and dive meets, or buzzing around her kids’ elementary school, doing the Room Parent thing.

Location and Directions

Date/Time:     Saturday, September 10 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location:       Mid-County Community Recreation Center / 2004 Queensguard Road / Silver Spring MD 20906

Directions:     ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and immediate Right into parking lot

Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot

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July 13 Chapter Meeting: Writing without Your Mind: Exercises That Open the Door to Effortless Creativity with Alix Moore

Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

All writers know creative flow: those times when writing is joyful and effortless. In such moments, our inner critics are silenced, and we are able to let the words pour forth without judgment or fear. At other times, we write in a state of dissatisfaction with ourselves, and the words are sticky, challenging, and just not good enough.

In this workshop, learn how to tell whether you are writing from your mind or from that deep, still place within. You will experience writing room both places, and participants will leave with practical exercises to help you stay in joyful flow.

About the Presenter

Alix Moore photoAlix Moore is a healer, a teacher, and a powerful channel for the wisdom of Spirit. She believes that our best writing comes through us, not from us, and she’s passionate about helping writers connect with their deepest words and wisdom. Alix offers intuitive readings and creativity coaching at www.yoursoulstruth.com.

Location and Directions

Date/Time:     Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location:       Mid-County Community Recreation Center / 2004 Queensguard Road / Silver Spring MD 20906

Directions:     ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and immediate Right into parking lot

Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot

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June 4 Chapter Meeting: Crime Scene Writing with Baltimore Crime Scene Supervisor and Writer John French

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Intrigued by the secrets of crime scene investigation? The legitimate science and not the made-for-TV kind?
Come out for MWA Montgomery’s June meeting with Crime Scene Supervisor John French. He’ll share his expertise gained by working for Baltimore Police Department’s Crime Laboratory and as a writer.
Learn about the basics of crime scene investigation with a focus on how they can be applied to fiction. The presentation will be packed with information and will even offer some opportunities for audience participation and hands-on learning.
Please bring your questions and forensic quandaries. (Fictional only please; other jurisdictions hate it when you make extra work for them.)

About the Presenter

John French photoJohn L. French is a Crime Scene Supervisor with the Baltimore Police Department’s Crime Laboratory. His duties include documenting crime scenes and collecting evidence to aid in identifying suspects.
With over 35 years of experience in crime scene investigation, French has witnessed many changes: from roll film to 35mm to digital photography; from ABO grouping to DNA; from cold case searches to databases; and that’s just in the last part of the 20th century.
In addition to his crime scene work, John is an author and editor. His books include The Devil of Harbor City, Past Sins, Paradise Denied, The Nightmare Strikes and Here There Be Monsters. John served as consulting editor for Chelsea House Publishers’ Criminal Investigation series.

Location and Directions

Date/Time:     Saturday, June 4, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location:       Mid-County Community Recreation Center / 2004 Queensguard Road / Silver Spring MD 20906

Directions:     ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and immediate Right into parking lot

Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot

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May 11 Chapter Meeting: Agent Insight and Q & A With Lawyer and Literary Agent Elaine English

Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Elaine English, an attorney and literary agent, will share tips on what every author needs to know about literary agents. As a retired agent herself, she’ll discuss the process of acquiring and representing new authors from the insider’s perspective, and as an attorney, she’ll have some tips on what you need to know when you’re accepting a contract of representation. Bring your questions!

About the Presenter

Elaine English photoElaine English has practiced in Washington, DC as an attorney since 1985 and as a literary agent since 2001. She is moving away from agenting and is not taking on any new authors or projects. Her legal practice focuses on advising literary clients on contract matters as well as issues of copyright and privacy law. She graduated from The National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

As an agent, English represented authors of romance, women’s fiction, and cozy mysteries. Her current authors include Toby Devens, Hope Ramsay, and NY Times bestselling author Tawny Weber. For more information, visit www.elaineenglish.com.

Location and Directions

Date/Time:     Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location:       Mid-County Community Recreation Center / 2004 Queensguard Road / Silver Spring MD 20906

Directions:     ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and immediate Right into parking lot

Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot

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April 2 Chapter Meeting: Working with Editors with Kathryn Johnson

Saturday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What type of editor acquires books for a publisher? How does the work of an in-house line or copy editor differ from prepublication and developmental editors? In this new and exciting age of publishing, writers of all ages, experience levels, and genres have many more sources for support during the process of writing and publishing their work. All of which improve the chance of successful publication.

Join MWA-Montgomery on April 2, 2016, when local author, creative writing teacher, and private editor/mentor Kathryn Johnson unravels the mysteries of what editors do (or don’t do) for their authors. She’ll discuss the reasons many veteran authors now employ a private editor to fine-tune a story before showing the manuscript to their agent and publisher.

The session will also cover ways in which any author can find and hire a developmental or prepublication editor whose style and ability matches their personality and needs, while avoiding scams and inferior editing services.

About the Speaker

Kathryn Johnson photoKathryn Johnson lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The author of over 40 novels with major U.S. and foreign publishers, she writes under her own name and a variety of pennames. Her books have been nominated for the prestigious Agatha Christie Award and won the Heart of Excellence and Bookseller’s Best Awards.

Kathryn’s recent novels include a trilogy of Victorian thrillers (writing as Mary Hart Perry) inspired by the lives of Queen Victoria’s daughters, and a new contemporary romantic-suspense series, Affairs of State, published under her own name. The first two titles, Mercy Killing and Hot Mercy, launched in 2014. A third title, No Mercy, will appear this fall.

In 2008, Kathryn founded WriteByYou.com a writer’s mentoring service, to aid individual authors in reaching their publication goals. She also teaches for The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Her popular course, The Extreme Novelist, inspired the book by the same name, which is now available everywhere in both paper and digital formats. Currently, she is Vice-President of the Mystery Writers of America/Mid-Atlantic region.

Location and Directions

Date/Time:     Saturday, April 2, 2016, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Location:       Mid-County Community Recreation Center / 2004 Queensguard Road / Silver Spring MD 20906

Directions:     ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and immediate Right into parking lot

Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot

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March 9 Chapter Meeting: Open Mic Night

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Read to us, Please!

The stage is yours!

Reading your work to a receptive audience can be exhilarating, and it is fantastic practice for the illustrious writing career ahead of you.

On Wednesday, March 9, please join the Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA), Montgomery chapter for an Open-Mic Night of literary fun and fellowship.

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Karen Valentine, published poet and writer, will serve as our master of ceremonies. Come to read or come to be entertained by the talents of your peers.

The details

  • Sign up early to reserve your spot. Time permitting, slots may be open for those who did not sign up in advance.
  • To sign up: Send your name and genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) to mwamc (at) marylandwriters.org
  • The time limit (5 minutes) will be strictly enforced. Please select a short enough selection of your writing.
  • If you aren’t reading, please come out to lend your ear — and your support!

PLEASE NOTE: We will meet in the Art Room, next to our usual meeting room at the rec center.

Location and Directions

Date/Time:     Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Location:       Mid-County Community Recreation Center / 2004 Queensguard Road / Silver Spring MD 20906

Directions:     ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and immediate Right into parking lot

Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot