Chapter News, Meetings

May 13 Chapter Meeting: Dialogue – Importance & Purposes

Be with us during our May meeting for a presentation on the “Importance and Purposes of Dialogue.” This presentation, by Judy Kelly, will delve deep into dialogue giving you new insight into this technique. You will come away with a different understanding, a new purpose, and a strong need to make changes in your own manuscript.

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June 7 Chapter Meeting – Paths to Publishing with Local Writers

There are many paths to publishing. In June, MWA Mo-Co will host a panel of new, local writers. Published within the last two years, they will each share their journeys. Circuitous or straight, funny or frustrating, this is a tell-all of the wonderful world of writing from people just like us. We’ll share in their journeys from idea to publication.

Chapter News, Meetings

April 5 Chapter Meeting: Open-Mic Night for Writers!

Read to us, Please!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9 pm

Reading your work to a receptive audience can be exhilarating—and we promise to behave! Join us for the Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) Montgomery County Chapter’s Open-Mic Night, and enjoy plenty of literary fun, fellowship, and food. Our chapter program chair Judy Kelly, published novelist and conference speaker , will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Come to read, or come to be riveted to your seats by the creative writing talents at this event.

Open Mic reading slots are limited:

  • Space is limited. Sign up early to reserve your spot.
  • To sign up: Send your name and genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) to mwamc at marylandwriters.org.
  • Time limits (5 minutes) will be strictly enforced. Please prepare accordingly.

Come cheer on our participants:

  • Even if you aren’t reading, you won’t want to miss the stories your fellow members will be sharing
  • Slots will be open for those who did not sign up in advance.
  • Location and Directions

    Date/Time:     Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 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

Nancy DAy Sakaduski photo
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March 4th Meeting How to Write Winning Short Stories

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Workshop with Nancy Day Sakaduski

Short stories are hot again, and provide a great way to get published and build writing credentials. In this workshop you’ll learn how short stories differ from novels and get help with structure, setting, characters, dialogue, beginnings, endings, and more. Find out where you can market short stories and how to identify contests worth entering.

Bring a pen and paper, as you’ll be taking your new knowledge out for a spin with some short exercises. This workshop is jam-packed with practical, actionable information that will improve your writing, no matter what kind of writing you’re doing.

About the Facilitator

Nancy Sakaduski photoNancy is the author of How to Write Winning Short Stories and owner of Cat & Mouse Press, in Lewes, DE, where she works with writers to help them perfect their short stories and prepare them for publication. Nancy is the author of hundreds of articles and 23 published books. She runs the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest and curates Writing is a Shore Thing, a weekly online newspaper filled with useful writing tips and advice. Find out more at www.catandmousepress.com.

Location and Directions

Date/Time:     Saturday, March 4, 2017, 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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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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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.

Karen Valentine Photo

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

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February 25: Networking Happy Hour at Azucar

MWA-Montgomery is pleased to announce we will be hosting a networking happy hour February 25 with members of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and the Mid-Atlantic Book Publishers Association (MBPA).

This event brings together people from all sides of the publishing industry to meet, mingle, exchange business cards, and have fun!

Please join us Thursday, February 25, at Azucar Restaurant, 14418 Layhill Road, Silver Spring, MD 20906, from 6 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Cash bar.

We will be in the private room next to the bar. Please enter through the side door (not the main restaurant entrance). Parking is plentiful and free.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Admittance is free for MWA and MBPA members. All others, $5 cash or check at the door.

Email Katherine Pickett at mwamc@marylandwriters.org with questions or to RSVP.

We hope to see you there!

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Critique and Critique Group Resources

At the December meeting of the MWA-Montgomery, Carolee Noury presented tips and best practices for giving and receiving critique. She also provided some very helpful resources for finding critique partners and forming critique groups.

Here are the resources from Carolee’s handout. You can also find them located permanently on our Resources page.

How to Give Helpful Critique

https://beckylevine.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/troubleshootingdynamicspdf1.pdf

http://www.scribophile.com/academy/how-to-write-a-great-critique

http://www.writingforward.com/writing-tips/tips-for-critiquing-other-writers-work

http://jamigold.com/tag/beta-reading-and-critiquing/ (ßmany helpful articles and her critique sheet are linked there)

 

How to Make the Most of Critique on Your Work

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/guest-post/4-ways-to-make-the-most-of-a-critique-group

https://beckylevine.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/expectfromcritique1.pdf

 

How to Form/Run/Find a Critique Group

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/5-techniques-for-managing-group-critiques

https://beckylevine.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/rightfitpdf5.pdf

 

Online Critique Groups and Resources

critiquecircle.com

“Critique Circle is an online writing workshop for all authors, whether they write literary fiction, genre fiction, articles or short stories.”

critters.org

“The ultimate goal of Critters is to help improve your craft, not only by having your work dissected by other members, but also by learning to dissect your own work (by, of course, dissecting others).”

(Compiled by Carolee Noury, caroleenoury [at] gmail [dot] com, December 2015)

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Volunteering Opportunities: Secretary of the Board and the Greenbelt Festival of Lights

As an all-volunteer organization, MWA-Montgomery relies on you, our members, to make our chapter meetings and special events possible. We have volunteer opportunities of all sizes throughout the year, and we always welcome new faces and fresh voices to help us become stronger.

We are currently looking for a new Secretary of the Board as well as volunteers to work the table at the Greenbelt Festival of Lights.

Secretary of the Board

Have you thought about joining the board? This is a great time to find out what it’s all about! We are looking for someone to step in for the remainder of the 2015-2016 board term, ending June 2016. Are you up to the challenge?

The position entails:

  1. Attending a monthly 1.5-hour board meeting. This is usually by phone, with an in-person meeting once a quarter.
  2. Taking minutes at the board meeting.
  3. Attending as many chapter meetings as you can.
  4. Filling out a one-page chapter report that lists how many people were at the meeting, who the speaker was, and a few other points.
  5. Helping out for a couple of hours at the three book festivals that we do each year.
All board members help plan events and contribute to our mission of building a community of writers.
For more information, email Katherine Pickett at mwamc@marylandwriters.org.

 

Greenbelt Festival of Lights

This two-day event takes place December 5 and 6 at the Greenbelt Community Center. MWA-Montgomery is looking for volunteers to staff the table. You can mingle with other MWA members, spread the word about MWA and what it offers writers, and sell your book if you have one.

Volunteers who will be selling a book are asked to donate 3-4 hours. Those who do not have a book are invited to donate 2 or more hours. Help with setup and breakdown is always appreciated!

Please visit our sign-up form on SignUp Genius at  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f48a5af29aafa7-greenbelt1 to learn more and to sign up. I hope you’ll join us!