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June 15: MWA-Montgomery Hosts Writers, Editors, and Publishers for Networking Happy Hour

It’s back! MWA-Montgomery will host a networking happy hour Thursday, June 15, 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, June 15, 2017, at Azucar Restaurant, 14418 Layhill Road, Silver Spring, MD 20906, from 6 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Cash bar. Door prizes!

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 $10 cash or check at the door (to cover food costs). RSVP to Katherine Pickett at katherine [at] popediting [dot] net.

Last year’s event was a great success and so much fun. We hope you’ll join us!

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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.

Chapter News, Meetings, Uncategorized

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

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Chapter News, Meetings

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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Meetings

February 1 Chapter Meeting: Adele Steiner Brown

Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ekphrastic Poetry with Adele Steiner Brown

Ekphrastic poetry is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a description of another work of art, usually visual. Ekphrastic poetry conveys the deeper symbolism of the corporeal art form through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the action of, for example, a painting or sculpture.

Adele has a partiality for Ekphrastic poetry — poetry that some may think a little bit different. She wants to share that poetry with us with the hope that you will love it as much as she does.

About the Speaker

Adele Steiner Brown photoAdele Steiner Brown, poet, writer, and teacher, received her BA /MFA from the University of Maryland. She teaches at Montgomery College, coaches writing with the UMUC Graduate Writing Program, The Maryland Arts Council, and she has hosted the Café Muse Poetry Series. Her poetry has won awards and has been published in The Maryland Poetry Review, Gargoyle, So To Speak, and Smartish Pace. She has also published two books, Freshwater Pearls and The Moon Lighting; and a writing workshop book, Look Ma,“Hands” on Poetry.

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
Meetings

CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER January 14 Chapter Meeting: How to Write Winning Short Stories

CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. The short story workshop will be rescheduled.

Saturday, January 14, 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, January 14, 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

Meetings

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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Meetings

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

Meetings

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