December 15, 2014

MWA Montgomery County Chapter Meeting: January 3rd, 2015

January 03, 2015
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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Mid-County Community Recreation Center
2004 Queensguard Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906
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Promoting Your Work with a Hefty Dose of Humor

To grow as a writer, it is important to repeatedly push your work out into the world. Yet, the more efforts you make to get your work published, the more chances you take at rejection. How do you stay positive in the face of all that negativity? Blogger and multi-book author Kat Spitzer has a few words of advice for you.

Blogging maven Kat Spitzer will discuss:

- Tips and tricks for promoting your work—the emphasis will be on nonfiction, but her humor-based strategies may also be used for fiction

- How to push through negativity and self-doubt

At the January meeting, Kat will present “Promoting Your Work with a Hefty Dose of Humor,” offering tips and tricks for promoting your work and growing a (primarily nonfiction) portfolio while keeping a sense of humor. Kat started her writing career with small unpaid articles, and grew from there to publishing larger features, a newspaper column, various blogs, her own daily blog, and now multiple books. Her blog and books are humorous and upbeat, and that’s been her approach to writing in general. You may experience lots of rejections in this business that threaten your belief in yourself as a writer. Kat will discuss how to push through negativity and self-doubt and prevail, even if it’s one little step at a time.
About the Speaker
Kat Spitzer is the author of The Happy Hypochondriac and the newly released The Happy Hypochondriac Survives World Travel. She also writes the humor blog by the same name, which you can find at her website, http://www.happyhypochondriac.com. She contributes nonfiction freelance pieces to magazines and blogs and spent two years writing a weekly sports column for The Capital Gazette. While the Happy  Hypochondriac series of books is published by Apprentice House, she is also self-publishing a compilation of Happy Hypochondriac “Musings” books of her most popular blog posts. The first of these, Musings on Family Life, was released this summer. She is now working on a novel. Kat has a law degree, runs a small business, and is the mother of two and wife of one. The word “hypochondriac” appears on all of her medical records.

 

November 20, 2014

Cozy Up, We’ll Bring the Reading to You

It’s okay if you want to hole yourself up with some hot chocolate and a warm blanket. We’ll bring the reading to you. Here’s a reading from WYPR‘s The Signal by Susan Muaddi Darraj, one of the judges we’re lucky to have for the 2014 Literary Contest. When you’re done, get your own submissions in to us. Read our guidelines here.

November 14, 2014

Critique Session Set for November 25

Critique Session Set for November 25.

via Critique Session Set for November 25.

November 14, 2014

November 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Harrison Demchick

November 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Harrison Demchick.

via November 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Harrison Demchick.

November 10, 2014

MWA Baltimore Chapter November Meeting

Catch Aaron Henkin of WYPR‘s The Signal at next week’s Baltimore Chapter Meeting at Ukazoo Books in Towson. He’ll be discussing “Writing for the Ear vs. Writing for the Page.” Who’s going?

November 17, 2014
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Ukazoo Books
730 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, MD 21204
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Aaron Henkin, Host, The Signal, Sr. Producer & Cultural Features Reporter, will share “Writing for the ear versus writing for the page” and “Using innovative structures to tell everyday stories in new ways”. — at the November meeting of the MWA’s Baltimore Chapter on Monday, November 17, 2014  at Ukazoo Bookstore 730 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 21204 · (410) 832-2665. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

About the speaker:
Aaron Henkin
is a co-creator and producer of “The Signal” on WYPR. His work has aired nationally on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” PRI’s “Studio 360” and “The World,” and APM’s “The Story.” Aaron is also the creator, producer and host of the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings radio series, “Tapestry of the Times.”

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For all the MWA Chapter Meeting listings,visit the MWA website.

November 7, 2014

MWA 2014 Literary Contest up & open!

The MWA 2014 Literary Contest is now open–to members & non-members alike. And what’s better than winning money? Winners will also be considered for publication by Apprentice House Press! For guidelines and information, visit the MWA Contest Page.

October 22, 2014

New Maryland Art Martketplace Open for Artists

In advance of launching its new Maryland Art Marketplace, the MSAC is inviting Maryland artists of all disciplines to sign-up for the Maryland Artist Registry, and encouraging those with online selling sites for their art, crafts or artistic merchandise to opt-in to the Maryland Art Marketplace during the process.

Once launched later this fall, the Maryland Art Marketplace will be promoted by the Arts Council and its partners as a hub for Maryland-made art—including books, music and visual art—that is available for purchase online.

To read more, visit the MSAC website.

October 21, 2014

Zombies

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

The 2nd annual HallowRead will be held October 24th and 25th in Ellicott City, Maryland. On Saturday, Oct. 25th, I’ll be participating on a couple of panels, visiting with fans of urban fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, steampunk, ghosts, vampires, zombies, etc., and, of course, signing my books.

Leading up to this darkly wonderful con, I thought I’d share a few appropriate links, an excerpt from one of my stories, and other HallowReadish odds & ends.

As a fan of “The Walking Dead,” I couldn’t resist making my 1st themed post about zombies. Though I must admit, this season of the television show so far has creeped me out. The whole hunter or prey vibe, while it fits the Zombie Apocalypse, is more disturbing than last year’s Governor and crew.

To survive a Zombie Apocalypse, you might need a fortress like the one in

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October 4, 2014

MWA at the Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival

The MWA will be present and participating in the 8th Annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival. Stop by and say hello, or check out MWA President Lalita Noronha in the “Ask an Editor” panel.

For more information on the festival and program, visit the Frostburg University website.

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October 4, 2014

Annual Literary Contest

The annual literary contest is in the works–check back for more details on dates and submission guidelines!

MWA  Literary Contest Flyer

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