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February 3, 2015

MWA Carroll County Chapter Meeting

February 07, 2015
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
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Finksburg Branch Library
2265 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048
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Author & Editor Ally Machate coming to Finksburg Library

You’ve experienced the satisfaction of producing a quality piece of writing, but now what? Find out who really decides what gets published, how to approach them without getting the proverbial door slammed in your face, and what these gatekeepers expect from you! Includes tips that will make your pitches, queries, and proposals more effective!

Biography
Ally E. Machate is a bestselling book collaborator, award-winning editor, and expert publishing consultant who loves using her insider knowledge of the publishing industry and wealth of experience to help others reach their publishing goals. Since 1999, she has assisted, guided, and supported up-and-coming authors on their publishing journey. Grab Ally’s free gifts and learn more at www.thewritersally.com and http://www.allymachate.com.

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January 21, 2015

MWA St. Mary’s County Chapter Meeting

January 27, 2015
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Lexington Park Library, Meeting Room A
21677 FDR Blvd.
Lexington Park, MD 20653
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MWA St. Mary’s Chapter Critique Group back by popular demand!

Tuesday, January 27, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.@ the Lexington Park Library

Bring up to 5 pages of original work, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman

January 13, 2015

MWA Montgomery County Chapter February Meeting

February 11, 2015
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Mid-County Community Recreation Center
2004 Queensguard Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906
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 “I think this one is doing Kickstarter right…” Neil Gaiman

February Chapter Meeting with Michael C. Dougherty:
Crowdfunding: What it is and how to use it to bankroll your next writing project

Are you looking to finance your writing project with someone else’s money? As writers, we drain our personal funds to attend literary conferences, print manuscript copies and books, pay for editing, and survive while we wait for that avalanche of acceptance letters and royalty checks.  Crowdfunding changes how creative people launch ideas, raise funds, and find supporters (and fans!!!). This new and exciting way to raise funds over the Internet is making its way into the writing community. Can you afford to miss this presentation?

At the February meeting of the Montgomery County Chapter, Michael C. Dougherty presents “Crowdfunding: What it is and how to use it.” Michael will share with us:

– An introduction to crowdfunding

– The differences between the Kickstarter and Indiegogo platforms

– How to set up a crowdfunding campaign

– How to choose rewards/perks

– How to market a campaign

– How to go from launch to a successful campaign in 30 days

Michael will devote the second half of his presentation to Q&A. So please come prepared to take full advantage of this awesome opportunity to consult with a crowdfunding specialist. If you have or are thinking about starting a campaign for your book or book idea, bring your questions and campaign plans, and Michael will review them to show us how we, too, might enjoy crowdfunding success.

About the Speaker

Michael C. Dougherty is an author and filmmaker who has run three successful crowdfunding campaigns that have exceeded his goals. He is also a crowdfunding consultant, helping others reach or exceed their campaign targets. He has launched a popular blog and podcast about crowdfunding called “Your Crowdfunding Sucks,” which you can find at his website, http://www.yourcrowdfundingsucks.com.

Directions
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

January 13, 2015

MWA Howard County Chapter Meeting

January 15, 2015
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Owen Brown Community Center

6800 Cradle Rock Way
Columbia, MD 21045-4809
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Wondering how your marketing efforts are working out? Nothing happens on the web that isn’t recorded somewhere. Angela Render will tell you what marketing metrics are available, and where to find them.  She’ll also give you tips on which tidbits of data are important, how to read them, how to compile them, and what they can tell you about your web marketing efforts.

Angela Render has over a decade of experience in design, programming, Internet marketing, SEO/social networking, cyber security, research and optimization,and integrated cyber development for small businesses. She applies he rtechnical foundation to maximize her ethical research techniques and online analytical processing, then shapes her findings into a creative strategic business plan. She is adept at shaping big-picture goals into actionable steps.She’s also an author with several books either in print or production as well as articles published in various magazines and ezines. You can learn more about her here: angelarender.com.

Meeting Time and Location:
Thursday, October 16, 2014
7:00 – 9:00
Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks.(The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.)  All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

For more information visit the Howard County Chapter website.  http://mwahocowriters.com/

 

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 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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August 26, 2014

MWA Montgomery Chapter Monthly Meeting

 

September 06, 2014
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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The Episcopal Church of the Ascension
205 South Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Local author Tom Glenn will share his tips on the mechanics of fiction writing—formatting, copy editing, and developing crisp dialogue—when he presents “The Forgotten Discipline: Fiction Craftsmanship” at the September meeting of the MWA Montgomery County Chapter. Mr. Glenn’s presentation focuses on the craftsmanship required to get published, and he will answer any related questions from the audience.

About the Speaker:
Tom Glenn has been writing fiction all his life, drawing from a plethora of experiences. He has worked as an intelligence operative in Vietnam, a musician, and a cryptologist. With a doctorate in Public Administration, he toured the country training federal executives. Seventeen of his short stories and two novels are now published, including the novels Friendly Casualties and No-Accounts.

Location and Directions:
Join us Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 205 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, in the white chapel. Just follow the signs. You can find directions to the church here.

 

MWA chapter meetings are open to the public and are free to MWA members and first-time guests. Returning non-members will be asked to pay $5. Non-members wishing to join MWA may do so at meetings or here.

 

 

June 17, 2013

Larry Matthews asks, “Biography: Fact or Fiction?” at the July Montgomery Chapter Meeting

What are the differences – and the similarities – between what we call “creative nonfiction” and a fictionalized account of real people or events? When the subject is the extraordinary life of an author’s own father, how does the author decide which approach to take? Find out when veteran broadcast journalist, novelist, and podcaster Larry Matthews talks about “Biography: Fact or Fiction?” at the July meeting of the Maryland Writers’ Association Montgomery Chapter, on Wednesday, July 10th at 7:00PM, at Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee Street, in Rockville.

In his latest book, Take a Rifle from a Dead Man, Matthews shares a fictionalized version of his father’s life. In his youth, Larry’s father sought to escape the Great Depression by leaving home and riding freight trains across the country. He then joined the military and took part in every major post-World War I U.S. military conflict of the 20th century. He fought in two of the century’s most vicious battles. He was a Cold War spy.

Matthews’ father led an extraordinary and difficult life. So why did he choose to fictionalize such a dramatic story? What are the benefits and risks in writing a novel based on real events rather than a straight nonfiction account? Larry will discuss his reasons for deciding to write this account of his father’s life in the form of “a novel based on real events.”

The room assignment for the meeting is to be announced. UPDATE: The meeting will take place in the CC Campus Center (Workforce Development & Continuing Education) building, labeled as “CC” on the campus map. This building is right next to the Physical Education Building where meetings have been held in the past. It will be on the right of the PE building when you face it from Parking Lot 4. Guests are asked to please park in student parking as designated by the white lines.

About the speaker:

Larry Matthews is a former broadcast journalist whose investigative reporting earned him a George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, a duPont-Columbia Citation, and many other national and regional awards. His memoir, I Used To Be In Radio, has been praised as “a funny and moving page-turner” and “a must-read in journalism schools, especially for those who aspire to be investigative reporters.” Matthews is also the author of the Dave Haggard thrillers Butterfly Knife and Brass Knuckles. Take a Rifle from a Dead Man is Larry’s seventh published book.

For directions or to learn more about the MWA Montgomery Chapter, visit www.mwamontgomery.com.