Thanks to local member, Fred Ruark for letting us know that this Saturday, November 16th, there’ll be a gathering of local writers at Coffee Quarter in San Souci Plaza from noon until 6pm.
In December, member Tracey Pintail Quade will lead us in a workshop about mind mapping for writers.
Not familiar with mind mapping? Mind mapping is a visual way to extract and organize information from your mind. Have an idea for a story, but aren’t quite sure how to formulate it into a complete tale? Try a mind map. There’s plenty of information at http://www.mindmapping.com if you want a sneak peek, but please do plan to join us in December to try mind mapping for yourself!
Check out the latest issue of the MWA’s newsletter – Keyboard in Hand. St. Mary’s Chapter President, Nancy Smay, joined Annapolis Chapter Program Chair, David Joyner, to write a piece to help authors develop a “log line” for their novels. What’s a log line? Good question! Go read the article!
The St. Mary’s Chapter of the Maryland Writer’s Association is taking a break in November. There are plenty of great happenings around the state at our other chapters, however… Check ‘em out here!
Please join us TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22nd at the Lexington Park Library (in the Longfellow room this time, folks!) for our monthly chapter meeting and speaker. We will begin at 6:30pm.
Rebecca Woosley will present to the group, covering key areas to think about when building an online presence. This will be useful not only for authors working to build a platform, but also for anyone who goes online regularly and isn’t quite sure what they might be sharing with the world!
Rebecca Woosley has over 10 years of experience with the Department of Defense and has held many positions to include Imagery Analyst, Systems Administrator, and Information Assurance Officer.
Rebecca does not love the technology world, yet finds herself slightly addicted to it. Understanding how to protect your identity, your intellectual property and that of others is important when dealing with most any technology today.
In addition to her day job, Rebecca created and maintains www.NationalWhateverDay.com where Every Day is a Celebration! Managing National Whatever Day has allowed Rebecca to explore the technology world behind the mask of “Admin” tweaking her online presence over the years. One of the most important lessons Rebecca has learned is to keep on learning, but give yourself the freedom to not learn everything, as that can be a little overwhelming.
If you missed September’s meeting, you missed a good one. There was excellent discussion around the room prior to Wayne Karlin joining us, and while his talk was brief, it was full of useful information.
Through exploration of Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants, Karlin illustrated how much can be conveyed to readers through various points of view. At the end of the discussion, attendees rewrote a few lines from the piece in a point of view different than the one used.
This is an area that writers at all levels struggle with at times, and Karlin’s talk clarified and elucidated the benefits of using various points of view. Write on!
September’s meeting looks to be a great one — we’ll be hosting acclaimed novelist and literature teacher, Wayne Karlin, who will be taking us through a workshop about point of view.
If you’ve ever struggled figuring out who should be telling a story — should it be first person? Third? Close third? Omniscient third? Can you have an omniscient first person narrator? Why doesn’t anyone use second person? Why don’t YOU use second person? — then this is the meeting for you!
Bring a piece of fiction that you’re working on and be ready to do some work!
PS. It’s kind of a secret, but there might be a door prize or two.
We hope you have all had a great summer and that you’re looking forward to a productive year.
We’ve had two great speakers at our last two meetings — Angela Render spoke about social media for writers in July and Carolee Noury discussed writing the professional author bio at our last meeting in August.
Speaking of which: If you are an MWA member (I hope most of you have joined!) and would like your bio included on our local chapter “members” page, please email a one-paragraph bio to Chapter President, Nancy Smay and we’ll put it up! You’re welcome to send a headshot as well, if you like.
If anyone would like to participate in the Connections Round Table coming up on November 15 with acclaimed author Andrew Lam at CSM, please indicate your interest soon. We need to let the college know how many sets of materials we’ll need. Please learn more about this opportunity here.
We hope you will plan to join us for our September workshop, which will Wayne Karlin leading exercises and discussing Point of View in fiction. Wayne Karlin is the author of seven novels and three nonfiction books. He has received several Maryland State Arts Council fellowships in fiction, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Paterson Prize in Fiction, and an Excellence in the Arts Award from the Vietnam Veterans of America. He teaches at the College of Southern Maryland.
Our goal moving forward is to host one meeting focused on the business side of writing, and then one focused on the art or craft. Here is the upcoming schedule. Please note DAY and LOCATION changes due to the library being very busy in the fall:
- MONDAY, September 23, 6:30, Lexington Park Library: Wayne Karlin, Point of View Workshop
- TUESDAY, October 22, 6:30, Lexington Park Library: Rebecca Woosley, Internet Security for Writers
- THURSDAY, November 7, LEONARDTOWN Library: No speaker planned yet
- THURSDAY, December 12, Lexington Park Library: Holiday party?
We hope to see you at our next meeting. We’ve had a lot of fun lately with random door prizes for attendees and great talks! Come out and get inspired!
Howdy writers! Though the page is quiet, that doesn’t mean there isn’t lots going on for writers in St. Mary’s County!
Join our Facebook page to learn about ongoing writing opportunities — contests, festivals, readings…
Stop by the blog (that’s here!) to learn about upcoming meetings for the St. Mary’s Chapter and in our sister chapters.
Our next meeting, August 22nd, will feature Carolee Noury hosting a workshop to help writers get the all-important professional writer’s bio in order. Don’t miss it!
And next month, we’ll host Wayne Karlin, a professor of the Languages and Literature Program at the College of Southern Maryland. Karlin will host a workshop on Point of View.
The month after that, we plan to host member-speaker, Rebecca Woosley, who will cover Internet security for writers.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information – all writers are welcome, and your first meeting is always free!
As the summer draws to a close, its time to get our mind back on business. And what better way to get back to business than by getting our author bios in order? A professional biography is critical when applying for contests, publishing in journals, querying editors and posting on a variety of media sites.
Career counselor and MWA Vice-President Carolee Noury will lead a talk and workshop on crafting your professional writer’s biography. A well-written biography will sell you and your work to agents, editors, readers, and reviewers; Ms. Noury will show you how to prepare a biography that makes your audience notice and remember you. Learn about what to include, even if you feel like you don’t have any worthwhile experience, and how to get the kind of experience that you can include in your biography. During the workshop portion of the meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to identify the components of their own winning bios. So be sure to bring pens and paper, computer, or tablet with you, and your writer’s resume if you have one.
About the speaker:
Carolee Noury earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling at George Washington University and practices career counseling in Rockville. She is the Vice President of the Maryland Writers’ Association and Secretary of the MWA’s Montgomery chapter. Ms. Noury has completed courses in creative and business writing and is currently working on her first young adult novel, tentatively titled Favored. She enjoys reading stories with strong characters and layers of adventure. She also loves anything worthy of recording in her collection of notebooks — character name inspirations, weird (and often true) moments, story ideas, and funny conversations.
Learn more about Ms. Noury at her blog and follow her on Facebook. Her article “Tips on Applying Servant Leadership to the Workplace￼￼” appeared in the May 2013 issue of Voice of Leadership magazine, and her article “Living in the Procrasti-Nation?” appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Keyboard in Hand.
For more information about the meeting, visit the Howard County Chapter website.
When: Thursday, August 22, 6:30pm
Where: Lexington Park Library