A Note From Your President…
Hello Fellow MWA Members,
Let me introduce myself to those who do not know me well. I am Linda Ann Stewart, author of the Snow’s Maryland Mystery Series. It is my honor to accept the position of President of the Maryland Writer’s Association, St. Mary’s Chapter. I am grateful to the members for their confidence. After discussion at the June meeting, our chapter decided to change the meeting location to Leonardtown Library Meeting Room for the later part of the year. Meetings will be on the fourth Monday of each month at the Leonardtown Library from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The dates are July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26, November 23, and December 28.
We are excited to announce that Ellynne Brice Davis, author of Ellynne’s Top Tomato Cookbook has agreed to be our presenter on July 27th. Ellynne’s recipes have appeared in many publications including the St. Mary’s County National Oyster Festival Cook Off cookbook. Her prize-winning recipe, ‘Tomato Stack Salad’, was featured in The Washington Post. Ellynne and illustrator Joyce Lemontree Judd have published numerous children’s books including The Chesapeake Cats and The Easter Surprise. At the June meeting, members requested our chapter address possibilities for publishing. Ellynne will be able to provide us with many important strategies. Hope to see you at this informational event.
Your fellow author,
Linda A. Stewart
The proposed agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting on Monday, July 27th will be as follows:
- 7:00 Opening
- 7:10 Presentation By and Discussion With Author Ellynne Brice Davis
- 7:40 Business Meeting and Member Survey
- 7:55 Closing
Gulf Coast, A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, is now accepting entries for the 2015 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions receive $250 and will also appear in issue 28.2, due out in April 2016. All entries will be considered for paid publication on the Gulf Coast website as online exclusives.
Steve Almond will judge this year’s contest. Almond is the author of eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His short stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies. His most recent collection, God Bless America, won the Paterson Prize for Fiction and was short-listed for The Story Prize. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere.
Entries are due August 31, 2015. The $17 entry fee includes a year-long subscription to Gulf Coast. The folks at Gulf Coast will accept submissions via an online submissions manager and via postal mail.
Visit http://www.gulfcoastmag.com for more information.
The Forgotten Discipline: Fiction Craftsmanship
This presentation offers the rudiments of craftsmanship unique to fiction – basic reference materials, formatting, copy editing, and wording and structure, with a primer on the construction of dialogue.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 6:30 – 8:00pm. Lexington Park Library, Meeting Room B
Presenter: Tom Glenn, author of Friendly Casualties and No-Account
Come meet the authors for lunch at Lenny’s Restaurant: Saturday, December 13, 11am – 2pm.
Join us on November 25 for a critique group session. Bring one to five pages of something you would like critiqued by your fellow writers. And think about some questions you may want the group to answer about your work. For example, you may want to ask if your first line engages the reader? Are there grammar issues? If you would like written feedback, bring several copies of your work to distribute.
If time permits, a write-in will follow the critique session.
November 25 – 6:30-8pm, Lexington Park Library
Please note: All meetings will be at the Lexington Park Library from 6:30-8pm on the last Tuesday of the month. There is no meeting planned for December.
The mind was demystified at our October meeting. It was a scientific exploration of self-discovery — we learned some really cool technical stuff, along with logical reasons why we do what we do. There is always a method to our madness. If you missed the meeting, we’re hoping to schedule another visit with Julia Bates in the spring.
All future meetings will be on the last Tuesday of each month at the Lexington Park Library. Next meeting: Tuesday, November 25 – Critique Group and Write-In at Lexington Park Library.