Guest Speaker Set for July 27 in Leonardtown

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New President of St. Mary’s County MWA Chapter!

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

March 31: Crafting Fiction

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

Critique Session Set for November 25

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.

 

Missed the Mind Meeting?

brainThe 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.

October Meeting: “Demystifying the Mind”

CaptureJoin us on Wednesday, October 22 from 6:30 – 8pm at the Lexington Park Library for a talk by Julia Bates, Poet and Educator, on “Your Brain and Writing: Demystifying the Mind.”

When we sit down to write, what tools do we place before ourselves?  Favorite pencils, yellow legal pads, a laptop, pens with just the right kind of drag across the line?  And that most mysterious tool, our minds.  When we look at recent research about the brain, most of it new within the past 15 years, what can we learn about practices that would strengthen our use of that more mystical concept of mind?  Are the brain and the mind the same thing?  Do we gain insight into how to approach the experience of writing if we look from both perspectives: the scientific and the literary/traditional/metaphoric?  Do we want to have our concept of mind demystified?  What new habits might we take on as we wrestle with the task of writing?