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

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.

Writer’s Block!? Not me!

Did you miss our September meeting? If so, here’s a recap:

Guest speaker author Alix Moore kicked off our September meeting by asking attendees about their struggles with writer’s block. She then took us on a “field trip to creative flow,” an exercise designed to recreate a moment when we were completely immersed in an activity. By focusing on the positive feelings (emotional, physical, and mental) associated with this immersion, Ms. Moore explained, “The goal is not to get over writer’s block; the goal is to get writing again.”

Ms. Moore went on to explain that when we are feeling blocked, one of the following four places in our lives is not in balance: physical, mental, ego, emotional. An example of a physical block is a cluttered or ugly work space. The solution: Take the time to clean up, organize, and beautify. An example of a mental block is the intrusion of “hamster-wheel mind,” requiring an effort to settle ourselves mentally. An example of an ego block is procrastination, which may require affirmations or physical movement to get us writing again. Finally, emotional blocks can be dissolved simply by honoring the emotions.

After her presentation, Ms. Moore kindly stayed afterwards to answer individual questions. If you were unable to attend and want to learn more, check out http://www.alixmoore.net/.

Chapter Meeting: September 25 at Leonardtown Library

Don’t miss our next meeting . . . Thursday, September 25 (6:30pm) at Leonardtown Library.

Featured Guest Speaker: Ms. Alix Moore, BA, MA, will discuss “A New Understanding of Writer’s Block.”

Ms. Moore is a teacher, trainer, and published author. Her first book, Tapping the Well Within: Writing from Your Source of Effortless Creativity, Deep Wisdom, and Utter Joy was published in 2011. In 2013, Apprentice House published her work The Gift: How My Horse Taught Me to Teach the Toughest Children. Ms. Moore will self-publish four new titles with her own publishing company, Rising Moon Press, in 2014.

 

September 25 Meeting Flyer

July Chapter Meeting

Come and join us on Thursday, July 24 at the LeoTrish Colenardtown Library (6:30-8:00 pm) as Trish Cole takes us through her process, speaks on character motivation, and guides us through a writing exercise.

Trish Cole is a tomboy poet and playwright whose work often explores the intersect of social construct, gender, and identity. Her stage plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and regionally in Maryland where she is the recipient of the Maryland Community Theatre Festival’s 2013 Outstanding Original Play Script and the 2010 Excellence in Original Script Award. In 2011, Trish was a Bakeless Literary Prize finalist for her manuscript of narrative shorts titled Taking the Auspices. Trish is currently an adjunct instructor of English at the College of Southern Maryland. Her website can be found at www.trishcole.net.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests (so bring a friend, or two, or three!)  All others may pay $5.00.  Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance.  For more information please visit www.marylandwriters.org

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