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
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/.
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.
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!