Writing conferences crop up all over the place every year. Most cover a lot of the same material — how to query, how to approach an agent, how to build a platform. A few focus more specifically on craft. Here’s one that sounds fully craft-driven, and actually offers time for writing!
The Writer Unboxed Un-Conference will kick off on Monday, November 3rd in Salem, Massachusetts, and span the week, culminating in a full-day workshop by Donald Maass on Friday, November 7th, and a cocktail party hosted by the Salem Literary Festival. Sessions will take place in The House of the Seven Gables Visitors Center, the Hawthorne Hotel’s Library and Ballroom, and–for those who want to write–space in one of the oldest membership libraries in the country, The Salem Athenaeum.
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!
The St. Mary’s County Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association is off and running! We’re pleased to have elected officers for the 2013-2014 term as follows:
- President: Nancy Smay
- Vice President: Tim Moraca
- Secretary: Lisa LaPaglia
Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 9th at 6:30pm at the Lexington Park Library.
More information to come!