10 Minute Plays with Rich Madzel

Join our guest, Rich Madzel, to discuss the ten-minute play, which is a common genre for festivals and learning how to become a playwright.
A 10-minute play reading, including a critique, will be followed by the group writing the outline for a play.

Someone in the group will volunteer (or be volunteered) to write the play, which will be presented as part of the June 15 Try It Out Theatre event!

Thursday, May 17, 2018
7:00 – 9:00
 
Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

About the Speaker

Rich Madzel is the founder and producer of Try It Out Theatre in Columbia, a company focused on script-in-hand reading of short plays. He also writes, sometimes reads/acts, and directs.

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

History of The Mystery, from Poe to Present

The History of Mystery traces the progress of mysteries through the decades beginning with Edgar Allan Poe. Poe created the first detective story along with several other “firsts” for the genre. His writings inspired Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle who added techniques for developing a good mystery. Christie wrote during the Golden Age of Mysteries and belonged to the Detection Club which created specific rules for writing a mystery. These rules are still followed by today’s writers.

Britain may have had the Detection Club but America had the hard-boiled detective which was an integral part of the Pulp fiction era and influenced Film Noir. And let’s not forget today’s popular thrillers and their beginnings. In addition to examining the history of mystery, we’ll look at the influence Maryland had on the genre, both then and now.

Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:00 – 9:00
 
Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

About the Speaker

Millie Mack writes the Faraday Murder Series featuring amateur sleuths Carrie and Charles Faraday. She also just completed her first culinary mystery for her new Irish Bistro Murder Series.

In addition to her books, Millie writes a blog all about mysteries at https://www.milliemack.com. The blog features mystery authors, detectives, and techniques. To challenge the reader’s mystery knowledge, there is an assortment of mystery puzzles.

Millie lives in the Baltimore area where she is working on the next book for her mystery series.

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

You Only Debut Once

Local author Jenny Yacovissi shares some of what she learned in the run up to the release of her first novel, and in the aftermath. Understand why it’s crucial to know your publishing objectives, consider the pros and cons of small press publishing, learn how to make the most of the publication calendar, and find out what a publicist does. Be prepared to make the very most of your launch, because you only get one chance to have a first release.

Thursday, March 15, 2018
7:00 – 9:00
 
Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

About the Speaker

JennyYacovissiJennifer Bort Yacovissi’s debut novel, Up the Hill to Home, tells the story of four generations of a family in Washington, DC, between the Civil War and the Great Depression. Jenny is a member of PEN/America and the National Book Critics’ Circle, and writes and reviews regularly for the Washington Independent Review of Books. She is the conference chair of the 2017 and 2018 Washington Writers Conference, and serves as the president of the Annapolis chapter of the MWA. You can follow Jenny’s blog at jbyacovissi.com, on Twitter @jbyacovissi and on Facebook: jenniferbortyacovissi

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

Self-Publishing On Demand

Join Benjamin Franklin, Carl Sandburg, George Bernard Shaw, John Grisham, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, Deepak Chopra and a growing number of authors who have self-published their works.

Eileen will discuss pros and cons of traditional vs print on demand (POD) publishing, how to begin, and crucial considerations for self-publishing. Eileen and her husband, Roger McIntire, established Summit Crossroads Press in 1994 to publish Roger’s parenting books. Its fiction imprint, Amanita Books, was begun in 2011. Since that time, they have published five editions of its popular book, Teenagers and Parents: 12 Steps to a Better Relationship, and many other books for parents, sold foreign rights for two of its books to publishers in eight other countries, and published five mysteries. SCP has also published four memoirs in its First Person History Series.

Thursday, February 15, 2018
7:00 – 9:00
 
Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

About the Speaker

ElieenMcIntireEileen Haavik McIntire writes the 90s Club mystery series featuring the 90-year-olds at Whisperwood Retirement Village as well as an historical mystery series. She is currently president of the Maryland Writers’ Association and enthusiastic member of Sisters in Crime. She travels for research and has ridden a camel in the Moroccan Sahara, fished for piranhas in the Amazon, sailed in a felucca on the Nile, and lived on a motorsailer for three years. She and her husband live in Columbia, MD, with their little dog José.

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

Creating Your Social Media Roadmap

With over half a dozen social media platforms out there, which one is right for you, how do you use it, how much time will it take you, and who is going to care? Rest assured: It doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, I’ll show you how to nail down the basics and create a social media strategy that works even while you sleep. This will be a hands-on workshop exploring the interplay of promotion, community, and automation.

Be sure to bring your questions – and a pen!

Thursday, January 18, 2018
7:00 – 9:00
 
Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

About the Speaker

36033_1142201571091_6776510_nTiffany Carter is the Managing Director and resident Jane-of-all-Trades for NJA Productions. At the cross-sections of marketing, business development, and systems management she assists her clients in growing their creative ideas from inception to implementation to expansion.

 

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

Open Mic Critique Group

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Writers are invited to bring selections of their work to read aloud and get feedback from group members. Please bring no more than 5 minutes worth of material to read. Contact us at mwahoco@marylandwriters.org to let us know you are planning to share . THIS IS THE LAST MEETING FOR 2017. Look forward to seeing you and again in 2018!

Thursday, October 19, 2017
7:00 – 9:00
 
Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

Analyzing Effective Writing

Analysis is the process of breaking something down into its component parts so as to study it in detail. How do we break down our writing? What makes writing effective? We will explore some answers to these questions by analyzing some specifically selected writing samples.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
7:00 – 9:00
 
Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

About the Speaker

36033_1142201571091_6776510_nDonald McLean has been working as a software developer for almost thirty years, but has been reading almost since he was born. For many years he wanted to write, but never managed more than a few pages. One day a story idea appeared in his head, and wouldn’t let go until he wrote it down. He writes stories that are science fiction and/or fantasy but is, as yet, unpublished.

He has been happily married for thirty years; he and his wife have three grown children.

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

Getting Those Fight Scenes Right

Keith R.A. DeCandido, who is both a veteran writer of genre fiction and a second-degree black belt in karate, discusses the ins and outs of writing action scenes, from accurately portraying hand-to-hand combat to describing it in such a way that still furthers character and plot and keeps the reader interested. Attendees may feel free to bring in examples of their own fight scenes that they wish DeCandido to critique, though there’s no guarantee he will get to all of them over the course of the talk.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
7:00 – 9:00
 
Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

About the Speaker

KRADbio1Keith R.A. DeCandido‘s lengthy fiction career includes stories featuring superheroes (two Spider-Man novels, the Marvel’s Tales of Asgard trilogy, several short stories), Klingons (half a dozen Star Trek novels and short fiction focusing on members of that warrior species), strong fighters (novels featuring Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Executioner), and the military (novels based on Command & Conquer and StarCraft). He has been a student of karate since 2004, achieving his black belt in 2009, and since then he has also taught regularly, including two afterschool programs in New York City as well as a weekly kids sparring class. All told, he’s written more than fifty novels, as well as seventy short stories, a score of novellas, more than sixty comic books, five reference books, a metric butt load of essays and reviews and articles, and one role-playing game adventure. In addition, he’s a longtime editor for clients both professional and personal, having edited a line of prose fiction based on Marvel Comics, the Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers monthly eBook series, and a dozen anthologies. In 2009, he earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, which means he never needs to achieve anything ever again. Find out less at Keith’s web site at DeCandido.net.

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

Building a World: The Genre Fiction Workshop

Working on a sci-fi novel? Fantasy? Horror? Mystery? Thriller? Want to be sure you’re on the right track? Led by developmental fiction editor and literary horror/dystopian novelist Harrison Demchick (The Listeners), Building a World: The Genre Fiction Workshop is an opportunity to sit down with your fellow MWA members to analyze, critique, and improve those crucial first 4,000 words of your novel-in-progress. If you’re serious about making sure that the early chapters of your novel engage your readers–if you want your characters clear, your story engaging, and your world compelling and tangible–then this is the workshop for you.

 

Registration is required for this workshop. Space is limited.

Deadline for registration is July 4, 2017The deadline has been extended to July 9, 2017

Submission requirements for participation:

To register, Email the first 4000 words of your novel by July 4, 2017 to: HoCoPresident@marylandwriters.org

The submissions will be distributed to Harrison Demchick and the other registered participants to read before the workshop

Unregistered members can still come to the meeting.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
7:00 – 9:00

 

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

 

About the Speaker

Harrison DemchickHarrison Demchick came up in the world of small press publishing, working along the way on more than sixty published novels and memoirs, several of which have been optioned for film. An expert in manuscripts as diverse as science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, literary fiction, women’s fiction, young adult, middle grade, memoir, and everything in-between, Harrison is known for quite possibly the most detailed and informative editorial letters in the industry—if not the entire universe. Harrison is also an award-winning, twice-optioned screenwriter, an inaugural fellow of the Johns Hopkins University Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund, and the author of literary horror novel The Listeners (Bancroft Press, 2012). His first film, Ape Canyon, is currently in production. He’s accepting new clients in fiction and memoir at the Writer’s Ally (http://thewritersally.com).

 

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

OPEN MIC. NIGHT and CHAPTER ELECTIONS

Here’s your chance to read to a live audience. Come share your literary creations or sit back and enjoy your fellow writers as they recite their work.

Please limit your readings to fewer than five minutes per item.
(About 3-4 pages double spaced or 2-3 poems)


We’ll also hold our annual elections.

     President: Nancy Alexander
     Vice President: Rissa Miller
     Secretary: Donald McLean
     Treasurer: Steve Lubs

Thursday, June 15, 2017
7:00 – 9:00
 

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

 

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.