Call for Ideas!

The officers of the HoCo Chapter will be putting together next year’s monthly meetings starting in September.  If you have ideas for what you would like to see (or who you would like to see) on next year’s schedule, now is the time to start bombarding us with your suggestions! Send your suggestions hereSuzanne, Chapter President, nmirish059@gmail.com

Upcoming Conferences

September 15th Writing to Inspire Christian Writers Workshop at the Tea Room in Frederick, MD.  One day, $40 per person or $60 / couple. On the schedule: Novella writing; Approaching Editors & Agents; Self-Editing 101, Preparing your Manuscript.  Contact Rita Gerlach at rpkg@comcast.net if interested; this is a small conference capped at 50 attendees.

Sept 28 – 30 The Baltimore Book Festival at the Inner HarborThis one is huge and diverse, with something for everyone: http://www.baltimorebookfestival.com/ to be avalanched with details!

10 November – The Baltimore Writers Conference at Towson University.  http://www.baltimorewritersconference.org/

Have a conference you’d like to see on our list? Let us know!

Critique Groups in Howard County

Just getting started with writing? Been writing forever but need a fresh perspective on your work? Consider joining a HoCo Chapter Critique group!

The Chapter currently has four active critique groups, and a couple of have openings. In addition, we are happy to open new groups depending on demand. In particular, it would be great to have groups specializing in:

— Poetry (none of our current groups have this as a focus);

— Meeting in the west county (French Twist Coffee House in Sykesville, Glenwood Library, or similar);

If anyone is interested in a purely virtual group focused on flash fiction, let me know!  Suzanne, nmirish059@gmail.com

Upcoming Events at HoCo MWA

Spoken Word, featuring an overview of this fascinating genre by Patti Ross, along with examples voiced by a professional actor.  We will also have the opportunity to try our hands at creating texts. Who knows, maybe you will have your effort read aloud by a professional who really knows how to give it maximum impact!

** Note: This meeting will also have elections for the HoCo Chapter Officers for the next year. Come let your voices be heard and your votes registered.

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

About the Speakers

Patti Ross is an enthusiastic supporter of equitable access to education and a life-long learner. She holds a Master’s degree in human resource management. Ms. Ross has passion for homeless services and has been an active volunteer at Sarah’s Hope, Mount Street, an emergency shelter for women and children in West Baltimore. She is the co-Founder of the Baltimore site of the non-profit So What Else Can We Do to Help and actively participates in the sites programming. She is also a member of the board of the Marki Foundation and as a lover of literature and an aspiring poet Ms. Ross holds the position of Secretary for the Maryland Writers Association. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority an international public service sorority.

Niles Finklea is a versatile Actor with a background in Theater, Television, Commercials, and Film. He has trained at the Yale University, Studio Theater, Goucher College, and with Acting Coach, Denise Diggs. Some of his credits include: Dutchman, Ananse, Fannie Lou Hamer Musical, Much Ado About Nothing, Survivor’s Remorse, Kevin Probably Saves the World, Loving, For My Man, Animal Farm, and more. He is also a Spoken Word Poet/Songwriter, Public Speaker, Impressionist, and an Improv Actor. Currently, he is striving for growth within his craft.

 

And coming up:

16 August – Poetry in Motion, a workshop led by JA Grier.

20 September –Mauled Men, Drowned Dames, and Crispy Critters: a Body Disposal Primer for Writers, led by Jeanne Adams

18 October – Get your short fiction, poetry, and screenplay excerpts polished up because this is our annual Open Mic and Critique!

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.

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.