Writing Diverse Characters: Archetypes vs. Stereotypes

Learn how to create diverse characters without falling into the pit of stereotypes.

Thursday, August 20, 2015                                                                                  7:00 – 9:00

About the Speaker

Day Al-Mohamed is author for the novel “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale”, written with Danielle Ackley-McPhail.  Day hosts the multi-author blog “Unleaded: Fuel for Writers”, and in addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts.

Her recent publications are available in “Daily Science Fiction,” Crossed Genres anthology “Oomph – A Little Super Goes a Long Way,” Sword & Laser, and GrayHaven Comics’ anti-bullying issue “You Are Not Alone.”  The anthology, “Trust & Treachery,” for which she served as co-editor, was released May 1st and two more comics are due to be released this year, as well as several short stories.  Her two film shorts were recently shown on local Virginia cable television, and two more are in pre-production. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, a member of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.

When not working on fiction, Day is Senior Policy Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor focusing on Youth.  She has also worked as a lobbyist and political analyst on issues relating to Health care, Education, Employment, Disability, and International Development.  She is a proud member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, loves action movies, and drinks far too much tea.  She lives in Washington, DC with her wife, N.R. Brown, in a house with too many swords, comic books, and political treatises.

She can be found online at DayAlMohamed.com and @DayAlMoh

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.

CRITIQUE WORKSHOP

Moderator: Lee Budar-Danoff

Come talk shop about writing and get feedback on your work. Whether you write for a living or a hobby, whether your passion is poetry or prose, whether you have been published many times or not at all (yet), you are welcome. We know that you will bring your own wisdom to the conversation and we hope that you will leave feeling connected, refreshed, informed, and inspired. Please limit work to be critiqued to no more than 3 pages double spaced or less.

Suggested: 8-10 copies of your work for more detailed critique.

–Don’t have anything ready for critique? No problem. Your insight as a reader is highly valued.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

7:00 – 9:00

Owen Brown Community Center

6800 Cradlerock Way

Columbia, MD 21045

About the Moderator

Lee Budar-Danoff sails, plays guitar, and writes when she isn’t reading. Lee volunteers as Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month and is an alum of the Viable Paradise Writer’s Workshop. A former history teacher, Lee spends that energy raising three children with her husband in Maryland. Her work has been published in Every Day Fiction, Free Science Fiction, Diabolical Plots, and her newest story is out today at Perihelion (www.perihelionsf.com). http://www.perihelionsf.com/1506/fiction_1.htm

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.

Chapter Elections and a Character and Plot Workshop with Brenda Clough

ANNUAL ELECTIONS

The Nominees are:

President: Amy Kaplan

Vice President: Peter Pollak

Secretary: Donald McLean

Treasurer: Steven Lubbs

Character and Plot Workshop

With

Brenda Clough

 

Thursday, June 19, 2015

7:00 – 9:00

Owen Brown Community Center

6800 Cradlerock Way

Columbia, MD 21045

About the Speaker

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest.

Her novel How Like a God, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires.

A finalist for both the Hugo and the Nebula awards, she has taught science fiction & fantasy workshops at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD for over 10 years. Brenda is also a volunteer for the Science Fiction Writers of America.

What Crazy Is That Cat?

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Presents

 Using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness and the Acme Cartoon Characters to make your villains truly Evil.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

7:00 – 9:00

 

About the Speaker

D.L. Carter was decanted from her incubation pod in the outback of Australia many decades ago. This terrifying event was closely followed by shrieks of “there, there it goes. Hit it with a brick!”

These valiant attempts to correct the existence of D.L. were, unfortunately, unsuccessful and she now resides in New Jersey, US., in a box with her toys, two human beings and four cats.

In her copious spare time – in between saving the world from alien invaders and serving our true feline masters – D. writes paranormal romances, regency romances, always keeping in mind her ambition to write the adventures of Reasonable, Practical and Sensible Heroines.

OPEN MIC. NIGHT

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

Feedback given upon request.

Please limit your readings to fewer than five minutes per item.

Reading sign-up is on a first come basis.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Owen Brown Community Center

6800 Cradlerock Way

Columbia, MD 21045

A Teen’s Road to Publication

A Teen’s Road to Publication

Melanie Batchelor

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Melanie Batchelor, a senior in high school, published her first novel in 2014. Come hear how she made that dream come true.

Join us
7:00 – 9:00
Thursday, March 19, 2015

About the Speaker

Melanie Batchelor is currently a senior in high school. She wrote her first novel, Remember Me, when she was fourteen, which was published in 2014. The book won a gold Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Best Book by Youth Author.  She plans to enter college in the Fall and continue writing.  

SPEAK YOUR WORDS WORKSHOP

Thursday, February 19, 2015

7:00 – 9:00 PM

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Izolda Trakhtenberg
 Speak Your Words: Authors have many avenues to share and promote their work: live readings, podcasts, audio books, book signings, interviews, and book trailers. Yet many authors hesitate to speak their words out loud. This presentation provides techniques to establish voice, character, pacing, and the confidence to read aloud.
Learn ways to use your voice to improve and sell your writing!
Maryland voiceover artist and narrator Izolda Trakhtenberg introduces workshop participants to characterization and voicing for presenting their work out loud. This skill set applies to poetry,  prose, fiction, and non-fiction.
In this Interactive Workshop, Learn How to:
    • Start voicing and developing characters vocally
    • Apply proper breathing, projection, enunciation, inflection, and emotion when reading work aloud
    • Develop the confidence to bring out a nuanced and authentic reading
Please bring six to eight lines of your written work to read aloud. Dialogue is preferable. Also bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated.

 

Owen Brown Community Center

6800 Cradlerock Way

Columbia, MD 21045

 About the Speaker

With over twenty years of experience working with clients like NASA, the National Geographic Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Izolda Trakhtenberg specializes in narration, audiobooks, foreign languages (Russian and Spanish), characters, and accents. She just completed her most recent audiobook project, “The Ghost Next Door: A Love Story” for best-selling author Ginny Baird. Her next audiobook projects will be her own two books, “The Fiddler’s Talisman” and “Life Elements: Transform Your Life with Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.”

She recently narrated online coursework for Project Head Start and the NASA movie, “Breathable: NASA Monitors Our Changing Air Quality.” She is also a music teacher and has a great deal of experience teaching people how to sing and how to speak in public. She presents her “Work in Harmony” team building and creativity workshops to corporations all over the country. She helps participants develop the confidence to communicate, build community, and share their work in a meaningful and masterful way.

WEB MARKETING METRICS

Maryland Writer’s Association
Howard County Chapter

Web Marketing Metrics

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Angela Render

Wondering how your marketing efforts are working out? Nothing happens on the web that isn’t recorded somewhere. I’ll tell you what marketing metrics are available, and where to find them. I’ll also give you tips on which tidbits of data are important, how to read them, how to compile them, and what they can tell you about your web marketing efforts.

Join us
7:00 – 9:00
Thursday, January 15, 2015

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.

Angela Render has over a decade of experience in design, programming, Internet marketing, SEO/social networking, cyber security, research and optimization, and integrated cyber development for small businesses. She applies her technical foundation to maximize her ethical research techniques and online analytical processing, then shapes her findings into a creative strategic business plan. She is adept at shaping big-picture goals into actionable steps. She’s also an author with several books either in print or production as well as articles published in various magazines and ezines. You can learn more about her at: angelarender.com

Whose Spooky Story Is It?

An Improvisational Writing Workshop

Bring your ideas, a sense of humor, pen, paper, and a flashlight for this wild ride down Creativity Lane.

Join us
7:00 – 9:00
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

Fiction Craftsmanship: the Forgotten Discipline

Writing good fiction requires creativity and craftsmanship, sometimes called technique or style. Creativity is innate; it can’t be taught. But craftsmanship is a learnable skill required to produce a publishable manuscript. This presentation offers the rudiments of craftsmanship unique to fiction—basic reference materials, formatting, copy editing, and wording and structure, with a primer on the construction of dialogue.

The presenter, Tom Glenn, has been writing fiction all his life. Sixteen of his short stories and two novels are now published, with two more stories and three novels currently making the rounds.

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Join us

7:00 – 9:00

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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.) Donators get an extra door prize ticket. 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.

Supporting Howard County writers