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.

Open Mic. Night at the August 21 Meeting

  OPEN MIC. NIGHT

Thursday, August 21, 2014   

7:00 – 9:00

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.

Don’t forget to bring a book donation for Hope Works.

Meeting Location:

Owen Brown Community Center

6800 Cradlerock Way

Columbia, MD 21045

How To Avoid the Slush Pile at the July17th Howard County Chapter Meeting

Denise Camacho, will give you advice and insight on avoiding some of the pitfalls that land you smack in an agent, editor or publisher’s slush pile at the July 17thHoward County Chapter meeting. Hear about some of the funny and interesting submissions she has received and learn the best ways to get your submission to the top of the pile. Learn what they are really looking for and some tips for making sure you don’t get lost in the paper crowd.

Meeting Time and Location:

7:00 – 9:00

Owen Brown Community Center

6800 Cradlerock Way

Columbia, MD 21045

About our speaker:

Denise Camacho is the president of Intrigue Publishing. With over 10 years in the publishing realm,she brings her knowledge and expertise to those wanting to branch out and become published authors. As the president, Denise has the responsibility to review new submissions and make recommendations to the acquisitions team that are worthy of becoming properties under the Intrigue Publishing banner. Her other responsibilities include managing contract negotiations with potential authors and chairing the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con held in Hunt Valley, MD in the Fall.

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