Mauled Men, Drowned Dames, & Crispy Critters: a Body Disposal Primer

Every writer needs to know how to handle dead bodies – for their fiction of course! Join expert Jeanne Adams for her presentation, Mauled Men, Drowned Dames, and Crispy Critters: a Body Disposal Primer for Writers.

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

About the Speaker

Jeanne Adams is an award-winning suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal suspense author who really knows how to get rid of the evidence…  She’s written for traditional publishers, while concurrently stepping into independent publishing.

Find her books on all major digital outlets.  Featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Jeanne’s books are consistently hailed as “Best Suspense Books of the Year!” by Romantic Times.  www.JeanneAdams.com, Twitter @JeanneAdams or www.Facebook.com/JeanneAdamsAuthor

 

 

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 and Critique Session

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Start preparing your 3 – 5 minute readings now to get some exposure and instant feedback from your fellow MWA members!

**Be sure to write us at mwahoco@marylandwriters.org to let us know you want to present so we can be prepared for you.

Thursday, September, 2018
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.

Books and Bourbon @ Judges Bench in Ellicott City

On 24 September

 Come support your Howard County MWA Chapter at a night of Literary Fun

BOOKS and BOURBON at the Judges Bench in Ellicott City

Live readings and poetry with local writers! Books for sale.
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No cover fee! Entire 2nd floor for MWA!
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15% of all sales for our event will be donated to
Howard County Maryland Writer’s Association.
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Bourbon Flight Special $15.50 – a STEAL for $40 worth of bourbon:
Angel’s Envy, 87 proof, 5-7 years – vanilla & sweet corn,
port-barrel aged fruitiness shows up on the palate

All regular menu options are available, including the Judge’s Bench well-loved wings and their new sausage sandwich.

Poetry Prompts and Creation with JA Grier

Join the HoCo MWA with poet and astro-physicist JA Grier for a workshop in how to get going writing poems.

No experience required and all are encouraged to attend and try it out, even if you think you can’t write poetry!

Thursday, August 16, 2018
7:00 – 9:00
 
Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

About the Speaker

J.A. Grier is a planetary scientist, poet, educator, fiction writer, and paper artist. Dr. Grier has penned and published: scientific papers and abstracts, a textbook entitled “Inner Planets” for undergraduates, more than three dozen poems, as well as speculative short stories and astronomy education materials.

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.

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, one specializing in Poetry and the others open to a variety of literary genres. In addition, we are happy to open new groups depending on demand. To learn what is available to you and what groups currently have openings, check out https://marylandwriters.org/Critique_Groups or, for the most up-to-the-minute information, contact Suzanne at HoCoPresident@MarylandWriters.org.

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.