MAD LIBS FUN

Need a laugh?
Want to get those creative juices flowing?
We have just the thing.

Help us create a wacky story in this Mad Libs workshop.

Thursday, May 18, 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.

How to Make Editors Want Your Book: A Look from Both Sides of the Slush Pile

Toby Devens was a Senior Editor at Harcourt Brace in NYC before moving to Baltimore. She gets what catches an editor’s eye. After publishing four books, she’s learned, sometimes the hard way, what it takes to land an agent and lure an editor.

Come learn what works and what doesn’t. We’ll discuss all kinds of editing tips and explore the editing process from delicate pruning to slash-and-burn. Toby loves a line she first heard at an MWA Conference, “Drown the little darlings.” Find out what it means and why it should be a writer’s mantra at this meeting.

Thursday, April 20, 2016
7:00 – 9:00

About the Speaker

Toby Devens Cover portraitToby Devens is the award-winning author of novels Barefoot Beach, released this summer, and Happy Any Day Now, both published by Penguin Random House. Booklist said Toby’s writing was “a pleasure to read” and Publishers Weekly praised her debut novel My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet) as “wise and witty.” Mercy, Lord, My Husband’s in the Kitchen, her collection of prayer-poems published by Doubleday, was called “beguiling” by PEOPLE magazine.

Toby was senior editor at Harcourt Brace publications and New York editor of Where magazine. Her short fiction, poetry and articles have appeared in Readers’ Digest and Parents, among other national magazines. Her career in media/public relations culminated with her work as senior vice president of an international nonprofit. She currently lives in Columbia, Maryland where she’s working on a new novel. Barefoot Beach cover blurb

 

 

 

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.

Fine Tune Your Dialogue Writing Workshop

Start your new year right with a
Dialogue Workshop lead by Peter Pollak.

We’ll dissect examples of good and not-so-good dialogues and you’ll come away with keys to writing dialogue that keeps your readers engaged.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
7:00 – 9:00

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

About the Speaker

Peter Pollak

Peter Pollak is the author of five novels, including House Divided, rated 4.5 stars by Amazon readers. Prior to retiring to write fiction, he was a journalist, educator and entrepreneur.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

The Psychology of Character Development

Thursday, September 15, 2016
7:00 – 9:00

This presentation will focus on a fundamental topic, the human mind: How to understand it and how to write about it. Whether we are writing science fiction, thrillers or romance stories, writers are always trying to figure out why we do what we do. We are fundamentally fascinated by our minds, motives, needs and aspirations. In all we do, we seek to discuss, describe, justify and understand human behavior.

We will explore and address our commonalities, depictions of aberrant behavior, and discover how a psychological perspective can enrich our characters and enhance our creativity.

 

About the Speaker

Nancy Alexander (2)Nancy Alexander devoted her professional life to helping those in need; she has worked with poverty, child abuse and domestic violence; chronically ill children and psychiatric inpatients. She presented her work at numerous conferences, developed mental health training programs and advocated socially constructive legislation.

For twenty years, she operated a private psychotherapy practice, providing intensive reconstructive services to adult survivors of childhood trauma. Since she retired, she has focused on her writing.

After publishing several short stories, her ‘Elisabeth Reinhardt’ series launched Relentless, which concretized her love of psycho-thrillers and interest in trauma recovery. With Seeing Double, she addressed conflicts swirling through the Middle East, its complex history and enduring multi-cultural dilemmas. Her ‘Olive Branch’ series mirrors the global political struggles of our time.

Nancy’s writing seamlessly integrates her in-depth knowledge of the human mind and her keen sensitivity to interpersonal and moral dilemmas.

Nancy lives in Columbia, MD; she has two children, four grandchildren, a Golden Retriever, a Himalayan mix and a bearded dragon.

Follow her online at www.nancyjalexander.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.

Everything You Need To Know About Writing Science Fiction

Thursday, August 18, 2016
7:00 – 9:00
 

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

About the Speaker

catherine asaroCatherine Asaro is the author of more than twenty-five books, including thrillers, SF, and fantasy. Her novel The Quantum Rose and her novella “The Spacetime Pool” both won the Nebula® Award. Among her many other distinctions, she is a multiple winner of the Reader’s Choice Award from Analog magazine and a three time recipient of the RT BOOK Club Award for “Best Science Fiction Novel.”

Her recent books are the novel Lightning Strike, Book I, which is based on the first half of the book Catch the Lightning and the anthology she edited, The Nebula Awards Showcase 2013. Her new novel Undercity is part of the world set up in the multiple-award winning novella “The City of Cries.” Her next novel, The Bonze Skies is due out in Baen 2016.

Catherine is also the Director of the Chesapeake Math Program and teaches math, physics, and chemistry. She has coached various nationally ranked school teams, in particular the Howard Area Homeschoolers and the Chesapeake team for national tournaments. She has been a speaker at various institutions, including Georgetown University, Harvard, The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The Global Competitiveness Forum in Saudi Arabia, and the US Naval Academy, and others. As a member of SIGMA, a think tank of futurists, she advises the government and business sector as to future trends affecting national security.

A former dancer, Catherine founded and served as artistic director and a principal dancer for two dance groups at Harvard: The Mainly Jazz Dance Company and the Harvard University Ballet. After she graduated, her undergraduate students took over Mainly Jazz and made it into a club at the college. She has also completed two terms as SFWA president and during her tenure established the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

For more information on Catherine, send inquiries to BSBGC@aol.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.

CRITIQUE WORKSHOP

picture of penCome 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 21, 2016
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.

POETRY READING & CHAPTER ELECTIONS

dragonflyDRAGONFLY ARTS MAGAZINE POETRY READING
WITH
HOPE WORKS
AND
CHAPTER ELECTIONS

Authors from DRAGONFLY ARTS MAGAZINE and MWA members will read their poetry.

Chapter board elections will also be held.
 

Thursday, June 16, 2016
7:00 – 9:00

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

If you would like to read, please register at

http://www.wearehopeworks.org/event/dragonfly-arts-magazine-poetry-reading/

About Hope WorksHope Works image
http://www.wearehopeworks.org/

Hope Works provides support and advocacy to survivors of sexual, dating, and domestic violence.
Their mission is to reduce the harm and effects of sexual and domestic violence in Howard County while working towards their elimination.
Change must happen. Sexual and domestic violence are not acceptable. Everyone should be free to live a self-determined life without the threat of these terrible aggressions.

 

 

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.