Annual Conference 2019

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Workshops & Presenters

In addition to Intensive Sessions and industry panels, the conference will feature experts on craft and industry in the following one-hour workshops:

Roger Bradbury
Roger Bradbury

Spoken Word Fiction – Roger Bradbury

Spoken Word: Fiction is a new way to promote your work and to enjoy doing it. Roger will introduce the participants to the skills necessary to read aloud successfully, using an approach developed from his experience at public speaking, doing open mics, and singing in a chorus. He will also offer opportunities for the participants to build their oral skill. He asks them to bring a 100-word selection from their work that includes narrative and dialogue. Roger believes that reading your work with passion and grace to an audience is the way forward.

The Presenter:  Roger Bradbury is the author of Peace Now!, a novel about the radical students who opposed the war in Vietnam; Kid Golly Speaks/Tales from the Felt, a tall tale about an itinerant poker rounder; and “The Mayor of Cannibal Flats,” essays about the significance of radio and fantasy plays meant to be read aloud by amateur readers. Roger has performed “The Mayor of Cannibal Flats” at the Wheaton Arts Parade and Leaf and Ink festivals. He is the host of Spoken Word: Fiction, a monthly reading series at Glen Echo Park.

Jim Rada
Jim Rada

Writing and Selling Local History – Jim Rada

A wide-open area exists in new non-fiction stories that readers haven’t heard. They are the stories from where you live. Learn how to discover great untold stories in your town and how to introduce them to a broader audience who will find them fresh and exciting. Find out how to grow this seed of success into a career by becoming the go-to person for history in your region. We will look at local research resources and how to market your work successfully and get paid to do it. We will also look at growing your reputation beyond your local area.

The Presenter: James Rada, Jr., has written many works of historical fiction and non-fiction history. They include Saving Shallmar: Christmas Spirit in a Coal Town, Canawlers, and Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses. He lives in Gettysburg, Pa., where he works as a freelance writer. James has received awards from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, Associated Press, and Society of Professional Journalists for his newspaper writing. If you would like to learn about his new books or ask him questions, contact him at jimrada@yahoo.com.
 

Eric Shoemaker
Eric Shoemaker

Reflecting Accurate Technical Details In Fiction and Nonfiction Writing – Eric Shoemaker

Fans with backgrounds in law enforcement, military, and/or intelligence operations often wince at technical inaccuracies made in fiction and nonfiction writing. This often results in a weak story world and plot and clumsy character interaction. The presentation will serve as a basic primer to assist in producing accurate, believable fiction and non-fiction writing where the technical details supporting the listed sub-genres play important roles. The content of the presentation will include examples of the tools of the trade, occupation-specific tradecraft, and the personalities encountered in military and intelligence operations and forensic science with emphasis on crime scene investigation (CSI).

The Presenter: Eric Shoemaker is a member of the Charles County Writers. His genre is fiction and fantasy. He self-published a vampire/mystery novel called The Emperor of Carysfort Reef (2013). He continues to write and publish in literary magazines including MWA’s Pen in Hand. Eric is a retired branch chief at the Defense Intelligence Agency and a retired Army intelligence officer. While serving in the Reserves Eric’s day job was in law enforcement. He has Bachelor of Arts, and Masters of Science degrees. He regularly guest lectured at CIA University and at the Joint Forces Staff College on Information Warfare tradecraft.

Harry St.Ours
Harry St.Ours

A Whirlwind of the Mind - How Great Writers of Science Fiction Invented the Future - Harry St. Ours

Science fiction writers take chances in situations of both science and society. While some of their musings may be wildly off the mark, those that hit are breathtaking. In this hour, we’ll explore the visions of the greatest of these authors—as well as some who only dabbled. We'll see what makes their worlds different and their future, sometimes, so accurate, and I’ll discuss how I have used their lessons to weave my own vision of humanity in a future Solar System exploding with life.

The Presenter: Harry St.Ours is the author of the Water Worlds science fiction adventure series, a saga of the terraforming of the planets of the Inner Solar System as seen through the eyes of generations of young women. Visit WaterWorlds.net for more. He serves as Professor of Media Arts & Technologies at Montgomery College in Rockville, and was named an Apple Distinguished Educator. He previously served as professor and chairman of the Department of Design at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, and has authored many academic papers, open educational resources, and software books. Visit ProfessorHarry.com for more.

 Tracee Garner
 Tracee Garner

Characters ARE the story - Tracee Garner

Characters ARE the story, end of story. This workshop will give participants the components of strong character development to ensure they have full bodied, well thought out, well planned and complex characters to compel the reader and drive the story to the very end. 

The Presenter: A Virginia native and ODU graduate with a BS in Communication, Tracee Garner’s heart is in romantic, contemporary fiction with nine titles in the genre and a nonfiction title, Pack Light: Thoughts for the Journey, to her credit. She serves on several boards and is secretary for the RWA chapter of Faith, Hope and Love and for the Association of Christian Fiction Writer’s chapter. Employed full time in Health & Human Services for a DC area nonprofit organization, Tracee finds time to plan and host her own writer’s conference in the fall each year for aspiring/newly published writers. Tracee’s 10th book is Boundless Love. Multi-author anthology is just 99 cents. ALL proceeds benefit children's charity.

Linda Wood Rondeau
Linda Wood Rondeau

How to Write Outside the Box and Stay Within the Room - Linda Wood Rondeau

In a work of fiction, the author asks a reader to move from their current reality into another reality. This requires writing outside the box, throwing off the ropes of convention to give the story breathing room. Too often, however, when restraints are lifted, the author wanders and loses their reader in the bane of purple prose and experimentation. This course will assist the beginning and intermediate writer to develop an authentic voice.

The Presenter: Award-winning author, Linda Wood Rondeau serves as both senior editor and acquisitions editor for Elk Lake Publishing. A veteran social worker, her published novels examine the complexities of human relationships. Most of Linda’s work is contemporary fiction. However, she has published both speculative fiction and nonfiction. Her blog, Snark and Sensibility, hosts writers of various genres. She manages a Facebook page, Having the Prime of My Life, a positive look at aging issues. Linda resides in Hagerstown with her husband of 40 years. Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com. Contact the author on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Peter Rubie
Peter Rubie

Developing your author voice – Peter Rubie

If you want to get published, you need to have a voice. It's the one quality of writing that both agents and editors often cite as the reason they accept or reject books. If your writing has a true, distinctive voice, you will stop traffic. This workshop will help you identify and develop your own voice, while showing you the most effective way to say what you want to say so that your audience is both entranced and entertained.

The Presenter: Peter Rubie is the CEO of FinePrint Literary management, a NYC-based literary agency. Peter was the adult fiction editor at Walker & Co. from 1985 to 1991 before becoming a literary agent. In the 1970s in the U.K., Peter worked on Fleet Street for a variety of national newspapers before becoming one of the youngest news editors for BBC Radio News. In the U.S., before entering book publishing, he was the editor-in-chief of a Manhattan local newspaper, and later a regular reviewer for the international trade magazine Publishers Weekly. A member of the Association of Authors Representative (AAR), he regularly lectures and writes on publishing and the craft of writing. He is the author of two published novels and a number of nonfiction books on writing and publishing as well as an introduction to Shakespeare. He also is co-author of Hispanics in Hollywood and co-author with jazz master Jack Wilkins of a book on learning guitar.

E. J. Wenstrom
E. J. Wenstrom

Crafting Magical Worlds - E. J. Wenstrom

Where does magic come from? How is it powered? What are its limits? From Middle-Earth to Bon Temps to Hogwarts, every magical world has its own answers to these questions. Magical worlds are complex, each with their own history and rules. In this presentation, writers will get a behind-the-scenes look at how unique fantasy worlds are developed, from epic to urban to horror.  

The Presenter: E. J. Wenstrom believes in complicated heroes, horrifying monsters, and purple hair dye. Her award-winning fantasy series, Chronicles of the Third Realm War (City Owl Press) features a peculiar mashup of Greek mythology, Judeo-Christian folklore, and an extra dash of her own special brand of chaos. Her books, MUD (#1), RAIN (#0), and TIDES (#2), are included in Florida Writers Association’s 2016 Book of the Year with more books to come. Find her online at www.ejwenstrom.com.

Katie Brewster
Katie Brewster

Poetry - Playing with Words - Katie Brewster

The poem “When the turkey gobble gobbles, It is plump and proud and perky. When our family gobble, gobbles, We are gobbling down the turkey,” by Jack Pretlusky is fun to read because of its play on words. We can also imagine the fun Jack had playing with words to write it. In this workshop, Katie Brewster, author of Sparks Fly Upward, shares why writing poetry is so rewarding because it is just playing with words. She will reveal several different poetry forms that make writing poetry a fulfilling exercise and also rewards you with excellent results almost immediately.

The Presenter: Katie Spivey Brewster’s long interest in poetry was revived by TweetSpeak.com which reminded her that poetry was just having fun with words. Cinquain, Limerick, Haiku, and Acrostic are styles she practiced. The result was Sparks Fly Upward, a book of poetry types, and an engaging workshop titled Poetry - Playing With Words. Mrs. Brewster presents her workshop regionally at conference centers and to writer’s groups. She was raised in Wilmington, NC, body surfed at Wrightsville Beach, attended Winter Park Baptist Church, married Jim Brewster from Slingerlands, NY, raised and home schooled five children, and is Nana to seven grandchildren.

Suzi Galletti
Suzi Galletti

Make Them Laugh: Use Humor in your Writing! - Suzi Galletti

This highly entertaining seminar will focus on when, why, and how to successfully weave humor into your writing. Ms. Galletti will present the types and basic components of humor and how they are used. With examples from literature and attendee participation, she will lead mini critiques on what makes some passages more successful than others and how to improve reader reaction. You will laugh out loud at the visually compelling slides and memorable excerpts, and will become a more confident and creative human being after attending this seminar and passing the final quiz.

The Presenter: Suzi Galletti is a Timonium, MD, resident and accomplished visual artist. She lived in Austin, Texas, for many years where she performed comedic monologues with a regular ensemble and was active in the stand-up comedy scene. Ms. Galletti has taught structural engineering, AutoCAD, PowerPoint, and sweep rowing. As Senior Architect for the Johns Hopkins Health System and Capital Planner for Johns Hopkins University, she created and made presentations that helped persuade leadership to include over $1 billion of projects in capital plans. See her paintings at www.suzigalletti.com, and look for Joyful Otter Photography on etsy.com.

Lisa V. Proulx
Lisa V. Proulx

Steps to Becoming a Best Selling Author -  Lisa V. Proulx

The presentation is a personal experience and is geared toward authors and aspiring writers. I guide my audience through the steps I took that helped me go from being an unemployed pet sitter to a bestselling author. I give the dos and don'ts of social media marketing, what to do after a writer’s convention, why it’s important to engage with other authors and readers, where and how to hold book signings, and a whole lot more from my 20 plus years of experience. 

The Presenter: Lisa V. Proulx is an award-winning and international bestselling author of 13 books, feature writer, and columnist, a certified proofreader and copy editor, a speaker and story teller, and a publishing consultant. She has lived in Maryland her entire life and is a member of Maryland Writers Association, as well as the Women’s Speakers Association. She recently returned from the Dublin Writers Conference in Dublin, Ireland where she gave a 30-minute presentation called “Unemployed to Bestseller.” For more information visit www.lisavproulx.com.

Janis Wilson
Janis Wilson

Is it a Thriller or a Mystery? – Janis Wilson

There are many types of thrillers – political and psychological, for example, but what exactly is a thriller? How is it different from a mystery? Janis Wilson will explain the difference and give tips on how to create a thriller. She will talk about how to craft a villain, how to generate tension and the importance of pacing. If you want tips on how to make your readers’ palms sweaty, this is the class for you.

The Presenter: Janis Wilson is a writer, retired trial lawyer, television commentator and lecturer. Her first short story, “The Devil’s Triangle,” appears in Death Knell V, on Amazon. She is working on her second Lady Sarah Cartwright mystery. As co-organizer of RipperCon, the international Jack the Ripper conference, Janis moderates a panel on Ripper fiction and lectures on Sherlock Holmes. Janis is a commentator for various true crime programs, including Nightmare Next Door, Deadly Affairs, Scorned, and Snapped: Killer Couples. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Pennwriters, Inc., The Wodehouse Society, Maryland Writers, and Guppies.

Hailey Leithauser
Hailey Leithauser

Sonic Poetry - Hailey Leithauser

In this workshop we will discuss the music of poetry in both formal and free verse, including techniques such as assonance, consonance, anaphora, perfect and slant rhyme. These techniques can also create melodies and cacophonies and unexpected pops of song. We will look at poems by writers such as Marilyn Hacker, Gerard Manly Hopkins, Philip Larkin, A.E. Stallings, and Kay Ryan, and if time allows, we’ll try a writing exercise

The Presenter: Hailey Leithauser is the author of Swoop (Graywolf 2013), winner of the Poetry Foundation’s Emily Dickinson First Book Award, and Saint Worm, coming from Able Muse Press in 2019. Her work appears widely in journals and anthologies such as Agni, The Antioch Review, Gettysburg Review, Poetry, the Southwest Review and the Yale Review, and has been selected three times for Best American Poetry. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, and teaches at the Bethesda Writer’s Center and the West Chester Poetry Conference.

Lane Stone
Lane Stone

Reverse Engineering the Cozy Mystery - Lane Stone

What’s the reason for the decades-long popularity of cozies and how can you tap into that? You know the basics – a low heat level and a murder that takes place off stage - but let’s take a deep dive into the structure of these books of “quiet, domestic interest.” Bring your opinions and questions to this interactive session.

The Presenter: Lane Stone is the author of the Pet Palace Mysteries and the Tiara Investigation Mystery series. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia during the week and Lewes, Delaware on the weekend. When not writing she’s enjoying typical baby boomer pursuits: traveling and playing golf, volunteering for good causes, including the Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation and Northern Virginia Community College’s Women’s Center. She recently earned a post-graduate certificate in Antiquities Theft and Art Crime. She can be found at www.LaneStoneBooks.com and https://twitter.com/themenopausedog.

P. J. O'Dwyer
P. J. O'Dwyer

A Match Made In Heaven? . . . Not with a Romance Novel - P. J. O'Dwyer 

In the end, the guy gets the girl, right? But how he gets there is what grips your readers and keeps them invested in your story from beginning to end. In this workshop, P. J. will share the roadmap of a romance novel from stirring first encounter to winding road of discovery and finally to blissful love. A road that’s paved with bumps, a few potholes, and hairpin turns will lead to a romantic page-turner that leaves your fans satisfied and wanting more.

The Presenter: P. J. O'Dwyer is an award-winning author of romantic suspense and young adult fiction and a member of Romance Writers of America. With five novels under her belt, P.J. teaches writing to aspiring authors and works as a publishing consultant. When asked where she gets her story ideas, she laughs ruefully and says, “It helps being married to a cop.” She lives in Maryland’s horse country—another one of her many inspirations—with her family.

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