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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.

Sharon Campbell
Sharon Campbell

Beat Writing Blocks & Procrastination - Sharon Campbell

Sharon’s book Medicare Enrollment Personal Workbook (third annual update January 2019) was totally in her comfort zone and doing well. Writing creative nonfiction short stories is not. But with David Sedaris as a key creative influence, and using the techniques she will share to get and keep going, she’s hoping writing creative nonfiction, too, will go well.

The Presenter: A trainer by profession, Sharon S. Campbell created this interactive session just for MWA. Learn different ways to break through barriers to researching, writing, procrastination -- and simply being productive -- through various exercises. Don’t spend another minute missing the joy of creating your unique work!

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.

Vonnie Winslow Crist
Vonnie Winslow Crist i

Day Scares and Nightmares - Writing & Publishing Horror - Vonnie Winslow Crist and Kelly A. Harmon

As both editors and authors of award-winning science fiction, fantasy, and horror, Vonnie Winslow Crist and Kelly A. Harmon bring their unique insights to the Horror genre. After explaining what makes a story Horror, they will go over a few horror clichés to avoid in addition to discussing finding markets, rights, how to make additional money from previously sold work, submission etiquette, recordkeeping, foreign sales, and more. Take a frightening journey into the world of scary stories.

The Presenters: Vonnie Winslow Crist is the award-winning author of The Enchanted Dagger, Owl Light, The Greener Forest, Murder on Marawa Prime, and other books. A member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, her stories are published in Amazing Stories, Killing It Softly 2 (Canada), Chilling Ghost Short Stories (UK), Dia de los Muertos, Insignia: Asian Science Fiction (Japan), Les Cabinets des Polytheistes, Fantasy Short Stories (Australia), Cast of Wonders (UK), Faerie Magazine, First Word Bulletin (Spain), Devolution Z, and elsewhere. She is an editor at Pole to Pole Publishing. For more information visit www.vonniewinslowcrist.com.

Kelly A. Harmon
Kelly A. Harmon

Kelly A. Harmon is an award-winning journalist and author, and member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. She writes the Charm City Darkness series, which includes the novels Stoned in Charm City, A Favor for a Fiend, A Blue Collar Proposition, and In the Eye of the Beholder. Her short fiction is published in Triangulation: Dark Glass; Deep Cuts: Mayhem, Menace and Misery; Fell Beasts and Fair; Swords & Steam Short Stories (UK); The Dragon's Hoard; Starward Tales (Germany); Gaslight & Grimm; and elsewhere. She is an editor at Pole to Pole Publishing. For more information visit www.kellyaharmon.com.

 

Sharon Clarkson
Sharon Clarkson

The Process of Making your Poetry Great and Seeing it Published - Sharon Clarkson

Sharon will share steps to the best avenues for successfully publishing your poetry manuscript once it is completed. Using pictures and videos, she will also convey publishing processes, lessons she learned, and great resources to use. Using videos, she will show the different types of poetry, including selected performances clearly depicting the differences. She will guide the audience through a promotion/marketing process offering avenues she discovered to sell books. She will also read one of her inspirational poems to encourage others to never give up. 

The Presenter: Sharon Clarkson is an author, writer and professor from the College of Southern Maryland. She has over 25 years experience in Computer Information Technology. In 2011, she released her first book of poetry called My Dream. It was reviewed by the White House, Tom Joyner, O Magazine and the Midwest Book Review. In 2012, she received the International Who’s Who in Poetry award. She was guest author on Girl Talk TV, Radio One, and WOLB 1010 Talk Radio. Her second inspirational poetry book, My Dream Continues, was released in May.

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.

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