Have you started a writing project with excitement, but quickly lost interest and felt stuck? Sometimes changing the point of view in the story can reinvigorate a project, and give direction on how to move forward. In this workshop, we’ll explore stories that use unique perspectives, and take part in a writing exercise to get ideas on what perspectives could transform our own stories. Books will be available for sale and signing after the program. This FREE event is co-sponsored by Anne Arundel County Public Library and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators MD/DE/WV Region. Please register below to help us plan for refreshments.
Meg Eden’s work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, RHINO and Gargoyle. She teaches creative writing at the University of Maryland. She has five poetry chapbooks, and her novel Post-High School Reality Quest is published with California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Find her online at www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at ConfusedNarwhal.
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Join us for a live-action "demo" playthrough of the first chapter of Meg Eden's text-adventure novel Post-High School Reality Quest! Fans of Action Castle and text adventure games will enjoy this interactive experience.
Afterwards, author Meg Eden and developer Vince Kuyatt will discuss the process of writing a "text adventure novel" as well as translating that novel into an interactive text adventure game. Their conversation will discuss the intersection of writing craft and good game design, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of both the text adventure and novel mediums.
Meg Eden teaches creative writing at the University of Maryland and Anne Arundel Community College. Her "text-adventure" novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is published with California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. She writes about the intersection of storytelling craft between writing and game design (particularly environmental storytelling), and how nostalgia and retro aesthetics impact how we play games. Find her online at megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal.
Vincent Kuyatt is a developer and tabletop designer in the DC area, entering the Masters of Game Design program at American University. His game Smallworld Online was created during the 2017 Ludum Dare, and his game Global Crisis was awarded Best Game Design during the 2015 Global Game Jam at MAGfest. He has spoken at conferences including (or forthcoming): RetroGame Con, Awesome Con, KameCon, and MAGlabs. His interests particularly include: 2D vs 3D game design, unreliable narration, form in video games, and using games to teach players real-life skills through engaging mechanics.
Workshop: Hooking Your Reader: Writing A Killer First Line Number of Sessions: 1 Saturday Start Date: 12/16/2017 End Date: 12/16/2017 Start Time: 10:30 AM End Time: 12:30 PM Location: Bethesda Level(s): All Levels Price: 50 Description: Most editors of both magazines and presses will say that they read the first, last, and middle page of a story before deciding if they want to read more. Potential readers are even less forgiving. So how do we snag our readers and make them want to read more? In this workshop, we’ll look at examples of powerful first lines and discuss strategies for selecting a powerful first line. Feel free to bring the first line of your story or novel for a mini first-line “workshop.”
The popular saying goes: “A picture’s worth a thousand words.” With the rapid developments in technology, our storytelling is changing to not just be on the page, but through movies, television, and video games--highly visual mediums. Through the power of images, we can convey a whole narrative in a short space. Games like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Gone Home use environmental storytelling to give us pieces of characters’ lives. In this workshop, we’ll discuss examples of games that tell stories through objects, and go into our own writing exercises inspired by video games.
Choose Your Own Reality with Author Meg Eden
Join local YA author Meg Eden as she discusses her debut novel, Post-High School Reality Quest, and hosts an interactive live-action game based on the book. Copies of Meg’s book will be available for purchase the night of the program.
9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042
I will be doing my literary magazine workshop from 11-12.
On Saturday Jan 13th, Howard County Library System will be hosting a Howard County Author Festival. The event will run from 1- 4 pm. This will be a fun, casual afternoon where authors and readers can meet and mingle at the library.
The library will be offering door prizes and refreshments. Each author will have a table where they can sell books and meet with readers.
In 2018, HCLS will be challenging the county to read 100,000 books before the end of the year, and we thought this would be a great way to promote that new initiative while also highlighting the amazing literary talent in our community.
Join us for our Bookfair Kickoff event at Barnes & Noble Ellicott City on December 13 from 5-8 p.m.Workshops and events for kids and families: 5-5:45 PM: Writing workshop for children and teens with Meg Eden, author (Post-High School Reality Quest)
Workshop: Publishing in Literary Magazine Number of Sessions: 1 Saturday Start Date: 12/2/2017 End Date: 12/2/2017 Start Time: 10:30 AM End Time: 1:30 PM Location: Bethesda Level(s): All Levels Price: 50 Description: Want to submit your work to magazines but don't know how? In this workshop, we'll talk about what literary magazines are, what editors are looking for in submissions, have a “translation” exercise, tips on how to get the most out of a lit mag, and the secrets to writing a great cover letter to get an editor’s attention. The skills you learn in this session can easily apply to other publication realms, including writing to agents and editors of small book presses. All participants will receive a complimentary magazine of their choice.
Workshop: Poetic Forms Number of Sessions: 6 Weeks Start Date: 11/13/2017 End Date: 12/18/2017 Start Time: N/A End Time: N/A Location: Online Level(s): All Levels Price: 270 Description: In this workshop, we’ll explore why form is relevant for contemporary poets, and how we can take advantage of form to strengthen both traditional and free-verse poems. Poetic form isn’t just meter and rhyme--it encompasses a diverse range of vessels that poems can inhabit. Form can help focus our poems, and reinforce a tone beyond our written words. When we have writer’s block, form can give us direction on how to keep writing. Over the six weeks of this workshop, we’ll write in several forms, and explore what content works well with different types of forms.
Number of Sessions: 4 Weeks Start Date: 11/6/2017 End Date: 11/27/2017 Start Time: N/A End Time: N/A Location: Online Level(s): Beginner Price: $195 Description: Over the course of four weeks, we’ll discuss four key elements of poems: image, sound, form and realization. Participants will produce a variety of poems and learn tips for maintaining the practice of writing. Participants will have the opportunity to workshop and revise four poems and will receive personalized feedback on their work.
A fresh batch of chapbooks is coming to the vending machine at The Soup Kitchen Cafe! Come toast the release of the 2017 Breadbox Chapbook Series with a night of readings from chapbook authors Meg Eden and Rasha Abdulhadi.
The Soup Kitchen Cafe is located on the corner of Frankford and Susquehanna in Fishtown.
Meg Eden's work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, RHINO and Gargoyle. She teaches creative writing at the University of Maryland. She has five poetry chapbooks, and her novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is published with California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Find her online at www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal.
Rasha is a queer Palestinian Southerner who grew up between Damascus and rural Georgia and cut her teeth organizing on the southsides of Chicago and Atlanta. She is a cultural worker, educator, community technologist, a once and future farmer and beekeeper, as well as a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers and Alternate ROOTS. Her work has appeared in Mslexia, Mizna, Room, |tap| magazine, and atsinnerscreek.com. She is a contributor to Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler (Twelfth Planet Press 2017).
Doors open at 5:30pm and readings start at 6:00pm
unday, October 22, 2017 at 2 PM
Join 6 writers of fiction for teens for a lively, interactive panel discussion about their inspirations, writing process, and the value of stories in the modern world. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the program. This panel is co-sponsored by Baltimore County Public Library and the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society for Book Writers and Illustrators. Please RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/scbwiroundtable
I'm happy to share that I'll be a featured author at HallowRead this year, signing books and speaking at the panel: Writers As Fans!
Saturday, October 21, 2017 Events
Steampunk Tea- Enjoy a Victorian tea at Tea On the Tiber complete with readings from Steampunk authors Tee Morris and Philippa Ballentine, and Katherine McIntyre
Integrating Horror– Presented by Uncommon Universes Press, Janeen Ippolito, Julia Busko and Sarah Delena White – Adding that extra thrill and chill to your story can make them more memorable, even if you’re not typically a horror writer.
Let’s Get Graphic– Dabel Brothers have created graphic novels for Sherrilyn Kenyon, Patricia Briggs and even Mr. Bean. Masters at giving some of your favorite characters a physical form, hear what it takes to bring those graphic novels to life.
Writers as Fans: How Fandoms Influence Our Writing– Kathy MacMillan, Meg Eden and F.M. Boughan- a panel of writers discuss their favorite fandoms and how their passions have inspired and influenced their writing.
Topic To Be Announced- Featuring Alys Arden, Theresa Kay and Rysa Walker
Culture Incorporated- What makes a multicultural book, in fact multicultural? Bringing cultural genre books to market and finding your audience with Heather Elizabeth King, L.M. Pruitt and Jason Edwards
Indie Uprising- The crest and subsequent ebbs and flows of the Indie market. Best practices, tips and techniques for an ever changing industry. Moderated by Bryan Nowak, with Meg Eden, C.J. Ellisson, Jill Archer and Cat Miller
Come to the Dark Side- The anti-hero, dark hero and complex villain with K.L. Bone, Jean Murray, F.M Boughan, Dea Schofield, Melissa Annen and L.M. Pruitt
Nevertheless, She Persisted- Writing kickass heroines and wise women in the age after Buffy, Bella and Hermione. Moderated by Rebecca Rivard. With Jill Archer, Katherine McIntyre, Kathy MacMillan, Heather Elizabeth King, and R.A. Boyd
You Might Be an Alpha If…- Heroes who fall in the alpha, beta spectrum and what makes them so much fun to read and write with Jean Murray, Rebecca York, R.A. Boyd, Amelia Hutchins and Karina Espinosa
Coming of Age- Young Adult, New Adult, and the readers of every age that enjoy them with Jason Edwards, Leigh Goff, Rysa Walker, Alys Arden, Elizabeth Kirke, Leigh Goff, H.L. Brooks and Toni Decker.
Keynote Speech– NY Times, USA Today and International Bestselling author Darynda Jones!
Be sure to visit the AUTHORS PAGE for photos and links to those listed. What amazing talent!
Grab your swag bags when you check in!