Aug
7
Aug 28

Online Workshop: Poetry Chapbook Workshop

Number of Sessions: 4

Weeks Start Date: 8/7/2017 End Date: 8/28/2017

For more information, visit The Writer's Center website: https://www.writer.org/online-workshops

Sep
11
Oct 2

Workshop: Poetry Chapbook Workshop

Workshop: Poetry Chapbook Workshop Number of Sessions: 4 Weeks Start Date: 9/11/2017 End Date: 10/2/2017 Start Time: N/A End Time: N/A Location: Online Level(s): Intermediate/Advanced Price: 195 Description: This workshop provides participants with the tools for forming and submitting poetry chapbooks. Lessons will focus on identifying what makes a chapbook, exploring your voice in the chapbook medium, choosing and ordering poems within your chapbook and research publishers. By the end of the four week course, participants will have a chapbook manuscript that can be sent out to publishers.

Sep
14
Sep 16

Hampton Roads Writer's Conference

September 14 - 16, 2017 -- HRW's 9th Annual Writers Conference @ Holiday Inn Virginia Beach - Norfolk Hotel & Conference Center, 5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. WATCH FOR DETAILS

For a full schedule and details on how to register, visit: http://www.hamptonroadswriters.org/2017conferencepresenters.php

Sep
24
12:00 pm12:00

Baltimore Book Festival

I'll be at the Pratt pavilion!

 

“Whose Book is it Anyway?” panel at the Baltimore Book Festival on Sunday, September 24 at 12 Noon

Writers writing in multiple genres (from poetry/nonfiction/adult to kidlit) at 3pm

Oct
6
Oct 8

Capclave

I'll be speaking at Capclave! Details to come!

Oct
21
12:00 pm12:00

HallowRead

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! 

 

http://hallowread.com/

 

Saturday, October 21, 2017 Events

Panels 10:00-4:00

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!

 

Book Signing 4:00-6:00 pm

Wine and Dine down Main Street

6:00-7:00

Outdoor Movie

7:30

Ghost Tour with Maryland History Tours

7:00-9:00

Monster Mash Bash After Party at the Historical Society Museum
Come dressed as your favorite monster, creature or other Halloween favorite!

8:30

Oct
22
2:00 pm14:00

Roundtable: A Conversation with Authors of Teen Fiction

unday, October 22, 2017 at 2 PM
Catonsville Library

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

http://www.theivybookshop.com/upcomingevent/3459

Nov
6
Nov 27

Online Workshop: Foundations of Poetry

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.

Nov
13
Dec 18

Online Workshop: Poetic Forms

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.

Dec
2
10:30 am10:30

Workshop: Publishing in Literary Magazine

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.

Dec
16
10:30 am10:30

Workshop: Hooking Your Reader: Writing A Killer First Line

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.”


Charlie Con
Jul
26
6:00 pm18:00

Charlie Con

  • 2nd & Charles (Hagerstown, MD)

I'll have a table at the Hagerstown 2nd and Charles' Charlie Con!

Jun
16
Jun 18

Awesome con

I will be at Awesome Con this year, selling copies of my novel with California Coldblood! I will also be on the worldbuilding in scifi/fantasy and fairy tale panels!

 

May
26
May 29

Balticon 51 - confirmed

I will have a table at Balticon this year, and will be speaking at panels! Details to follow!

 

http://balticon.org/wp51/

Apr
15
7:00 pm19:00

Artomatic reading

6:30-7:00 - cocktail (half)hour

7:00-7:15 - introduction by Diana Smith Bolton and Leslie Pietrzyk

7:15-7:30 - Katherine E. Young

7:30-7:45 - Kim Roberts

7:45-8:00 - Meg Eden

8:00-8:15 - Marlena Chertock

8:15-8:30 - J. D. Smith

8:30-8:45 - CL Bledsoe

8:45-9:00 - intermission

9:00-10:00 - open mic

 

1800 South Bell Street, Crystal City, VA 22202

Apr
8
10:00 am10:00

Cecil Con - confirmed!

Environmental Storytelling: Learning to Write through Playing Video Games

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. Think about how 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.

For more info, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/685300154960693/

Apr
3
Apr 24

(Online) Poetry Chapbook Workshop

This workshop provides participants with the tools for forming and submitting poetry chapbooks. Lessons will focus on identifying what makes a chapbook, exploring your voice in the chapbook medium, choosing and ordering poems within your chapbook and research publishers. By the end of the four-week course, participants will have a chapbook manuscript that can be sent out to publishers.

 

https://www.writer.org/online-workshops?&nccsm=21&__nccspID=5317

Mar
13
Apr 24

Workshop: Poetic Forms Workshop

Workshop: Poetic Forms Workshop

Number of Sessions: 6 Weeks

Start Date: 3/13

End Date: 4/24

Location: Online

For more details, visit: https://www.writer.org/online-workshops

Mar
4
10:30 am10:30

Workshop: Build Your Own Author Website

  • Annapolis Hall

Workshop: Build Your Own Author Website

Number of Sessions: 1 Saturday

Start Date: 3/4

End Date: 3/4

Start Time: 10:30 AM

End Time: 1:30 PM

For more info, visit; https://www.writer.org/online-workshops

Jan
10
Feb 10

Poetry Chapbook Online workshop

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 8:00 AM to Friday, February 10, 2017 at 8:30 AM.

For more info, visit: https://www.writer.org/online-workshops

Dec
3
1:00 pm13:00

Build Your Own Author Website

  • The Writer's Center

Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 12/3
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
In this workshop, we will discuss the importance and function of having an author website, and will walk through the process of getting a custom domain, as well as actually building the website through Squarespace. Participants will be able to get real-time feedback on their website design. During the three hour block, all participants will be able to walk away with some of their website done--maybe all of it! We may also discuss social media and other elements of having an online presence. Please bring a laptop or mobile device.

Oct
22
1:00 pm13:00

The Secrets to Publishing in Literary Magazines

  • The Writer's Center

Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/22
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
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, 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.

Oct
14
Oct 15

10th Annual Western Maryland Independent Lit Festival

Mark it on your calendars! Marlena LynneDiana BoltonKelly Ann Jacobson and I have a panel for this year's Indie Lit Fest!

 

 

The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing, in partnership with the Allegany County Library System, is excited to announce that the ninth annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival is scheduled for Oct. 14 & 15 at Main Street, Frostburg. The event brings together editors and publishers with writers and educators of the local community. Panel discussions and roundtable sessions include topics on various creative genres, DIY publishing, self-publishing, promotion and marketing, writing local, and reading and writing online.

In the days leading up to the Indie Lit Fest, we've scheduled several kickoff events:

Thursday, October 13: 

  • Poetry Slam at Dante's Bar (14 W. Main Street). Writers of any experience level are invited to bring self-written poems verbally duke it out for cash prizes.  $2 to attend and/or participate. Registration begins at 7:00 PM, and we will be slamming at 7:30.  For poetry slam guidelines, check out out Poetry Slam page.

Friday, October 14:

  • Indie Lit Kickoff Reading at Main Street Books (2 E. Main Street). Four editors introduce an author their press has published to give a reading.  This year's featured authors are Michael Ratcliffe (Free State Review), Mark Brazaitis (Autumn House Press), Margaret Bashaar (Sundress Publications), and Michael Gerhard Martin (Braddock Avenue Books).  Reading begins at 5:30 PM.
  • Indie Lit Kickoff Reception at the Center for Creative Writing (22 E. Main Street). Meet and greet writers, editors, and other Indie Lit participants over snacks and refreshments immediately following the Kickoff Reading.
  • Indie Lit Kickoff Panel Discussion at the Frostburg Public Library (65 E. Main Street).  Featured authors/editors from the Kickoff Reading sit on a panel and discuss the author/editor/publisher relationship.

All Friday events are free of charge.  
The public is welcome to attend all of these events.



Leading up to the Indie Festival, we will feature interviews and information about participating presses and journalists at the Center’s blog.

Says Gerry LaFemina about the event: "This is a literary arts festival. We're celebrating the writers, the teachers, the libraries, the readers and the publishers, but most of all we're celebrating that fire inside of us that wants to make up stories, that wants to be heard."

Registration for presses is free until July 1, 2016.  After the July 1 deadline, late registration for presses is $20.  For more information, contact the Washington Street Library at (301) 777-1200 or the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at (301) 687-4340.

To reserve a table for the Indie Lit Festival, download this year's registration form here and email to cla@frostburg.edu
 

Click here to view this year's panel and roundtable schedule!

This year's panel topics include 

  • Fairy Tales 
  • Writing Love / Writing Sex 
  • Arts as Muses
  • Publishing 101: A Primer on Sending Work Out
  • DIY and Self-Publishing: A How-To
  • Ask the Editor
  • Building Community: Reading & Writing Groups
  • Writing for Kids of All Ages
  • Continuing Your Craft: MFA, Writers Conferences, and Other Options
  • Speculative Fiction: A Roundtable
  • Finding Funding: Grants for Writers and Presses
  • Poetry: A Roundtable
  • Marketing: Getting The Word Out
  • Fiction: A Roundtable
  • Creative Nonfiction: A Roundtable
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Bible Belt Almanac Reading with Philly Homebrew West
Oct
6
7:00 pm19:00

Bible Belt Almanac Reading with Philly Homebrew West

  • Philly Homebrew Outlet West

Ben Franklin is often quoted as saying, “Beer is proof that God exists and wants us to be happy.” We want you to be happy too, whether or not you believe in heaven, hell, and everything in between. In the spirit of theology and beer, The Head and The Hand is collaborating with Philly Homebrew West to bring The Bible Belt Almanac to life! We’re pairing Bible Belt authors with brewers from Philly Homebrew to tell stories about God, booze, and how often the two seem to come together. Enjoy readings from Bible Belt Almanac authors, Meg Eden and Chris DiCiccio with Nic Esposito reading for Tim Fitts, stories from brewers about their unique creations that you get to sample. If you’re still looking for proof that God exists or if you just want to sample beer, join the congregation at Philly Homebrew Wst on October 6th.

The event begins at 7:00pm at Philly Homebrew West 1314 S. 47th St Philadelphia, PA

Sep
16
Sep 18

Intervention Con

I will be moderating panels and leading workshops at Intervention con! See the schedule here:

 

https://interventioncon.com/programming/programming-descriptions/

Sep
15
7:00 pm19:00

Third Thursday Poetry Reading

The Takoma Park Community Center
7500 Maple Avenue
Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 PM

The popular series, now in its 11th year, features the work of a wide range of poets from across the region.