Hallowread!

ADMIN’s NOTE: New member Katie Caliando submitted this review of a fall conference right in our backyard for writers and readers in paranormal, fantasy & horror genres. If you want to write for TWP, get in touch.

Hallowread is a really awesome, yearly”book festival and mini-con for authors and fans of Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, and Horror.” They welcome crossover and fusion genres, as well – like paranormal romance.  Rachel Rawlings, Maryland author of dark urban fantasy, is the creator of this gathering, and head honcho. The website stays up year-round, so you can check out the authors who were there, this year.  The list includes both self-published and traditionally-published authors.

It runs Friday afternoon through Sunday, and is usually held the weekend before Halloween.   Friday and Saturday feature workshops/roundtables, including a book fair with author signings on Saturday afternoon, ghost/paranormal tours and other entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings, and an author’s tea on Sunday.  The first two years it was in Ellicott City, and this year it was in Havre de Grace (the change in location was made before the flooding). Next year is still TBA.  As far as I know, there’s no limit on how many people can sign up for it, but it hasn’t been very large (less than 100 people, including the various authors).

Everyone is really nice and supportive, and the subjects discussed run the whole gamut, from coming up with ideas, making the paranormal “believable”, gardening vs architecture (another way of saying pantsing vs plotting, taking George R.R. Martin’s terminology for it), and related topics, to getting published, and working on marketing.  This year, there also was a lady from the Maryland State Arts Council, who told us about the still-quite-new grants for writers.  (see www.msac.orgThey give grants to individuals as well as to organizations.

I totally recommend Hallowread. It’s not expensive (this year, an all-event ticket cost about $60), I learned a lot, and I was really inspired.  The first time I went authors at the mini-con really helped me to find the nerve to start putting my writing out there (although I’m still “toe-ing in the shallows!”) .

Oh, and I’m actually Katie or Kathy, whichever you prefer.  I didn’t realize when I named my newly-minted blog “discoveries4writerstoo”on WordPress that that would be my screen-name, too.


Thanks, Katie for the report! We look forward to another great year of AWWG, including more contributions to our blog!

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Save these Dates: WordFest and more!

Summer Camp is now

AWWG WordFest!

Save the dates: Monday – Friday, August 1-5, 2016

Some possible sessions: Crafts for Writers, Poetry as Provocation, Make a mini video, Movie night, Travel Writing, Rant/Slam/Storytelling, Good Book Happy Hour….

We’re still looking for ideas, presenters and hosts. Comment or email to get involved!

also, coming sooner:

self-publishing

Marketing discussion day  

Saturday July 16th – noon to 4 pm, followed by a potluck supper
at Teresa Maxwell’s house in Ft. Washington

Come to learn about book marketing and marketing your writing business. Share your experience, learn new skills that help you get OUT THERE!

 

 

Writerly April

There are so many writerly events in April!  Of course, we have meetings April 11th for the Main Meeting, April 4th for the Memoir Group.

But there’s lots going on in all over! Here’s just a taste:

Small-Blue-RGB-National-Poetry-Month-LogoIt’s National Poetry Month

there are so many ways to celebrate. (Does anyone want to volunteer to post poetry-related content here in April? Leave a comment or drop me an email. Or, just do it!)  Poets.org has lots of cool suggestions like:

  • Follow the thousands of National Poetry Month celebrations taking place using #npm16 and follow the Academy of American Poets on Twitter @POETSorg.
  • Participate in National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 21, 2016.
  • Sign up for Poem-a-Day.
  • Host a Poetry event!
  • there’s more suggestions at their page, HERE

camp_10_poster_mainIt’s time for Camp!

NaNoWriMo is holding the first Camp NaNoWriMo of the year. (there’s another one in August.) It’s a chance to join a ‘cabin’ of fellow or sister writers, encourage each other and write like the wind around the virtual campfire every day this month.

Here’s your Camp NaNo to-do List so you’re ready for April 1!

Bethesda Literary Festival

Downtown Bethesda MD celebrates the diversity of modern literature from April 15 through 17. This is the 17th year for the festival which includes more than 20 free events, including readings, talks, book signings, and contests. Featured authors include Joanne Bamburger, Cokie Roberts, Kater Alcott, David E. Hoffman and more. Learn more HERE.

Split this Rock Festival

Running in Washington DC from April 14 to April 17, this annual poetry festival is dedicated to “calling poets to a greater role in public life and fostering a national network of socially engaged poets.”

Visit their Featured Poets page or check out their Poet Interview Series on the blog to read more about the line up for 2016.

 

October Meeting News

Upcoming Events

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AWWG at the Book Lover’s Bazaar

TONIGHT! Tuesday, October 12 & 20, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
NaNo Rev Up! class with Carol Burbank & Mia Zachary, Harlequin author.

This Saturday 10/17 is our first AWWG Retreat, organized by Gee. I am so excited!! If you’re going, see you there.

Monday, October 26, 1:00 – 3:00 Submit Your Work workgroup meeting

Midnight, October 31st: NaNoWriMo begins!!
contact Patrise for more info

Monday, November 2, 6:00 – 8:30 pm PG County Memorial Library & AWWG present a NaNoWriMo Kickoff Celebration. refreshments served. everybody welcome, come learn about NaNoWriMo and support our NaNo team!

The Book Lover’s Bazaar

A modest success; Carol Burbank, Cheryl Holloway, Patrise, Terry Nicholetti and Wanda, womaned the double table, with books, art & music.  An awesome range of talent was on display. Everybody had at a sale and/or hot prospect, and we networked with other writers and had a great time together. In the end, a lot of fun.

Cheryl made contact with Golden Fleece Publishers and was invited to submit her YA novel.

Next Month’s Special Guest

November’s meeting is a special program with Guest Author Jennifer Handford. Her fee for coming to speak to us was a book order that Wanda Davis is coordinating. If you agreed to purchase a copy of Jennifer’s new book, please email Wanda about payment arrangements.

Oct. – Nov. Prompt

Since we won’t have time for reading next month, here’s your assignment: Write at least a paragraph on “Here’s what I know for sure about writing:”  Then email your answer to Carol Burbank no later than midnight on Sunday, November 1st.

News & Goods from the September Meeting

So Many Fabulous Coming Events!

For the MOST RECENT details, see our Calendar

AWWG FALL RETREAT  Saturday Oct 17 – Monday Oct. 19

Tidewater VA, a gorgeous waterfront house with wrap around porch and water views all around awaits us for two blissful days and nights without distraction. For a very modest cost, we can live in comfort and dive into our work, coming together to share only as needed. Reserve your space NOW. Deadline to notify Georgette Friday Sept. 18. Only a few spaces left.

AWWG Submit Your Work meeting

Purpose: to review some of our many options for submitting work and set goals together. I’ll bring The Writer’s Market and Poets & Writers magazine. Please bring any listings you have to share. UPDATE: the Accokeek Library will NOT be available for Monday 9/21. I am working with the Library for ongoing room access. Meanwhile, mark your calendar for Monday September 28, 1:00 – 3:00, location TBD.

Fairfax Co. Library’s Book Club Conference, Sept. 19th, 9:00 – 1:45 pm. features keynote speaker Celeste Ng. I highly recommend her novel Everything I Never Told You

AWWG will have a table at Book Lover’s Bazaar Saturday Oct. 10th in Woodbridge, VA

NaNoWriMo NEWS & EVENTS

GET READY FOR NANO!  Carol Burbank is giving two consecutive workshops with Mia Zachary at the Village Connector in Laurel, MD.  Two consecutive Tuesdays October 13  and 20,  7:00-9:00 pm

AWWG NaNoWriMo KICK OFF  Monday November 2, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Accokeek Library

“COME WRITE IN!”  events in November – write-ins for NaNoWriMo participants in Accokeek, Waldorf, LaPlata and more. Stay tuned for more details

AWWG NaNoWriMo CELEBRATION  Monday December 7,6:00 – 8:00 pm  with Participants readings at the Accokeek Library

MEMBERS’ GOOD NEWS!!

Carol Burbank’s new book, Answer the Call to Adventure, which is Playbook One from Storyweaving Press, will be available October 1st. You bet she’ll be bringing a stack to the meeting!

Nicole Commisionong’s Blog  mum in motion has been optioned for a tv show! WOW!! Stay tuned for more, and read Nicole’s blog in the mean time.

NOVEMBER MEETING  11/11

We may have a very special Guest Author Jennifer Handford, novelist. She’s asked us to purchase books in exchange for giving a talk to AWWG, and a show of hands revealed enough interest to pursue this. Stay tuned!!  Meanwhile, check out Jennifer’s books: Daughters for a Time, Acts of Contrition and the soon to be released Light of Hidden Flowers at the link above.