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6800 Cradle Rock Way Columbia, MD 21045

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HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center). Donors get an extra door prize ticket. All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

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    Unleash Your Creative Muse: A Boot Camp for Poets with Shirley J. Brewer

    March 31, 2014 - Author: mwahoco
    Shirley Brewer

    Shirley J. Brewer

    7:00 PM on Thursday, April 17, 2014
    at Owen Brown Community Center
    6800 Cradle Rock Way
    Columbia, MD 21045-4809

    This workshop is designed to benefit new poets as well as experienced authors. Participants are advised to come prepared to PLORK – that’s a combination of Play + Work. Each writer will receive a copy of The Plork Humanifesto: a guide to a fresh creative writing approach. No animals will be harmed during this workshop. Shirley would like to acknowledge HomeDepot for creative materials. A plethora of poetry prompts will disperse cobwebs and inspire craft. And Shirley rarely leaves home without a door prize or two.

    Registration is optional but appreciated (you get an extra door prize ticket!).

    HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. Donors get an extra door prize ticket. All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

    Shirley J. Brewer graduated from careers in bartending, palm-reading, and speech therapy. She has served as poet-in-residence at Carver Center for the Arts and Technology in Baltimore County. Shirley presents workshops on Creativity, Poetry, and Healing Through Writing. Recent poems appear in: The Cortland Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Pearl, Comstock Review, Loch Raven Review, Passager, and other journals. Her poetry books include A Little Breast Music, 2008, Passager Books and After Words, 2013, Apprentice House/Loyola University. She holds a M.A. in Creative Writing/Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore.

    Shirley reads her poetry frequently in the Baltimore-Washington-Annapolis corridor, including the New Mercury Reading Series, Café Muse, Poet Experience at Zu Coffee, and other venues. She has been featured at the Baltimore Book Festival, Stoop Storytelling, and also on WYPR’s The Signal.

    She has served as Vice-President of the Maryland Writers’Association, Baltimore Chapter, and volunteers at WYPR, the Hippodrome Theatre, and the Village Learning Place in her Baltimore community of Charles Village. Shirley’s self-definition is: I Am Shimmering Goddess Energy.

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    Next up: Alix Moore on Marketing for Introverts

    February 21, 2014 - Author: mwahoco
    Alix Moore, President of MWA Montgomery County Chapter

    Alix Moore, MWA Montgomery County Chapter President

    What does it take for an author (yes, even the most introverted author!) to love marketing and to market well? The answer just might surprise you! 

    Join author and creativity coach Alix Moore at 7 PM on March 20 as she debunks marketing myths, shares the key elements every writer needs to have in place for successful marketing, and shows you how to bring your own unique gifts to the conversations you are having with your readers.

    This workshop at Owen Brown Community Center will be fast-paced and hands-on, so bring your creativity and your writer’s notebook. You will leave with new insights, a new focus for your marketing plan, and a list of resources to visit for more information.

     

    About Alix

    Alix Moore is a writer, speaker, creativity coach, and educational consultant. She works with children and adults in private sessions and public classes in the areas of creativity, teaching, and personal development. Alix is currently the president of the Montgomery County chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association and the author of two books: Tapping the Well Within: Writing from Your Source of Effortless Creativity, Deep Wisdom, and Utter Joy; and The Gift: How My Horse Taught Me to Teach the Toughest Children. When not writing or presenting, Alix can be found raising chickens, training cows, or harvesting vegetables on her organic farm in Clarksburg, MD.

    Alix blogs about marketing at http://thehealedwriter.com/. She can also be reached via her website: http://www.alixmoore.net/ or by email: alix@alixmoore.net.

     

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    Chapter Meeting on February 20: Romance Novelist Mia Zachary

    January 30, 2014 - Author: mwahoco
    Romance Novelist Mia Zachary

    Romance Novelist Mia Zachary

    WORKSHOP

    “Turning Up the Tension- Adding Romance to Any Genre”

    You may not write stories specifically in the romance genre, but if your novel contains any personal relationships, chances are your characters might have sex and even fall in love. Join best-selling novelist Mia Zachary for this interactive workshop where participants will create two characters, a setting and conflict-filled situation and then show the character’s sexual tension using the senses, body language and the twelve steps of intimacy.

    Join us on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    Owen Brown Community Center
    6800 Cradlerock Way
    Columbia, MD 21045

    About Mia:

    After years of really bad poetry, even worse song lyrics and sophomoric novellas, romance author Mia Zachary’s first completed manuscript- RED SHOES AND A DIARY- hit bookshelves in 2003 to excellent reviews. It was followed by three more Harlequin Blaze novels, including AFTERNOON DELIGHT -which spent two weeks on Bookscan’s best-seller list- and her first mystery entitled ANOTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT.

    “Her writing is beautiful, her characters honest and her book a keeper.” – Escape to Romance Reviews

    Ms. Zachary is also the trademarked inventor of NOODLE CUBES™ idea dice, an innovative tool for sparking creativity anywhere, every time and the developer of FROM MIND… TO MANUSCRIPT!™, an interactive workshop which guides participants from a story idea to a first draft in just two days.

    HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) Donators get an extra door prize ticket. All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

     

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    Chapter Meeting on January 16: “Whose Story is it Anyway?”

    January 4, 2014 - Author: mwahoco

    Whose Story Is It Anyway? Want to find out? Join us for an improvisational writing workshop in our new location on January 16, 2014. Release those inhibitions with some fun writing games. Bring ideas, paper and pen. Together we’ll get those creative juices flowing.

    HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) Donators get an extra door prize ticket. All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

    New Meeting Location

    Owen Brown Community Center
    6800 Cradlerock Way
    Columbia, MD 21045

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    We’re moving in January!

    November 4, 2013 - Author: mwahoco

    The Owen Brown Community Center building

    The Owen Brown Community Center entrance

    Beginning with our meeting on January 16, 2014, find us at

    Owen Brown Community Center,
    6800 Cradle Rock Way,
    Columbia, MD 21045

    We hope you like it, and we think you will!

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    Why you should be in Columbia at 7 PM this Thursday (video)

    October 15, 2013 - Author: mwahoco

    Click this photo and all will be explained:

    Austin Camacho

    Austin Camacho

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    October 17: Author and Publisher Austin Camacho

    September 25, 2013 - Author: mwahoco
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    Austin Camacho

    The Small Press: How it Works, and How to Work With It

     

    October 17, 2013
    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

     

    Sunrise Senior Living
    6500 Freetown Road
    Columbia, MD 21044

    Author Austin Camacho owns Intrigue Publishing, making him one of the gatekeepers–our man on the inside. Be armed with his knowledge and advice the next time you submit a manuscript to a small press, and later, when it’s time to talk numbers.

    About the presenter:

    Austin S. Camacho is a public affairs specialist for the Department of Defense. America’s military people overseas know him because for more than a decade his radio and television news reports were transmitted to them daily on the American Forces Network.

    He was born in New York City but grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York. He majored in psychology at Union College in Schenectady, New York. Dwindling finances and escalating costs brought his college days to an end after three years. He enlisted in the Army as a weapons repairman but soon moved into a more appropriate field. The Army trained him to be a broadcast journalist. Disc jockey time alternated with news writing, video camera and editing work, public affairs assignments and news anchor duties.

    During his years as a soldier, Austin lived in Missouri, California, Maryland, Georgia and Belgium. While enlisted he finished his Bachelor’s Degree at night and started his Master’s, and rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class. In his spare time, he began writing adventure and mystery novels set in some of the exotic places he’d visited.

    After leaving the Army he continued to write military news for the Defense Department as a civilian. Today he handles media relations and writes articles for the Defense Department. He has settled in Maryland with his family, including Princess the wonder cat.

    Austin is a voracious reader of mysteries, adventures and thrillers. When he isn’t working or reading, he’s writing.

    Keep up with all of Austin S. Camacho’s latest accomplishments at www.ascamacho.com

    We are collecting new or gently-used books for the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County. Bring one and you’ll receive an extra door prize ticket. Due to the nature of their services, they request that the book contain no mention of violence against women or children.

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