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CritiqueFest 2016

Posted: October 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia
MD/DE/WV CritiqueFest

Warm up for the March 2017 conference!
Get your middle grade or young adult manuscript in shape!

Date(s) – 11/12/2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Anne Arundel Community College, Annex A
101 College Parkway – Arnold, MD 21012

Join us for a manuscript critique workshop led by our Published and Listed (PAL) members. The workshop begins with a panel discussion on giving and receiving critiques. Attendees will then break into small groups to critique each other’s manuscripts, with each round table moderated by one of our PAL members. We will also have a brief pitch workshop led by PAL members, after which attendees will return to their small groups to provide feedback on each other’s pitches.

Faculty for this event is:
Mary Amato
Laura Bowers
Karen Hattrup
Kara Laughlin
Debbie Levy
John Micklos
Lisa Pires
Lois Szymanski

Individual additional critiques will be offered in advance. (See below for more details.)

*Cost to attend the CritiqueFest is $45 for members, $65 for non-members. Please register by November 4, 2016.



#FicFest Winners Announced

Posted: May 7, 2016 in Uncategorized



So excited to land a spot on TeamEngland for 2016’s #FicFest contest!


Time to Write a Book in a Month

Posted: October 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

It’s almost that time again. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is from November 1-30.  That gives you a full 30 days to write the novel of your dreams.  Is it possible?  I say, yes!  A good first draft CAN be written in a month.  Why not dedicate the month of November to starting or finishing your novel?  I’ll be at the Crofton Library on October 18th from 2:30-4:00pm to help guide you with ideas, pre-writing exercises, and tools to get you started.  Hope to see you then!


My short story, “The Ill-Fated Power of Ham” is currently available for purchase!  It’s included in the anthology, Broken Worlds, along with many other short stories, all centered around the theme of destroyed and dysfunctional worlds.  My story is about a teenage girl, Roxy Darling, whose family is on the brink of total collapse after her father has a baby with another woman.  It’s currently available in e-book, and paperback in the coming weeks.  Thanks, A Murder of Storytellers, for including me in this wonderful collection.  Here’s a brief synopsis of the anthology:


We are never alone, not truly. We exist within systems; families, societies, governments, countries, continents; all within a singular planet in a singular solar system in a singular galaxy in a singular universe. And none of these are perfect. Many are broken, some beyond repair. Some could become broken over time. Others need to be destroyed to be improved. This book is about broken worlds, from families to a multiverse, where things are not what they seem or seem to be what they are: utterly broken from the top down and vice versa.

As the Eraser Burns

Hey folks! We’ve got an ABC event coming up this weekend! Author L.V. Pires will be presenting “Build Your World with Tips and Tricks” on Saturday, June 13th at the Broadneck Library in Annapolis, MD. Click on this link for more information and to register!

Today we are lucky to have L.V. Pires visit us here in the Cyber Café.

Pires, pic

Lisa Veronica Pires is the author of several stories for young readers, including EXTENSION, THE PORTRAIT, and SUMMER OF WINGED CREATURES.  She is the recipient of the Eileen Spinelli Award and a graduate of Spalding University’s MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Now that you’re settled in, let’s get started. First off, what’s your favorite coffeehouse beverage?

Caffe Medici – that’s orange, chocolate, and espresso.


And your favorite snack?

I lived in England for a year and got hooked on Flapjacks.  The chocolate ones are the best.

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Come join me at Broadneck Library to discuss world building in this FREE event, 1275 Green Holly Drive, Annapolis.


Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

Light snacks and heavy conversation.

Please register by Wednesday, June 10 so we can plan the refreshments and chairs.

More questions?

6x9Template After dying on the basketball court, seventeen-year-old, Oliver Conroy is put into a deep cryogenic sleep. In 2032, he wakes, brought back from the dead after eighteen years, with a soul that was not his to keep. Now he needs to find the strength to live out his second chance at life, reunite the missing pieces of his scattered family, and make it through high school, while avoiding the roaming psychopaths who just want their souls back.