Quick Notes, November 15, 2017

By Eileen Haavik McIntire

2018 – MWA’s 30th Year!

The Annual Conference – March 23-24, BWI Marriott.

Two packed days of writing workshops, panel discussions, agent and editor pitches, speakers, networking and much more. Early Bird Registration is open now! Go to for more information and to register.

March 23:

Full-day Story-Writing Workshop with Michael Hauge, one of Hollywood’s top coaches and story experts. He has worked with countless screenwriters, novelists and filmmakers and consulted on projects starring Will Smith, Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, and others. He is also the best-selling author of Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read.

Half-day Poetry Workshop with Maryland’s Poet Laureate Dr. Stanley Plumly, award-winning and distinguished professor at the University of Maryland. In addition to teaching at some of the country’s most esteemed institutions, including Columbia, the University of Michigan, the University of Iowa and Princeton, Plumly has received numerous honors throughout the course of his longstanding career, such as a Guggenheim Fellowship; an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and the LA Times Book Prize, among others.

Half-day Memoir-Writing Workshop with Barbara Morrison. Barbara is a popular leader of writing workshops and the author of Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother.

March 24:

Keynote Breakfast with John Gilstrap, NYT best-selling author of thrillers and winner of multiple awards, including a 2016 Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original Novel for Against All Enemies.

Keynote Lunch with Michael Hauge

Agent/Editor pitch appointments (for MWA members)

Workshop Topics include: How to Write a Thriller Plot and Structure, Self-Publishing, Social Media + 20 more! Panel Topics include: Young Adult – Learn from the audience you write for, First Responder – What happens with 911 is called? How to Begin a Writing Career in Retirement


BOOK AWARDS CONTESTCast your scores now. Scoring closes February 28. Enjoy reading any or all of the submissions in the following categories then score them. The categories are: • Mystery/thriller • Science Fiction/Fantasy/Speculative fiction • Literary/Mainstream • Historical Fiction MWA members may score each entry once. Once a score has been submitted, it cannot be changed or withdrawn.


The Special Collections Library Association is holding its annual conference at the Baltimore Convention Center in June. They are asking MWA to provide an hour-long panel discussion at lunchtime to introduce attendees to Maryland. If you’d like to be on the panel, please submit a proposal to MWA Vice President Janet Ruck,


ISO Graphic Designer: MWA is seeking a graphic designer to design its literary journal, Pen in Hand. The journal is published twice a year in January and July, is 6” x 9” and generally contains about 65 pages. Payment in contributor copies and acknowledgement and credit on the copyright page plus our heartfelt thanks.


Speaking of Pen in Hand, editor Dr. Basu is seeking more submissions for the January issue. Deadline is Dec. 31.


MWA needs an archivist to bring order and efficiency to its files and records. This would include scanning records and downloading files to put in a digital format. If you can help, contact Eileen McIntire,



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2018 WILLIAM SAROYAN INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR WRITING -- Call for Submissions -- Deadline for entries: January 31, 2018. Submissions are now being accepted for this award given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation. The award recognizes newly published works of fiction and nonfiction with a $5,000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation. Entries must be received by January 31, 2018. For entry forms and more information on the prize, visit the Saroyan Prize website:


Takoma Park Book Fair: A few places are still available. Busboys & Poets is hosting this year’s event on Saturday, December 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. They have a dedicated event space and will actively promote the event, which is free and open to the public. Participating authors must be Takoma Park (or nearby) residents—and have published within the last two years. They ask for a $20 contribution from each author to cover costs. Busboys has assumed ownership of the bookstores in their restaurants (some were previously under Politics & Prose management). They plan to organize a variety of book events during the coming year.

SIGN UP FOR THE BOOK FAIR BY NOVEMBER 25. Email the following information to · your name, address, and phone number,· title and publication date of your book, brief description of your book (1 or 2 lines). Attach a jpg of your cover.