Quick Notes, December 12, 2017

By Eileen Haavik McIntire, President

BOOK AWARDS SCORING ENDS FEB. 28 – Get your reading done now and your votes in! You might even find the perfect gift for someone on your list among the submissions.

REGISTER NOW FOR MWA’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE! Early bird discounts end February 1. This two-day conference looks like MWA’s best ever. Don’t miss it!

Pen In Hand, MWA’s literary journal, is still accepting submissions for the January issue. Deadline is Dec. 31. Send submissions to

Submissions to the next issue of MWA’s quarterly Newsletter are being accepted now. Send your news and articles to Editor Barbara Morrison at



This has been another great year for the Maryland Writers’ Association thanks to a capable, energetic and enthusiastic Board of Directors. Many thanks and holiday hugs are due to:

Janet Ruck, Vice President

Mark Willen, Treasurer and Teen Club Coordinator

Chip Trimmier, Secretary

Flo McCahon, Membership Chair

Jess Williams, Conference Chair

Michelle Butler* and Katherine Melvin, Program Chairs

Amy Kaplan, Chapter Liaison

Tony Russo, Communications Chair

Dr. Tapendu Basu, Editor, Pen in Hand

Barbara Morrison, Editor, Newsletter

Larry Matthews,* Member at Large

Christina Lyons, Member at Large

Eric Badertscher, Member at Large

Angela Dale, Website

Ally Machate, Anthologies

* Michelle Butler and Larry Matthews resigned in mid-term because of personal and professional considerations.

Many thanks are also due to the Chapter officers who line up excellent monthly programs. Here are the presidents of each chapter:

Howard County – Nancy Alexander

Montgomery County – Judy Kelly

Carroll County – Joelle Jarvis and Jo Donaldson

Charles County – Karen McIntyre

Lower Eastern Shore – Stephanie Fowler

Baltimore County – Dr. Tapendu Basu

The next MWA Board meeting will be January 11, 7 p.m., at the Miller Branch Public Library, Ellicott City. All members are invited to attend.



The following announcements are provided as a service to the members. MWA does not necessarily endorse nor sponsor any of the organizations or their events.

The 6th Annual College Park Book Festival will be held Saturday, March 3, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the College Park Community Center. Registration information will be sent out in January 2018.


The 12th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. Prizes include: £1,000 for the Short Fiction and Poetry winners, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists, Consultation with Redhammer Management, membership to the Poetry Society, one year subscription to Granta and a selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.

Entries are open until 31 August. Submit at:


Odyssey Writing Workshop for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror: Held for six weeks each summer in Manchester, New Hampshire, Odyssey is widely considered one of the top programs for writers of the fantastic. Only fifteen are admitted. Top authors, agents, and editors serve as guest lecturers. Advanced lectures, in-depth feedback, and one-on-one guidance help students make major improvements. Fifty-nine percent go on to professional publication.

This summer's program runs from June 4 to July 13, 2018. Class meets for over four hours each day, five days a week, with time split between lectures and workshopping. Lectures explore powerful techniques while feedback reveals the strengths and weaknesses in each writer's work. Students spend about eight hours more per day writing and critiquing each other’s work. The workshop is held at Saint Anselm College, one of the top small liberal arts colleges in the Northeast, and students live in campus apartments. They love the peaceful grounds and friendly staff. College credit is available on request. Odyssey is for writers whose work is approaching publication quality and for published writers who want to improve their work.

The early action application deadline is January 31, and the regular application deadline is April 7. The workshop is held by the Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Odyssey is funded in part by donations from graduates, grantors and supporters, and in part by student tuition. Tuition is $2,025, and housing in campus apartments is $892 for a double room and $1,784 for a single. All applicants receive feedback on their writing sample.

A scholarship covering tuition, textbook, and housing will be awarded to a promising writer of Lovecraftian cosmic horror.

For more information, go to


Eastern Shore Writers Association - Bay to Ocean Conference: The next Bay to Ocean Writers Conference will take place on March 10, 2018, at Chesapeake College, on Route 50 near Easton, MD. Christopher Tilghman, author of the critically acclaimed novel "Mason's Retreat" and a professor of English at the University of Virginia, will deliver the opening keynote. For more information, go to


Livecanon announces poetry courses available in 2018 and offered through EventBrite. Livecanon is in the United Kingdom and the courses are offered there. It is an ensemble performing, creating, recording, and publishing poetry throughout the UK. So if you’re up for a trip to London in 2018, here is a list of courses. Go to the website indicated for more information.

One day courses

Correspondence Courses