Quick Notes, January 19, 2018

By Eileen Haavik McIntire, President

The Winter MWA Newsletter is posted on the MWA website. It offers news, views, and tools for you and your opportunity to share what’s happening in your own writing. Read it now.


Book Awards Contest: Still plenty of time to read and vote on your favorites among the submissions. Contest ends Feb. 28. Winners will be announced at MWA’s annual conference


Annual Conference: March 23-24, 2018, BWI Marriott.

DISCOUNT RATES END FEB. 1! This promises to be the best yet! Look at the line-up.

Friday, March 23:

Michael Hauge, Hollywood storyteller, screenwriter, and motivational speaker, presents an all-day workshop. He has worked with screenwriters, novelists and filmmakers, consulted on projects starring (among many others) WiIl Smith, Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, and Reese Witherspoon. He is also the best-selling author of Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get your Screen play or Novel Read.

Parallel Sessions: Half-Day Poetry Workshop with Maryland’s Poet Laureate Stanley Plumly, Maryland’s award-winning poet laureate and distinguished professor at the University of Maryland,

Half-Day Memoir Writing Workshop with popular workshop leader and author Barbara Morrison.End the day by unwinding and enjoying your colleagues at the Purple Prose Dinner.

Saturday, March 24

Keynote Breakfast with John Gilstrap, award-winning, NYT best-selling author of thrillers including a 2016 Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original Novel for his book, Against All Enemies.

Keynote Lunch with screenwriter and storyteller Michael Hauge

Agent/Editor Pitch Appointments (for MWA members only. Not a member? Join for conference discounts and a pitch session.)

Full Day of Workshops. Topics include: • How to Write a Thriller • Plot and Structure • Self-Publishing • Social Media • 20 More!

Panel topics include • Young Adult—Learn from your audience • First Responder—What happens to 911 calls? • How to Begin a Writing Career in Retirement. LOW RATES END FEB. 1!


The next board meeting of the Maryland Writers’ Association will be Feb. 13. 7 p.m. at the Miller Branch Library, Ellicott City, MD. All members are welcome to attend.



The following are not sponsored by nor endorsed by the Maryland Writers’ Association. They are listed here as a service to members.

For mystery writers, join Sisters in Crime members on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery to see the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. Bruce Goldfarb from the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will give a lecture on the Nutshells from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rubenstein Grand Salon on the second floor of the Renwick Gallery. Bruce will share insights into the part these dioramas played in advancing the field of forensics and explain their necessary role in training future investigators. This is a free lecture, open to the public. Come early to get a good seat.

The Renwick is not part of the main Smithsonian Campus. It's located at 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue, near the intersection of Pennsylvania and 17th Street. There's limited street parking; paid parking is available at several nearby buildings, including: 1700 Pennsylvania Ave. (One Parking) 1750 H. Street 648 18th St. (Colonial Parking)


Writers’ Retreat at Deep Creek Lake: An exact date has not yet been determined, but it will be a Friday check-in to Sunday check-out, with all expenses included at Blue Moon Rising, a tiny cabin community on Deep Creek Lake. The weekend will offer plenty of group or private writing time, a sit-down one-on-one meeting with either a professional editor or motivational coach (both published authors), a group Q&A, two writing workshops and plenty of fellowship opportunities. Cost: Each tiny cabin (which is actually quite roomy) is $495 for a single attendee, $395 for two attendees sharing the same cabin and $295 per person if three people share. If you’re interested, contact Jeannette DiLouie,


Call for Entries: Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018

Submit your Poetry & Short Fiction and showcase your work to a new international audience and further your 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:


The Gulf Coast Writers’ Association (GCWA) is now accepting entries for the 2018 Writing Contest. Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2018.

Entry fees: $10 for first entry for members; $20 for nonmembers. Categories are Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children’s Stories. The winners’ submissions will be posted on the website and will appear in the summer issue of Ft. Myers Magazine. This contest is open to GCWA members and the public. Winners will be announced at the GCWA meeting April 21, 2018. List of winners will be posted on the website by April 31, 2018.

Entries should be mailed to: GCWA Writing Contest P.O. Box 60771 Fort Myers, FL 33906 Go to for more information.


Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, announces the availability of Apprenticeship Awards and Project Grants to fund folklife activities between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Applications for both programs are open until February 2, 2018.

The Apprenticeship Award supports up to one year of study in folklife, or living cultural traditions. During the study period, a master folklife practitioner passes down her or his knowledge to an apprentice in an effort to support the vitality of folklife in Maryland. Apprenticeships may focus on performance-based forms of folklife, such as storytelling, music, or dance; tangible forms of folklife, such as craft, costume, or food; or occupational forms of folklife, such as those found in maritime, agricultural, or architectural traditions. Project Grants support short-term research and programming focused on folklife. Successful grantees undertake projects directed by professionals, community scholars, organizations, or artists as they identify, document, support, or present Maryland folklife.

Past Project Grants have funded the documentation of food traditions, the production of an album of folk music, and an oral history collection leading to the creation of an exhibit on community life. Technical support is an important part of our work at Maryland Traditions.

For more information, advice on application strategies, or any other inquiry, contact Maryland Traditions Director Chad Edward Buterbaugh at 410.767.6450 or To access the Apprenticeship Award or Project Grant applications, visit