Quick Notes, May 16, 2017

By Eileen McIntire, President

The Board meets May 22, 7 p.m., at the Miller Branch Library, Howard County, in the Patapsco Room. All members are invited to attend.

Coming up: June 20, Annual Meeting. 7 p.m., Miller Branch Library, Howard County, Ellicott Room.

We are pleased to welcome Charitta Williams as the new MWA bookkeeper to handle MWA’s increasingly complicated financial transactions.

MWA needs a Treasurer to provide monthly financial reports to the board. With a bookkeeper on board, this job will be much easier. If you’d like to volunteer for the Board position of Treasurer, please contact Eileen McIntire,

MWA also needs someone to scan its documents for digital storage. This would also involve transferring MWA Board Yahoo files to other software.



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Poetry Contest

Loudoun County Public Library invites you to participate in its fourth annual poetry contest for adults ages 18 and up. Rhyme On! will be accepting entries--and they would love to have yours--from April 15 through May 31.

The poem should be in one of the following categories: • Best Love Poem • Best “Loudoun” Poem • Funniest Poem • Free-Verse

Cash prizes will be awarded for winners and runner-ups! Winners will be announced online July 5, 2017 on Loudoun County Public Library’s website and winners will be mailed their prizes.

Submission guidelines and more information are on the library website.  

If you have any questions about Rhyme On! contact Angela Marchetto, 540-687-5730.


Poetry Reading

June 11: Lucinda Marshall, Donald Illich, Katherine E. Young, Leeya Mehta, Serena Agusto-Cox, and Gregory Luce will be giving a poetry reading at Chesapeake Framing and Art Gallery,  123 Crown Park Ave., Gaithersburg 20878, from 3-5 pm. There will be an open mic after the readings. Don, Serena and Lucinda live in Maryland. Katherine E. Young is the Poet Laureate of Arlington. Greg is in Arlington as well and Leeya lives in DC. They are published poets who are active in the DMV literary community. More information is available on Facebook, and on Lucinda’s website. .

Book Festival

The inaugural Howard County Book Festival, Books in Bloom, will take place on June 11th at the Chrysalis at Merriweather Post Pavilion from 12-5. For more information, go to the website


Writing Workshops and Conferences

June 3, 2017: The 3rd Annual Writing Intensive at St. John’s College is a fun day devoted to writing instruction, discovery, and inspiration. Seven award-winning authors (including nationally acclaimed novelists, a media branding expert, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist) will present workshops that include memoir, fiction, nonfiction, and publishing advice.

For more information, go to the website 


June 18 – 24, 2017:
6th Chesapeake Writers’ Conference, St. Mary’s College
St. Mary’s City, Maryland
A week of craft talks, lectures, panel discussions, and readings, as well as daily workshops in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

The conference hosts writers at all levels of experience for a rich week of lectures, craft talks, readings, and panel discussions, as well as daily workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. A workshop designed for high school-aged youth will be a multi-genre course in which participants try their hand at a range of writing genres and styles. All conference workshops are led by exemplary faculty. Course credit for those enrolled in a degree program is also available.

New workshop for 2017: A teachers-only workshop that offers graduate credit for continuing professional development. Also planned: The multi-genre Youth Workshop for high schoolers. The publishing panel will include literary agent Mitchell Waters from Curtis Brown, Naomi Gibbs, an editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Rae Bryant, the editor of The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, a literary and arts journal housed at Johns Hopkins. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Enrollment is limited. Please follow the directions for applications on the website. June 2 is the due date for payment, but a spot will not be reserved until you have paid in full. Those registering after June 2 are not eligible for a refund. For more information, go to Contact Jerry Gabriel, Conference Director (, with questions.



Living Springs Publishers LLP is publishing a series of books called Stories Through The Ages. Each book will feature short stories written by people in different segments of the population. They are now accepting submissions for the Baby Boomers Plus edition (anyone born 1964 or earlier) and the Generations XYZ edition (anyone born 1996 – 1965).

Submissions for the College Edition are currently closed as they are working on getting the first book in the series ready for publication. They will re-open submissions this summer. You can see information about the winners of this contest in our Blog and on our Facebook page. There is no prompt for the contests, stories may be about any topic.

For each contest the story from the top 15 finalists will be included in a book published by Living Springs Publishers LLP. In addition first, second and third place finalists receive cash prizes of $500, $200 and $100 respectively. A flyer, in PDF form, can be downloaded at