MWA Chapters

Chapter meetings are open to the public and are free to MWA members and first-time guests. Returning non-members will be asked to pay $5.

Returning non-members wishing to join MWA may do so at meetings or online. Visit our membership page for more information.

For the latest information on chapter meetings, visit the chapter websites listed below.

Annapolis Chapter

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The Annapolis Chapter meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis.

Chapter President: Victoria Clarkson, [email protected]

Chapter Treasurer: Linda Wood

Chapter Secretary: Marie McCarran

Baltimore Chapter

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The Baltimore Chapter meets on the last Thursday of every month (with no meeting in December, 2018) at 7:00 p.m. at the Cockeysville Recreation Center (across the street from the public library and next to Padonia Elementary School). 9836 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, MD 21030.

Chapter President: Flo McCahon, [email protected]

Vice President: Janis Wilson

Chapter Treasurer: Jess Williams

Chapter Secretary: Barbara Mischke

Carroll County Chapter

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The Carroll County Chapter meets on the second Saturday of every month. Please see individual event listings for details.

Chapter President: Joelle Jarvis[email protected]

Chapter Vice President/Secretary: Jo Donaldson

Chapter Treasurer: Elizabeth Houck

Charles County Chapter

The Charles County Chapter meets on the third Wednesday of every month (except August and December) at the College of Southern Maryland’s La Plata campus, 8730 Mitchell Road, in La Plata.

Chapter President: Karen McIntyre[email protected]

Chapter Vice President: Lew McIntyre

Chapter Treasurer: September Lundeen

Chapter Secretary: Megan Ellis

Howard County Chapter

MWA Howard County

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The Howard County Chapter meets on the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm at The Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Chapter President: Suzanne Forest, [email protected]

Chapter Vice President: Mary Patrick, [email protected]

Chapter Treasurer: Steve Lubs, [email protected]

Chapter Secretary: Donald McLean, [email protected]

Lower Eastern Shore Chapter 

The Lower Eastern Shore Chapter meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at Salt Water Media in downtown Berlin, Maryland.

Chapter President: Stephanie Fowler, [email protected]

Chapter Treasurer: Joan Cooper 

Chapter Secretary: Barb Shamp

Montgomery County Chapter

The Montgomery County Chapter meets on alternating first Saturdays and second Wednesdays
of each month at the Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road,
Silver Spring, MD 20906, in the Aspen Hill neighborhood. Saturday meetings are held from
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Wednesday meetings are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Rec Center is located near Layhill Road and the ICC. Parking is free.

Chapter President: Judy Pauline Kelly[email protected]

Chapter Treasurer: Joseph Demasco 

Chapter Secretary: Randall C. Luce

Chapter Membership: Nina Craig

Chapter Program Chair: Sharon Campbell

Want to meet MWA writers in your own neck of the woods?

MWA is fulfilling a long-standing goal to create chapters -- further demonstrating our dedication to promoting the art, craft, and business of writing. Chapters bring local communities of writers together through regular meetings, programs, and events of interest -- along with the benefits of the well-established larger organization.

Elected officers organize and run the chapters, which offer a venue for local monthly meetings. The chapter, like the parent organization, may run its own program of guest speakers on topics of interest to writers: how to get started; writer's block; how to meet your deadline; the necessary work of polishing and editing your writing; how to find an agent or publisher; the print-on-demand options; publicity for the author; and anything more the members demand.

The parent organization, MWA, organizes and sponsors an annual writers' conference; maintains responsibility for the biannual newsletter Pen in Hand as well as anthologies of members' works, organizes and runs the annual short works contest and novel writing contest; creates opportunities for book selling at area festivals; helps writers to find and/or form a critique group; and maintain the MWA website, including links to member websites. MWA also organizes Teen Writers' Clubs led by MWA members.

Chapter members belong to the parent organization and have all the rights and privileges as every other member. If you are already an MWA member, there is no additional fee to attend any chapter meeting, nor is there any requirement to belong to a chapter.

MWA welcomes writers of all levels and disciplines, from those who dream of being published to professional freelancers to published authors. Prospective members can find a membership application on this website. Annual dues $40. Additional family members and student dues $30.

If you'd like help establishing a thriving local community of writers in your area, please e-mail the MWA Vice President.