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

MWA Annapolis

The Annapolis Chapter meets the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205 of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Constitution & Greenfield Streets, Annapolis.

Chapter President: Jennifer Yacovissi,

Baltimore Chapter

MWA Baltimore

The Baltimore Chapter meets on the last Thursday of every month (except December) 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: Dr. Tapendu Basu,

Carroll County Chapter

MWA Carroll County

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

Chapter Co-Presidents: Jo Donaldson, Joelle


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: Edna Troiano,

Howard County Chapter

MWA Howard County

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: Amy Kaplan,
Chapter Vice President: Peter Pollak,
Chapter Treasurer: Steve Lubs,
Chapter Secretary: Donald McLean,

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: Katherine

St. Mary's County Chapter

The St. Mary's County Chapter meetings alternate between the Lexington Park Library at 21677 FDR Blvd., Lexington Park and the Leonardtown Library at 23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD. Please see individual event listings for details.

Chapter President: Linda Stewart,

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 will organize and run the chapter, which will 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, will continue to hold its own monthly meetings for members, organize and sponsor an annual writers' conference; maintain responsibility for the quarterly newsletter Pen in Hand as well as the anthology of members' works, New Lines From the Old Line State; organize and run the annual short works contest and novel writing contest; create opportunities for book selling at area festivals; help writers to find and/or form a critique group; and maintain the MWA website, including links to member websites.

Chapter members will belong to the parent organization and have all the rights and privileges as every other member. If you are already a member, there is no additional fee, 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.

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