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MWA Conference 2019: From Brain to Bookshelf

March 29, 2019 12:00 PM to March 31, 2019 1:00 PM

BWI Aiport Marriott
1743 West Nursery Road
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Conference Schedule

FRIDAY (AFTERNOON): The festivities begin with an afternoon intensive session with Chuck Sambuchino, author, freelance editor and "how to get published" expert, followed by dinner featuring a keynote address by Crystal Wilkinson, award-winning feminist poet, novelist, memoirist, and professor, as keynote speaker.

SATURDAY (ALL-DAY) includes an informational breakfast, followed by 20+ Panels, Workshops, and Agents, Agents, Agents (including member-only pitch and critique opportunities). Lunch will feature keynote speaker Chuck Sambuchino, followed by more break-out sessions and wrapping up with a convivial happy hour.

SUNDAY (MORNING) includes breakfast, an agent panel that allows participants to get feedback on their query letters, and three intensive sessions to choose from: Crystal Wilkinson on mining autobiography to write moving, memorable fiction; Rick Ollerman on what makes a successful short story; and Harrison Demchick on point of view.

Agent Opportunities

  • Pitch your finished work to an agent. $15 / pitch (first pitch is free for MWA members)
  • Have ten pages of your work critiqued by an agent (work must be submitted in advance): $50 / critique

You will be asked to select your preferred agent for your pitch session(s), but agents are assigned first come, first served based on availability. Critiques can be purchased with the agent of your choice, based on agent availability. Please view the agents' profiles and research their genres and wish lists prior to registering so you can select an appropriate agent for your work. 

Member Benefits

  • Preferred registration rates.
  • First agent pitch session is free.


Members will be prompted to login to complete registration. Be sure to login to get the best rates and the free pitch opportunity.

Not a member?

Join MWA ($40 annual membership), and save $50.00 on registration fees. (Join first, then register to get member rates.)


The following meals are included with registration for that day: 
Friday: dinner; Saturday: breakfast, lunch & hors d'oeuvres; Sunday: breakfast.

Rates: Friday / Saturday
   Member: $260.00
   Nonmember: $310.00

Rates: Saturday / Sunday
   Member: $240.00
   Nonmember: $290.00

Rates: Friday / Saturday / Sunday
   Member: $340.00
   Nonmember: $390.00

Refund Policy: Full refund through December 31, 2018. 50% refund from January 1 through February 28, 2019. No refunds after February 28, 2019.


MWA has reserved a block of discounted rooms at the BWI Airport Marriott for $89 / night. This group rate must be booked by February 28, 2019, pending room availability. Click here to book your room.


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$340.00 Member - Friday / Saturday / Sunday

$310.00 Nonmember - Friday / Saturday

$290.00 Nonmember - Saturday / Sunday

$390.00 Nonmember - Friday / Saturday / Sunday

$15.00 Pitch Sessions