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Howard County Chapter Meeting

August 15, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Sunrise Senior Living
6500 Freetown Road
Columbia, MD 21044

Author and poet Louise Harris speaks on writing during your travels; then, our first roundtable discussion: Finding the Time and Space to Write, While Making Ends Meet.

Have you ever returned from a vacation with your fancy notebook still empty? Louise Harris, award-winning poet and author of The 1776 Scroll, wrote during a cross-country move, and wrote a newsletter while she was visiting Russia in 1999. Even more impressive than her ability to find writing-time during international travel is the fact that she found writing-focus at one of the most pivotal times of her life: she was there to adopt her children. She’ll tell us, step by step, how we can actually write--instead of just meaning to--while our lives and luggage are in motion.

Then we’ll all exchange ideas to overcome the challenges involved in Finding the Time and Space to Write, While Making Ends Meet...and while meeting the seemingly endless demands of family, friends and home.

There will be door prizes.

We are collecting new or gently-used books for the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County. Bring one and you'll receive an extra door prize ticket. Due to the nature of their services, they request that the book contain no mention of violence against women or children.

About the speaker:
To fulfill her dream to be a writer, Louise Harris graduated from University of Maryland College of Journalism and became an editor. She has written for newspapers, magazines, newsletters, radio and online publications. For 21 years, Louise has had her own freelance business: LAST Research & Editing. In her business, she has written for clients in all fields, and is an expert on environmental reporting. Besides her two published fiction novels, The 1776 Scroll  and The 1776 Inn, Louise has won awards for poetry. Louise is chairwoman of MWA's Programs Committee and past president of Howard County Chapter. She is secretary of Society of Professional Journalists Maryland Pro Chapter and Visitors Host for Business Network International. Currently, she is working on The 1776 Musket and Notorious Nick series.

A look ahead:
Harlequin MIRA Fantasy author Maria V. Snyder will join us on September 19. Save the date!