Meeting/Event Information

 

MWA 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. Non-members wishing to join MWA may do so at meetings or here. 

Events marked 'FYI' are not MWA events, and are provided as a courtesy for the benefit of members and supporters.

Future Meetings

Montgomery Chapter Meeting: Barbara Esstman will Present Writing Strong Characters

March 10, 2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Mid-County Community Recreation Center
2004 Queensguard Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906

"The most important element of serious fiction and memoir is a true and believable protagonist surrounded by other true and believable characters. How to get that to happen in your writing is easier when you know how to create the optimum conditions for c

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Carroll County: Title of meeting: A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to Being Published

March 10, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Finksburg Branch Library
2265 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048

Author William Peak will give a reading from his award-winning debut novel, The Oblate's Confession. He will share his secrets for researching a novel set in 7th century Anglo-Saxon England, and tell us how--just when he'd given up all hope--a publisher

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MWA Board Meeting March 13

March 13, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Howard County Library: Central Branch -Warfield Meeting Room
10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044

The next MWA Board meeting will be Monday, March 13, 2018 at the Central Branch of the Howard County Library in theWarfield Meeting Room. Along with our regular meeting, we will be prepping packages for our Brain to Bookshelf Writing Conference March 23-2

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Howard County Chapter: You Only Debut Once: What Every Author Needs to Know Ahead of Publication

March 15, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradle Rock Way
Columbia, MD 21045-4809
http://www.owenbrownvillage.org/contact-us.html

Jenny Yacovissi will consider establishing publishing objectives, the pros and cons of small press publishing and getting prepared for your first release.

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Annapolis Chapter Meeting: Get Creative with Nonfiction

March 21, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 205
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
http://www.marylandhall.org

Some of the best writing today falls within the realm of creative nonfiction. Lee Gutkind defines this popular genre, which includes memoir and literary journalism, as “true stories well told.” Join us at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21st, when popular work

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MWA Conference 2018: From Brain to Bookshelf

March 23, 2018 7:00 AM to March 24, 2018 9:00 PM

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

Maryland Writers' Association 2018 Conference

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Carroll County: Over in a Flash—Writing Short Short Fiction for Publication

April 14, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Finksburg Branch Library
2265 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048

The “Over in a Flash—Writing Short Short Fiction for Publication” session will provide an overview of the various very short forms published in contemporary literary journals.

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Howard County Chapter: From Poe to Present Day – the History of Mystery

April 18, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradle Rock Way
Columbia, MD 21045-4809
http://www.owenbrownvillage.org/contact-us.html

Flo McCahon will discuss the decades of mystery genre evolution from Edgar Allen Poe through to the hard boiled detectives of modern day.

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Annapolis Chapter Meeting: Develop Driving Dialogue

April 18, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 205
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
http://www.marylandhall.org

Good dialogue is the key to so much in fiction: it drives action, it reveals character, it makes a story live and breathe with immediacy and intimacy. For many writers, though, capturing realistic dialogue–the cadence, the word-choice, the tone that disti

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Carroll County: History and its Mysteries: How Fiction’s Imagination Works with History’s Facts

May 12, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Finksburg Branch Library
2265 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048

Author and former newspaper reporter Michael Downs will give the presentation. He is an associate professor of English at Towson University who lives and writes in Baltimore.

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Annapolis Chapter Meeting: Mack & McIntire on Mystery

May 16, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 205
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
http://www.marylandhall.org

Want to try your hand at writing a mystery, but the whole thing is just a little too mysterious? Mystery is one of the best-loved and most enduring genres in fiction, but it takes a deft touch to plot a good whodunit. If you’re looking for advice for how

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Howard County Chapter: The Writing, Rehearsing, Reading and Critiquing of a 10-Minute Play

May 17, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradle Rock Way
Columbia, MD 21045-4809
http://www.owenbrownvillage.org/contact-us.html

The Writing, Rehearsing, Reading and Critiquing of a 10-Minute Play Rich Madzel is the founder and producer of Try It Out Theatre, a Columbia-based theatre company focused on helping new playwrights get a chance to see and hear their work before a friendl

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Carroll County Chapter: Writing a Romance Novel: Relationship 101 – What qualities do the characters in a romance novel need to possess?

June 09, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Finksburg Branch Library
2265 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048

Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as “a name to look for in romantic suspense,” Dani Pettrey has written eight novels, which have sold more than 300,000 copies.

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“HopeWorks Open Mic readings from Dragonfly Magazine

June 27, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Hope Works
9770 Patuxent Woods Dr Suite 300
Columbia, MD 21046

HopeWorks Dragonfly readings feature local poets’ work, offering reflections on life, love, trauma, justice, renewal and hope. Authors will have an opportunity to read their work at this dynamic gathering; to share ‘the power of words’ and promote healing

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Howard County Chapter: Understanding Dialogue in Content

July 19, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradle Rock Way
Columbia, MD 21045-4809
http://www.owenbrownvillage.org/contact-us.html

Nancy Alexander will lead an interactional workshop enabling participants to explore how our written dialogue depends on the context surrounding it and how changing that context affects what we say and how we say it.

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Howard County Chapter: Mauled Men, Drowned Dames and Crispy Critters, a Body Disposal Primer for Writers

September 20, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradle Rock Way
Columbia, MD 21045-4809
http://www.owenbrownvillage.org/contact-us.html

Jeanne Adams is an expert on the topic of disposing of dead bodies and funerals and all that gruesome, interesting stuff that mystery writers in particular might like to know about.

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