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.

Past Meetings

Charles County Chapter: The Art Of Romance

June 13, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Christ Church
112 Charles St
La Plata, MD 20646

Romance writer Delancey Stewart will talk with us about writing romance novels, getting published, editing choices, and much more.

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Baltimore Chapter Meeting-Member Critique Session

May 31, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cockeysville Recreation Center (across from the Cockeysville Library)
9836 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, MD 21030

This is the opportunity for Baltimore Chapter members to receive feedback from their fellow members about their current writing project.

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Montgomery County Chapter: Judy Kelly Presents

May 19, 2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

Judy will show how empathy, tension, conflict and suspense can enhance your story and bring your readers closer to your characters. If you feel your story or memoir is lacking something, these techniques or tools may be what you need to enhance your story

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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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Charles County Chapter: Edna on Essays

May 17, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Christ Church
112 Charles St
La Plata, MD 20646

Edna Troiano, member and past president of our chapter, will speak to us about essay writing, and anything else about writing she wants to bring up. And of course, we will write.

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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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MWA Board Meeting May 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM

May 14, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Howard County Library, Miller Branch - Patapsco Room
HCLS Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Rd
Ellicott City, MD 21042

The next MWA Board meeting will be Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Howard County Library Miller Branch in the Patapsco room. 9421 Frederick Rd Ellicott City MD 21042 in Columbia, Maryland.  MWA members are always welcome to attend board meetings.

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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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Baltimore Chapter: Ally E. Machate will present, Forming and Using a Book Marketing Street Team

April 26, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cockeysville Recreation Center (across from the Cockeysville Library)
9836 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Though a lot of our marketing efforts have moved online, many authors still use a "street team" to help promote their books. This collaborative effort can be a powerful way to boost your signal!

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

April 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

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: Developing Believable Characters

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

We are looking forward to welcoming acclaimed author and writing instructor Barbara Esstman to MWA Annapolis on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m., who will lead a workshop on character development. As Barbara describes, “The most important element of serious

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Charles County Chapter: Fireside Chat

April 17, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Christ Church
112 Charles St
La Plata, MD 20646

We will be meeting to discuss current projects, help each other out, and talk all things writing. And of course, we will write.

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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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MWA Board Meeting April 9

April 09, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

East Columbia Library
6600 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

The next MWA Board meeting will be Monday, April 9, 2018 at the East Columbia Library in Columbia, Maryland.

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Baltimore Chapter:-The Dynamics of Spoken Word Poetry

March 29, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cockeysville Recreation Center (across from the Cockeysville Library)
9836 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, MD 21030

What is Spoken Word Poetry? How is it similar and different from other forms of poetry? How might you, as a writer and a lover of words and linguistic expression, engage it? Join us as spoken word artist Analysis guides a look & listen at this form of po

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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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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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Charles County Chapter: Celebrating MWA

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

Christ Church
112 Charles St
La Plata, MD 20646

We will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of MWA with cake and champagne. The mayor of La Plata will be presenting us with a certificate, and the local press will be in attendance. And of course, we will write!

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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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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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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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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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Baltimore Chapter: The Do's and Don'ts of Writing Query Letters

February 22, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Cockeysville Recreation Center (across from the Cockeysville Library)
9836 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Mary Stojak will present how to write the Query Letter that gets the attention of publishers.

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Annapolis Chapter Meeting: Ghostwriting — Secret and Not-so-secret Collaborations

February 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

Thinking about other ways to make an income from your writing? Interested in being a part of book projects that can change lives? Come meet a nationally bestselling ghostwriter and learn a little more about this “under the radar” writing field including w

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Howard County Chapter: Join authors from Benjamin Franklin to Stephen King and print on demand, crucial considerations for self-publishing

February 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

Eileen McIntire will discuss the ‘ins and outs’ and ‘pros and cons’ of self-publishing.

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MWA Board Meeting February 13

February 13, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Howard County Library, Miller Branch - Patapsco Room
HCLS Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Rd
Ellicott City, MD 21042

The next MWA Board meeting will be Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Miller branch of the Howard County Public library, 9421 Frederick Rd. Ellicott City MD 21042 in the Patapsco Room.

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Lower Eastern Shore Chapter Meeting

February 13, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Salt Water Media
29 Broad St Suite 104
Berlin, MD 21811
https://www.saltwatermedia.com

Monthly gathering of the chapter! It’s BYO-drinks/snacks. No presenters – just a friendly get-together.

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Baltimore Chapter - A Body Disposal Primer for Writers

January 25, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Cockeysville Recreation Center (across from the Cockeysville Library)
9836 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, MD 21030

What happens to a body at a crime scene, in the hospital or at the morgue. Jeanne will share the correct information about this topic. Whether you are writing non-fiction or fiction come learn how to deal with a dead body.

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Howard County Chapter: “Creating Your Social Media Roadmap”

January 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

Tiffany Carter will show you how to nail down the basics and create a social media strategy that will work even while you sleep.

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Annapolis Chapter Meeting: Mauled Men, Drowned Dames, and Crispy Critters: A Body Disposal Primer for Writers

January 17, 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

Got an inconvenient corpse in your book that someone needs to dispose of? What about one that has turned up and needs to be investigated? Or perhaps a character that just begs to be offed in an interesting way? Whether you are writing mystery, thriller, s

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Carroll County Chapter: The Do’s and Don'ts of Query Letters

January 13, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Finksburg Branch Library
2265 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048

Mary Stojak, a long-time MWA member with a Masters in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University, will tell the do's and don'ts of query letters and provide insight into the process of attracting the right kind of attention from publishers.

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Montgomery Chapter January Meeting

January 13, 2018
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

Author Panel: Tips on Marketing and Indie vs Traditional Publishing With Q & A

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MWA Board Meeting

January 11, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Howard County Library, Miller Branch - Patapsco Room
HCLS Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Rd
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Miller Branch of Howard County library.

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