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Deadline Extended: Submit to MWA Journal Pen in Hand

In view of the COVID crisis, we are extending the submission deadline for the January 2021 issue of Pen In Hand to December 15, 2020. Please submit your best poems, short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, non-fiction, plays to [email protected] Photography of art ma...

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November 2020 Notable Author: Eileen McIntire

“Writing is the perfect career for the lifelong learner because you’d better be.” – Eileen McIntire Eileen Haavik McIntire, author of the 90s Club mystery series, knows one thing for sure. The Nancy Drew she loved reading about as a child would still be piling up...

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2021 MWA Writers’ Novel Contest: “Keeping it short”

Calling all MWA Novelists. If you have published (or will publish) a book between October 1, 2017- December 31, 2020 we welcome you to enter our Novel competition. MWA Members can submit up to 10 pages of their finished work in one of five categories: Romance / Historical Mystery / Suspense / Th...

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Maryland Writers' Association Stands in Solidarity with the African American Community

Statement from the Maryland Writers' Association Board Our nation is struggling with two crises right now: First, a pandemic that has affected people around the globe and has disproportionately affected African Americans. Second, the tragic, inhumane death of George Floyd, an unarmed man who has b...

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New MWA Online Offerings and How to Make Sure You're Hearing About Them

As Marylanders shelter in place, MWA has been working overtime to keep our members engaged with each other, the broader writing community and our own personal writing journeys. Here are some of MWA's recent and upcoming online Zoom events: Our March webinar with Barbara Morrison on "What ICan Do...

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Dec 3

North Baltimore Chapter: The Past is Always With Us

The past is always with us, especially during the holiday season when we tell and retell family stories. Barbara Morrison explores ways to capture moments of our past to spark mini-memoirs, flash fiction and essays.

Dec 4

First Friday Open Mic - December 2020 - Featuring Poet Laura Shovan

Featured Poet: Laura Shovan. Writers, performers and lover of verse are invited to spend time sharing work and experiences in support for the lonely sport of writing and building a supportive group of MWA writers.

Dec 8
Dec 12

November Montgomery County Zoom Open-Mic

If you have something you’ve been hesitant to share with us because you can’t quite pare it down to the usual 5-minute limit, please write to me to let me know.

Dec 12

A Closer Look at Beloved Award-Winning Novelist Toni Morrison

Join us for an online discussion about Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist Toni Morrison, featuring Michele Simms-Burton, a scholar and founding board member of the Toni Morrison Society, and including audience Q&A.

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

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