May 19

Annapolis Chapter: Songwriting with Edward Sparks

Edward Sparks will talk about the art of writing songs that speak to the heart. He will share his songs and writing process with us and will be happy to take questions from aspiring songwriters.

Jun 16

Annapolis Chapter: Writing Behavior & Psychology Accurately with Loriann Oberlin

Loriann will cover how to use the DSM-5, create your characters’ family of origin, delve into child development and address difficult relationships—topics every writer will find informative and useful in their own creative ventures.

Jul 21

Annapolis Chapter: Dynamic Dialogue: A writer’s guide with Shelly Desjarlais

Dialogue can be one of the trickiest components to any piece. How can we add a decent flow and a touch of zing to our characters’ conversations? I have a few tips and tricks that will make your dialogue sing.

Aug 18

Annapolis Chapter: Mapping the Territory with J. H. Diehl

Author J. H. Diehl discusses her writing travels and how mapping your territory as a writer can help you to create stronger, more resonant stories.

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Annapolis Chapter


MWA has Cancelled all in-person meetings until further notice

MWA Annapolis LogoThe Annapolis Chapter meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis.

Chapter President: Becky Shiles, [email protected]

Chapter Treasurer: Leah Roche

Chapter Secretary: Andrew McDowell

Program Director: Zachary Mooney 


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MWA Elections and Annual Meeting – June 20

MWA’s Annual Meeting takes place June 20, 2 p.m., by ZOOM and is open to all MWA members and guests. On the agenda are the election of officers, approval of the St. Mary’s/Calvert Chapter application, readings of winning poetry from the 2019 poetry contest, and a moderated...

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Critique Groups

Annapolis Fiction and Poetry Writers


BayHill Writers

  • Various locations in Calvert & southern Anne Arundel Counties
  • Genres: All genres welcome
  • Leader: Les Dickey
  • Meets 3rd Monday of each month 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. We have been meeting for four years and have a mix of published/unpublished writers. Please contact coordinator Les Dickey for the next location and a copy of the group guidelines.


Scriptwriting Group

  • Genres: Any type of script (stage, screen, graphic novel, etc.)
  • Leader: Scott D. Morrow, [email protected]
  • Meets in Annapolis.
  • Currently not accepting new members. If you are interested in forming a new critique group, please contact Scott.


Waterfront Writers

  • Genres: Fiction only
  • Leader: Sandee Campbell, [email protected]
  • Group exchanges critiques online with monthly meetings in Arnold.
  • Contact Sandee for more details.


Waugh Chapel Writers

  • Genres: Fiction & Drama, all genres welcome
  • Leader: Andrew McDowell, [email protected]
  • Meets monthly in Waugh Chapel
  • Currently closed.


Women Poets Workshop

  • Genre: poetry
  • Leader: Dotty Doherty, [email protected]
  • The Women Poets Workshop, a small group of experienced writers, meets weekly to critique each other’s poetry as well as to support and inspire each other as writers. Meet weekday mornings in Annapolis.
  • Currently closed. Women only.



Annapolis writing workshop/critique group

The Annapolis Fiction and Poetry Writers, founded by Stacey Mednick in Jan. 2015, is a group for all serious and semi-serious fiction writers and poets in the Annapolis area. We meet monthly (on Zoom while the pandemic lasts) to share work, critique, and take our writing to the next level. We welcom...

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