Apr 16

Howard County April Mtg - The Non-Fiction Panel

Janet Ruck and Valarie Austin describe their experiences in non-fiction publishing

May 21

Howard County May Mtg - Publishing Across Multiple Genres

How to be traditionally published across genres from historical fiction to paranormal romance

Jun 18

Howard County June Mtg - Structure your Story for Maximum Impact

"Framing”: What it means, and using it to display your story to its best advantage.

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Howard County Chapter

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The Howard County Chapter meets on the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm at The Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Chapter President: Suzanne Forest, [email protected]

Chapter Vice President: Mary Patrick, [email protected]

Chapter Treasurer: Steve Lubs, [email protected]

Chapter Secretary: Donald McLean, [email protected]

April 16 Delayed 
A virtual meeting is being discussed; Stay tuned

Non-Fiction Panel


A panel of Subject Matter Experts to answer your questions

The Non-Fiction Panel

Janet Ruck and Valarie Austin, MWA members and the authors of multiple non-fiction books from self-help to business, will talk about their experiences in the world of non-fiction publishing and field questions from our members.

HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradle Rock Way
Columbia, MD 21045-4809


Critique Groups

MWA Howard County Poetry Critique Group
— Meets on the First Monday of the Month at Whole Foods in Columbia
— Closed. Waiting list,
— Contact: Patti Ross, [email protected]

MWA Novel Development Group 
— Meets on alternate Tuesdays at 12:30 at Philly's Best Pizza and Subs,
— Note: Members are all in some stage of working on a novel,
Contact: Suzanne Forest, [email protected] to check on openings, wait list

MWA Memoir Writers Group 
— Meets on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month in members’ homes,
— Contact: Kay Armstrong-Baker, [email protected]  to check on openings, wait list.

MWA Howard County Group #1, Multi-Genre
— Meets on Alternate Wednesdays at members' homes, 7:00
— NOTE: Requires a trial period.
— Contact: Ali Varden [email protected] to check on openings / wait list

MWA Howard County Group #2, Multi-Genre
— Meets on the Second Tuesday of the month at members’ homes, 7:30 
— May have openings
— Contact Steve Lubs [email protected] to check on openings / wait list

Other Resources in Howard County 

Columbia Writers
— Multiple meeting opportunities/times/venues
— Genres: All fiction genres; no non-fiction or poetry at this time
— Visit for more details

Weird and Wonderous Writers
— Meets the third Tuesday of the month at BJ’s Restaurant and Brew House, Columbia
— Genres: Mainly Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror.
— Visit  for more details

Maryland Dream Weavers
— Maryland Dream Weavers meets once a month at a member’s house
— Genre: Primarily Science Fiction and Fantasy
— Currently has no openings
— Contact: Amy Kaplan [email protected] for wait list.

Savage Writer's Circle
— Meets on the second Monday of the Month at the Savage Branch of the Howard County Library
— Genres: All Genres
— Contact: Claire Ferguson at [email protected]

Fiction and Screenwriting Critique Group
— Genres: All fiction welcome, including screenplays
— Meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month in Columbia
— More information at   


And now, for a Potential new MWA Group coming in early April, depending on the response: 
Writers and Coffee – 8:30 AM every Thursday, for our members on non-traditional schedules
This would be an informal drop-in group at one of the central Columbia Coffee shops (Mad City, Roggenart, The Corner Bakery, etc.). where MWA writers could meet, write, share their questions, and connect to find critique or beta reading partners. This would also have a mailing list, and (if there is enough interest) some kind of discount card good during the meeting times. 
Suzanne Forest is willing to be the POC, keep a loosy-goosy membership list, print the discount cards (if we can swing it…), but for this to work, at least two alternate POC’s to get in and save us a table since 1) I am not yet entirely retired so I can’t be there every Thursday in the beginning, and 2) When I am entirely retired we will have a lot of pent-up travel to attend to.  

Email [email protected] to let Suzanne know if this is something that would interest you. If enough members sign up by the end of February, she'll get working on a venue and a "club card"! 


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Finding your poetic voice
Postponed to September

September 17, 2020

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Owen Brown Community Center

6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045