Feb 28

Howard County Chapter: An Invitation to Write – Children’s Literature and Developing Young Writers

Children’s Author Faye McCray discusses her approach to storytelling for young children, along with ways to encourage children to build their own stories.

Mar 28

Howard County Chapter: Writing for Comics and other Graphic Genres

Description: Al Gross, award-winning writer for comic books, syndicated comic strips, and television, shares how he became a writer, along with the peculiarities of writing for graphic genres.

Apr 18

Howard County Chapter: The Science Fiction Market Today: Building your Brand and Audience

Description: Beth Martin, self-published author of five science fiction novels, discusses the market for Science Fiction / Fantasy today, what consumers of the genre are looking for, and how to leverage SciFi/ComiCon/Fantasy conventions to build you

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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,

Chapter Vice President: Mary Patrick,

Chapter Treasurer: Steve Lubs,

Chapter Secretary: Donald McLean,

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Critique Groups

MWA Howard County Poetry Critique Group
— Meets on the First Monday of the Month at the Columbia Central Library
— May have openings
— Contact: Patti Ross,

MWA Howard County Group #1, Multi-Genre
— Meets on Alternate Wednesdays at members' homes
— Currently has no openings
— Contact to check if any openings have appeared, or to be put on a wait list

MWA Howard County Group #2, Multi-Genre
— Meets on the Second Tuesday of the month at members’ homes
— May have openings
— Contact if interested in joining

MWA Howard County Group #3, Multi-Genre
— Meets on the Second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Wegmans in Columbia
— May have openings
— Contact if interested in joining

Columbia Writers
— Genres: All fiction genres, no non-fiction or poetry at this time
— 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

Savage Writer's Circle
— Savage Branch of the Howard County Library, 9525 Durness Ln, Laurel, MD 20723 (410) 880-5975
— Genres: Fiction, poetry, short stories, children's literature, historical, non-fiction, etc.
— Contact: Claire Ferguson at
—  Meets on the second Monday of each month, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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


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