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,

Finding your Audience and Marketing for Science Fiction and Fantasy with Beth Martin

Join us Thursday, 18 April (wow, that's coming up soon!) for a presentation on the current state of the market and audience for Science Fiction and Fantasy and what marketing techniques can work for you! Don't write SciFi or Fantasy? You'll find that if you do work in a genre with a well-defined, deeply committed audience (Romance? Mystery? Horror?) many of the lessons learned here will apply!
      ~      Our Presenter      ~

Beth Martin is a science fiction author. She has her degree in mathematics, enjoys all things numbers, and is always up for a board game. Other hobbies include playing the piano and making quilts. Although she's terrible at video games, she loves watching her husband play.  Most of her time is spent chasing her two adorable children. She also has two fluffy cats.

You can find her novels The End of Refuge, Quality DNA, Mental Contact, At Fault,and In the Lurch on Amazon and at a SciFi convention near you. Keep up with her new projects at
All of our chapter meetings take place at 7:00 at:
Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

Critique Groups

MWA Howard County Poetry Critique Group
— Meets on the First Monday of the Month at the Columbia Central Library
— Closed. Waiting list.
— Contact: Patti Ross,

MWA Howard County Group #1, Multi-Genre
— Meets on Alternate Wednesdays at members' homes
— Currently has openings.
— Contact to check on openings / 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



Poe: Fact or Fiction?


May 23, 2019

7pm - 9pm

Owen Brown Community Association

6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045