Howard County Chapter

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MWA Meetings are being held online until further notice, at 7:00 PM on the third Thursday of each month. Our meeting venue is on ZOOM at:

When meeting in person, 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: Steve Lubs, [email protected]

Chapter Vice President: Rick Wright, [email protected]

Chapter Treasurer: Suzanne Forest, [email protected]

Chapter Secretary: Donald McLean, [email protected]



Finding Your Poetic Voice: 
A workshop for Poets and non-Poets Alike

During this interactive workshop Rissa Miller will lead you through a series of fun and creative exercises designed to help you shape your writer's voice into a poetic form. Poetry doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, whether you are a fiction, non-fiction, script, or any other kind of writer, you can find a new way of seeing words by dipping your toe into poetry. This workshop is perfect for all ages, all styles of writers. Join us and find your poet's voice.

Our Presenter:
Rissa Miller is the author of Goodnight Poet and the upcoming Devil's Boudoir, and her poems and short stories have been featured in a number of anthologies and journals. Rissa is a working artist. She loves hot green tea in antique teacups, huge salads picked fresh from the garden and getting lost in libraries. She studied writing at New York University/Tisch School of the Arts and photojournalism at Western Kentucky University. She is the Senior Editor of Vegetarian Journal magazine, and in non-COVID times gives haunted history tours in spooky, ghostly places for Maryland History Tours. To find out more about her and her work work check out


We hope to "see" you on the 17th! 


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 (now meeting virtually on ZOOM)
— 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   

The Write Stuff Howard County
—  Genres: All types welcome

—  Leader: Mary H Fox
Email [email protected]
We meet every other Sunday afternoon 1-3 at inn at Peralynna on Rt. 108. Announcements and updates on Write Stuff FB page; just ask to join.
Currently open to new members.


And now, STARTING RIGHT AWAY (11 August) for a group we were working to develop pre-COVID, with a slight change of day and time:
Writers and Coffee – 9:30 AM every Tuesday, for our members on non-traditional schedules
This is an informal drop-in group (consisting right now of Suzanne!) at Roggenart, 6476 Dobbin Center Way, Columbia... it's accross from the Columbia Ale House  where MWA writers can 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, [email protected] , will be the POC, keep a loosy-goosy membership list, print the discount cards (if we can swing it…), for now but for this to work, at least two alternate POC’s will have to volunteer eventually. 

We can spread out, wear masks, all the good stuff, but still get out and write. Looking forward to seeing anyone who is comfortable joining for some focused writing time and author commisseration. 


Forum - Upcoming Events

Thursday Sept 17 at 7:00
Finding your Poetic voice: A workshop with Rissia Miller

Thursday Oct 15 at 7:00
HoCo's Annual Open Mic (Yes, on ZOOM!)