MWA 30th Anniversary Celebration

30 Years Strong

Founded in March 1988, the Maryland Writers' Association (MWA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit, state-wide association supported by the Maryland State Arts Council and dedicated to supporting the art, business, and craft of writing in all its forms and encouraging and mentoring Maryland writers, poets, playwrights, and authors.

MWA strives to: 

  • Bring together aspiring, emerging, and established writers of all genres and disciplines
  • Serve as an information and networking resource
  • Help members make contacts that lead to publication
  • Encourage writers to reach their full potential, and
  • Promote writing within Maryland communities

MWA's diverse membership ranges from professional freelancers and published authors, to writers aspiring to be published and those who write as a creative outlet.Members produce both nonfiction and fiction, including novels, short stories, poetry, plays, scripts, speeches, feature articles, and essays. Some work in specific genres such as romance, science fiction, thriller, fantasy, children's literature, travel writing, or biography.

MWA sponsors activities that benefit the community and encourage the creative growth of Maryland's citizens. We are always open to new ideas and we welcome volunteers who wish to launch or help with community efforts.

Maryland Writers’ Association Annual Writing Contest Focuses on Maryland

To help celebrate our 30th Anniversary, we've invited MWA members to submit short fiction and non-fiction about Maryland. The 30 winning submissions will be collected into an anthology titled 30 Ways to Love Maryland, to be released in Spring 2019. Contributors receive one free copy, and books will be available for purchase at the 2019 MWA Conference


The MWA held its first annual writer’s conference in 1988 and has maintained that tradition across the years. The Annual Conference has been described as a year of monthly meetings packed into a single weekend, including keynote addresses and seminar topics on non-fiction, fiction across various genres, and business concerns, as well as the opportunity for industry feedback and networking. Join us for the 2019 Conference, From Brain to Bookshelf, from March 29-31, 2019 and help us cut the 30th Anniversary cake!


As part of our Anniversary Celebration, MWA is highlighting one of our own Maryland Authors every month. Learn more about standout writers across genres, and even try your hand at writing something inspired by a local author. For more information, check out our Writers' Roundtable Page.