Annual Conference 2019

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Join us for our Annual Maryland Writer’s Conference
helping writers—no matter where you are in your writing journey—
to develop the craft and community network that will help you
take your vision From Brain to Bookshelf.

Friday March 29 through Sunday March 31, 2019
the BWI Airport Marriott

Conference schedule

FRIDAY (AFTERNOON & EVENING): The festivities begin with an afternoon intensive session with Chuck Sambuchino, author, freelance editor and "how to get published" expert, followed by dinner featuring a keynote address by Crystal Wilkinson, award-winning feminist poet, novelist, memoirist, and professor, as keynote speaker.

SATURDAY (MORNING & AFTERNOON) includes an informational breakfast, followed Workshops, and Agents, Agents, Agents (including pitch and critique sessions for those who've signed up). Lunch will feature keynote speaker Chuck Sambuchino, followed by more break-out sessions and wrapping up with a convivial happy hour.

SUNDAY (MORNING) includes breakfast, an agent panel that allows participants to get feedback on their query letters, and three intensive sessions to choose from: Crystal Wilkinson on mining autobiography to write moving, memorable fiction; Rick Ollerman on what makes a successful short story; and Harrison Demchick on point of view.

Click here for complete schedule.

Registration rates

Members receive the discounted registration rates. Be sure to login to get the best rates.
Not a member? Join MWA ($40 annual membership), and save $50.00 on registration fees. (Join first, then register to get member rates.)


The following meals are included with registration for that day: 
Friday: dinner; Saturday: breakfast, lunch & hors d'oeuvres; Sunday: breakfast.

Rates: Friday / Saturday
   Member: $260.00
   Nonmember: $310.00

Rates: Saturday / Sunday
   Member: $240.00
   Nonmember: $290.00

Rates: Friday / Saturday / Sunday
   Member: $340.00
   Nonmember: $390.00

Refund Policy: Full refund through December 31, 2018. 50% refund from January 1 through February 28, 2019. No refunds after February 28, 2019.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to network with fellow writers and industry professionals, get to know the MWA organization and leadership a little better, and contribute to the success of Brain to Bookshelf 2019. Commitment can be a little as one hour of your time, or as much as you would like. As a thank-you, volunteers will receive 2 additional months on their membership for each hour they volunteer (up to six months), and will be entered in a raffle drawing for a bookstore gift card. Click here for more information.

Agent Opportunities

   Agent Pitch: $15.00 each (first pitch free for MWA members)
   Critique with Agent: $50.00 each

Check out agent profiles here. Pitch and critique session slots are limited and avaible first come, first served.


MWA has reserved a block of discounted rooms at the BWI Airport Marriott for $89 / night. This group rate must be booked by February 28, 2019, pending room availability. Click here to book your room.

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