MWA Chapters


Chapter are now meeting online. Please check our calendar for the latest information.

Chapter meetings are open to the public and are free to MWA members and first-time guests. Returning non-members will be asked to pay $5 (payments have been suspended during quarantine).

Returning non-members wishing to join MWA may do so at meetings or online. Visit our membership page for more information.

For the latest information on chapter meetings, visit each Chapter's page on the MWA website.

Annapolis Chapter

The Annapolis Chapter meets the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis.

Chapter President: Becky Shiles[email protected]

Chapter Treasurer: Leah Roche

Chapter Secretary: Andrew McDowell

Program Director: E. Harwood 

NORTH Baltimore Chapter

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The Baltimore Chapter meets on the last Thursday of every month (with no meeting in December, 2018) at 7:00 p.m. at the Cockeysville Recreation Center (across the street from the public library and next to Padonia Elementary School). 9836 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, MD 21030.

Chapter President: Connie Matsumoto[email protected]

Chapter Treasurer: Flo McCahon

Chapter Secretary: Deborah Lambert


South Baltimore Chapter

The South Baltimore Chapter meets the second Wednesday of the month at:

Locust Point Recreation Center
1627 E. Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230
(use the handicap entrance to access building)

Chapter President: Janis Wilson, [email protected]

Chapter Vice President: Cherrie Woods

Chapter Secretary: Tobi Morris

Chapter Treasurer: Enrica Jang


Carroll County Chapter

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The Carroll County Chapter meets on the second Saturday of every month. Please see individual event listings for details.

Chapter President: Kelly Phillips[email protected]

Chapter Vice President/Secretary: Jo Donaldson

Chapter Treasurer: Elizabeth Houck


Charles County Chapter

The Charles County Chapter meets on the third Wednesday of every month (except August and December) at

College of Southern Maryland
La Plata campus
8730 Mitchell Road
La Plata

Chapter President: Karen McIntyre[email protected]

Chapter Vice President: Lew McIntyre

Chapter Treasurer / Secretary: Megan Ellis


Cumberland Chapter

The Cumberland Chapter meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

Chapter President: Ellen Coffey

Chapter Vice President: Doris Brady

Chapter Treasurer: Suzanne McCloskey

Chapter Secretary: Ellen Coffey

Contact Ellen Coffey at [email protected] for more information and email alerts about meeting times and programs. 


Frederick County Chapter

The Frederick County Chapter meets on the third Saturday of every month at 1:00 at

Urbana Regional Library
9020 Amelung Street
Frederick, Md.

Chapter President: Kari Martindale, [email protected]

Chapter Vice President: David Reichenbaugh[email protected]

Chapter Treasurer: David Reichenbaugh[email protected]

Chapter Secretary: Nora Azzi, [email protected]


Howard County Chapter

MWA Howard County LogoThe Howard County Chapter meets on the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm at

The Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way

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]

Social Media Chair: Rissa Miller

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Lower Eastern Shore Chapter

The Lower Eastern Shore Chapter meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at Salt Water Media in downtown Berlin, Maryland.

Chapter President: Stephanie Fowler, [email protected]

Chapter Treasurer: Joan Cooper 

Chapter Secretary: Jane Briddell


Montgomery County Chapter

The Montgomery County Chapter meets on the second Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 

Mid-County Community Recreation Center
2004 Queensguard Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906

The Rec Center is located in the Aspen Hill neighborhood near Layhill Road and the ICC. Parking is free.

Chapter President: Stuart Ullman[email protected]

Chapter Treasurer: Thomas Clark

Chapter Secretary: David Nilsen

Chapter Membership: Suzanne Tobin

Program Chair: Aggie Thompson


Prince George's County Chapter

Chapter President: Deidra McGee

Chapter Vice President of Outreach: LaPonda Kersey-Salisbury

Chapter Secretary: Joannett Johnson

Chapter Treasurer: Carol Chastang

Contact Deidra McGee at [email protected] for more information about meeting times and programs. 


Chapter President: David Lehan

Chapter Vice President: F. J. Talley

Chapter Secretary: Jennifer Myers

Chapter Treasurer: Sara Sampson

For more information, email [email protected].


Want to meet MWA writers in your own neck of the woods?

MWA is fulfilling a long-standing goal to create chapters in support of promoting the art, craft, and business of writing. Chapters bring local communities of writers together through regular meetings, programs, and events of interest, while benefiting from the well-established state organization.

Elected officers organize and run the chapters, which offer a venue for local monthly meetings. The chapter, like the parent organization, may run its own program of guest speakers on topics of interest to writers: how to get started; writer's block; how to meet your deadline; the necessary work of polishing and editing your writing; how to find an agent or publisher; the print-on-demand options; publicity for the author; and anything more the members demand.

The parent organization, MWA, organizes and sponsors an annual writers' conference; maintains responsibility for the biannual literary magazine Pen in Hand as well as anthologies of members' works; organizes and runs the annual short works contest and novel writing contest; creates opportunities for book selling at area festivals; helps writers to find and/or form a critique group; and maintain the MWA website, including links to member websites. MWA also organizes Teen Writers' Clubs led by MWA members.

Chapter members belong to the parent organization and have all the rights and privileges as every other member. If you are already an MWA member, there is no additional fee to attend any chapter meeting, nor is there any requirement to belong to a chapter.

MWA welcomes writers of all levels and disciplines, from those who dream of being published to professional freelancers to published authors. Prospective members can find a membership application on this website. Annual dues $40. Additional family members and student dues $30.

If you'd like help establishing a thriving local community of writers in your area, check out Start a Chapter.