MWA Chapters

Please note: MWA HAS CANCELLED ALL IN-PERSON events UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Chapter are now meeting online. Please check our meetings page 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: Zachary Mooney 

NORTH Baltimore Chapter

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The Baltimore Chapter meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. (see calendar for combined November/December meeting date). When in-person meeting resume, we meet 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, mwasb[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
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]

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

Acting Chapter Secretary: Carol Chastang

Chapter Treasurer: Carol Chastang

The Prince George's Chapter meets on the second Saturday of the month from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Contact Deidra McGee at [email protected] for more information about meetings and programs. 

ST. MARY'S & CALVERT COUNTIES CHAPTER

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.

Upcoming Chapter Events

May 8

Prince George's Chapter: Juggling Genres as a Writer

Become a more versatile writer! Learn the differences and similarities between different genres, how to handle them, and how to find the best length for your story. See how genres can be blended, when to do it, and when not to.

May 11

Lower Eastern Shore Chapter Meeting

Lower Eastern Shore Chapter Meeting

May 12

South Baltimore Chapter: The Ins and Outs of Writing for Kids

Award-winning author Cindy Callaghan will discuss writing for tweens and teens.

May 15

Frederick May 2021: From Novice to Novelist

Novelist and writing coach John DeDakis offers a practical 15-point plan that demystifies and deconstructs novel-writing. We'll also look at strategies for finding an agent, marketing the finished product, and facing your writing and marketing fears.

May 19

Cumberland Chapter May Meeting

Monthly Meeting to catch up on member activities, conduct a brief writing exercise, and allow members to read a page of their most current work.

May 19

Annapolis Chapter: Songwriting with Edward Sparks

Edward Sparks will talk about the art of writing songs that speak to the heart. He will share his songs and writing process with us and will be happy to take questions from aspiring songwriters.

May 20

Howard County: Police Procedurals

Learn how to get the details right when police appear in your story.

May 20

Frederick May 2021 Drop-in Meeting

Just stop in to say hi! Come late, leave early, whatever works for you.

May 27

North Baltimore Chapter: From Niche Books to Podcasts and Beyond

Energizing session with Louise Phipps Senft!

Jun 8

Lower Eastern Shore Chapter Meeting

Lower Eastern Shore Chapter Meeting

Jun 12

Prince George's Chapter - When Poets Dance With Words

When Poets Dance with Words is a free virtual open forum moderated by Prince George's County Poet Laureate, Sistah Joy and the County's “Poet of Excellence,” Diane Wilbon Parks,

Jun 16

Annapolis Chapter: Writing Behavior & Psychology Accurately with Loriann Oberlin

Loriann will cover how to use the DSM-5, create your characters’ family of origin, delve into child development and address difficult relationships—topics every writer will find informative and useful in their own creative ventures.

Jun 19

Frederick June 2021 - Member Share

Come share what you're up to these days!

Jul 13

Lower Eastern Shore Chapter Meeting

Lower Eastern Shore Chapter Meeting

Jul 21

Annapolis Chapter: Dynamic Dialogue: A writer’s guide with Shelly Desjarlais

Dialogue can be one of the trickiest components to any piece. How can we add a decent flow and a touch of zing to our characters’ conversations? I have a few tips and tricks that will make your dialogue sing.

Jul 25

Frederick Chapter Drop-In

Just stop in to tell us what you're up to! Come late, leave early -- whatever works for you!

Aug 10

Lower Eastern Shore Chapter Meeting

Lower Eastern Shore Chapter Meeting

Aug 18

Annapolis Chapter: Mapping the Territory with J. H. Diehl

Author J. H. Diehl discusses her writing travels and how mapping your territory as a writer can help you to create stronger, more resonant stories.

Sep 8

Frederick September 2021 - Sky Stage Literature Night Open Mic

Join us for our third annual Open Mic at Sky Stage! Readers from MWA will be scheduled and an open mic will follow.

Sep 14

Lower Eastern Shore Chapter Meeting

Lower Eastern Shore Chapter Meeting