Notable Maryland Authors

In 2018, MWA launched a Writers' Round Tables program to herald Maryland authors of note, to celebrate our 30th Anniversary Year and to encourage Marylanders to have fun writing and playing with words. We are continuing that focus on Maryland authors here, with monthly profiles on local writers across different genres. We continue to encourage Marylanders to try their hand at a writing prompt in that genre.

Calling Maryland Writers

Check out the writer profiles below and give writing in a new genre a whirl. Then submit your writing effort, based on the current month's writer / genre by the 25th of the month, and your prompt may be considered for publication along with next month's author profile.

Submit Your Notable Maryland Authors Genre Prompt

 

Notable Maryland Author Profiles & Prompts

September 2020 Notable Author: John DeDakis

“Don’t give up. The manuscript for my first novel went through 14 major revisions over 10 years and was rejected nearly 40 times until my current agent fell in love with it.” – John DeDakis John DeDakis (deh-DAY-kiss) is a native of La Crosse, Wisconsin. He earned a B.A. in ...

Read More

August 2020 Notable Author: Francis E.W. Harper

“What matters it if they do forget the singer, so they don’t forget the song. – Frances E.W. Harper Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825–1911) was born free on September 24, 1825, in Baltimore, Maryland, became an orphan two years later, and was raised by her maternal aunt and...

Read More

July 2020 Notable Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

“I was made for the library, not the classroom. The library was open, unending, free.” — Ta-Nehisi Coates Ta-Nehisi Coates was born in Baltimore, Maryland, grew up in the Mondawmin area, and graduated from Woodlawn High School. Coates' interest in books was instilled a...

Read More

June 2020 Notable Author: Jeff Kinney

“I’ve never run into a person who yearns for their Middle School Days.”— Jeff Kinney Born (1971) and raised in Fort Washington, Maryland, Jeff Kinney graduated from Bishop McNamara High School and attended the University of Maryland, College Park. It was in college that...

Read More

May 2020 Notable Author: Francis Scott Key

francis scott key, poetry “Then, in that hour of deliverance, my heart spoke. Does not such a country, and such defenders of their country, deserve a song?”— Francis Scott Key Francis Scott Key  (Aug 1, 1779 - Jan 11, 1843) Born in Frederick county, Maryland, Key, at ag...

Read More

Notable Maryland Authors PARTICIPANTS

NEWSPAPERS

Brunswick Citizen - Brunswick
Calvert County Recorder - Calvert County
Cumberland Times-News - Cumberland
Daily Times - Salisbury
Frederick News-Post - Frederick
Herald-Mail - Hagerstown
Maryland Independent - Charles County
St Mary's County Enterprise - St Mary's County
Times Record - Denton
Valley Citizen - Brunswick

ARTS COUNCILS

Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County
Charles County Arts Alliance
Worcester County Arts Council


Organizations participate in the following ways:

  • Publishing the Notable Maryland Authors articles in their newspapers and newsletters, posting them on their bulletin boards, and handing them out to their students or members. We ask all participating organizations to do this. 
  • Sponsoring a Teen Writers' Club by providing a meeting location and coordinator, with MWA providing writing mentors. 
  • Sponsoring a MWA chapter by providing a meeting location and coordinator. MWA will assist with meeting agendas, speakers, and writing mentors.


MWA invites local and state-wide organizations, including newspapers, libraries, arts councils, colleges, public and private high schools, homeschool associations, civic groups, museums, to participate. If your organization would like to register as a participant, please contact Jim Brewster, MWA Communications Chair, at [email protected].