Writers' Round Table

MWA has launched a Writers' Round Tables program to celebrate our 30th Anniversary Year and to encourage Marylanders to have fun writing and playing with words. Every month we profile a local writer, across different genres, and invite 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.

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Notable Maryland Author Profiles & Prompts

May 2019 Notable Maryland Author Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman “I am who I am today because of libraries.”  Laura Lippman Ms. Lippman grew up in Baltimore and attended city schools through ninth grade. Her family moved and she graduated from Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md., and then attended Northwestern University&rsq...

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April 2019 Notable Maryland Author Stephen Hunter

Stephen Hunter "Because I'm too old for tragedy. I like a nice happy ending too." Stephen Hunter Stephen Hunter is an award winning American novelist, essayist, and film critic. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up in Evanston, Illinois. His mother wrote children's books. The Army d...

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March 2019 Notable Maryland Author Toby Devens

Toby Devens “I’m a chocoholic. Dark chocolate powers me through late-afternoon slumps.” Toby Devens Toby Devens was born and raised in the heart of Brooklyn. By the time she was twelve, she knew her passion was tapping words out on a keyboard. She couldn't not write. She starte...

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February 2019 Notable Maryland Author Benjamin Quarles

Dr. Benjamin Quarles (Jan 23, 1904 – Nov 16, 1996) “America would not be America without the African-American.” Dr. Benjamin Quarles Benjamin Arthur Quarles was a historian, administrator, scholar, educator, and writer. Born in Boston, MA, he attended local public schools. In 1...

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January 2019 Notable Maryland Author Ogden Nash

Frederic Ogden Nash (1902 - 1971) “I am a conscientious man, when I throw rocks at seabirds I leave no tern unstoned.”  Nash was born in Rye, New York and attended and then dropped out of Harvard after one year.  He worked on Wall Street and then as a teacher before becoming ...

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Writers' Round Table PARTICIPANTS


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


Westlake High School - Waldorf, MD


Charles County Public Library


Macaroni Kids
Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools

Organizations participate as Writers' Round Tables in the following ways:

  • Publishing the Notable Maryland Authors articles in there newspapers and newsletters, posting them on their bulletin boards, and handing them out to their students or members. We ask all Writer’s Round Tables to do this. 
  • Sponsoring a Teen Writers' Club by providing a meeting location and coordinator, with MWA providing writing mentors. Libraries and High Schools are best suited for this.
  • 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 Writers' Round Table, please contact Jim Brewster, MWA Communications Chair, at [email protected].