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The 2014 Maryland Writers' Conference scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute (CCMIT) in Linthicum Heights! The theme for this year’s conference is "Feed Your Writing Habit."

Members register at $170 (Non-members pay $200; Students pay $100).

* While you're at it, choose a slot for the popular ten-minute, one-on-one pitch practice sessions with literary agents ($30)

Baltimore screenwriter and author and Keynote Speaker Rafael Alvarez, staff writer for the iconic HBO series The Wire and producer of the NBC crime dramas Life and The Black Donnellys, will be one of over 40 distinguished literary personalities speaking to conference attendees on a broad range of topics related to the art, business, and craft of writing. Other noteworthy speakers and session topics include:

* Past Maryland Poet Laureate Michael Glaser on the place of the poet in poetry
* Baltimore Sun copyeditor and blogger John E. McIntyre on social media
* National Endowment for the Arts fellow Marion Winik on the art of memoir
* CityLit Press founder Gregg Wilhelm on finding the right publishing option

Also, we'll be featuring an all-star panel session on writing programs in Maryland with Kendra Kopelke of the University of Baltimore, David Everett of Johns Hopkins University, Geoff Becker of Towson University, Gerry LaFemina of Frostburg State University, and Stewart Moss of The Writer’s Center in Bethesda.

We recommend having the Conference Schedule and the Available Pitch Practice Times chart open in separate windows while you register.