Annual Conference 2019

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Join us for our Annual Maryland Writer’s Conference
helping writers—no matter where you are in your writing journey—
to develop the craft and community network that will help you
take your vision From Brain to Bookshelf.

Friday March 29 through Sunday March 31, 2019
the BWI Airport Marriott

Don't Wait: Early Bird Registration ENDS DECEMBER 31

Conference schedule

FRIDAY (AFTERNOON & EVENING): The festivities begin with an afternoon intensive session with Chuck Sambuchino, author, freelance editor and "how to get published" expert, followed by dinner featuring a keynote address by Crystal Wilkinson, award-winning feminist poet, novelist, memoirist, and professor, as keynote speaker.

SATURDAY (MORNING & AFTERNOON) includes an informational breakfast, followed by Panels, Workshops, and Agents, Agents, Agents (including member-only pitch and critique opportunities). Lunch will feature keynote speaker Chuck Sambuchino, followed by more break-out sessions and wrapping up with a convivial happy hour.

SUNDAY (MORNING) includes breakfast, an agent panel that allows participants to get feedback on their query letters, and three intensive sessions to choose from: Crystal Wilkinson on mining autobiography to write moving, memorable fiction; Rick Ollerman on what makes a successful short story; and Harrison Demchick on point of view.

Bonus Features for Members: Members with submission-ready manuscripts can sign up for FREE pitch sessions to agents (get a second pitch session for $15). Members can also sign up for critique sessions with agents ($50 each). Sign-ups for pitches and critiques are available during registration so check out agent profiles and wish lists in advance so you can pick the agent you think will be the best fit for your work. 

Registration rates

Members receive the discounted registration rates. Be sure to login to get the best rates.
Not a member? Join MWA ($40 annual membership), and save $50.00 on registration fees. (Join first, then register to get member rates.)


The following meals are included with registration for that day: 
Friday: dinner; Saturday: breakfast, lunch & hors d'oeuvres; Sunday: breakfast.

Friday / Saturday
   Member: $229.99
   Nonmember: $279.99

Saturday / Sunday
   Member: $209.99
   Nonmember: $259.99

Friday / Saturday / Sunday
   Member: $319.99
   Nonmember: 369.99

Agent Opportunities (Members Only):
   First Agent Pitch: Free
   Second Agent Pitch: $15.00
   Critique with Agent: $50.00 / critique

Refund Policy

  • Prior to January 1, 2019: full refund
  • January 1 to February 27: 50% refund
  • After February 27: no refund



MWA has reserved a block of discounted rooms at the BWI Airport Marriott for $89 / night. This group rate must be booked by February 28, 2019, pending room availability. Click here to book your room.


Early bird registration IS now open

Members save $50 on registration (be sure to login when registering). Not yet a member? Join now.

          All prices increase on January 1, 2019.

                    Don't wait to take advantage of the best rates.

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