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Montgomery County/Frederick County joint meeting in February

February 20, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


At 1 PM on Saturday, February 20, 2021 the Montgomery County chapter and the Frederick County chapter of MWA will host a joint Zoom workshop with the purpose of rekindling your zeal for writing, which the organizers of this workshop worry might have dimmed due to 2020 catastrophe exhaustion.  If your writing has slumped and you can’t quite find a reason other than the general dispirited mood of the world, you might want to attend.  The workshop will be guided by Valerie Austin, Katherine Pickett and Barbara Morrison (biographies below).

The workshop:  Is Your Writing Mojo MIA?

There’s a lot going on in the world right now and your work in progress—the one you obsessed about in the before time—has come to a halt. In this practical, participatory workshop, publishing and writing experts Valarie Austin, Katherine Pickett, and Barbara Morrison share innovative tools and techniques to help you restart your writing. We’ll dig into three areas: defining your Mission; recapturing Inspiration; and diversifying your target Audience. Equipped with these MIA resources, you will be ready to plunge back into writing with renewed dedication. This workshop is perfect for anyone feeling stuck and looking for new ways to get their writing mojo back.

Workshop presenters:

Valarie R. Austin is the President of Vauboix Publishing LLC and author of The Student's Comprehensive Guide For College & Other Life Lessons. The book helps high school students to navigate careers and college. Her college readiness blog articles are available on her author's pages at, and Valarie also conducts career and college readiness as well as nonfiction workshops. For more information, contact her at [email protected].

Katherine Pickett is the owner of POP Editorial Services LLC, where she offers copyediting, proofreading, and developmental editing to authors and publishers across the country. She is the author of the award-winning book Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro and Freelancing as a Business: 7 Steps to Take Before Launch Day. Her articles have appeared on Publishing Perspectives,, Writer Beware, IBPA Independent, and elsewhere in print and around the web. Find her blog at

Barbara Morrison, who writes under the name B. Morrison, is the author of a memoir, Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother, and two poetry collections, Terrarium and Here at Least. Her work has been published in The Sun Magazine, Tiny Lights, Sin Fronteras/Writers without Borders, and elsewhere.  She conducts writing workshops and provides editing services. For more information, visit her website and Monday Morning Books blog at

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For more information email: [email protected]