MWA Calendar

BECAUSE OF MARYLAND'S SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER
MWA has Cancelled all in-person meetings until further notice

We are working to develop online options. Stay tuned and stay safe.

MWA chapter meetings are open to the public and are free to MWA members and first-time guests. Returning non-members will be asked to pay $5. Click here for more information about member benefits.

Past Meetings

North Baltimore Chapter Meeting- OPEN MIKE NIGHT

June 25, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Open Mike Night -Members can read their best works for 5 minutes

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MWA Elections & Annual Membership Meeting 2020

Election of officers and readings of winning poetry from the 2019 poetry contest, as well as planning for the coming year - we want to hear what you want for and from MWA.

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Howard County June Mtg - Elections and Writer Exchange (AKA, Virtual Happy Hour!)

June 18, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

We have a (mostly) new slate of officers to vote on, and will otherwise drink our beverage of choice and chat about what we've been up to during shutdown

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Annapolis Chapter Meeting: Allegories: Whispering Truths Through Art, Rhythm, Rhyme, and Story

June 17, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Author Ben Anderson will be presenting, "Allegories: Whispering Truths Through Art, Rhythm, Rhyme, and Story”

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Prince Georges County June Mtg - Learn the Nuts and Bolts of Nonfiction Writing

June 13, 2020
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Insights about the nonfiction genre

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June MWAMC Meeting

June 13, 2020
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

No speaker. Discussion of writing tools (Scrivener, Aeon Timeline, Vellum, any other you want to discuss.)

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South Baltimore: critique session

This will be a critique session, with readers given up to 8 minutes apiece.

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Lower Eastern Shore Chapter Monthly Meeting

June 09, 2020
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Regular Monthly Meeting

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Frederick County Chapter: Frederick Festival of the Arts

June 05, 2020
10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Come visit our booth

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North Baltimore FIrst ZOOM Meeting with Jenny Yacovissi

May 28, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

"From Family to Fiction” about turning family stories into historical fiction. 

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Howard County May Mtg - Publishing Across Multiple Genres

May 21, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Online

How to be traditionally published across genres from historical fiction to paranormal romance

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Annapolis Chapter - May Meeting - Nonfiction: The Truth Versus Fiction

May 20, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Online

Meeting the challenge of telling fact-based narratives so they are vivid and engaging

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Query Workshop with Literary Agent Gina Panettieri

May 16, 2020
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Online

Learn how to effectively pitch your work to get agents and editors asking for more. A replay of the workshop will be available. Advance registration required.

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South Baltimore: Hooks, Timing, Foraging and Stealing

May 13, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Zoom meeting

Professor Ned Sparrow, the owner of Station North Books, an antiquarian book business in Baltimore, will impart lessons for writers which he learned while reading in trees

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Prince Georges County May Mtg - Learn All About Poetry and Song Lyrics with Roderick Deacey

May 09, 2020
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Online

Think of story ballads, with a touch of hip-hop

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Howard County May Mtg - Workshop on Framing

May 09, 2020
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Online

MWA Howard County Chapter treasurer Steve Lubs will present a workshop on framing.

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Montgomery County Chapter: Character Arcs and How to Tie Them to Plots

May 09, 2020
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Zoom Meeting

In this interactive presentation, we’ll discuss character arcs, how to tie them into the plot, and how to flesh out your imaginary characters so they feel real and engaging.

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MWA Board Meeting - April 20, 2020

April 20, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Online

MWA is working on ways to make the best of this crisis. So much has been happening, come find out more and be a part of the planning.

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Making Space For Social Media — Matthew Winner

April 18, 2020
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Online

Join Matthew Winner, school librarian and host of The Children's Book Podcast, to discuss the How and Why of making space for social media with practical, platform-specific takeaways on creating that space.

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Canceled - Annapolis Chapter - Open Mic Event- Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library

April 18, 2020
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library
269 Hillsmere Dr
Annapolis, MD 21403
https://www.aacpl.net/location/eastport

Read your published, unpublished, finished or in-progress poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc. in front of a friendly group of supportive people.

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CANCELED: Howard County April Mtg - The Non-Fiction Panel

April 16, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradle Rock Way
Columbia, MD 21045-4809
http://www.owenbrownvillage.org/contact-us.html

Janet Ruck and Valarie Austin describe their experiences in non-fiction publishing

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Annapolis Chapter - April Meeting - The Public Life of the Writer

April 15, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Online

Principles of being a bold, respectful writer in the public sphere,

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CANCELED: Lower Eastern Shore Chapter Monthly Meeting

April 14, 2020
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Salt Water Media
29 Broad St Suite 104
Berlin, MD 21811
https://www.saltwatermedia.com

Regular Monthly Meeting

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Prince George's County April Mtg - Celebrating the Spring Season with Children’s Author Sharon Flake

April 11, 2020
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Online Via Zoom

Bring your Tweens and Teenagers to this inspiring program

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CANCELED: Carroll County Mtg: Poetry and Song Lyrics

April 11, 2020
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Finksburg Branch Library
2265 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048

Rod Deacey examines the difference between poetry and song lyrics.

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Montgomery County Chapter April Mtg - The Skeleton in the Closet: Film Structure and Crafting Stories

April 11, 2020
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Online Via Zoom

What Can Film Structure Can Teach Us About Crafting Our Stories?

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MWA Webinar: What I Can Do Today - Inspiration and Resources for Writers in an Uncertain World

March 28, 2020
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Online Webinar

A free webinar for MWA members to stay connected and inspired, with poet and memoirist Barbara Morrison. Saturday, March 28 at 2 PM ET.

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POSTPONED - MWA Annual Conference: Brain to Bookshelf 2020 (Details TBA)

March 28, 2020
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center - A limited number of rooms available are available at an MWA Room Discount - While Supplies Last
3501 University Blvd East, Hyattsville, Maryland 20783
Hyattsville, MD 20783
https://tinyurl.com/MWAConference2020

Saturday March 28 - Sunday March 29, 2020: Join us for our Annual Conference helping writers—no matter where you are in your writing journey— to develop the craft and community network to take your vision From Brain to Bookshelf.

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***CANCELLED*** - Baltimore Chapter March Meeting - Building a Strong Story Structure

March 26, 2020
7:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Cockeysville Recreation Center (across from the Cockeysville Library)
9836 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Building a Strong Story Structure

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Frederick County Chapter: No Regular Meeting in March

March 21, 2020
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Urbana Regional Library
9020 Amelung Street
Frederick, MD 21704
https://www.fcpl.org/branches-hours/urbana-regional-library

There will be no March meeting due to the MWA Conference

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Rescheduled to Sept 19th - Howard County March Mtg - Finding Your Poet's Voice

March 19, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Rescheduled to Sept 19th - Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradle Rock Way
Columbia, MD 21045-4809
http://www.owenbrownvillage.org/contact-us.html

Get ready for April, National Poetry Month, by Honing the Poet Within

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Canceled - Annapolis Chapter - March Meeting - Writers Block Workshop

March 18, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 205
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
http://www.marylandhall.org

Locked-up and, therefore, unable to write?

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MWA Board Meeting - March 16, 2020

March 16, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Elkridge Branch Library
6540 Washington Blvd
Elkridge, MD 21075

MWA Board meeting will be March 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Elkridge Library Hockley Meeting Room 6540 Washington Blvd Elkridge MD 21075

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Carroll County Mtg: The Research Process with Lois Szymanski

March 14, 2020
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Finksburg Branch Library
2265 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048

Author Lois Szymanski will talk about the importance of research for both fiction and nonfiction writing.

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Postponed to a later date - Prince Georges County March Mtg - Women’s History Month with Yellow Arrow Publishing

March 14, 2020
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Postponed to a later date - Largo-Kettering Library
9601 Capital Lane
Largo, MD 20774

Recent statistics and the challenges of being a woman in publishing

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Cancelled - Montgomery County Chapter March Mtg - Fleshing Out Characters

March 14, 2020
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Cancelled - Mid-County Community Recreation Center
2004 Queensguard Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906

Interactive presentation - we’ll discuss character arcs and how to tie them into the plot.

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South Baltimore: Pitch Perfect

March 11, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Locust Point Recreation Center
1627 E. Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

When you sit down in front of a literary agent, you may have ten minutes to talk, but if you don't hook him/her in the first minute your chances of securing representation are dim. Austin S. Camacho, the editorial director for Intrigue Publishing and the

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Pitch Perfect: Pitch & Sell Your Book

March 11, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Locust Point Recreation Center
1627 E. Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

Editorial director and author Austin S. Camacho will teach you how to pitch to literary agents.

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March Meeting

March 10, 2020
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Salt Water Media
29 Broad St Suite 104
Berlin, MD 21811
https://www.saltwatermedia.com

Regular Monthly Meeting

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St Mary's County Second Introductory Meeting - The Forgotten Discipline: Fiction Craftsmanship

March 07, 2020
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Charlotte Hall Library
37600 New Market Rd
Charlotte Hall, MD 20622

Craftsmanship is a learnable skill required to produce a publishable manuscript.

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The Importance of Names-Presentation by Andrew McDowell

February 27, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Cockeysville Recreation Center (across from the Cockeysville Library)
9836 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, MD 21030

How Much Thought do you give to Names?

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MWA Board Meeting - February 24, 2020

February 24, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

East Columbia Library
6600 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

The next MWA Board meeting will be February 24, 2020.

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Howard County February Mtg - P.J. O’Dwyer Presents “The State of Modern Romance"

February 20, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradle Rock Way
Columbia, MD 21045-4809
http://www.owenbrownvillage.org/contact-us.html

Chocolates, flowers, and a complete run-down of the modern market for Romance

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Cumberland Chapter Feb. meeting

February 19, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Regular monthly meeting room
439 N Mechanic St,
Cumberland, MD 21502

Regular monthly meeting: 3rd Wed. of the month

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Annapolis Chapter - February Meeting - Storytelling Through Your Personal Ancestry

February 19, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 205
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
http://www.marylandhall.org

Learn the unique challenges and satisfactions discovered during research and writing.

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Frederick County Chapter: Cabin Fever Reliever!

February 15, 2020
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Urbana Regional Library
9020 Amelung Street
Frederick, MD 21704
https://www.fcpl.org/branches-hours/urbana-regional-library

Jeff Reynolds talks about the art of story telling, New England style

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South Baltimore Chapter - Marketing Bootcamp for Writers

February 12, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Locust Point Recreation Center
1627 E. Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

interactive workshop with Kira Ming on marketing strategies for any level writer in any genre

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February Meeting

February 11, 2020
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Salt Water Media
29 Broad St Suite 104
Berlin, MD 21811
https://www.saltwatermedia.com

Regular Monthly Meeting

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Carroll County Mtg: Publishing in Literary Magazines

February 08, 2020
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Finksburg Branch Library
2265 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048

Workshop to help you get your foot in the door with literary magazines

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Prince Georges County February Mtg - Romance Writing to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

February 08, 2020
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

South Bowie Branch Library, PGCMLS
15301 Hall Rd
Bowie, MD 20721

You can have too many books, too much coffee, or too much romance.

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Montgomery County Chapter February Mtg - Authentic Voice

February 08, 2020
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Mid-County Community Recreation Center
2004 Queensguard Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906

What exactly is voice? How is it different than style? And how do you find yours?

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Mary Bargteil Between the Sheets-

January 30, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Cockeysville Recreation Center (across from the Cockeysville Library)
9836 Greenside Drive
Cockeysville, MD 21030

Crafting Intimate Scenes

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MWA Board Meeting - January 27, 2020

January 27, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

East Columbia Library
6600 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

The next MWA Board meeting will be Monday, January 27, 2020.

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Plotting for Pantzers – Or How to Get the Book Written Without Getting Stuck

January 25, 2020
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Urbana Regional Library
9020 Amelung Street
Frederick, MD 21704
https://www.fcpl.org/branches-hours/urbana-regional-library

Helping Pantsers Finish Their Novels!

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Howard County January Mtg - Using Scrivener to Make Writing Easier

January 16, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradle Rock Way
Columbia, MD 21045-4809
http://www.owenbrownvillage.org/contact-us.html

Ed Swing presents the advantages of using Scrivener to organize your writing

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Annapolis Chapter - January Meeting - Fast Drafting For The Not So Speedy Writer

January 15, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 205
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
http://www.marylandhall.org

Practical tips and exercises that a writer can do to train themselves to become a fast-drafter. We’ll share and discuss roadblocks to fast-drafting and brainstorm solutions, including how to turn off that annoying internal editor.

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Carroll County Mtg: Expanding Your Writing Comfort Zone

January 11, 2020
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Finksburg Branch Library
2265 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048

Roundtable discussion to refine and expand our writing skills

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Prince Georges County January Mtg - Heal Write Away

January 11, 2020
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

South Bowie Branch Library, PGCMLS
15301 Hall Rd
Bowie, MD 20721

Healing, poetry, and meditation and its relationship to writing and preparing for the New Year

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Montgomery County Chapter January Mtg - From Shy to Sold: Querying, Proposing, and Getting Your Book Published

January 11, 2020
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Mid-County Community Recreation Center
2004 Queensguard Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906

If you ever want anyone to read your work . . . you’ll need to get published

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Poe: Fact or Fiction?

January 08, 2020
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Locust Point Recreation Center
1627 E. Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

Come join us for a discussion by Enrica Jang, the Director of the Poe House, on busting 5 myths about Baltimore's most famous writer.

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