October 22, 2014

New Maryland Art Martketplace Open for Artists

In advance of launching its new Maryland Art Marketplace, the MSAC is inviting Maryland artists of all disciplines to sign-up for the Maryland Artist Registry, and encouraging those with online selling sites for their art, crafts or artistic merchandise to opt-in to the Maryland Art Marketplace during the process.

Once launched later this fall, the Maryland Art Marketplace will be promoted by the Arts Council and its partners as a hub for Maryland-made art—including books, music and visual art—that is available for purchase online.

To read more, visit the MSAC website.

October 21, 2014

Zombies

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

The 2nd annual HallowRead will be held October 24th and 25th in Ellicott City, Maryland. On Saturday, Oct. 25th, I’ll be participating on a couple of panels, visiting with fans of urban fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, steampunk, ghosts, vampires, zombies, etc., and, of course, signing my books.

Leading up to this darkly wonderful con, I thought I’d share a few appropriate links, an excerpt from one of my stories, and other HallowReadish odds & ends.

As a fan of “The Walking Dead,” I couldn’t resist making my 1st themed post about zombies. Though I must admit, this season of the television show so far has creeped me out. The whole hunter or prey vibe, while it fits the Zombie Apocalypse, is more disturbing than last year’s Governor and crew.

To survive a Zombie Apocalypse, you might need a fortress like the one in

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October 4, 2014

MWA at the Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival

The MWA will be present and participating in the 8th Annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival. Stop by and say hello, or check out MWA President Lalita Noronha in the “Ask an Editor” panel.

For more information on the festival and program, visit the Frostburg University website.

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October 4, 2014

Annual Literary Contest

The annual literary contest is in the works–check back for more details on dates and submission guidelines!

MWA  Literary Contest Flyer

September 25, 2014

Open Board Position: Critique Group Coordinator

The MWA has an open board position for Critique Group Coordinator. The position is responsible for communication to group leaders and would be the lead contact for members seeking critique groups in the genre of their choice. If interested, please email a short bio to info@marylandwriters.org.

September 25, 2014

MWA at the Baltimore Book Festival

The mid-Atlantic’s premier celebration of the literary arts, the Baltimore Book Festival, will take place at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in 2014. The festival features celebrity and local authors, readings, workshops, children’s activities, panel discussions, cookbook demonstrations, exhibitors, booksellers, live music, food and more. The Baltimore Book Festival will take place September 26-28, 2014.

The MWA’s booth will feature the work of member authors whose books will be available for sale and signings. Also stop by for a flyer announcing general submission guidelines for the MWA-sponsored writing contest. The MWA’s President and Vice President, Lalita Noronha and Holly Morse-Ellington, will also participate in the programs cited below at the City Lit Stage:

Sept 26th, 2014: City Lit Stage (12 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
Free Friday Feedback
Writers! Bring 2-3 short poems or 4-5 pages of prose (fiction or non-fiction) and receive on-the-spot feedback and suggestions on what to do next. Published authors and publishing professionals on hand include: Christine Stewart, Lalita Noronha, Holly Sneeringer and Amanda Fiore.
Check guidelines for receiving feedback.

Sept. 27, 2014: City Lit Stage (12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)
Small Court Press: The Role of Small Journals and Presses in the Career of the Fiction Writer
The panel delves into such questions as: What is the process for selecting which journals, magazines, and periodicals to submit work to? What kinds of aesthetics are encountered in small journals? How have smaller journals helped connect a single writer with larger communities of writers?
Panelists: Lalita Noronha & Rafael Alvarez

Sept. 27, 2014: City Lit Stage (2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
Making the Ordinary Extraordinary
Join Baltimore Review editors as they discuss how the most familiar places, ordinary objects, everyday events, and Average Joes can become extraordinary through the lens of the creative writer. Be inspired to write your own ordinary life into extraordinary poems and stories.
Panelists: Barbara Westwood Diehl, Kathleen Hellen, Ann Kolakowski, Holly Morse-
Ellington, Seth Sawyers, Holly Sneeringer

September 28, 2014: City Lit Stage (2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Lit & Art
Started in 2007, the Lit & Art Reading Series takes place five times a year at the Watermark Gallery near Harborplace. The program features artists who represent various literary genres combined with visual art. This festival edition is emceed by Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s “The Signal,” which takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.
Presenters: Tom Glenn, Eric D. Goodman, Nitin Jagdish, Holly Morse-Ellington, Nathan Leslie, Liz Moser, Manzar

Hope to see you there.

August 26, 2014

MWA Montgomery Chapter Monthly Meeting

 

September 06, 2014
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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The Episcopal Church of the Ascension
205 South Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Local author Tom Glenn will share his tips on the mechanics of fiction writing—formatting, copy editing, and developing crisp dialogue—when he presents “The Forgotten Discipline: Fiction Craftsmanship” at the September meeting of the MWA Montgomery County Chapter. Mr. Glenn’s presentation focuses on the craftsmanship required to get published, and he will answer any related questions from the audience.

About the Speaker:
Tom Glenn has been writing fiction all his life, drawing from a plethora of experiences. He has worked as an intelligence operative in Vietnam, a musician, and a cryptologist. With a doctorate in Public Administration, he toured the country training federal executives. Seventeen of his short stories and two novels are now published, including the novels Friendly Casualties and No-Accounts.

Location and Directions:
Join us Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 205 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, in the white chapel. Just follow the signs. You can find directions to the church here.

 

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. Non-members wishing to join MWA may do so at meetings or here.

 

 

August 26, 2014

Call for MWA Open Board Chairs

The Maryland Writers’ Association Board has the following Chairs currently open:

Communications Chair: The Communications Chair is responsible for publicizing MWA activities to members and to the public, for initiating and responding to media requests, using such communications tools as the Board may direct.

Conference Chair: The Conference Chair is responsible for all aspects of planning and carrying out the Annual Writers’ Conference, if one is held.  If there is no Annual Writers’ Conference, the Conference Chair may be given other responsibilities.

These volunteer positions greatly influence other writers and help us foster a strong literary community. If you are interested in either of these positions, please email a bio with some notes about your experience in the particular position to marylandwritersassoc.webmaster@gmail.com.

June 22, 2014

2014 Annual Meeting Business Report

At yesterday’s annual meeting, the results of the MWA state board elections were officially announced:

With 59 ballots cast, 57 (98.28%) voted to approve the slate as presented, 1 (1.72%) voted to not approve the slate as presented. One blank ballot was cast. There were no write-in candidates.

Congratulations to the incoming board of the Maryland Writers’ Association!

Elected Positions:

  • President: Lalita Noronha
  • Vice President: Holly Morse-Ellington
  • Treasurer: Mark Prebilic
  • Secretary: Kathleen Young Rybarczyk
  • Communications Chair: Vicky Pinpin-Feinstein
  • Conference Chair: Denise Camacho
  • Members at Large: Carolee Noury, Ally E. Machate

Appointed Positions:

  • Editor, Pen in Hand: Jill Earl
  • MWA Books Co-Directors: Gary Lester, Ally E. Machate
  • Teen Writers’ Club Co-Coordinators: Diane E. Booth, Mark Willen

The attending members also voted to approve the change in wording to Article III of the Bylaws:

Original Text:

“The membership and fiscal year is July 1 through June 30. New members are accepted throughout the year, but dues are not prorated. For those who join between March 1 and June 30, membership is extended through the next fiscal year. Membership dues are not refundable.”

Approved Revision:

“The fiscal year is July 1 through June 30. New members are accepted throughout the year. Membership dues are not refundable.”

June 8, 2014

Submissions Now Being Accepted for Summer 2014 Pen in Hand

Hello, everyone!

We’re now accepting submissions for the Summer 2014 issue of Pen in Hand, the MWA’s quarterly membership newsletter. The issue will be appearing in Mid July 2014.

Pen in Hand publishes:
=   Tips and techniques on the art, craft, and business of writing and publishing
=   How-to advice for writers
=   News items and features on upcoming events of interest to MWA members and friends (please keep the publication date of the issue in mind when submitting dated items!)
=   Interviews with noteworthy people such as MWA meeting guest speakers
=   Short-short stories and poetry

Word count ceiling: 300-400 words for features, stories, and poetry; 100 words for news items and announcements.

Payment: Your story in print. Pen in Hand acquires no rights beyond first publication.

Submission deadline: Monday, June 30, 2014. The newsletter can fill up quickly — especially the fiction, poetry, and memoir section — so don’t wait too long before submitting!

Pen in Hand reserves the right to edit for length, grammar, and spelling as appropriate. Publication will depend on factors such as timeliness, relevance, professionalism, and available space.

Submission Requirements:
=   You must be a current MWA member to be considered for publication.
=   Maryland-based literary journals, publishers, reading series, and writers’ associations are welcome to submit announcements such as calls for submissions and upcoming events.
=   Submissions should be in unformatted text and included in the body of an email message. No attachments, please.
=   Please include a brief bio.
=   If line art or halftones will accompany your submission, please specify that in your e-mail and the editor will provide formatting guidelines.
=   Include “PIH” in the e-mail subject line and send to Jill Earl at peninhand@marylandwriters.org. Questions and queries are encouraged.

Please note: submissions that don’t follow these guidelines will not be considered!
 
Our ideal is to match Pen in Hand to the needs and interests of our members. With your help, we can get a little closer to that ideal with each issue. If you’d like us to explore a particular theme, please let us know.

We’re looking forward to seeing your submissions!

Regards,
Jill Earl
Editor, Pen in Hand
peninhand@marylandwriters.org

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