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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
- 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
- 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:
“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.”
“The fiscal year is July 1 through June 30. New members are accepted throughout the year. Membership dues are not refundable.”
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.
= 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 email@example.com. Questions and queries are encouraged.
We’re looking forward to seeing your submissions!
Editor, Pen in Hand
We are happy to announce the slate of candidates for the 2014-2016 MWA Board of Directors. Congratulations to our nominees, and thank you for volunteering to serve the MWA!
Online voting for the slate of candidates will open on Monday, June 9. Current members will receive a ballot e-mail that will allow them to register their votes anonymously. The online election window will remain open for two weeks, until midnight Friday, June 20, and the results announced the following day at the 2014 Annual Meeting, Saturday, June 21 from 1-3 at the Leonardtown branch library, 23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650 (please RSVP; directions at the link). Members who attend the Annual Meeting will also have the opportunity to cast their ballots in person.
Please take a moment to get to know your 2014-2016 board candidates!
|President: Lalita Noronha||Born in India, Lalita Noronha received a Fulbright travel grant to the US and earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology from St. Louis University School of Medicine. She is a widely published research scientist, poet and fiction writer. Her literary work has appeared in over seventy journals, magazines and anthologies. She is the author of an award winning short story collection, Where Monsoons Cry, (Black Words Press) and a poetry chapbook, Her Skin Phyllo-Thin (Finishing Line Press). She has twice won the Maryland Literary Short Story Award, a Maryland Individual Artist Award, the National League of American Pen Women Award, and Maryland Writers Association Awards in fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. She is a fiction editor for Baltimore Review, a nominee for a Pushcart prize in poetry, and she teaches both science and creative writing.|
|Vice President: Holly Morse-Ellington||Holly Morse-Ellington’s articles and essays are forthcoming or have appeared in Three Quarter Review, the Baltimore Review blog, Outside In, Baltimore Fishbowl, Smile, Hon, You’re In Baltimore, Urbanite, The Journal of Homeland Security, and The Washington Times. Anthologies include Whereabouts: Stepping Out Of Place and Freshly Squeezed: A “Write Here, Write Now” Anthology. She is a fiction editor for Baltimore Review and will be speaking on a panel of Baltimore Review editors about “Making the Ordinary Extraordinary” at the 2014 Baltimore Book Festival. Holly was a staff writer for Baltimore Fishbowl and has told her true stories for the Stoop Storytelling Series, The New Mercury Readings, and Lit & Art. She holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland Law School and currently writes as a consultant for a Federal grants review contractor, LCG, Inc. When not writing, Holly is an active member of the Gunpowder Garden Club and plays the ukulele. Her publications are available through her website, www.hollyneat.com.|
|Treasurer: Mark Prebilic||In my day job as a database expert, I have been involved with financial systems for large organizations as well as government agencies. I am currently involved in helping to relieve the VA benefits backlog and helping to speed up the time it takes for our disabled veterans to receive the benefits they are due.
In my personal life, I am currently a chair of the Poolesville High School Post Prom Committee. I own and operate a corporation involved in the information technology services sector. I am responsible for the financial books for the corporation. I also prepare the corporate tax filings for the business. I write fiction, poetry, and opinion pieces. I’m inspired by the natural world around me and my writings reflect that inspiration. I’ve been published in The Washington Post, Yoga Journal, and the Gazette newspapers.
|Communications Chair: Vicky Pinpin-Feinstein||Born in the Philippines, I came to the U. S. shortly after I graduated from university to work as a research fellow on a five-country study on the portrayal of women in American, British, Korean, Japanese, Filipino television programs. The engagement led me to pursue graduate studies in Communications, Political Science and Public Policy. I then spent a substantial part of my working life in areas such as strategic communications, media research and policy, media assessments and behavior change and the use of information and communication technologies for international development. I worked with institutions such as the Smithsonian, Public Television, the World Bank and other UN agencies and private telecommunications companies. As perhaps you can imagine the kind of writing I did for these institutions tend to be technical and laden with jargon that only those instructed in the codes would understand. A few years ago, I decided I wanted to change that and write differently resulting in a first book, a memoir, last year. I know that joining MWA is a good move: meeting other writers, honing on the craft of writing, and building all manner of ‘writerly’ connections. Thus far, it has been great. It was made even sweeter this year when I attended the MWA conference. I enjoyed meeting so many nice people and learned a lot from the workshops. I have a lot to learn as a writer and being with MWA is a path to that. In turn, I hope that by joining the MWA board, I can use my skills to help the association in improving its communications functions and activities to its members and the community at large as Communications Chair. I hope that anyone who has an interest or experience in Communications will join me and together we can all help in making MWA even more of a success.|
|Secretary: Kathleen Young Rybarczyk||Kathleen Young Rybarczyk lives near Baltimore with her lifemates and two sons. A medical transcriptionist and proofreader by trade, she writes paranormal fiction under the pen name Katherine Fisher Clarke. She loves reading, tabletop gaming, baking and cooking, gardening, knitting, renovating her sixty-year-old house, and running her family-friendly guild in World of Warcraft. She also volunteers at writers’ conferences, science fiction conventions, and at her kids’ schools through their PTAs. She is a proud member of the Maryland Writers’ Association and the national and local chapters of the Romance Writers of America.|
|Conference Chair: Denise Camacho||Denise Camacho is the president of Intrigue Publishing. With over 10 years in the publishing realm, she brings her knowledge and expertise to those wanting to branch out and become published authors. As the president, Denise has the responsibility to review new submissions and make recommendations to the acquisitions team that are worthy of becoming properties under the Intrigue Publishing banner. Her other responsibilities include managing contract negotiations with potential authors.|
|Member at Large: Carolee Noury||Carolee Noury earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling at George Washington University and is a freelance writer in Rockville. She is Vice President of the MWA and Vice President of the MWA-Montgomery Chapter. Carolee has completed courses in creative and business writing and is currently working on her first novel, tentatively titled Favored.|
|Member at Large: Ally E. Machate||Ally Machate has represented the interests of MWA members as a Member at Large for five years and would like to continue in this role to help MWA better serve our membership by providing opportunities for education, networking, and exposure. Her MWA experience also includes a term as Vice President, four years as a critique group leader, and an ongoing appointment as co-publisher of MWA Books, through which she spearheaded the production of MWA’s anthologies. Her 15 years of experience in the publishing industry gives her unique insight into what our writers need to succeed in today’s publishing environment, and she enjoys being able to use that insight to help her fellow MWAers.|
The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Maryland Writers’ Association will be Saturday, June 21 from 1-3 at the Leonardtown branch library, 23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Our thanks to the St. Mary’s Chapter for hosting the event!
At the meeting, we will:
- Tally the votes and announce the slate of officers for the 2014-2016 Board of Directors. (Slate to be announced soon!)
- Vote to change the bylaws from a fixed membership year (currently July 1-June 30 for all members) to a rolling membership year (i.e., starting on the date that a person joins).
- Welcome the Summer Solstice — and the new board, of course — with light refreshments, hors d’ouerves, and socializing.
- Perhaps we’ll have a speaker too! UPDATE: We’re pleased to announce that past MWA president and current mystery/thriller writer Austin Camacho will be the speaker at the Annual Meeting!
Keep an eye on Keyboard in Hand, Facebook, and the website for more details. In the meantime, please circle the date on your calendar and come on down to St. Mary’s County to celebrate with us!
For directions to the Leonardtown branch library, click here.
Hope to see you there!
Calling all MWA members:
Would you like to get more involved with the MWA? Would you like to help make decisions that will set the direction of the organization for the future? This is your chance!
2014-2016 Board of Directors Election — Call for Nominations
Monday, May 5 through Friday, May 23
Nomination instructions are at the end of this e-mail.
Serving on the MWA board is a terrific way for aspiring, emerging, and established writers and editors to make your voices heard while making valuable connections that will help you throughout your careers.
We’re looking for candidates for the following elected positions (two-year terms, serving July 1, 2014-June 30, 2016):
- Vice President
- Program Chair
- Membership Chair
- Communications Chair
- Conference Chair
- Publications Chair
- Long-Range Planning Chair
We’re also looking for people who are interested in serving in the following appointed positions (also two-year terms):
- Critique Group Coordinator
- Contest Coordinator
- Teen Writers’ Club Coordinator
Serving on the MWA board is a commitment of time and energy, but it is not an onerous one! Most board members find they spend only a few hours a month on MWA business in addition to board meetings.
Board members are expected to attend regular meetings either in person or remotely via conference call. The schedule and details will be worked out by the new board when they take office on July 1. Outside of the board meetings, the officers remain in touch through a board-only Yahoo group. Board members must be current MWA members.
To nominate yourself or a fellow MWA member, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the sublect line “Nominations.” Include your name and the name of the position you are interested in being considered for, a brief bio, and a statememnt about why you are interested in the position. The Nominating Committee will then be in touch.
Nominations will close Friday, May 23. Look for details about online voting and the 2014 Annual Meeting, at which the election results will be announced, later this week!
by Carolee Noury
Writers know it’s a good idea to get to know an agent before pitching to and/or querying her. In that spirit, here’s an opportunity to meet Lauren Clark, of Kuhn Projects literary agency. She will be one of four agents participating in the practice pitch sessions at the 2014 Maryland Writers’ Conference.
Carolee Noury: Your Twitter profile says “Cincinnatian at heart.” What do you miss most?
Lauren Clark: I can only narrow it down to my top three: Mio’s Pizza, Half Price Books, and the abundance of unmetered parking.
CN: What do you like best about your job?
LC: I feel fortunate to have a job that lets me mix the creative and business-oriented parts of my brain. In a typical day I’ll read and respond to an author about her proposal, and then think through a contract negotiation. I enjoy that balance; I wouldn’t want to do all one or all the other.
CN: What inspires you?
LC: My colleagues at Kuhn Projects, daily.
CN: What has been your most meaningful project to date?
LC: I handled the foreign rights for Escape from Camp 14 by former Washington Post reporter Blaine Harden. Escape was the true account of the life of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only person born into a North Korean prison camp who was able to escape and make it to the West. I got to meet Shin briefly, and I was also in constant contact with Blaine because the book sold extremely well overseas. It became an international bestseller and was translated into more than 25 languages. I was so happy for Blaine and Shin each time another foreign publisher bought the rights to the book. I’m grateful to have been involved in that book, even a little bit.
CN: What’s your idea of happiness?
LC: A long, tiring run in the woods.
CN: What is your favorite DC haunt?
LC: The fiction section of Kramer’s or the National Gallery of Art.