Archive for November, 2009

November 29, 2009

Annapolis / Anne Arundel County Chapter First Annual Holiday Book Sale Event

On Tuesday, December 8th, at 6:30 PM, the Annapolis/Anne Arundel County Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association will host a Holiday Book Sale Event. The meeting is held at the Ahh, Coffee! Shop in the Eastport Shopping Center on Bay Ridge Avenue in Annapolis.

The Book Sale Event will contain only books and works by local authors –from many genres. There will be light refreshments and gift wrapping will be offered for those purchasing books as holiday gifts. Two Door prizes of books on writing will raffled off. As always, fresh coffees and lattes are available from Ahh, Coffee!

The Annapolis Chapter of MWA is planning to make this an annual event.  Published local authors who are members of MWA or will join MWA on the evening of the meeting are welcome to bring their books to the Holiday Book Sale Event.  The meeting is open to the public.  The cost of joining MWA is $35.00 annually, which includes both state and local dues.

In addition to buying books as holiday gifts, this is an excellent opportunity for aspiring writers to network with published writers, make contacts and learn how the writers’ acquired their publishers.

November 29, 2009

Make Your Holiday Gift Count for Maryland Writers

For over twenty years, the Maryland Writers’ Association has nurtured and supported the Maryland literary arts community with monthly meetings, workshops, lectures, author showcases, newsletters, and an annual writers’ conference. This holiday season, why not gift your favorite reader with a copy of New Lines from the Old Line State: An Anthology of Maryland Writers, featuring 36 pieces of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by 29 stylistically and culturally diverse Maryland authors, including:

Eric D. Goodman, Juliet M. Johnson, Lalita Noronha, Austin S. Camacho, Mary Stojak, Frank S. Joseph, Gary L. Lester, Sonia L. Linebaugh, Vanessa Orlando, Lynn Stearns, Sherri Cook Woosley, Angela Render, Jennie L. Deitz, Sherry Audette Morrow, Sally Whitney, Jane Frutchey, Susan Lesser, Liz Moser, Bonny Barry Sanders, Laura Shovan, B. Morrison, Scott Frias, Lauren Beth Eisenberg, Sherry Bosley, Chris Bancells, Al Karasa, Rosemary Mild, Elizabeth Ayres, and Ami Spencer. The authors of New Lines—all MWA members—have been featured in publications as varied as the Potomac Review, the Baltimore Review, Christian Science Monitor, Chattahoochee Review, Slow Trains, the Arabesques Review, Poetry Online, Chesapeake Life magazine, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, and Writers Weekly, and have been winners of the Maryland Literary Arts Award, the Maryland Individual Artist Award, and awards from the Atlantic Monthly, among others.

With work in genres ranging from mystery to fantasy to literary fiction, with essays and poetry of hope, nostalgia, love, and grief, /em>New Lines has something for everyone. The anthology sells at retail for $15.95, but you can receive a 15% discount by ordering via the MWA website. The anthology is also available via,, and at your local bookseller. Please support the Maryland Writers’ Association today by purchasing a copy for yourself, or give a few as gifts!

November 22, 2009

Frederick Chapter Flash Fiction Recap

The Frederick chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association held their monthly meeting on October 28th at the Frederick Arts Council in Downtown Frederick.  We were thrilled to see many new writers attend this exciting evening, where renowned author Jeanne Adams, was our guest speaker.  Ms. Adams also served as a judge for our flash fiction writing contest.  Contestants of all ages wrote in their best Edgar Allan Poe style, vying for a grand prize of $125.00.  This was part of a month long  200th Anniversary celebration of Edgard Allan Poe, the great American (and Maryland!) literary figure.  The MWA Frederick Chapter joined with the Frederick Arts Council and the Big Read (an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest).

The winner of our contest was Tatiana Sorenson, a talented 12-year-old Frederick County resident, who attends Oakdale Middle School. Her entry was titled Suspicion.  Congratulations to Tatiana and her family!

November 22, 2009

Join MWA at the Greenbelt Art and Craft Fair, 12/5 – 12/6

MWA will be selling a selection of our authors’ books at the annual Greenbelt Art and Craft Fair. We will be in the newly expanded humanities mart on Saturday, December 5 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, December 6 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The Greenbelt Art and Craft Fair will be held at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt. For more information about attending or selling your work, please contact Nicole Schultheis of the MWA Howard County chapter at

We hope to see you there!

November 22, 2009

Help MWA Bring Creative Writing to Maryland High School Students

The MWA Board recently approved a project to develop Teen Writers’ Clubs for a one-year trial period. The project focuses on high school students who like to write. Many schools do not have extracurricular activities for those students except, perhaps, a school newspaper that offers only one kind outlet for writing. The club will operate under the guidance of a club leader, plus several assistants who, in turn, will be guided by the Teen Advisory Team. The Advisory Team will report to the MWA Board of Directors. Clubs can be located in an area chosen by the club leader, with the approval of the Advisory Team. Each will be organized and run independent of school systems and assignments.

Volunteers are needed to form an Advisory Committee that will provide oversight and guidance to each club. During the trial period, only one club will be started to determine if the project is viable. If it is, then more clubs could be started in the 2010-2011 time period. If you would like to read the full proposal, or if you are interested in serving on the Advisory Team, please contact project coordinator Diane Booth.