Archive for November 22nd, 2009

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!

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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 nschulth@interserv.com.

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.