Archive for February, 2010

February 21, 2010

MWA Announces Keynote Speaker for 2010 Conference: Author Roxana Robinson

Photo of Roxana RobinsonThe Maryland Writers’ Association announces that the keynote speaker for our annual statewide writers’ conference on April 24, 2010 will be novelist, biographer, and columnist Roxana Robinson.

Ms. Robinson will address the topic of writing as a unique occupation, and the will discuss the writer’s life, its complexities, frustrations and rewards.

Ms. Robinson is the author of eight books, four of which were named as New York Times Notable Books, and two of which were New York Times Editors’ Choices.

Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Daedalus, One-Story, The American Scholar, PEN Journal, Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. Her non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and elsewhere.

For more information about the conference, please visit our conference page.

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February 21, 2010

Registration for 2010 Annual Conference is Now Open

Registration for the 2010 Maryland Writers’ Association conference is now open. Please visit our conference page to register online or by mail.

Join local and national experts and established writers at the 22nd Annual Maryland Writers’ Association conference, Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Baltimore Marriott Hunt Valley Inn. You’ll have the opportunity to fine-tune your craft in sessions led by established authors, instructors, and experts. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, there is plenty for you at the conference.

The Maryland Writers’ Association’s Annual Conference draws writers from across Maryland and beyond. Attendees will have opportunities to hone their skills in sessions led by established authors, instructors, and experts. Topics will range from writing for youth and adult audiences, writing in different genres, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and will cover both the business and craft of writing. Literary agents and editors will be on hand. Immediately following the conference on Saturday evening, we will celebrate a year of writing with MWA members and friends at the Writers’ Banquet and Awards Dinner.

February 14, 2010

The first MWA Teen Writers’ Club is up and running!

In an effort to help high school teens throughout the state become members of the vast network of writers, the Maryland Writers Association celebrates February 3 as the beginning of its first Teen Writers’ Club. Meetings, held each Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M., are located at the Hereford Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, which has offered its full support to the project in terms of meeting space and advertising. Plans are under way to open more clubs next September.

The clubs are the brainchild of MWA member Diane Booth who heads a prestigious advisory committee that includes MWA authors Mindie Burgoyne, Deborah Edleman, Gail Johnson, and Barbara Morrison.

Meetings will focus on members critiquing each other’s work, trying various genres, learning how to develop characters, discovering the ethics of memoir writing, hearing inspiring talks by visiting writers, and preparing stories for contests. They will find out how to overcome writer’s block, introduce dialogue, dig for facts, and share skills with each other. MWA members will recommend teen writing sites found on the Internet and recommend appropriate instruction books. For teens who find writing a somewhat lonely exercise, this club also offers release within its social circle of new friends.

For more information on the Teen Writers’ Club, please contact Diane Booth at booth@ix.netcom.com. Registration is not required. Join the group at any time.

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