Legal Issues Workshop to Focus on Contracts

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (MdVLA, formerly Maryland Lawyers for the Arts) and CityLit Project are co-sponsoring a two-hour workshop on the legal issues surrounding publishing contracts that “could be the most important two hours of your career.”

At the workshop, titled “Do’s and Dont’s and the Dotted Line,” intellectual property lawyer Cynthia Sanders of Ober | Kaler and agent Laura Strachan of Strachan Literary will discuss what authors need to know before they sign a contract with an agent or a publisher. MWA members will recognize both presenters from their appearances at past Maryland Writers Conferences.

The workshop will be held Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the MdVLA Offices at Union Mill, 1500 Union Avenue (Lower Level), Baltimore, MD 21211. There is a $15 registration fee. Call (410) 274-5691 for more information and to register by credit card or check.

MdVLA is dedicated to protecting Maryland artists’ legal rights through pro bono legal referrals and education. In residency at the University of Baltimore, CityLit promotes literature and the professional development of literary artists.

MdVLA’s free online newsletter, MLA Arts Brief, sometimes covers legal issues for writers. You can subscribe to the newsletter by e-mailing MdVLA Executive Director Marcia Semmes at executivedirector@mdvla.org, and include the word “subscribe” in the subject line.

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