Archive for October, 2012

October 24, 2012

Video of Harrison Demchick’s Session on Screenwriting at the 2012 Maryland Writers Conference

Harrison Demchick gave a screenwriting presentation titled “From Book to Script to Movie” at the Maryland Writers’ Association Conference October 20, 2012 in Baltimore. He won the 2011 Baltimore Screenwriters Competition and has had one of his screenplays optioned. He is the author of forthcoming novel The Listeners (Bancroft Press, 2012) and works as a developmental editor with Ambitious Enterprises, a creative services boutique. Hope you enjoy the video: 

For more on Harrison Demchick, see For more on Ambitious Enterprises, see

October 14, 2012

Jeffrey Shipley, Author of Tales of Blood and Roses, to Speak at Annapolis Chapter

Local author Jeffrey L. Shipley will speak at the Maryland Writers’ Association – Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday October 17, 2012. The speaker is the creative force behind Unpopular Publications, and publishes the critically acclaimed horror zine, Tales of Blood and Roses. He has work in or forthcoming from Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore, Tales of Blood and Roses, Rhyme and PUN-ishment, Kamikaze Woman, and Genre Smash. He will speak on his life and successes as a writer. For more information on the writer’s work, see his website

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet at 6:30pm the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. For more information visit:


October 12, 2012

2012 MWA Writers Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2012 winners of the Maryland Writers Association contests in the following categories:

Historical Novel winners

Gold: “The Wager” by Cassandra Pennington

Silver: “War of 1812-Impressed” by Leslie Cooney

Bronze: “Venus and Venlazquez” by Barbara Mujica

Mainstream Literary Novel winners

Gold: “Welcome to Bethesda” by Derek Lee

Silver: “The Empress of India” by Iain S. Baird

Bronze: “Silenced Voices” by Teresa Scalzo

Sci-Fi Novel winners

Gold: “Pilot Program” by Sarah Pinsker

Silver: “Juggler’s Blade” by Robert Niccolini

Bronze: “Ice King” by Peter Wetzel

Young Adult Novel winners

Gold: “River Magic” by Jim Brown

Silver: “Nina and the Bodaway” by Vonnie Winslow Crist

Bronze: “I’m Not Weird, Just Quiet” by Jeffrey Wiegand

Nonfiction Short Work winners

Gold: “Walking with My Father” by Alix Moore

Silver: “Trout Fishing in Idaho” by Henry S. Parker

Bronze: “Beauty Secret” by Murray Edwards

Fiction Short Work winners

Gold: “Killbox” by Jack King

Silver: “When Vivian Greer Came to Sing” by Jessica Gregg

Bronze: “Imagining Iraq” by Barbara Mujica

Poetry winners

Gold: “Forty Years Later: What I Know” (P41) by Lalita Noronha

Silver: “Study Hall” (P7) by Janice Lynch Schuster

Bronze: “Easter, 1952” (P59) by Susan Moger

October 11, 2012

Agents, Publishers Eager for Maryland Writers Conference–In Just 6 Days!

Literary agents, book publishers, and top editors look forward each year to meeting and helping local authors at the Maryland Writers Conference, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20.

“I am coming back for my second year at MWA, and I’m excited to meet attendees for one-on-one discussions and to be on the agent panel,” says Roseanne Wells, associate agent with the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency.

At the conference, sponsored by the [ ] the Maryland Writer’s Association, prose and poetry writers will meet a literary agent, find an editor, and learn a thousand publishing tips. From 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., writers can chose from more than 20 different workshops and panel discussions by published authors, editors, agents, and publishers. Topics include “Writing for Personal Growth & Publication,” “Sell Worthy Query Letters,” “What Editors Look for in Freelance Writers,” “From Book to Script to Movie,” “50 Shades of Marketing Your Poetry,” “Children’s Writing Past, Present, and Future,” and “Writing Romance that Sizzles.”

Mary Shafer, president, MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association, says, “Last year was my first experience with the group and its conference, and I was pleased to find the people absolutely wonderful and the conference well-planned and well-managed.”

The conference will be held at the University of Baltimore’s Thumel Business Center, 11 W. Mt. Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201. To register, click call 443-293-7745 or email

At last year’s Maryland Writer’s Conference, publisher Shafer met with dozens of writers. She says of the annual event, “The modern, clean and conveniently located venue, thoughtfully chosen content and professionally staffed conference floor are all impressive, welcoming and promising of a fulfilling and productive event for everyone involved. I’m really pleased to be invited back.”

Gifted, best-selling author Marita Golden, who writes “the way I live in and respond to the world,” she says, will deliver the keynote address, ‘The Changing Tides’ and lead an interactive panel discussion, ‘How to write a story your readers will never forget.’

“I met some wonderful people last year, and I’m glad to be back!” says agent Roseanne Wells.

The Maryland Writers’ Association [ ] is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization which brings together writers of all stages and disciplines, serving as an information source, helping members make contacts that lead to publication. Membership is widely diverse, from published authors and freelancers to writers aspiring to get published. Chapters across the state give writers and editors a place to meet and join or form critique groups.

October 7, 2012

Sunday, Oct. 7 Last Day for Early Registration to Maryland Writers Conference

Early-bird registration ends on Sunday, Oct. 7. There is still room for more people to attend, but registration is already limited. Only two weeks to go before the Maryland Writers Conference at the University of Baltimore. Agents and publishers are ready to talk with you. The caterer is primed and ready to serve. Register now for a deep discount and network your work at the conference. Click here:\

October 1, 2012

Get the Fall 2012 Issue of Pen in Hand!

The Fall 2012 issue of Pen in Hand, the quarterly newsletter of the Maryland Writers’ Association, is hot off the presses! The issue (PDF) is available for download here.

In this issue, you’ll find:

  • An exclusive interview with Maryland Writers Conference Keynote Speaker Marita Golden by Elizabeth J. Kolodziej
  • Lalita Noronha on using writing to celebrate diversity
  • Reviews of recent meetings and previews of upcoming speakers at MWA Chapters
  • Poems, short stories, and essays by Melinda Bennington, Rosemary Mild, Janice Lynch Schuster, Meg Eden, and Richard Baldwin Cook
  • . . . and more!

Download your free copy of Pen in Hand here. Back issues are also available on the MWA Publications Page.