Archive for December, 2012

December 24, 2012

Habtewold to Offer Writer’s Strategic Planning Workshop

The Montgomery County Chapter will present leadership coach and author Assegid Habtewold of Success Pathways LLC on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. He will conduct an interactive, experiential workshop for writers, including brief presentations,large and small group discussions, and a question-and-answer session.Training1

The workship is designed to empower writers with the necessary insights and skills to enable them to craft a long-term strategic plan using one of the strategic foresight tools.

Chapter President Alix Moore says this type of workshop can “shape your writing future by crafting strategic plans.”

Do you want to survive and thrive in this globalized and highly competitive information age by developing the skill to `read and interpret’ what is going on within the writing industry in particular, and the world at large? And, have you ever wondered on how strategic thinking and planning could help you tap into the available opportunities the new era presents and overcome the challenges it poses as you pursue and fulfill your writing dreams?

Then, don’t miss this important workshop, Alix says. You will learn the basics of how to approach long-term strategic planning in your writing and editing life by using some simple tools from Assegid Habtewold.

When: January 09, 2013
Time: 7 – 8 PM
Place: Montgomery College, Rockville Campus. Physical Education (PE) building,
Room 136
Questions? Please contact Ms. Moore at

December 19, 2012

Free Poetry Contest

The Enoch Pratt Free Library, in partnership with the Little Patuxent Review, is inviting Maryland poets to enter a free poetry contest. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 8, at 5:00 p.m.

The winning poem will be published in Little Patuxent Review and will be displayed at the Pratt’s Central Library in downtown Baltimore. The winning poem will also be read at the CityLit Project’s CityLit Festival in April, 2013. Runners-up may be also considered for publication in Little Patuxent Review.

Entrants must be Maryland residents, 18 or older. Poems can be submitted by e-mail as attached Microsoft Word documents to or by mail to:

Poetry Contest
Periodicals Department
Pratt Library
400 Cathedral St.
Baltimore, MD 21201-4484

For a complete list of rules, visit the Pratt’s contest page

December 18, 2012

MWA Board Announces New President and Vice President

December 18, 2012 — The Board of the Maryland Writers’ Association announced today that Paul Lagasse and Carolee Noury are the new President and Vice President, respectively, in a special election following the resignation of the previous President, Jim Heimberg.

Paul is the immediate past Vice President and Carolee is the immediate past Treasurer of the MWA. They will serve out the remainder of the current board term, which expires on June 30, 2014.

Paul, who was elected vice president in June, is an Annapolis-based freelance writer/editor. He was the founding president of the MWA’s Baltimore chapter and has served on the MWA board as webmaster and member-at-large. He is the current editor of Pen in Hand, the MWA’s quarterly newsletter. Paul can be reached at

Carolee, who has been treasurer since July, is a Rockville-based career counselor. She was also elected secretary for the new Montgomery chapter of the MWA. A writer by “obsession,” Carolee believes social networking is crucial for being a successful writer today. Carolee can be reached at.

Paul and Carolee look forward to working with MWA members and the rest of the Maryland writing community.

December 12, 2012

Bay to Ocean Writers Conference is Feb. 23

Our good friends at the Eastern Shore Writers’ Association invite MWA members and friends to attend their writer’s conference on February  23, 2013, at the Kent Humanities Building, Chesapeake College, Intersection of Rt. 50 & 213, Wye Mills, Maryland, just as the ESWA invited their members to our conference in October.

The Bay To Ocean Writers Conference is a one-day nonprofit conference that has attracted and motivated more than 1,500 writers over its history. The mission is “to inform, encourage, and inspire writers of all levels, from beginners to published authors. We strive to share helpful knowledge and experiences among writers about every facet of writing.”

The BTO conference features workshops, presentations, and panel discussions on a wide variety of topics pertaining to the craft of writing, publishing, marketing, the Internet, and the intricacies of particular genres. It is an opportunity to meet with many writing peers in the region. Speakers include accomplished authors, poets, film writers, writing instructors, editors, and publishers. BTO also offers “one-on-one” manuscript reviews with experienced writing instructors and editors for registered attendees for a fee.

For more information


December 10, 2012

Nimrod International Journal Seeking Submissions from Writers Over 57

Nimrod International Journal invites writers aged 57 and older to submit poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for our Spring/Summer 2013 issue, “Lasting: Writers Over 57.” Manuscripts should be postmarked by January 15, 2013.

Send submissions to:

University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104

Nimrod International Journal is celebrating its 57th year of continuous publication and promises to last another 57 or more. Here is their pitch:

“But more important to our decision to focus on mature writers and writing is that the ‘boom’ generation (ages 48-62) and older present its own culture, a culture ‘on the edge.’ The precarious, the unsettled have always been a great source of creative energy. Those 57 and older are emerging as the ‘Golden’ generation with promise of not only living longer, healthier lives, but of expanding initial insights intowisdom, of having time and space to reach and risk beyond the humdrum.

“Rest assured, this issue will not be a sociological tract, nor a political statement. Fiction and poetry to be accepted must be vigorous, but need not be ‘about’ aging. The only requirement for submission other than quality is that the author be 57 or older.”

Submission details and manuscript formatting rules are on the publication’s website.

December 8, 2012

Volunteers Needed to Help Launch MWA Southern Maryland Chapter

MWA member Nancy Smay is looking for writers, readers, and other fans of the written word to help launch a new MWA chapter in southern Maryland!

Please read Nancy’s message below, and if you’re interested in helping her get this project off the ground, please drop her a line at If you live in southern Maryland, this is your opportunity to help build a new chapter from the ground up!

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I’m writing in hopes of organizing a launch event for the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Maryland Writers Association.

I’m Nancy Smay – aka Delancey Stewart – a local writer, military spouse and mother of tiny children, living in Callaway. I’m hoping to pull together an active group that can help celebrate the local authors in our community. My goal is to do several things:

  • Provide a community for local writers, both social and professional
  • Foster interaction between local writers and residents (readers!)
  • Bring promotional opportunities to writers working to build a larger readership
  • Offer experienced speakers and workshops to help local writers grow our craft and learn about the changing business of the publishing industry

To start a chapter, we need about 10 interested members, some of whom might be willing to serve “officer” roles, which hopefully wouldn’t entail too much time.

I’d like to organize a launch event – probably at the library or perhaps the Fenwick Street bookshop or coffee house — to meet and discuss organization going forward.

This email is intended to gauge interest and availability. Here are the dates I’m considering. Could you please let me know your interest and availability?

Thanks so much for any support (even if its just saying that you might be able to attend!)

  • Saturday, February 23rd, 3pm
  • Sunday, February 17, 3pm

Please forward this email to anyone you think may be interested, and don’t hesitate to contact me directly at with questions.

The MWA website can be found here to answer any general questions about the purposes of the organization:


Nancy Smay

Delancey Stewart
Through a Dusty Window: New York City Stories 1910-2001

December 6, 2012

MWA Events Calendar Now Live on Keyboard in Hand

Keyboard in Hand, the MWA’s newsblog, now features an events calendar for MWA programs and events, so that members and friends can have an easy one-stop shop for MWA events around the state and throughout the year.

Powered by Google, the calendar launched earlier today with information about chapter meetings, including times, locations, and links to the chapter websites where you can get more information about the meetings. Over time, the calendar will feature other MWA events such as Teen Writers Club meetings, the Maryland Writers Conference, public Board meetings, literary and arts festivals at which MWA chapters will have booths and tables, and much more.

We hope you’ll bookmark the new MWA Events Calendar and check back often to find out what’s happening in your part of the state!