News about the Next Maryland Writers’ Conference

Editor’s Note: the following is a message that was posted to the MWA Announcements list today. We’re rebroadcasting it here to help spread the word.

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Hi, all —

I wanted to send out a brief message to the MWA membership and friends to let you know what we have in store for the next Maryland Writers Conference, the annual conference of the Maryland Writers’ Association.

First of all, there will be no conference in 2013. The board voted unanimously to move the conference back to the late-March / early-April time frame, and rather than attempt to hold another conference just a few months after our last one, we’ve set the date of the next conference as March-April 2014. We’ll let you know when we’ve locked down the date and the venue.

I’m sure that some of you will be disappointed to hear this news, but I’d like to explain why we thought this would be the best thing to do for the long-term health of the conference. The biggest reasons were:

  • We wanted to avoid overlapping with the Baltimore Writers’ Conference, which will be returning in 2013. The BWC, which has been running almost as long as the MWA’s conference, attracts much of the same audience as ours. By returning our conference to the spring, writers in and around Maryland will again have three general-interest writing conferences spread throughout the year — the Maryland Writers’ Conference in the spring, the Baltimore Writers’ Conference in the fall, and the Bay to Ocean Conference in February (this year’s BTO will be February 23 at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills). We’ll be working with the BWC’s sponsors — the Towson University Program in Professional Writing, the Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Writing program, and the CityLit Project — to ensure that our respective conferences complement each other and serve the writing community better.
  • It will give us more time to organize an even better event for you. In addition to a volunteer conference chair, the board voted to approve bringing on a professional conference planner to assist with the organization of the event. With the benefits of extra lead time and a professional planner, we expect to be able to promote the conference widely, recruit a faculty of top-notch speakers, and plan a day of programming that will be worth the wait.

We’ll keep you posted as the planning for MWC 2014 gets underway in earnest. We’ll be putting out calls for volunteers, suggestions for speakers, and requests for programming ideas, so please start thinking about them.

That’s all for now. Just wanted to keep you informed on what your board has been busy doing.

Cheers,
Paul


Paul Lagasse
President, Maryland Writers’ Association
president@marylandwriters.org

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