Archive for February, 2013

February 27, 2013

Fantasy Author Young-Turner Speaks at Howard County Chapter Meeting

Fantasy author Cindy Young-Turner will read from her novel, Thief of Hope, at the March meeting of the MWA Howard County Chapter on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Sunrise Senior Living, 6500 Freetown Road, in Columbia. [Please note corrected date from original post.]

In addition to reading from Thief of Time — a finalist for the 2012 EPIC eBook and 2012 Compton Crook Awards — Ms. Young-Turner will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being published by a small independent publisher and the challenges new authors face in marketing their books.

About the speaker:

An avid reader for as long as she can remember, Ms. Young-Turner became fascinated with mythology and Arthurian legend at an early age. Her work reflects her belief that the timeless themes of love, hate, revenge, and redemption transcend genres. In her day job she provides editorial and business development support for international health and development projects. You can find out more about her at her website.

For more information about the meeting, visit the Howard County Chapter website. Click here for directions to Sunrise Senior Living.

February 15, 2013

Baltimore Chapter Welcomes Poetry in Community’s Mowbray and Casamassima

The Baltimore Chapter welcomes Doug Mowbray and Christophe Casamassima, the founders of Poetry in Community, as the guest speakers at its February meeting on Monday, February 25, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul Street, in Baltimore.

Mr. Mowbray and Mr. Casamassima will be discussing the mission of Poetry in Community (PiC), which was established to “foster poetic practices as a collaborative effort to foster creative literacy and personal growth.” PiC’s goal is to sponsor events and activities — both in person and virtually — that support “the aesthetic and professional endeavors of emergent poets and publishers” while also working with local neighborhoods to promote community growth and sustainability. They will also preview upcoming events and discuss how attendees can get involved with PiC in their community.

About the speakers:
Mr. Mowbray and Mr. Casamassima have organized several events in and around Baltimore such as Poem Walks, Poetrees, local “100 Thousand Poets for Change” events, and writing workshops — including one for middle school students at the Village Learning Place led by MWAB’s President Fernando Quijano III and Vice President Shirley Brewer.

Also at the February meeting, the Baltimore chapter will also be welcoming English students from the University of Baltimore’s Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences, who will be attending the meeting as a class session.

For more information, visit the Baltimore chapter website.  Click here  for directions to the Village Learning Place.

February 5, 2013

Critique Group Matchmaking!

Are you interested in participating in a critique group, but not sure you want to be in charge of organizing and running one? Would you like chat with fellow-writers in your geographical and/or genre area about forming a critique group that best serves your writerly needs?

If so, you’re not alone. Many of MWA’s critique groups are full, and while we love to have happy, full critique groups, we also love to have as many members belong to critique groups as want to!

MWA’s Critique Group Coordinator Barbara Westwood Diehl is here to help. Send Barbara a message at or via Facebook and include your name, the genre you’re interested in, your geographical area (or areas you wouldn’t mind travel ing to for critique group meetings), and contact information, and she’ll send you a list of others with similar interests with whom you can get in touch.

Let’s try some critique group matchmaking!