MWA Annual Meeting and Young Adult Author Wendy Higgins at Montgomery Chapter June Meeting

by Carolee Noury, MWA Vice President

The MWA Montgomery Chapter invites you to our June session for the annual MWA Meeting. MWA President Paul Lagasse will provide updates on what the board has been up to and will answer your questions. Immediately following the annual meeting, there will be a presentation by Virginia author Wendy Higgins.

Wendy Higgins, author of the Sweet Trilogy: Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, and the forthcoming Sweet Reckoning, will share her journey to publishing with one of the “Big Six” publishers — including some surprises she encountered along the way — at the June meeting of the MWA’s Montgomery County Chapter on Saturday, June 1, 2013, in Room PE 116 in the Physical Education Building on the Rockville campus of Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee Street, in Rockville .

The title of Ms. Higgins’ presentation is “An Untraditional Path to Traditional Publishing.” She was discovered by HarperCollins/HarperTeen in an unconventional way the summer of 2010. While searching for possible critique partners online, she stumbled across the now defunct teen writing site, Inkpop, owned by HarperCollins.

Not only did she meet writers who would eventually become trusted critique partners, but it was this website that led to networking for her first agent, and catching the eye of Alyson Day, an editor at Harper who brought her debut novel to acquisitions. Nearly all of Ms. Higgins’ journey has taken place via the world wide web, including her own massive self-marketing efforts, which have surpassed her dreams and expectations.

Guests are asked to please park in student parking as designated by the white lines.

About the speaker:

After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy Higgins taught high school English until she became a mother. Writing Young Adult (YA) stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before adulthood. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Evil was her debut novel. Visit her on the web at Wendy Higgins Writes

For more information about the meeting, visit the Montgomery County Chapter website. Click here for directions to the Physical Education Building of Montgomery College’s Rockville campus.

Meeting Schedule:

10:00 Welcome and introductions
10:10 Chapter Announcements
10:20 MWA Updates from President Paul Lagasse
10:40 Guest Speaker Wendy Higgins
11:40 Book Signing, Networking
12:00 Adjournment

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