Archive for August, 2013

August 28, 2013

MWA Baltimore is Developing a Member Book Catalog!

The Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association is putting together a catalog of books written by MWA members. The chapter is inviting MWA members who are book authors to submit dust-cover description of their titles, as well as information on where people may purchase their books — for example, “Available on Amazon.”

This catalog will be printed and available at the table during the Baltimore Book Festival and at other literary and arts events in which the Maryland Writers’ Association is a participant.

In the future, MWA hopes to be able to offer an enhanced version of the catalog on the MWA website, with links that will allow people to buy your books through Amazon and other online vendors.

Authors may submit multiple titles, but depending on the number of submissions, MWAB reserves the right to limit entries to one title per author. So, when submitting multiple titles, please designate the titles in order of preference. Please do not send long links with random characters for the direct link to the book itself!

To be included in the catalog, send the dust-cover descriptions, genres, and how-to-buy information to chapter president Ken Gauvey at with “MWA Catalog” in the subject line. All submissions must be received by September 10. The Baltimore Chapter of the MWA will manage the layout, structure, formatting, and all other creative aspects of the catalog printing.

Also, the Baltimore Chapter is actively soliciting authors for two-hour time slots at the MWA booth at the Baltimore Book Festival on September 27-29. Authors will be able to talk about, sign, and offer their books for sale to the public. The hours of the festival are Friday and Saturday 12-8 and Sunday, 12-7. The Baltimore Chapter will not be offering any other book sale opportunities at the MWA booth outside of these two-hour signings. Authors will be expected to bring their own books, manage their own sales (including state and federal sales taxes), and remove their books when their time is completed. These time slots will go very quickly, so if you are interested, please contact chapter president Ken Gauvey at ASAP.

Just a few more examples of how the Maryland Writers’ Association supports its members!

August 19, 2013

Submissions Open for Fall Pen in Hand

Submissions are now open for the Fall 2013 issue of Pen in Hand, the MWA’s quarterly membership newsletter. The issue will be appearing in early October 2013.

Pen in Hand publishes:

  • Tips and techniques on the art, craft, and business of writing and publishing
  • How-to advice for writers
  • News items and features on upcoming events of interest to MWA members and friends (please keep the publication date of the issue in mind when submitting dated items!)
  • Interviews with noteworthy people such as MWA meeting guest speakers
  • Short-short stories and poetry

Word count ceiling: 300-400 words for features, stories, and poetry; 100 words for news items and announcements.

Payment: Your story in print. Pen in Hand acquires no rights beyond first publication.

Submission deadline: Monday, September 16, 2013. The newsletter can fill up quickly — especially the fiction, poetry, and memoir section — so don’t wait too long before submitting!

Pen in Hand reserves the right to edit for length, grammar, and spelling as appropriate. Publication will depend on factors such as timeliness, relevance, professionalism, and available space.

Submission Requirements:

  • You must be a current MWA member to be considered for publication.
  • Maryland-based literary journals, publishers, reading series, and writers’ associations are welcome to submit announcements such as calls for submissions and upcoming events.
  • Submissions should be in unformatted text and included in the body of an email message. No attachments, please.
  • Please include a brief bio.
  • If line art or halftones will accompany your submission, please specify that in your e-mail and the editor will provide formatting guidelines.
  • include “PIH” in the e-mail subject line and send to Paul Lagasse at Questions and queries are encouraged.

Please note: submissions that don’t follow these guidelines will not be considered!

Looking forward to seeing your submissions!

August 9, 2013

Fall Writing Workshops in Annapolis

This fall, The Writer’s Center is offering several one-session workshops at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, at 801 Chase Street next to Bates Middle School:

Subject and Voice: New Tips
Saturday, September 14, 2013
1:30-4:00 p. m.
Tuition: $50
Workshop Leader: Laura Oliver

(Tip One: bad choices make great stories.) Experiment with genre, subject and voice using published examples, writing exercises and lively discussion. Find the story you want to tell and learn techniques for discovering the voice in which to tell it.

Laura Oliver, M.F.A., is the author of The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers. Her essays and short stories appear in numerous regional and national periodicals such as The Washington Post, Country Living, and Glimmer Train. She has taught creative writing at the University of Maryland and currently teaches writing at St. John’s College. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her work has won numerous distinctions, including a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Fiction. Her M.F.A. is from Bennington College. More information is available at

Is It a Story or a Novel?
Saturday, October 19, 2013
10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Tuition: $40
Workshop Leader: Lynn Schwartz

The short story is not just the novel’s poor relation, nor a chapter lifted from your longer writings. The short story form is pure and magical, standing on its own with power and economy. Let’s explore what constitutes a compelling short story. Why is it different from the novel? How are characters depicted? Most of all, does the short story structure serve your narrative needs?

Lynn Schwartz’s plays have been performed in Atlanta and New York City, including the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center. Her stories have appeared in literary journals, and she has authored numerous lifestyle features. She founded the Temple Bar Literary Reading Series in New York City and received an Individual Artist Award in Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council. She is a graduate of The City College of New York, Columbia University, and The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater. She teaches fiction at St. John’s College.

How to End a Poem
Saturday, October 19, 2013
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Tuition: $60
Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson

Is there a right or wrong way to end a poem? A better way? This workshop will focus on closure — the strategies that poets have traditionally used to bring their poems to a clear, resonant conclusion. We will also discuss anti-closure — the resistance that so many contemporary poets feel toward poems that “click shut.” Bring a poem of your own and get feedback on your approach. Open to poets at all levels.

Sue Ellen Thompson is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Golden Hour (2006), and the editor of The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. Her work has been included in the Best American Poetry series, read on NPR by Garrison Keillor, and featured in U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s nationally-syndicated newspaper column. She taught at Wesleyan University, Middlebury College, State University of New York at Binghamton, and Central Connecticut State University before moving to the Eastern Shore in 2006. She was awarded the 2010 Maryland Author Prize from the Maryland Library Association.

All About Tone
Saturday, November 16, 2013
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Tuition: $60
Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson

Robert Frost said, “It’s tone I’m in love with; that’s what poetry is, tone.” The ability to control tone in a poem is what makes the poet credible and his or her intention clear. But tone has not always been easy to define, let alone control. In this workshop we will attempt to distinguish tone from voice, style, and mood. We will explore what contributes to a poem’s tone and how these elements can be used to convey attitude and emotion.

What Sounds Effects Can Do for Your Poems
Saturday, December 7, 2013
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Tuition: $60
Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson

Assonance, consonance, internal rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia — there are countless ways to underscore meaning in your poems by paying more attention to the way words sound. In this workshop we will look at the emotions associated with certain vowel and consonant sounds and how other poets have used various “sound effects” to make their poems more musical as well as meaningful. We will also examine the difference between strategies involving sound that work and those that are merely clever.

If you have any questions or need more information about the classes, contact Sunil Freeman, Assistant Director of The Writer’s Center, at (301) 654-8664 x204 or at