Archive for May, 2014

May 14, 2014

Save the Date! MWA Annual Meeting and Elections

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Maryland Writers’ Association will be Saturday, June 21 from 1-3 at the Leonardtown branch library, 23250 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Our thanks to the  St. Mary’s Chapter for hosting the event!

At the meeting, we will:

  • Tally the votes and announce the slate of officers for the 2014-2016 Board of Directors. (Slate to be announced soon!)
  • Vote to change the bylaws from a fixed membership year (currently July 1-June 30 for all members) to a rolling membership year (i.e., starting on the date that a person joins).
  • Welcome the Summer Solstice — and the new board, of course — with light refreshments, hors d’ouerves, and socializing.
  • Perhaps we’ll have a speaker too! UPDATE: We’re pleased to announce that past MWA president and current mystery/thriller writer Austin Camacho will be the speaker at the Annual Meeting!

Keep an eye on Keyboard in Hand, Facebook, and the website for more details. In the meantime, please circle the date on your calendar and come on down to St. Mary’s County to celebrate with us!

For directions to the Leonardtown branch library, click here.

Hope to see you there!

May 5, 2014

Call for Nominations: MWA Board of Directors

Calling all MWA members:

Would you like to get more involved with the MWA? Would you like to help make decisions that will set the direction of the organization for the future? This is your chance!

2014-2016 Board of Directors Election — Call for Nominations

Monday, May 5 through Friday, May 23

Nomination instructions are at the end of this e-mail.

Serving on the MWA board is a terrific way for aspiring, emerging, and established writers and editors to make your voices heard while making valuable connections that will help you throughout your careers.

We’re looking for candidates for the following elected positions (two-year terms, serving July 1, 2014-June 30, 2016):

  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Program Chair
  • Membership Chair
  • Communications Chair
  • Conference Chair
  • Publications Chair
  • Long-Range Planning Chair
  • Member-at-Large

We’re also looking for people who are interested in serving in the following appointed positions (also two-year terms):

  • Critique Group Coordinator
  • Contest Coordinator
  • Teen Writers’ Club Coordinator
  • Webmaster

Serving on the MWA board is a commitment of time and energy, but it is not an onerous one! Most board members find they spend only a few hours a month on MWA business in addition to board meetings.

Board members are expected to attend regular meetings either in person or remotely via conference call. The schedule and details will be worked out by the new board when they take office on July 1. Outside of the board meetings, the officers remain in touch through a board-only Yahoo group. Board members must be current MWA members.

To nominate yourself or a fellow MWA member, please send an e-mail to with the sublect line “Nominations.” Include your name and the name of the position you are interested in being considered for, a brief bio, and a statememnt about why you are interested in the position. The Nominating Committee will then be in touch.

Nominations will close Friday, May 23. Look for details about online voting and the 2014 Annual Meeting, at which the election results will be announced, later this week!