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November 14, 2014

Critique Session Set for November 25

Critique Session Set for November 25.

via Critique Session Set for November 25.

November 14, 2014

November 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Harrison Demchick

November 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Harrison Demchick.

via November 2014 speaker at the Annapolis MWA – Harrison Demchick.

November 10, 2014

MWA Baltimore Chapter November Meeting

Catch Aaron Henkin of WYPR‘s The Signal at next week’s Baltimore Chapter Meeting at Ukazoo Books in Towson. He’ll be discussing “Writing for the Ear vs. Writing for the Page.” Who’s going?

November 17, 2014
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Ukazoo Books
730 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, MD 21204

Aaron Henkin, Host, The Signal, Sr. Producer & Cultural Features Reporter, will share “Writing for the ear versus writing for the page” and “Using innovative structures to tell everyday stories in new ways”. — at the November meeting of the MWA’s Baltimore Chapter on Monday, November 17, 2014  at Ukazoo Bookstore 730 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 21204 · (410) 832-2665. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

About the speaker:
Aaron Henkin
is a co-creator and producer of “The Signal” on WYPR. His work has aired nationally on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” PRI’s “Studio 360” and “The World,” and APM’s “The Story.” Aaron is also the creator, producer and host of the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings radio series, “Tapestry of the Times.”

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For all the MWA Chapter Meeting listings,visit the MWA website.

October 4, 2014

MWA at the Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival

The MWA will be present and participating in the 8th Annual Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival. Stop by and say hello, or check out MWA President Lalita Noronha in the “Ask an Editor” panel.

For more information on the festival and program, visit the Frostburg University website.


September 25, 2014

MWA at the Baltimore Book Festival

The mid-Atlantic’s premier celebration of the literary arts, the Baltimore Book Festival, will take place at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in 2014. The festival features celebrity and local authors, readings, workshops, children’s activities, panel discussions, cookbook demonstrations, exhibitors, booksellers, live music, food and more. The Baltimore Book Festival will take place September 26-28, 2014.

The MWA’s booth will feature the work of member authors whose books will be available for sale and signings. Also stop by for a flyer announcing general submission guidelines for the MWA-sponsored writing contest. The MWA’s President and Vice President, Lalita Noronha and Holly Morse-Ellington, will also participate in the programs cited below at the City Lit Stage:

Sept 26th, 2014: City Lit Stage (12 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
Free Friday Feedback
Writers! Bring 2-3 short poems or 4-5 pages of prose (fiction or non-fiction) and receive on-the-spot feedback and suggestions on what to do next. Published authors and publishing professionals on hand include: Christine Stewart, Lalita Noronha, Holly Sneeringer and Amanda Fiore.
Check guidelines for receiving feedback.

Sept. 27, 2014: City Lit Stage (12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)
Small Court Press: The Role of Small Journals and Presses in the Career of the Fiction Writer
The panel delves into such questions as: What is the process for selecting which journals, magazines, and periodicals to submit work to? What kinds of aesthetics are encountered in small journals? How have smaller journals helped connect a single writer with larger communities of writers?
Panelists: Lalita Noronha & Rafael Alvarez

Sept. 27, 2014: City Lit Stage (2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
Making the Ordinary Extraordinary
Join Baltimore Review editors as they discuss how the most familiar places, ordinary objects, everyday events, and Average Joes can become extraordinary through the lens of the creative writer. Be inspired to write your own ordinary life into extraordinary poems and stories.
Panelists: Barbara Westwood Diehl, Kathleen Hellen, Ann Kolakowski, Holly Morse-
Ellington, Seth Sawyers, Holly Sneeringer

September 28, 2014: City Lit Stage (2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Lit & Art
Started in 2007, the Lit & Art Reading Series takes place five times a year at the Watermark Gallery near Harborplace. The program features artists who represent various literary genres combined with visual art. This festival edition is emceed by Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s “The Signal,” which takes listeners on a weekly tour of Baltimore’s cultural landscape.
Presenters: Tom Glenn, Eric D. Goodman, Nitin Jagdish, Holly Morse-Ellington, Nathan Leslie, Liz Moser, Manzar

Hope to see you there.

April 25, 2013

Workshop to Focus on Legal Issues for Writers

Contracts and taxes and copyright, oh my — these are just some of the legal issues that writers face when publishing and promoting their work. MWA’s friends Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the CityLit Project have teamed up to bring you the answers to your legal questions.

Join MdVLA President Cynthia B. Sanders, Esq. of Baltimore law firm Ober|Kaler and literary agent Laura Strachan of Strachan Literary for the workshop “Legal Issues for Writers,” Saturday, May 18 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the MdVLA offices at Union Mill, 1500 Union Avenue (Lower Level) in Baltimore.

Registration for the event is $20. For more information or to register, contact the CityLit Project at (410) 274-5691 or e-mail

March 17, 2013

Video Highlights of MWA’s First Chapter Summit

On Sunday, March 10, 2013, MWA held its first quarterly Chapter Summit, an informal luncheon where chapter officers and MWA board members gathered to discuss issues of interest and concern and to make plans for future programs and activities. MWA Publications Chair David Joyner recorded the session and has made the edited highlights available to share with MWA members and friends.

Thanks to David for recording the session and to Program Chair Louise Harris and Howard County Treasurer Janet Ruck for organizing the summit.

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November 30, 2012

Free James Scott Bell on December 4

James Scott Bell, author of the popular Plot & Structure book (as well as several thriller novels), is teaching Novel Revision: Craft a Story Readers Can’t Put Down on Tuesday, December 4 at 1 pm. It’s free. All you have to do is sign up and show up (online). You will get access to the archived material for 1 year, in case you can’t make the webinar time. He’ll cover such topics as:

  • Revising during the first draft
  • How to approach the first read-through
  • What to do about common problem areas
  • How to revise the opening
  • Tips for revising dialogue
  • and more

Register here.

September 28, 2012

MWA Author to be Featured at BBF, Black Authors & Readers ROCK Weekend

MWA member Deliah Lawrence will be signing her novel Gotta Let it Go at the Baltimore Book Festival in the Author’s Tent on Saturday, September 29 from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. Come on out and meet Deliah and the many other MWA authors who will be reading, signing, and participating! It’s at Mount Vernon Square in downtown Baltimore.

Deliah will also be participating in the 2012 – Black Authors & Readers ROCK Weekend, Friday and Saturday, October 19-20 at the Metro Points Hotel, 8500 Annapolis Road in New Carrollton. There will be a reception on Friday from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. with a vendor/author expo on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Gotta Let it Go was a finalist in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the multi-cultural fiction category. You can find out more about Deliah on her website and by following her on Facebook at Twitter at thewritepen.

June 5, 2012

Volunteers Needed for C Street Arts Festival

Volunteers are needed to staff the MWA table at the C Street Arts Festival in Laurel this Saturday, June 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Authors are invited to sell their books at the table, if they are willing to promote MWA and their fellow authors as well. For more information, e-mail MWA President Nicole Schultheis.

The C Street Arts Festival will feature readings, music, and other performances. C Street is approximately three blocks west of Route 1, and intersects Main Street in old downtown Laurel. From Main Street, turn onto B Street (just east of C) and park in the lot nearby.

Here’s the schedule of participants at the festival:

  • 10:15………..Mark B. Carp (Baltimore)
  • 10:35………..A. Jarrell Hayes (Baltimore)
  • 10:55………..David MacAleavey (The George Washington University)
  • 11:15………..Melanie Hatter (Washington Writers’ Publishing House)
  • 11:35………..Open Reading/Mike
  • 11:50 ………..Arin Greenwood (The Huffington Post)
  • 12:10………..Jessica Dotson (Baltimore)
  • 12:30………..Kathleen Hellen (Washington Writers’ Publishing House)
  • 12:50………..Ann Bracken (University of Maryland)
  • 1:10………….Open Reading/Mike
  • 1:25………….Rick Peabody (Gargoyle)
  • 1:45………….Danuta Hinc (University of Maryland)
  • 2:05………….Brandel France de Bravo (Washington Writers’ Publishing House)
  • 2:25………….Sally Rosen Kindred (“No Eden”)
  • 2:45………….Open Reading/Mike
  • 3:00………….Saundra Maley (Montgomery College)
  • 3:20………….Linda Joy Burke (Little Patuxent Review)