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February 3, 2015

MWA Carroll County Chapter Meeting

February 07, 2015
1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
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Finksburg Branch Library
2265 Old Westminster Pike
Finksburg, MD 21048
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Author & Editor Ally Machate coming to Finksburg Library

You’ve experienced the satisfaction of producing a quality piece of writing, but now what? Find out who really decides what gets published, how to approach them without getting the proverbial door slammed in your face, and what these gatekeepers expect from you! Includes tips that will make your pitches, queries, and proposals more effective!

Biography
Ally E. Machate is a bestselling book collaborator, award-winning editor, and expert publishing consultant who loves using her insider knowledge of the publishing industry and wealth of experience to help others reach their publishing goals. Since 1999, she has assisted, guided, and supported up-and-coming authors on their publishing journey. Grab Ally’s free gifts and learn more at www.thewritersally.com and http://www.allymachate.com.

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January 21, 2015

MWA St. Mary’s County Chapter Meeting

January 27, 2015
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Lexington Park Library, Meeting Room A
21677 FDR Blvd.
Lexington Park, MD 20653
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MWA St. Mary’s Chapter Critique Group back by popular demand!

Tuesday, January 27, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.@ the Lexington Park Library

Bring up to 5 pages of original work, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman

January 13, 2015

MWA Montgomery County Chapter February Meeting

February 11, 2015
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Mid-County Community Recreation Center
2004 Queensguard Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906
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 “I think this one is doing Kickstarter right…” Neil Gaiman

February Chapter Meeting with Michael C. Dougherty:
Crowdfunding: What it is and how to use it to bankroll your next writing project

Are you looking to finance your writing project with someone else’s money? As writers, we drain our personal funds to attend literary conferences, print manuscript copies and books, pay for editing, and survive while we wait for that avalanche of acceptance letters and royalty checks.  Crowdfunding changes how creative people launch ideas, raise funds, and find supporters (and fans!!!). This new and exciting way to raise funds over the Internet is making its way into the writing community. Can you afford to miss this presentation?

At the February meeting of the Montgomery County Chapter, Michael C. Dougherty presents “Crowdfunding: What it is and how to use it.” Michael will share with us:

– An introduction to crowdfunding

– The differences between the Kickstarter and Indiegogo platforms

– How to set up a crowdfunding campaign

– How to choose rewards/perks

– How to market a campaign

– How to go from launch to a successful campaign in 30 days

Michael will devote the second half of his presentation to Q&A. So please come prepared to take full advantage of this awesome opportunity to consult with a crowdfunding specialist. If you have or are thinking about starting a campaign for your book or book idea, bring your questions and campaign plans, and Michael will review them to show us how we, too, might enjoy crowdfunding success.

About the Speaker

Michael C. Dougherty is an author and filmmaker who has run three successful crowdfunding campaigns that have exceeded his goals. He is also a crowdfunding consultant, helping others reach or exceed their campaign targets. He has launched a popular blog and podcast about crowdfunding called “Your Crowdfunding Sucks,” which you can find at his website, http://www.yourcrowdfundingsucks.com.

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Location: Mid-County Community Recreation Center / 2004 Queensguard Road / Silver Spring MD 20906

Directions: ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into parking lot

Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot

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
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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.

November 7, 2014

MWA 2014 Literary Contest up & open!

The MWA 2014 Literary Contest is now open–to members & non-members alike. And what’s better than winning money? Winners will also be considered for publication by Apprentice House Press! For guidelines and information, visit the MWA Contest Page.

October 22, 2014

New Maryland Art Martketplace Open for Artists

In advance of launching its new Maryland Art Marketplace, the MSAC is inviting Maryland artists of all disciplines to sign-up for the Maryland Artist Registry, and encouraging those with online selling sites for their art, crafts or artistic merchandise to opt-in to the Maryland Art Marketplace during the process.

Once launched later this fall, the Maryland Art Marketplace will be promoted by the Arts Council and its partners as a hub for Maryland-made art—including books, music and visual art—that is available for purchase online.

To read more, visit the MSAC 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.

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October 4, 2014

Annual Literary Contest

The annual literary contest is in the works–check back for more details on dates and submission guidelines!

MWA  Literary Contest Flyer

September 25, 2014

Open Board Position: Critique Group Coordinator

The MWA has an open board position for Critique Group Coordinator. The position is responsible for communication to group leaders and would be the lead contact for members seeking critique groups in the genre of their choice. If interested, please email a short bio to info@marylandwriters.org.