Archive for ‘Member Opportunities’

August 26, 2014

MWA Montgomery Chapter Monthly Meeting


September 06, 2014
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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The Episcopal Church of the Ascension
205 South Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Local author Tom Glenn will share his tips on the mechanics of fiction writing—formatting, copy editing, and developing crisp dialogue—when he presents “The Forgotten Discipline: Fiction Craftsmanship” at the September meeting of the MWA Montgomery County Chapter. Mr. Glenn’s presentation focuses on the craftsmanship required to get published, and he will answer any related questions from the audience.

About the Speaker:
Tom Glenn has been writing fiction all his life, drawing from a plethora of experiences. He has worked as an intelligence operative in Vietnam, a musician, and a cryptologist. With a doctorate in Public Administration, he toured the country training federal executives. Seventeen of his short stories and two novels are now published, including the novels Friendly Casualties and No-Accounts.

Location and Directions:
Join us Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 205 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, in the white chapel. Just follow the signs. You can find directions to the church here.


MWA chapter meetings are open to the public and are free to MWA members and first-time guests. Returning non-members will be asked to pay $5. Non-members wishing to join MWA may do so at meetings or here.



August 26, 2014

Call for MWA Open Board Chairs

The Maryland Writers’ Association Board has the following Chairs currently open:

Communications Chair: The Communications Chair is responsible for publicizing MWA activities to members and to the public, for initiating and responding to media requests, using such communications tools as the Board may direct.

Conference Chair: The Conference Chair is responsible for all aspects of planning and carrying out the Annual Writers’ Conference, if one is held.  If there is no Annual Writers’ Conference, the Conference Chair may be given other responsibilities.

These volunteer positions greatly influence other writers and help us foster a strong literary community. If you are interested in either of these positions, please email a bio with some notes about your experience in the particular position to

March 30, 2014

Register to Win a Free MWC Pitch Session

Have you been thinking about registering for the 2014 Maryland Writers’ Conference but haven’t gotten around to it yet?

You can register here right now.

Now is the time—anyone who registers for the conference between March 30th and April 5th will be entered into a random drawing for a free practice pitch session with the MWC agent of your choice!

A hearty MWA thank you to member Charles Evans for donating the session for this drawing!

For a bonus entry, share this with your Twitter connections by referencing @MarylandWriters !

Or click here for a tweet that is ready to go! (Limit of one extra entry per person; but please tweet as often as you’d like to! See more Fine Print below.)

Maryland Writers’ Conference Hashtag:
#MDWriters 2014

The winner will be notified by email on April 6. (Winner will also be announced on our Twitter and Facebook feeds.)

Fine Print: The free pitch session cannot be used as a refund for a previously purchased session. It can only be used for a new session. We’ll do our best to schedule you for the time you prefer, but sessions are selling quickly. If you don’t want to use it, let us know and we’ll give it to the second runner up.

See you at the conference!

Carolee Noury, Vice President/Acting Treasurer
Maryland Writers’ Association

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!