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(Zoom) June 15, 2022 – Expressive Writing as a Source for Healing and Personal Growth

Join us to learn about the physical and emotional benefits of expressive writing. This practice is gaining acceptance as a therapeutic tool in a variety of settings, including veterans’ centers, prisons, hospitals, and residential treatment facilities for substance use addictions. Participants will get to experience some of these benefits themselves... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) May 18, 2022 – Take Your Writing To The Next Level With Flash Fiction And Flash Memoir

Join story development editor Lynn Auld Schwartz to discover how flash fiction and flash memoir (6 -1,000 words) result in big impact writing. When crafted well, these little gems can take a reader’s breath away, exposing unexpected truths and insights. Many literary magazines look for quality work in this genre,... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) March 23, 2022 – The History of Mysteries

Join seasoned mystery author Flo McCahon as she presents The History of Mysteries. Starting with the writings of Maryland author Edgar Allan Poe, Flo will guide participants through the development of the genre to the present day. In addition to examining the craft of mysteries, she will also highlight Maryland’s... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) February 16, 2022 – Poetswords: Choosing the Right Word

Words, Words, Words: We are all wordsmiths. Whether we’re writing fiction, nonfiction or poetry, we strive to find just the right word. In this workshop, we will look at the etymology, sound, meanings, and associations of a number of words using excerpts from multiple genres. Then we will look at... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) April 20, 2022 – Behind-The-Scenes Discussion on the Business of Publishing

Join us! Sara Megibow is a literary agent who has worked in publishing since 2006 and is passionate about the data analysis that drives profit strategy for authors. We’ll talk about how book formats, distribution, subsidiary rights and publicity drive profit in traditional publishing. And we’ll tailor it for today’s... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) January 19, 2021 – So you published a book. Now what?

Publishing a book is no small feat. However, it’s only the beginning from a marketing and publicity standpoint. Sadly, many authors only receive minimal support in these areas from their publishing houses or PR firms, so we must all advocate for ourselves. Longtime publicist and communications professional, Lauren Burke Meyer,... Continue reading ...

Video – Flipping Conflicts into Conversations with Jeanine Hull

For most writers, there is a great deal of research involved in their craft. Many become experts on topics covered in their writing, and some write about subjects they are already well-versed in. Covering complex topics can be a daunting task and harnessing information into an easy-to-read format can be a chore within... Continue reading ...

Video – Memorable Songwriting with Edward Sparks

Original Meeting Date: May 19, 2021 Memorable songs don’t write themselves. This week, Edward Sparks, talented musician, songwriter, and maker of fine instruments, will talk about the art of writing songs that speak to the heart. A lot of songs have great instrumentation, musical hooks, vocals, and harmonies, but the... Continue reading ...

Video – Mapping the Territory with Jean Diehl

Original Meeting Date: August 18, 2021 At the heart of a novel are essential questions, emotions, and relationships that a writer may be drawn to – consciously or unconsciously – to explore over the course of more than one story. The writer’s territory is a place you have to draw... Continue reading ...

Video – Dynamic dialogue: A writer’s guide with Shelly Desjarlais

Original Meeting Date: July 21, 2021 Dialogue can be one of the trickiest components to any piece. It can easily become stilted, jumbled, or just plain boring. How can we add a decent flow and a touch of zing to our characters’ conversations? Shelly Desjarlais has a few tips and... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) December 15, 2021 – Open Mic Night

The Annapolis Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) presents Open Mic Night! This is your chance to read your published, unpublished, finished, or in-progress poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc. in front of a friendly group of supportive people. This is always a crowd favorite, so be a part of the... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) November 17, 2021 – Is Your Writing Mojo MIA?

There’s a lot going on in the world right now, and your work in progress—the one you obsessed about in the before time—has come to a halt. In this practical, participatory workshop, publishing and writing experts Valarie Austin and Katherine Pickett share innovative tools and techniques to help you restart... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) October 20, 2021 – Creating from Wounds: A Generative Workshop with Meg Eden

Want to generate some new poems? In this workshop, Meg Eden, author of Drowning in the Floating World will share some poems from her latest collection, dissecting her process and leading interactive prompts on topics such as the natural object, form and personification. Participants will also receive resources to continue... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) September 22, 2021 – Flipping Conflicts into Conversations with Jeanine Hull

*** PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE *** For most writers, there is a great deal of research involved in their craft. Many become experts on topics covered in their writing, and some write about subjects they are already well-versed in. Covering complex topics can be a daunting task and harnessing information into an easy-to-read... Continue reading ...

MWA is Looking for a Few Wonderful Workshops

Are you ready to wow audiences with your expertise in the craft of writing, the development of a genre, the business of writing or another writing topic? MWA is now taking workshop applications for Brain to Bookshelf 2021, our annual conference, being held on October 16-17, at the Hilton Hotel... Continue reading ...

MWA Annual Brain to Bookshelf Conference

October 16, 2021 9:00 AM to October 17, 2021 5:00 PM Baltimore Hilton of BWI1739 W Nursery Rd.Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 Save the date – details coming soon Continue reading ...

A Conversation with KidLit Authors

May 08, 20212:00 PM – 3:30 PM From board books to young adult, big press to small press, indie to work for hire to traditional publishing, the world of children’s literature is as vibrant and varied as the kids and teens who read it. Join us as a lively panel... Continue reading ...

MWA Is Seeking Teen Writing Club Leaders!

Interested in giving back to the community and nurturing young writers? The MWA Teen Writing Program is seeking new club leaders around the state. Our teen clubs bring together young writers, typically ages twelve to eighteen, in a supportive, collaborative atmosphere. Club leaders guide teens on the craft of creative... Continue reading ...

Accepting Submissions for MWA Newsletter Summer 2021

DEADLINE: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 You and your chapter members are welcome to send your news and articles for possible inclusion in our newsletter. We appreciate reviews of books on writing, how-to advice, interviews with writers or guest speakers, member profiles, member surveys, and other subjects of interest to writers... Continue reading ...

(Zoom) August 18, 2021 – Mapping the Territory with Jean Diehl

At the heart of a novel are essential questions, emotions, and relationships that a writer may be drawn to – consciously or unconsciously – to explore over the course of more than one story. The writer’s territory is a place you have to draw your own map for. Award-winning author... Continue reading ...

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