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February 19, 2020 at Annapolis MWA: Storytelling Through Your Personal Ancestry

In recognition of Black History Month, the Maryland Writers’ Association invites you to walk with us through the journey of guest speaker Elayne Bond Hyman who, while researching her ancestral roots, has felt compelled to write the novel They Came Across South Mountain. With a story grounded in Maryland history... Continue reading ...

March 18, 2020 at Annapolis MWA: Writers Block Workshop

Are you feeling frozen inside? Stuck in your head? Locked-up and, therefore, unable to write? Do you have a story idea coming to mind, but something is thwarting the starting process? Are you starting to feeling discouraged, demoralized, inadequate? Most writers will agree they have suffered through the creative agony... Continue reading ...

Non-Chapter Event: The Importance of Names by Andrew McDowell

Chapter Secretary, Andrew McDowell, will be the guest speaker at the Baltimore chapter. He will be presenting his topic, The Importance of Names, on February 27, 2020, at 9836 Greenside Dr, Cockeysville, MD 21030-5006. If you missed this presentation when he spoke at the Annapolis chapter meeting, here is your... Continue reading ...

NaNoWriMo Book on Sale

The book that started the National Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) phenomenon, No Plot? No Problem!, is on sale for $1.99. Whether you have ever attempted to write a novel in a month, successfully done so, or never even thought to try such a thing, this is a book worth reading. Continue reading ...

Report: Connecting Your Readers To Your Protagonist(s)

Ted Weber gave an excellent presentation about character development and its impact on plot. For more information on Ted and his writing, please visit www.tcweber.com. You can download a free copy of the character sheet used in the presentation as a Word document / PDF Format or download his Power... Continue reading ...

2020 MWA Annual Conference

From Brain to Bookshelf 2020 Register Now Where you can develop the craft and community network to take your writing vision from Brain to Bookshelf. Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29, 2020 College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center Featuring workshops, agent panels, pitch and critique opportunities and master... Continue reading ...

Report: Donald Maass Workshop

The Donald Maass Workshop, held yesterday at the Hilton Hotel BWI, was a rousing success. The hundreds of writers in attendance were treated to a no-nonsense, practical guide to deepening the emotional impact of story. Mr. Maass was an engaging speaker and the event was both well-planned and well-executed. The... Continue reading ...

January 15, 2020 at Annapolis MWA: Fast Drafting For The Not So Speedy Writer

Fast-drafting is a skill many writers will have to use at some point in their careers. It could for a deadline, or NaNoWriMo, or even utilized as a final push to get a stubborn idea fully on the page. In any case, fast drafting is a skill worth developing. We’ll... Continue reading ...

Report: Collaborating With Your Inner Child

Our chapter president, Becky Shiles, presented a series of games and tools designed to break through writers’ block and open up new avenues for creativity in your writing. Attendees worked en masse and in groups to brainstorm story ideas aided by story dice and cards. The room was filled with... Continue reading ...

December 18, 2019 at Annapolis MWA: Open Mic Night! Always A Crowd Favorite

The Annapolis Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) presents Open Mic Night! Well, technically, we don’t have an actual microphone, so bring your big, room-filling speaking voice. This is your chance to read your published, unpublished, finished, or in-progress poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc. in front of a friendly group... Continue reading ...

November 20, 2019 at Annapolis MWA: The Devil Is In The Details

The Maryland Writers’ Association is hosting a discussion titled The Devil Is In The Details, presented by award-winning historical novelist, Lucia St. Clair Robson. We’ll discuss finding the “sweet spot” between too much detail and too little, which is especially important when writing historical fiction. Other topics include the origin... Continue reading ...

October 16, 2019 at Annapolis MWA: Connecting Your Readers To Your Protagonist(s)

Characters are an important part of creative fictional story telling—often the most important. It’s through the protagonist(s) that the reader connects to the story. In this interactive presentation, we’ll discuss character arcs, how to tie them into the plot, and how to flesh out your imaginary characters so they feel... Continue reading ...

October 12 – Donald Maass Workshop 2019

Register Here Maryland Writers’ Association is pleased to offer an all-day workshop with Donald Maass on The Emotional Craft of Fiction. The workshop will be held at the Hilton BWI, on October 12, 2019 from 9 am to 5 pm. MWA Member Registration NOW OPEN: $99General Registration (available August 1):... Continue reading ...

September 18, 2019 at Annapolis MWA: Collaborating With Your Inner Child

Wouldn’t it be great if writing were fun again? Imagine the possibilities if you didn’t have to fight so hard to come up with fresh, new ideas or gain a new perspective. Let us teach you how to hack your own brain and give you tools that will entice your... Continue reading ...

August 21, 2019 at Annapolis MWA: Based on a True Story

Based On A True Story: How To Create Your Fictional Plot and Characters Sometimes, real life whisks us away into situations that later become a source of inspiration for compelling fiction novels. Tom Glenn has lived through a lot. His critically acclaimed novels and short stories include stories of war,... Continue reading ...

July 17, 2019 at MWA Annapolis: Overlapping Fundamentals, An Interview With A Playwright

Dylan Roche’s professional background as a teacher, journalist and editor, published novelist, as well as actor and director brings a well-rounded perspective on his experiences as a playwright. This interactive and lively presentation will be focused on the differences and similarities playwriting has with other types of writing. Dylan will... Continue reading ...

June 19, 2019 at Annapolis MWA: What is Artifact Literature?

Prose is written in a series of paragraphs. Poems, in a series of lines, stanzas. But is that it? Not if writers have anything to say about it. In the last ten years, great works of literature have been told via lists, Power Points, tweet storms, hotel reviews, recommendation letters, emails, YouTube... Continue reading ...

May 15, 2019 at MWA Annapolis Chapter: Susan Cohen’s Point of View Workshop

Imagine a scene, any scene, ordinary or extraordinary. Perhaps it is a quiet moment at the local supermarket when a toddler in a shopping cart grabs a glass ketchup bottle while the parents aren’t watching.  The bottle smashes to the floor and the child begins to cry and the parents... Continue reading ...

April 17, 2019 at MWA Annapolis: Pitching your Story to Agents and Publishers

Join us and Speaker Mary Stojak, April 17, 2019 at 7pm  to learn more about writing a pitch? What information should you include in a query letter? What about a synopsis? Long time MWA member, Mary Stojak will provide insight into the query letter that will make an agent or publisher want... Continue reading ...

March at MWAA: Shaping the Story of You: From Memories to Memoir

March 20th at 7pm join us and speaker Susan Moger as she will give the presentation “Shaping the Story of You: From Memories to Memoir”.  If you are writing to release your memories, distill their meaning, and shape them into stories, this can be the most surprising and meaningful writing... Continue reading ...

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