July Chapter Meeting

Come and join us on Thursday, July 24 at the LeoTrish Colenardtown Library (6:30-8:00 pm) as Trish Cole takes us through her process, speaks on character motivation, and guides us through a writing exercise.

Trish Cole is a tomboy poet and playwright whose work often explores the intersect of social construct, gender, and identity. Her stage plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, and regionally in Maryland where she is the recipient of the Maryland Community Theatre Festival’s 2013 Outstanding Original Play Script and the 2010 Excellence in Original Script Award. In 2011, Trish was a Bakeless Literary Prize finalist for her manuscript of narrative shorts titled Taking the Auspices. Trish is currently an adjunct instructor of English at the College of Southern Maryland. Her website can be found at www.trishcole.net.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests (so bring a friend, or two, or three!)  All others may pay $5.00.  Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance.  For more information please visit www.marylandwriters.org

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A Writing Un-Conference

Writing conferences crop up all over the place every year. Most cover a lot of the same material — how to query, how to approach an agent, how to build a platform. A few focus more specifically on craft. Here’s one that sounds fully craft-driven, and actually offers time for writing!

The Writer Unboxed Un-Conference

The Writer Unboxed Un-Conference will kick off on Monday, November 3rd in Salem, Massachusetts, and span the week, culminating in a full-day workshop by Donald Maass on Friday, November 7th, and a cocktail party hosted by the Salem Literary Festival. Sessions will take place in The House of the Seven Gables Visitors Center, the Hawthorne Hotel’s Library and Ballroom, and–for those who want to write–space in one of the oldest membership libraries in the country, The Salem Athenaeum.

Write On! Local Writing Contest

Comment/question posted from Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) site:

Name: Jason Margolies

Email: jason.margolies@loudoun.gov

Phone: 703-737-8100 ext 4

Comment: Dear Writers:

Loudoun County Public Library would like to invite you to participate in our first annual short story contest for adults ages 19 and up. Write On! is currently accepting entries, and we would love to have yours.
Through August 11th, you can enter a short story of 2,500 words or less in any genre you choose. Cash prizes will be awarded!

You can find the submission guidelines, as well as FAQs, writing websites, and writing apps on the library’s own website, library.loudoun.gov/writeon. You can also find out the remaining dates of writing workshops taking place at the different branches… that is, if you have not already taken advantage of these free classes!

We are very excited for the finale of the contest, which will take place at Rust Library in Leesburg on September 14th , 2014, 2:00 pm, and will feature Carla Buckley, author of The Deepest Secret, Invisible : A Novel, and The Things That Keep Us Here.

Please contact any one of our eight branches if you have any questions about Write On!

Thank you for your attention and we hope to be reading your entry soon!

A Couple Writing Contests

Hey writers:

If you’re looking for some acknowledgement of all your hard work, why not enter a contest? Here are a couple to look at for starters:

The Rattle Poetry Prize – Grand prize of $5000 for one unpublished poem.

The Bard Fiction Prize - The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to a promising, emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to the monetary award, the winner receives an appointment as writer in residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students.


Meeting Recap and Election Results!

Last night’s Open Mic Night was a great success. We heard a variety of work from members, ranging from poetry and fiction to memoir and essay. We shared great feedback and learned from one another. As the outgoing president, I’ll throw out there that I’m thrilled to have ended my term on what I considered to be a high note. THIS is what the MWA is about — supporting and sharing, networking and improving!

We also collected ballots to approve the officer slate for 2014-15, and gathered feedback through a survey to help determine what kinds of programming we might feature locally going forward. Lastly, we offered some small tokens of appreciation to those members who have attended most regularly and to incoming officers, as a celebration of our first successful year here in St. Mary’s County.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming our new officers:

President – Lisa LaPaglia

VP – Wendy Kibler

Secretary/Treasurer – Nancy Smay

Wendy and Lisa will be splitting the responsibilities for planning and opening meetings, essentially acting in a co-president capacity. They are already planning lots of great things for the upcoming months!

Thanks so much for a great year, and here’s to another!


Officer Positions

Local writers, it’s time to elect new chapter officers! The current board positions are up for re-election.

Please look over the descriptions below and get in touch if you have interest in learning more! Don’t forget that holding a board position with your local MWA chapter is an excellent resume boost and a great way to gain experience in an area you like to know more about! (Event planning? Budget management? Social Media Marketing?)

Here are the basic officer descriptions:

President -

The President shall: preside at general, special, and officer meetings; delegate and direct ongoing projects of the chapter; fill by appointment any vacancies in office that may occur (said appointee to serve until the next election) ; serve as ex-officio member on all committees; prepare and give monthly and annual reports to the State Board, to include highlights of the year’s activities, reports from all officers; accomplishments and suggestions for the future; and perform such other duties as are beneficial to the chapter. The President sets the tone and direction for the chapter, promoting the programs and services most likely to help the organization grow and strengthen.

Vice President -

The Vice President shall: preside at meetings in the absence or disability of the President and shall perform all regular duties of the President in such instances; perform such duties as the President or chapter officers shall prescribe; perform as leader/liaison for committees dealing with chapter activities; contribute to monthly and annual reports for presentation to members and the State Board; and assume the office of President in the event of resignation, expulsion, or disability of the President.

Secretary -

The Secretary shall: maintain a record of general, special, and officer meetings of the chapter and distribute the minutes to the State Board for inclusion in Pen In Hand; assist in running chapter meetings, potentially including staffing a sign-in table, providing name tags, and monitoring sign-in sheets, and generating such correspondence as authorized by the chapter officers.

Treasurer -

The Treasurer shall: account for all funds of the chapter; deposit funds in a bank approved by the officers; pay expenses and debts incurred by the chapter, advise the chapter officers on financial decisions and control of expenses, prepare a financial report upon request and submit an annual financial report for presentation to the membership and the State Board.

May’s Meeting – Find a Market for Your Work!

EVENT (1) Come out in May to learn to use Duotrope and WritersMarket.com to find markets to sell your writing! Poetry, prose, fiction, and memoir will all find a place in this hands-on discussion and demonstration. Get the information you need to continue using these tools on your own, and find a market for your work!

We’ll be at the Lexington Park Library, meeting room B at 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 20th.