Membership Cards to be issued at August Meeting

MEMBERSHIP CARDS issued in August! All paid members will receive a membership punch card. Each time you attend a SMC chapter meeting, your card will be hole-punched. Members who receive a minimum of six punches over the course of the membership year will be awarded a writing journal or book. You can attend meetings, writer critique groups (in-person and online), or social events to get your membership card punched.

Chapter Logo Design Contest!

Enter our LOGO DESIGN CONTEST! Members are encouraged to design a logo (suitable for use on all print and virtual media) customized for our local chapter. The creator of the winning logo will be awarded a prize, and will receive recognition for their graphic design endeavor on our Facebook page and our web site. E-mail Wendy Kibler to enter our logo contest. All logo entries are due no later than August 30, 2014.

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.