Hello writers! Just a quick note — please update your calendars. Our May meeting has been rescheduled from Thursday May 15th to TUESDAY May 20th, and we will be meeting in Meeting Room B (we normally meet in A). Please do make a note of it!
Many local poets will have their poems on display at the North End Gallery in Leonardtown during April’s First Friday event on April 4th. Many of the poems were chosen by local artists as inspiration for work that will also be hung during the month of April. Come out on Friday from 5-8 to meet the artists and poets, and to hear readings of many of the poems.
This is a great chance to enjoy the First Friday celebration as well — it might be the first springlike Friday we’ve had!
A query Letter is a formal letter sent to magazine editors, literary agents and publishing houses or companies. Learn how to propose your writing ideas with the following information:
- The topic of the work
- A short description of the plot
- A short bio of the author
- Identifying the target audience
Please take a moment to print, post, and share the flyer to get the word out. Thank you!
Did you know the Maryland Writers’ Conference is only 30 days away? On April 26th, we have a wonderful line up of local talent with fresh ideas and insider tips.
Our conference committee has been working hard to make this event unforgettable and instrumental for your writing career, no matter what kind of writing you do.
You can learn more here: http://marylandwriters.org/content.php?page=2014_Conference
Please spread the word!
Conference Hashtag: #MDWriters2014
Find us on Twitter: @MarylandWriters
March’s meeting was our first “Open Mic” night, and it was a huge success! We had a big group of writers come out to share their work and support each other. We heard from poets, bloggers, novelists, short story authors and non-fiction writers, and had a really good time learning more about each other and what we’re all working on.
Each writer had four minutes to share whatever they wanted to share, and it was a great time.
If you missed it, never fear! We’ll have “Open Mic” night twice a year, so we’ll do another one in August!
Join us in February for a hands-on and engaging session with Michael Glaser, former Poet Laureate of Maryland and professor emeritus at St. Mary’s College. Glaser will help writers from all areas discover the key to finding a powerful voice.
We’ll be meeting at 6:30 at the Lexington Park Library. There will be a door prize and snacks!
More about Michael Glaser: www.michaelsglaser.com
We hope everyone’s had a good holiday break. Maybe gotten enough free time to get some writing done!
Please be sure to join us in January (the 23rd at 6:30 at the Lexington Park Library). Tim Moraca, our VP and a current MFA in creative writing candidate, is going to lead a writer’s workshop to help writers of all levels and interests tap into their creativity. Come by for some fun hands-on writing activities — and remember that sharing is optional. We know that writing can be very personal and you’ll never be forced to share your work. That said, we do love to hear what everyone is working on!
See you there!
Thanks to local member, Fred Ruark for letting us know that this Saturday, November 16th, there’ll be a gathering of local writers at Coffee Quarter in San Souci Plaza from noon until 6pm.
In December, member Tracey Pintell Quade will lead us in a workshop about mind mapping for writers.
Not familiar with mind mapping? Mind mapping is a visual way to extract and organize information from your mind. Have an idea for a story, but aren’t quite sure how to formulate it into a complete tale? Try a mind map. There’s plenty of information at http://www.mindmapping.com if you want a sneak peek, but please do plan to join us in December to try mind mapping for yourself!
Check out the latest issue of the MWA’s newsletter – Keyboard in Hand. St. Mary’s Chapter President, Nancy Smay, joined Annapolis Chapter Program Chair, David Joyner, to write a piece to help authors develop a “log line” for their novels. What’s a log line? Good question! Go read the article!