August Meeting Announcement!

As the summer draws to a close, its time to get our mind back on business. And what better way to get back to business than by getting our author bios in order? A professional biography is critical when applying for contests, publishing in journals, querying editors and posting on a variety of media sites.

Career counselor and MWA Vice-President Carolee Noury will lead a talk and workshop on crafting your professional writer’s biography. A well-written biography will sell you and your work to agents, editors, readers, and reviewers; Ms. Noury will show you how to prepare a biography that makes your audience notice and remember you. Learn about what to include, even if you feel like you don’t have any worthwhile experience, and how to get the kind of experience that you can include in your biography. During the workshop portion of the meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to identify the components of their own winning bios. So be sure to bring pens and paper, computer, or tablet with you, and your writer’s resume if you have one.

About the speaker:

Carolee Noury earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling at George Washington University and practices career counseling in Rockville. She is the Vice President of the Maryland Writers’ Association and Secretary of the MWA’s Montgomery chapter. Ms. Noury has completed courses in creative and business writing and is currently working on her first young adult novel, tentatively titled Favored. She enjoys reading stories with strong characters and layers of adventure. She also loves anything worthy of recording in her collection of notebooks — character name inspirations, weird (and often true) moments, story ideas, and funny conversations.

Learn more about Ms. Noury at her blog and follow her on Facebook. Her article “Tips on Applying Servant Leadership to the Workplace” appeared in the May 2013 issue of Voice of Leadership magazine, and her article “Living in the Procrasti-Nation?” appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Keyboard in Hand.

For more information about the meeting, visit the Howard County Chapter website.

When: Thursday, August 22, 6:30pm
Where: Lexington Park Library