Guest Speaker Set for July 27 in Leonardtown

MWA July 2015 Flyer Davis


New President of St. Mary’s County MWA Chapter!

A Note From Your President…

Hello Fellow MWA Members,

Let me introduce myself to those who do not know me well.  I am Linda Ann Stewart, author of the Snow’s Maryland Mystery Series.  It is my honor to accept the position of President of the Maryland Writer’s Association, St. Mary’s Chapter.  I am grateful to the members for their confidence.  After discussion at the June meeting, our chapter decided to change the meeting location to Leonardtown Library Meeting Room for the later part of the year.  Meetings will be on the fourth Monday of each month at the Leonardtown Library from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The dates are July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26, November 23, and December 28.

We are excited to announce that Ellynne Brice Davis, author of Ellynne’s Top Tomato Cookbook has agreed to be our presenter on July 27th.  Ellynne’s recipes have appeared in many publications including the St. Mary’s County National Oyster Festival Cook Off cookbook.  Her prize-winning recipe, ‘Tomato Stack Salad’, was featured in The Washington Post.  Ellynne and illustrator Joyce Lemontree Judd have published numerous children’s books including The Chesapeake Cats and The Easter Surprise.  At the June meeting, members requested our chapter address possibilities for publishing.  Ellynne will be able to provide us with many important strategies.  Hope to see you at this informational event.

Your fellow author,

Linda A. Stewart

The proposed agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting on Monday, July 27th will be as follows:

  •  7:00 Opening
  •  7:10 Presentation By and Discussion With Author Ellynne Brice Davis
  •  7:40 Business Meeting and Member Survey
  •  7:55 Closing

Critique Session Set for November 25

Join us on November 25 for a critique group session. Bring one to five pages of something you would like critiqued by your fellow writers. And think about some questions you may want the group to answer about your work. For example, you may want to ask if your first line engages the reader? Are there grammar issues? If you would like written feedback, bring several copies of your work to distribute.

If time permits, a write-in will follow the critique session.

November 25 – 6:30-8pm, Lexington Park Library

Please note: All meetings will be at the Lexington Park Library from 6:30-8pm on the last Tuesday of the month. There is no meeting planned for December.


MWA Annual Meeting and Young Adult Author Wendy Higgins at Montgomery Chapter June Meeting

(information from Keyboard in Hand via Carolee Noury, MWA Vice President)

The MWA Montgomery Chapter invites you to our June session for the annual MWA Meeting. MWA President Paul Lagasse will provide updates on what the board has been up to and will answer your questions. Immediately following the annual meeting, there will be a presentation by Virginia author Wendy Higgins.

Wendy Higgins, author of the Sweet Trilogy: Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, and the forthcoming Sweet Reckoning, will share her journey to publishing with one of the “Big Six” publishers — including some surprises she encountered along the way — at the June meeting of the MWA’s Montgomery County Chapter on Saturday, June 1, 2013, in Room PE 116 in the Physical Education Building on the Rockville campus of Montgomery College, 51 Mannakee Street, in Rockville .

The title of Ms. Higgins’ presentation is “An Untraditional Path to Traditional Publishing.” She was discovered by HarperCollins/HarperTeen in an unconventional way the summer of 2010. While searching for possible critique partners online, she stumbled across the now defunct teen writing site, Inkpop, owned by HarperCollins.

Not only did she meet writers who would eventually become trusted critique partners, but it was this website that led to networking for her first agent, and catching the eye of Alyson Day, an editor at Harper who brought her debut novel to acquisitions. Nearly all of Ms. Higgins’ journey has taken place via the world wide web, including her own massive self-marketing efforts, which have surpassed her dreams and expectations.

Guests are asked to please park in student parking as designated by the white lines.

About the speaker:

After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy Higgins taught high school English until she became a mother. Writing Young Adult (YA) stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before adulthood. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Evil was her debut novel. Visit her on the web at Wendy Higgins Writes

For more information about the meeting, visit the Montgomery County Chapter website. Click here for directions to the Physical Education Building of Montgomery College’s Rockville campus.

Meeting Schedule:

10:00 Welcome and introductions
10:10 Chapter Announcements
10:20 MWA Updates from President Paul Lagasse
10:40 Guest Speaker Wendy Higgins
11:40 Book Signing, Networking
12:00 Adjournment

May Events

Hello writers!

Our May meeting has come and gone, but if you didn’t make it, do not fear! Several other chapters have upcoming meetings, and there are some compelling speakers visiting this month! Check out one of these:

  • Baltimore author Christopher T. George, a historian whose specialties include the events and personalities of the War of 1812, is this month’s featured speaker at the MWA Annapolis Chapter, Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 6:30 p. m. in room 205 at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase Street, in Annapolis. Mr. George will discuss his writing career, particularly his book Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay.


  • Find out what’s selling in the middle grade, young adult, and new adult fiction markets when author LM Preston speaks at the May meeting of the MWA Howard County chapter, Thursday, May 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p. m. at Sunrise Senior Living, 6500 Freetown Road, in Columbia. Ms. Preston, author of the middle grade (MG) series Explorer X and the young adult (YA) series The Pack, will present “The BOOM of the Short Story: the New Markets in YA, MG, and New Adult. ” She will also discuss how she became an author and how she creates surreal and fantastic worlds of fiction.

Officers Elected

The St. Mary’s County Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association is off and running! We’re pleased to have elected officers for the 2013-2014 term as follows:

  • President: Nancy Smay
  • Vice President: Tim Moraca
  • Secretary: Lisa LaPaglia

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 9th at 6:30pm at the Lexington Park Library.

More information to come!