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2014 Maryland Writers’ Conference

Writers and readers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region are invited to attend the 2014 Maryland Writers' Conference, a day-long event celebrating the state's thriving literary arts scene. Meet aspiring, emerging, and established writers, agents, editors, and publishers in a relaxed and intimate setting on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute (CCMIT) in Linthicum Heights.

The theme for this year’s conference is "Feed Your Writing Habit." Whether your appetite is for poetry, short stories, novels, memoir, radio/television, or journalism, the Maryland Writers' Conference has plenty for you to feast on! Expert speakers and panelists will lead a variety of informative discussions and workshops. In between sessions, attendees will have opportunities to network with other writers and readers, as well as to make connections with publishers and editorial service providers in our vendor area. And as always, the conference will feature one-on-one pitch practice sessions with experienced literary agents throughout the day.

Baltimore screenwriter and author Rafael Alvarez, staff writer for the iconic HBO series The Wire and producer of the NBC crime dramas Life and The Black Donnellys, will be one of over 30 distinguished literary personalities speaking to conference attendees on a broad range of topics related to the art, business, and craft of writing. Other noteworthy speakers and session topics include:

  • Past Maryland Poet Laureate Michael Glaser on the place of the poet in poetry
  • Baltimore Sun copyeditor and blogger John E. McIntyre on social media
  • National Endowment for the Arts fellow Marion Winik on the art of memoir
  • CityLit Press founder Gregg Wilhelm on finding the right publishing option

An all-star panel session on writing programs in Maryland will feature Kendra Kopelke of the University of Baltimore, David Everett of Johns Hopkins University, Geoff Becker of Towson University (invited), Gerry LaFemina of Frostburg State University, and Stewart Moss of The Writer’s Center in Bethesda.

Early-bird registration is $145 for members and $175 for non-members, and will extend through Sunday, February 2, 2014. Enrollment for the MWA’s annual flagship event is expected to exceed 100.

Founded in 1988, the Maryland Writers’ Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the art, business, and craft of writing in all its forms. Membership is open to aspiring, emerging, and established writers of all genres and disciplines. The MWA serves as an information and networking resource, helps members make contacts that lead to publication, encourages writers to reach their full potential, and promotes writing within Maryland communities. MWA’s programs include monthly regional chapter meetings featuring guest speakers, open-mic readings, workshops, and more; the annual Maryland Writers' Conference; a quarterly member newsletter; critique groups throughout the state; literary contests; and writing projects for children.

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