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Attention All Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors, Writers & Lovers

 Join us for our May meeting with speaker T. Eric Bakutis May 19, 2014 @7pm

Join us for our May meeting with speaker T. Eric Bakutis May 19, 2014 @7pm

T. Eric Bakutis is an author and game designer living in Maryland. He is happily married and shares his house with a vicious, predatory cat and a sad-faced, cowardly dog. He is a content developer on The Elder Scrolls Online.

In his limited spare time, Eric hikes with his lovely wife and crazy dog, plays any video games he can get his hands on, and participates in local events like the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Writer’s Circle (a great group of writers who really know their stuff!) His short fiction has been published in several magazines, and he is constantly writing and tweaking new short stories. While Glyphbinder is his first published novel, it will certainly not be his last!





ImageSPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to Baltimore Chapter’s typical meeting date (fourth Monday of every month, save December) coinciding with Memorial Day, we have decided to move our May meeting to… JUNE 3, 2013.

We know. It’s a bit odd, but it’s better than competing with all the other Memorial Day activities. Besides, the date works better for our honored guests, Diane Booth and members of her Teen Writers’ Club.

Diane founded the Maryland Writers’ Association’s Teen Writers’ Club, and has worked diligently to nurture and expand the program from its original group to several all around the state. Please come and help us support Diane’s efforts to help turn teen writers into great writers.

Our May Chapter Meeting will take place on Monday, June 3, 2013 at Ukazoo Books, 730 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 21204. Meeting begins at 7pm.

MWA’s Teens Writers’ Club brings highschoolers together after school to share their interest in writing. They learn how to improve their writing and try new approaches by meeting with authors and experts in the field. Topics include overcoming writers’ block, introducing dialogue, digging for facts and structuring poetry.

From the TWC Mission Statement:

“After more than 25 years as an on-staff writer/editor/reporter then as a freelance writer, I took a contract job with Baltimore County Public Schools Home & Hospital. I taught students determined by physicians to be too sick to attend school and, also, a limited number of expelled students who were deemed by court magistrates to need one-on-one instruction. Almost immediately I met high school students who bulked at writing assignments. They said that they did not like to write. Their attitudes soon changed, however, after I taught them how to develop a topic and how to move forward. Some went beyond minimum requirements. They took short essay-writing assignments and developed them into long stories or, even, books. Many embraced writer’s fever; they seemed to thrive on words and the creative process of writing. The students tried lots of different genres. Before my contracts ended, I realized that these teens likely had much in common with other teens who also liked to write but had no social outlet to share their talents. The Maryland Writers’ Association agreed to sponsor teen clubs to meet that need. MWA members volunteered to lead different clubs, and thus the number of clubs began to grow across the state and beyond.” Diane Booth

March Meeting: Barbara Morrison

February’s MWA Baltimore chapter meeting was all about giving back. We hope everyone’s brains are still buzzing from our discussion. For our March meeting, in order to keep your brains abuzz,  we bring you author extraordinaire, Barbara Morrison.

Barbara will show us how to give back to ourselves with Marketing Tools for Writers. In today’s volatile publishing environment, writers must also develop marketing skills. Publishers want authors who excel at marketing and promotion, and if you self-publish, all the marketing falls on your shoulders. Starting with the three questions you must first answer to guide your marketing strategy, we will look at the marketing tools that work today and discuss the pros and cons of different promotional strategies. You will come away with the start of an effective marketing plan.

Please join us at on Monday, March 25, 2013 at Ukazoo Books, 730 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204Meeting begins at 7PM.

B. Morrison 2012Barbara Morrison, who writes under the name B. Morrison, is the author of a memoir, Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother, and a poetry collection, Here at Least, with a second volume, Terrarium, scheduled for 2013.  Her award-winning work has been published in anthologies and magazines. She conducts writing workshops and speaks on women’s and poverty-related issues. She is also the owner of a small press and speaks about publishing and marketing. She has maintained her Monday Morning Books blog since 2006 and tweets regularly about poetry @bmorrison9. For more information, visit her website and blog at www.bmorrison.com.

January Meeting: The Revenge of Moon Madness

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Your Baltimore Chapter board has been hard at work (okay, maybe not SO hard) putting together a great slate of programming for the 2nd half of the year (Jan-Jun). We have some great guests planned. First, we’re going to kick the new year of with some unfinished business. Moon Madness!

You may remember that Superfrankenstorm Sandy washed out our October meeting. Well, fear not! There’s a full moon every month, and in January, it falls on the 27th, a day before the Baltimore Chapter meeting. So we’ve convinced our dear VeeP to give it another try. Let’s just hope Mother Nature doesn’t find another way to preempt us!

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Those of you who attended our Moon Madness FREE Fall event know how magical the evening was. We would like to extend that magic to our upcoming Baltimore Chapter meeting on its special (rescheduled) date, Monday, January 28, 2012. The moon will be full that night, by the way–a perfect evening to take advantage of her inspiration.

Our own inimitable VP, Shirley Brewer, will be leading us all in a series Luna-inspired prompts sure to invoke the Moon Muse in all of us. Everyone will receive a Moon Words handout. Afterwards, those of us who are willing will share the fruits of their labor.

Join us at 7PM at Ukazoo Books, 730 Dulaney Valley Road, Dulaney Plaza Shopping Center, Towson, MD for what will prove to be an unforgettable evening of writing and sharing.

Shirley J. Brewer is a poet, educator, and workshop facilitator. Shirley won first, second and third prizes in the Maryland Writers’ Association 2010 Short Works Contest for Poetry.  She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Manorborn in 2009. Publication credits include: The Cortland ReviewInnisfree Poetry JournalLoch Raven Review, Pearl, Comstock Review, Passager, Manorbornand other journals. Her poetry chapbook, A Little Breast Music, was published in 2008 by Passager Books (Baltimore). Her second book of poetry, After Words, is forthcoming in early 2013 from Apprentice House/Loyola University (Baltimore).

M.A. Creative Writing/Publishing Arts, University of Baltimore, 2005

www.apoeticlicense.com        shirleybrewer09@comcast.net

Shirley is starting a new venture, The Poet’s Coach: Move Forward with Your Writing Goals.  Contact her for more information.

August Meeting

We’re pleased to announce that Gerald Levin will be our speaker at our August chapter meeting. Just in time to get serious about returning to work and school, Gerald will offer a presentation on using humor in your writing on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 7:00PM at Ukazoo Books in Towson, MD. 

Gerald’s presentation will cover:

§  How writers from different eras have used humor.

§  What some prominent writers have said about writing humor.

§  10 techniques for writing humor.

§  Snippets of humorous pieces by notable writers.

§  Sources that can kick-start your humor writing.

Also, Gerald will offer suggestions on how to select a piece for our September chapter meeting for those who want to audition to represent the MWA at the Baltimore Book Festival.

Gerald H. Levin prefers to inject humor — often bits of quirkiness — into his short stories. He has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Baltimore. By day, he writes for the Maryland Office of Tourism.