I’m a big advocate of working together for betterment. In my own life, I’ve been blessed to know the full advantage of having a strong support system. When my kids were small and I worked ninety hours a week to keep food on table, shoes on feet and tires on car. There’s no way I could have survived without the great support system of my family and friends.
I feel the same way with my writing. Joining together with others of like mind helps me improve and, as well, help others.
It’s that way with this blog, my business networking and my membership to the Nebraska Writers Guild which offers support and educational conferences and material for a minimal yearly membership.
I’ve found such writer support groups just about everywhere and Maryland is no different.
The Maryland Writers' Association (MWA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the art, business, and craft of writing in all its forms. MWA strives to:
- Bring together aspiring, emerging, and established writers of all genres and disciplines
- Serve as an information and networking resource
- Help members make contacts that lead to publication
- Encourage writers to reach their full potential, and
- Promote writing within Maryland communities
Members produce both nonfiction and fiction, including novels, short stories, poetry, plays, scripts, speeches, feature articles, and essays. Some work in specific genres such as romance, science fiction, thriller, fantasy, children's literature, travel writing, or biography.
Among MWA's activities and services:
- Monthly chapter meetings featuring guest speakers, open mic readings, workshops, and more
- Annual writers' conference
- Member newsletter, Pen in Hand
- Critique groups throughout the state
- Literary contests
- Writing projects for children
Members of MWA have access to:
- Free attendance at monthly chapter meetings
- Forums to present your creative work
- Reduced fees to MWA-sponsored events
- Participation in MWA's annual conference
- Marketing opportunities at art and literary festivals
- Links to your website(s) from the state and chapter websites
(Info found on website above.)