May 18, 2014

The Maryland Writers Association



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
MWA's diverse membership ranges from professional freelancers and published authors, to writers aspiring to be published and those who write as a creative outlet.

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:
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
 Go here: http://marylandwriters.org/index.php to learn more. 
(Info found on website above.)

4 comments:

Amy M. Reade said...

The Maryland Writers' Association sounds great, and I'm sure it's a huge help to MD writers looking to go further in their writing journeys. I am a member of a similar group in New Jersey that's just for women, called Women Who Write, that offers similar benefits. Since I joined I've found nothing but support that has been invaluable. Thanks for the post.

Heidiwriter said...

I think it is so important to have a support group in the writing, submission and publishing process. Writing can be a lonely job, but a group can provide feedback, experience, and encouragement.

Fiona McGier said...

I'm hard-pressed to even find the time to write, squeeze in some promoting, and work my multiple jobs. More power to you for taking advantage of the support you've found. But unless I gave up sleep or talking to my family, I'm not sure how I could fit it in! Maybe someday...

Mary Deal said...

It takes a lot to make a writer's group work, or any group for that matter. Your group must certainly have a lot of people who put a lot of effort into these activities and functions. I greatly admire that. Living on an island with many diverse personalities and people spread out in diverse directions, it's difficult to hold a group together and many people here could use your type of services. Wish it could happen here for many islanders. Your group is to be admired.