January Meeting – Author Panel January 13, 2018

Author Panel: Tips on marketing

Indie vs Traditional Publishing

Questions & Answers



November Meeting on Editing and Revising

November Meeting
Saturday, November 11
Editing and Revision


Join us on Saturday, November 11 as Herta Feely guides us in editing and revision
at the recreation center (see below) 10:30 – 12:30

This session/workshop will provide an overview of the editing and revision process, and then provide more detail into various aspects of editing, from developmental editing to copy editing and line editing. Author and editor Herta Feely will explain how to take a first draft and transform it into a final draft. Bring your work with you and participate in an exercise or two.

About the Speaker
Herta B. Feely is a writer and editor (Chrysalis Editorial), who has worked with  writers in a variety of capacities. Her first published novel, Saving Phoebe Murrow was released in September of 2016, Her short stories and memoir have been published in anthologies and literary journals. Feely edited and published the anthology, Confessions: Fact or Fiction? She was awarded the James Jones First Novel Fellowship and an Artist in Literature Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for a novel in progress. She has also received an award from the American Independent Writers for best published personal essay for a piece on immigration. A graduate of UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University, Feely is the co-founder of Safe Kids Worldwide, an organization dedicated to saving children from unintentional injuries, the leading killer of children in the United States. The mother of two sons, Feely lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and cats. (

Location and Directions
Date/Time:   Saturday, November 11, 2017 10:30 – 12:30
Location:         Mid-County Community Recreation Center / 2004 Queensguard Road / Silver Spring MD 20906
Directions:     ICC Exit 182 Layhill Rd (at Exit, turn Right/South) to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into parking lot
Norbeck Rd N/W or Connecticut Ave N/W to (Right) Bel Pre Rd to (Right) Layhill to (Left) Queensguard and Immediate Right into Parking lot


MWA Statewide News
The Writing Rollercoaster – MWA’s annual writing conference March 25th, 8 am to 7 pm
To volunteer, please contact Jess Williams at


For more information on upcoming events, check out the MWA website at

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Good News About Parking – October 11 at Montgomery College – Rockville

Maryland Writers’ Association
Montgomery County Chapter
Meeting October 11, 2017
Our October 11, 2017 meeting will be held at Montgomery College. We will not have to worry about parking on that evening.

Good afternoon Professor,
Mr. McCullagh has authorized suspension of parking permit regulations from 6:30pm-9:30pm on Wednesday, October 11.  Your guests will be able to park in any parking space that is not marked as reserved for a specific role (Provost parking, Director parking, Contractor parking, etc.).  We will still have to enforce state laws (ADA spaces, fire lanes, etc.).
Have a great day,

This is indeed good news. So come, park in the lot across from our new Science Building. It is a sight to behold. And just so you know, Montgomery College made the top 20 colleges and universities.


MWA Montgomery County October Meeting


MWA, Montgomery County
October Meeting – Critique Session

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Montgomery College Rockville Campus
Science (SC) Building Off South Campus Drive Room SC459

Have you started a story or a manuscript that you would like others to see? Maybe you’ve  put something away because you weren’t happy with it. Do you think you are ready for feedback on your story, memoir, poem or nonfiction?

During the critique session, you will get a chance to read your work to others, hear what others have to say about your work, learn what is needed in the first several pages of a manuscript, obtain enough information to create a better beginning, and receive the encouragement and support you need to want to finish your piece.

Bring 2-3 pages of a beginning story, memoir, nonfiction, or 2-3 poems. We will break into groups of 3 and 4 and by genre. You will read your work to a group of 2 -3 other members. They will offer helpful suggestions to enhance your piece.

You’ll want to bring a paper and a pen to write down all the helpful comments and suggestions that you receive.
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, Maryland 20850
The Rockville Campus is located in central Montgomery County, Maryland, just west of Route 355.
Science Building Off South Campus Drive Room SC459
By Car
From the north: Take I-270 South to Exit 6 (Route 28), W. Montgomery Ave./Rockville. Then take Exit 6A (Route 28) East. Turn left at first traffic light onto Nelson Street. Go to first traffic light at Mannakee Street; turn left. The campus is 1-1/2 blocks on the left. Science Building on the left, parking straight ahead.
From the south: Take I-495 to I-270 North exit 6A (Route 28, W. Montgomery Avenue/Rockville). Follow Montgomery College sign through traffic light (road becomes Nelson Street). Go to first traffic light at Mannakee Street; turn left. The campus is 1-1/2 blocks on the left. Turn onto the campus and look for SA or Science Bldg.
A valid Montgomery College parking permit is required.  Visitor permits can be obtained from the Welcome Centers in SB101, and MK 105, and from the Office of Safety and Security in CB 101.

By Metro or  Bus
Take Red Line train to Rockville station and transfer to Metrobus #Q2 (Veirs Mill Road line) or Ride On #46 and #55 to campus bus stop at corner of West and South Campus Drive. Science building to the left.


Meet the New Montgomery Chapter Board Members of Maryland Writers’

Meet the New Board Members of the Montgomery County Chapter at our first meeting after a restful August. Our new Program Chair, Sharon Campbell, will moderate. Find out more about the board members and their experiences with publishing and marketing through a panel discussion with questions from Sharon. You won’t want to miss this.

We will meet on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 10:30 – 12:30 at our usual place, the Mid-County Community Center, 2009 Queensguard Rd. Silver Spring, Maryland. 240-777-6820 for directions.

After this meeting, be with us October 11 for our famous Critique Session where we bring 2 – 3 pages of poetry, memoir, or short story for a critique.


Teen Club Leader

Teen Club Leader Needed

The MWA teen club program needs a volunteer to head up the club that meets in the Germantown Library beginning in September.  This is a thriving club that is three years old and attracts 6-10 teens, mostly in the 8th-10th grade range. In the past the club has met two Mondays a month, but that schedule can be adapted to the club leader’s availability.  Clubs meet for 90 minutes in a critique group format to share their writing and get peer feedback. They also do writing prompts, talk about the writing process and problems members may be encountering, and occasionally host a guest author. We provide as much or as little support as needed/wanted.   Anyone interested should contact:

Mark Willen at



Chapter News, Meetings, Uncategorized

July 15 Meeting: Publishers, Publicists, and a Reading Public with Jenny Yacovissi

Jenny Yacovissi, local writer and current president of the Annapolis MWA chapter, shares lessons she learned the hard way leading up to and soon after the publication of her 2015 debut novel. Her talk focuses on:

  • the pros and cons of publishing with a small press
  • understanding the publication calendar and using that time wisely
  • knowing what to expect when working with a publicist
  • using every tool at your disposal to connect with readers.
Chapter News, Meetings

Panel Discussion: Path to Publishing


Join us, Wednesday, June 7 at 7 pm for a special event, a panel discussion – Path to Publishing. We’ve gathered seven newly published authors, writers just like us, who will share their stories from idea to publication.

The discussion, led by Judy Kelly, will encourage you wherever you are on the writing path. Hearing how other writers moved from idea to paper to published, will ignite your passion and jump-start you on your way.

You’ll hear yourself say, “If they can do it, then so can I!”




Chapter News

June 15: MWA-Montgomery Hosts Writers, Editors, and Publishers for Networking Happy Hour

It’s back! MWA-Montgomery will host a networking happy hour Thursday, June 15, with members of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) and the Mid-Atlantic Book Publishers Association (MBPA).

This event brings together people from all sides of the publishing industry to meet, mingle, exchange business cards, and have fun!

Please join us Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Azucar Restaurant, 14418 Layhill Road, Silver Spring, MD 20906, from 6 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Cash bar. Door prizes!

We will be in the private room next to the bar. Please enter through the side door (not the main restaurant entrance). Parking is plentiful and free.

RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Admittance is $10 cash or check at the door (to cover food costs). RSVP to Katherine Pickett at katherine [at] popediting [dot] net.

Last year’s event was a great success and so much fun. We hope you’ll join us!

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