Read Your Work at MWAA’s December 19th Open Mic!

Share a sample from your latest work-in-progress, or read from your favorite published work, at the Annapolis Chapter’s open mic session on Wednesday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205 of Maryland Hall! Join MWA members who live and write in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County for this first-come, first-read event. Seasonal readings are of course welcome, but not required.

Come early — slots are limited! There will be a sign-up sheet at the table, and we’ll go down the list until we run out of time (or readers, whichever comes first). Please be prepared to read for about ten minutes — that’s about four or five short poems, a couple of long poems, a short-short story, or a scene from a longer work. We want to make sure that everyone who signs up has time to read.

And please be sure to tell your friends and family. Open mics are a great opportunity for writers to practice reading their work in front of an audience, which is an important skill for every writer to develop. MWA open mics traditionally offer a friendly, relaxed, and encouraging atmosphere that will put even the most nervous reader at ease.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

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Annapolis MWA January 2013 meeting, with Justin Sirois

The Annapolis Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association (MWA) will host Justin Sirois on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Justin Sirois is a writer living in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore City paper recently said “Sirois is well on his way to becoming Baltimore’s most important novelist.” His books include So Say the Waiters, Secondary Sound, MLKNG SCKLS, and Falcons on the Floor, written with Iraqi refugee Haneen Alshujairy. Justin received individual Maryland State Art Council grants in 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2011 and a Baker “b” grant in 2011. For more information about his current series, please visit www.sosaythewaiters.com.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month in room 205 at Maryland Hall. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.

Annapolis MWA February 2013 meeting, with David Read Barker

Local author David Read Barker has agreed to speak at the Maryland Writers’ Association – Annapolis Chapter meeting on Wednesday February 20, 2013. He will speak on his life and successes as a writer, and his talk is entitled, “A Tale of Two Books.” The first book, published traditionally, is a cruising guide to the Black Sea, based on a circumnavigation of the Black Sea with his wife in 2010 in their sailboat. The second book,Volunteers in the African Bush, is a self-published collection of 21 memoirs by fellow Peace Corps volunteers in Sierra Leone, 1965-67.

The meeting is open to the public and free to MWA members and first-time guests. All others may pay $5.00. Annual dues to MWA are $40.00 and include other benefits on top of monthly attendance. MWA meetings meet the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm in room 205 at Maryland Hall. Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information visit: www.marylandwriters.org.