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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Maryland Writers conference Serves Writers This Weekend

For 21 years, the Maryland Writers’ Association has served local writers of all levels—from novice to expert—with the Annual Maryland Writers’ Conference.

The big event for 2009 takes place on Saturday, May 9 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights.

Keynote speaker Robert L. Booth is one of many professional, successful writers planning to spend the day helping writers reach their own goals. Booth was managing editor for National Geographic and has recently retired after a 35-year career with the magazine.

Other speakers include Kevin Bolk, David E. Booth, A. C. Crispin, Michael Downs, Joya Fields, Eric D. Goodman, Gary L. Lester, Vicki Meade, Ally Peltier, Angela Render, Cynthia Blake Sanders, Linda Shertzer, Christine Stewart, David Warfield, Elissa Brent Weissman, Richard White, Gregg Wilhelm and Betsy Greenleaf Yarrison.

Topics range from writing for children to the various aspects of writing adult fiction (literary, genre, commercial), from the business side of writing to the creative side, finding a publisher, avoiding scams, polishing your work, resurrecting your poetry and organizing your work station. There’s a little something for everyone.

Literary agents and editors on hand include Brian Michael Lawrence, Dan Patrell, Allisa D. Davis, Chelsea Gilmore, Carla Jablonski, Emmanuelle Alspaugh, Andrea Barzvi, Jenny Brent, and Jennifer Sinsheimer.

Join local and national experts and established writers at the 21st annual Maryland Writers' Association's conference. You’ll have the opportunity to hone your craft in sessions led by established authors, instructors, and experts. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there’s plenty for you at the conference. Come write your own success story.

Visit www.marylandwriters.org/conferences-2009list.html for a full list of sessions, speakers, agents, and editors.

To register, or for more information, visit the conference website at www.marylandwriters.org/conferences.html.

Or, if you don’t find time to register but still want to attend, just show up! The Maryland Writers’ Association will make room for walk-ins.

In addition to the conference, there will be a Writers’ Banquet on Friday, May 8 at the same location from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Join fellow writers for a buffet dinner and join a discussion with Brian Michael Lawrence, editor-in-chief and director for Style magazine, and Dan Patrell, editor of Maryland Life magazine, on the current state of magazine publishing and what it means for writers.

Though the Banquet is presented in conjunction with our Annual Writers’ Conference, you do not have to be registered for the Conference to attend.

Learn more about the conference and the banquet at

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