The Maryland Writers Association Annual Conference

The Maryland Writers’ Association’s Annual Conference 2019: “From Brain to Bookshelf,” was held this weekend in Baltimore, and it was a vibrant, fun and extremely useful lineup of keynote talks, panel discussions and workshops. And I was very proud to have presented. My talk, “A Whirlwind of the Mind: How Great Writers of Science Fiction Invented the Future,” was very well attended and, if the exit comments can be believed, a good time was had by all.

You know, I do a lot of presentations as a professor. And have literally traveled the world helping people get control over their self-publishing tools and Web presence. But this conference was all cattle and very little hat, to mangle the saying. Agents, coaches and other authors finding their voice, perhaps for the first time, made for an interesting and eventful weekend.

If you are a writer, or want to be, I encourage you to seek out and join any local writers’ group you may be able to find. You learn so much from those folks, and it saves you from having to reinvent the wheel each time you are faced with a new challenge. Believe me, someone’s been there before and they’ll be glad to help you find your way.

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