Members link page

In this page you will see the links to members pages/interest and also a few that will help us be creative.


Discounts at La Villa

La Villa restaurant (where we hold our writer’s meetings) is participating in a cash back program through Groupon. It is free to participate. All you need to do is go to and make a free account. After your account is created, look for your name in the upper left. HOVER your mouse over your name and a pop-up window will appear. The second option down on the right is “My Groupon+ Deals” click on that. It will take you to a page where you can add a credit card to the program. Once you sign up a credit card, whenever you pay at La Villa with that credit card, you will get 10% of your purchase refunded to your credit card. It is that simple, and completely free.

NOTE: The website says this deal is expiring on July 2nd, so we may have only 1 month left to use this deal. But who knows, maybe La Villa will renew the offer?

From Ken Weiss, posted 1/12/19

Notes from the Maryland Writers Association Newsletter


Pen in Hand is the official literary journal of the Maryland Writers’ Association, edited by Dr. Tapendu Basu. It is published biannually in January and July and distributed online. Printed copies are also made available. Members are asked to submit poetry, short stories, flash fiction, memoir, nonfiction  (including erudite reflection on current events), and artwork. Send submissions to peninhand@marylandwriters.orgThe deadline for the July 2019 issue is May 31, 2019.

All submissions are subject to the editor’s discretion (i.e., not all submissions will be published). He will edit, organize and prepare the content and arrange for a cover design. Submissions must be emailed; no hard copies will be accepted. Please include a brief bio (75 words maximum). All photos must be formatted as follows: jpeg or png, max. 300 dpi, black and white. Photos may be resized for publication at the editor’s discretion. Title, medium, date, and artist name must be included in all submissions. Please include a brief artist bio (75 words maximum) and an artist statement describing the work (500 words maximum).

The print edition of the current and past issues of Pen in Hand is available on Amazon and other online bookstores. The retail price is $7; MWA President Eileen McIntire suggests chapters use it for prizes and to sell at MWA events for $5. Contact or your chapter officers for copies to use at MWA events.

7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, Maryland
(Parking off Oxford Road)

Local authors writing fiction in all styles and categories are invited to read selections of their work. Sign up for a five to eight-minute segment at 1:45 pm. Event continues the third Sunday of each month. Author Roger Bradbury and poet Kristin Ferragut host. For further details contact Roger at

WHY DO I WRITE? By Barbara Hurwitz

Why do I write? For the joy of creation, the journey and the delight in watching my characters grow.

The skinny dud in 1967. Many pounds lighter.

Site owner: Mario Salazar for the Gaithersburg Creative Writers Group


He writes for:

Metalsmith and glass art site:


Larry Hodges

Larry Hodges links:

Larry Hodges writing home page

Larry Hodges bibliography

Frank Raj is a new member as of 6-2017. He just published his new book of poetry. See video.


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