MaryDes co-sponsor of the Annual Maryland Writer’s Conference

From Brain to Bookshelf



From Friday march 29 through Sunday March 31, 2019 the Maryland Writers Association will hold its annual conference “From Brain to Bookshelf”, at the BWI Airport Marriott hotel, Baltimore.

Many keynote speakers are invited like:

Crystal Wilkinson

Crystal Wilkinson is an award-winning feminist poet, novelist, memoirist, and professor from Indian Creek, Kentucky. A founding member of the Affrilachian Poets Collective, she is currently Associate Professor of English in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Kentucky.

Wilkinson’s latest book The Birds of Opulence, won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, The Judy Young Gaines Prize for Fiction, The Appalachian Book of the Year and the Weatherford Award. She and her partner, Ron Davis co-own and run the beloved independent bookstore, Wild Fig Books and Coffee in Lexington, Kentucky.

Crystal will also be offering an Intensive Session on Sunday on mining autobiography to write moving, memorable fiction.


Chuck Sambuchino

Chuck Sambuchino is a is a freelancer editor, bestselling book author, and former longtime staffer for Writer’s Digest Books. For many years he edited the Guide to Literary Agents and the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrators Market. His Guide to Literary Agents Blog was one of the largest blogs in publishing, and he wrote the platform guidebook Create Your Writer Platform.

He is a successful freelance editor of queries, synopses, and manuscripts—seeing dozens of clients get agents or book deals following his consultations/edits. He loves meeting new writers. Find out more at


Other speakers are Rick Ollerman on what makes a successful short story and Harrison Demchick on point of view.

MaryDes co-sponsor

We’re passionate about authors and their books and want to support them every way we can, therefore, MaryDes Designs has decided to be co-sponsor of this event.

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