All Day Writing Retreat in Baltimore

The Writing Hour’s next All Day Writing Retreat will be on Sunday, July 27 from 10am to 5pm.

This is an event for those who want to unplug from the world for a day and get some serious work done on their projects. All writers are welcome.

This is also a potluck – bring snacks for you and, if you’d like, food to share with the group.

We ask that you commit to the full day. If you are unable to make it on this date, check back for updates on our next one, which is sure to be scheduled for the near future. And/or, drop by for one of our regular Saturday meetups at LitMore in Baltimore from 11-3pm.

This is both a writing session and critiquing session. You don’t have to share your work if you don’t want to, but be prepared to offer some insight into others’ work.

$10 for the use of space. Send us a direct message for more details and to be added to the mailing list. And spread the word to your fellow writers!

Baltimore Writing Hour is launching a literary magazine; accepting submissions

The time is finally ripe for a project that’s a natural extension of what we do: a Baltimore Writing Hour literary magazine.

We are compiling End of 83, a Baltimore-based literary journal featuring poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography. We will feature the work of writers who come to our group, but we are not limiting ourselves to our members; submissions from outside are welcome and encouraged! All submissions will undergo a blind review to ensure the ultimate fairness and good, unbiased (or least biased) taste.

Pass on the message along to any aspiring writers or simply people with something to share with the world. Our submissions guidelines are below, and they are pretty standard.

 

TL;DR

  • We’re launching a literary magazine called End of 83
  • We are currently accepting submissions
  • Email them to writinghour@gmail.com

 

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SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES

End of 83 is the literary magazine of the Baltimore Writing Hour. It is the natural outlet for the group, but all work we receive will be considered for publication. We seek that which captures the unique spirit of our times, and enjoy pieces about Baltimore, the Mid Atlantic, city life, country life, life in general, “life, the universe, and everything”. We tend toward a clear, evocative style. But these are just guidelines; great work is great work!

 

Submissions are currently being accepted for poetry, prose, artwork, and photography. You may send them to writinghour@gmail.com

 

Submit up to five pages of poetry, ten pages of prose, or six images. All written work must be typed and submitted as attachments without your name in the document (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt, .odt are acceptable; for images, .jpeg, .tif, and .pdf are acceptable). In the email body, include your full name, the name you would like to be published under, the genre of your work, contact information, and a short biography including website link if applicable.

 

Your work, name, and link will be posted on the End of 83 site. All rights will remain with the author.

 

We can also offer constructive criticism at the authors’ request.

April All-Day Writing Workshop

Greetings,

We’re hosting another all-day writing workshop like the ones we did in February and March. Since winter here has been brutal and it looks like we’re having a real spring (“So… lovely weather we’re having”), we’re going to take advantage of it like a [bad simile]. This time we will host it outdoors at Cylburn Arboretum, a glorious place full of flowers, picnic tables, free parking, more nature, and ~inspiration~.

If you are interested but are not on the mailing list, feel free to send an email to writinghour@gmail.com to show interest and get info on times/date, as well as a rain check plan.

More details (and photos) forthcoming.

New Feature in Our Weekly Writing Hour

Starting this Saturday, March 8, we’re going to make a change to our usual Saturday meetups. We are going to introduce a critique/share section every week! The normal Writing Hour will begin at 11, and at 2 we will have an open floor for sharing our work. You may share something you wrote at that Writing Hour (which would be very exciting!) or bring something in advance. If you do bring something with you, bring copies to pass around. You can also email your work, but then you are the mercy of spotty wifi and writers with laptops.

Due to time constraints, there is a limit of three pages of poetry and two pages of prose per week. Longer works are welcome at our monthly writing retreats. Further details and an itinerary on our next retreat to follow soon!

Second Writing Workshop, Literary Magazine, Amtrak Residency

Loyal readers and writers,

As mentioned before, we had our second writing workshop this past Sunday. I think we will be making this a regular monthly event, but as the club grows, we’ll need a bigger venue to accommodate us. I’m especially excited for the warm weather because that means we can have workshops outside where the possibilities and space are endless, or at least not restrictive.

The nuances of our workshops are still in beta as we find our rhythm. For example, my brilliant idea to have a room specially set aside for people to take breaks in was a complete failure. Do not try this at home. I didn’t take into account the principle that people don’t want to move and such forced physical breaks are very unnatural. So I think in the future we will just try to alternate between periods of silence and open floor sessions.

One exciting development is the birth of our literary magazine and the first issue we hope to release in the coming months. Currently we are letting it take shape “organically”, as they like to say, and will have it primarily online with a limited number of printed copies (as struggling writers do). There will be themed releases, art, poetry, short stories, and maybe even longer pieces. Really, we are not limiting ourselves in the scope of genre. The more blurred the genre lines the better.

The other very exciting development in the writing world which everyone is talking about is the rumored Amtrak Residency program. I personally am in so much anticipation over this and at the same time have so many questions: 1) how will participants be chosen? 2) will they require any measurable proof of writing at the end and/or how do you balance (or even define) “writers” versus writers against the adage “you can’t rush art”? After all, is a sludge pile of rushed, sloppy dregs worth more than one great piece that changes the world?? 3) It’s been asked, but what, in Amtrak’s eyes, will constitute a writer?

Perhaps the biggest worry and potential disappointment is that whatever comes of this will only be offered to already established writers and not the hoards of self-published, indie, undiscovered writers for whom this WOULD be the dream (and esteem boost) to push so much work to completion, and we will once again find ourselves in the catch-22 of “this unpaid internship requires five years of relevant experience.”

While exploring Amtrak’s digs on their blog I came upon the observation room, and my first thought was how incredible of a circumstance it would be to host our writing group. Traveling, writing, and beautiful scenery are a heavenly threesome for creativity. As so many have noted, you leave your life and step out of time. On trains (and planes and ships) you become no one and, consequently, free(er). I have done some of my best (or at least most enjoyable) writing while in this sublime state of transit, and I can only imagine what a mind meld may yield in such a state.

My mind is spinning with places this can go: friendly competition, certain themes for certain trips, literary publications based around these programs, and, most importantly, a grab at the gold for people who may not otherwise have the chance for such bounty. Dreams unfulfilled is a sad state of life too many go through due to no fault of their own but merely from unfavorable circumstance that stifle what could be. It is often the right circumstances that push out the potential waiting like a bud within us, and as anyone who’s ever tried to break into a competitive realm knows (so, anyone), the rewards and chances are not dealt purely to those who deserve it.

I digress. Amtrak, I leave you with these highly pertinent questions about the Amtrak Residency: when will it start, when will it end, can we go to Colorado, and what will we do about crying babies?

- Alina (writing for the Writing Hour)