April All Day Writing Retreat

Mark your calendars! This month’s all day writing retreat will be on Saturday, April 18, from 11am – 6pm.

Get away for a day to work on your projects with other writers.

This is a fairly unstructured environment. We do not offer instructions, writing prompts, or workshops. What we do offer is hours of time to be productive among other people, share your ideas and get feedback, and give feedback (respectfully).

As we are holed up all day, we typically do a potluck, so bring something to eat or drink with the others.

DETAILS

  • Location: LitMore, 3326 Keswick Road, Baltimore, MD 21211. Ring doorbell.
  • Cost: $5
  • Street parking
  • Restaurants/coffee nearby

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Next All Day Writing Retreat: Saturday, March 7

Our next All Day Writing Retreat will be on March 7, 2015 from 11a – 6p at LitMore, 3326 Keswick Road, Baltimore, MD 21211.

Escape life, the universe, and everything’s distractions and write all day. We will be alternating between quiet hours and breaks/lunch. At the end we will hold a peer review/share session if people are interested. Also potluck. $5.

Bring:
– laptop/notebook + things to write with
– Food/drink for yourself and, if you want, to share. Historically this has been a potluck. Common foods have included donuts, veggie platters, meat/cheese platters, drinks – but don’t let that limit your creativity. The world is your restaurant. Email writinghour@gmail.com with what you plan to bring and/or any allergies you have.

Parking along the street.

Accepting Submissions for 2nd Issue of Lit Mag, Theme “Northbound/Southbound”

We are accepting submissions for the next issue of our literary magazine, End of 83. Details:

What do we mean by “northbound/southbound”? We welcome your interpretations. This is the issue for the entire theme rather than individual pieces, so whatever flash of inspiration the phrase “northbound/southbound” might give, even if it’s not an obvious connection, could be a great fit. Some other possible interpretations of the theme are:

  • an abstract one, i.e. life getting better/life getting worse
  • literally northbound or southbound, i.e. driving, road trip, on a plane, on a train, walking, motion

You may send submissions that deal with either idea or both ideas, or you may send complementary submissions, i.e. one for “northbound” and one for “southbound”. Let us know in your submission if the pieces are meant to go together or can be featured separately.

February All Day Writing Retreat

Our February All Day Writing Retreat will be on Saturday, February 21 from 11a – 6p. Escape life, the universe, and everything’s distractions and write all day. We will be alternating between quiet hours and breaks/lunch. At the end we will hold a peer review/share session if people are interested. Also potluck. $5.

Location: LitMore, 3326 Keswick Road, Baltimore, MD 21211

Bring:
– laptop/notebook + things to write with
– Food/drink for yourself and, if you want, to share. Historically this has been a potluck. Common foods have included donuts, veggie platters, meat/cheese platters, drinks – but don’t let that limit your creativity. The world is your restaurant. Email writinghour@gmail.com with what you plan to bring and/or any allergies you have.

Due to multiple events going on at LitMore that day, we will relocate to another room in the building at 4pm.

Parking along the street.

The Baltimore Writing Hour is Starting a Podcast!

The Baltimore Writing Hour is starting a literary podcast! Accepting Submissions.

Each episode will be a 60 minute collection of short pieces framed as a fictional radio show.  

 

About the Show:

Simone Addakari is a well educated but directionless twenty something, trying to find a place in the world. Inspired by the old radio plays her father played for her as a child and a lifetime of NPR, she decides to launch her own radio show.  Produced in her mother’s basement, the show includes news stories and interviews from around her town, reported on by various friends, and creative pieces from town residents.

The show, as a whole, has a sense of whimsy and irreverence, while still attempting to convey truth. Its focus is the experience of being young and the more generally the experience of being human.

   

Note: Simone is the creation of one person but belongs to the whole podcast. Feel free to explore her personality and world as you see fit. Though such pieces may be work shopped to ensure character consistency.  

 

Writing Submissions: 

  • The first episode’s theme is “Starting Out”.  (For those thinking ahead, the theme for the second episode will be “Doubt”.)
  • Pieces can be short stories, poems, radio plays, fictional interviews, news stories, fake advertisements, ect. The format is very flexible, so feel free to get creative.  
  • Most pieces should be 10 minutes long or less. Though longer pieces still may be considered. 
  • Psychological or existentialist horror is acceptable (especially if it speaks to the human condition), gore porn is not. Neither is regular porn. (Keep it classy!) Wacky out there humor is also acceptable, especially for shorter things like ads.
  • All work must be typed and submitted as attachments without your name in the document (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, .txt, .odt 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.
  • We maintain the right to republish accepted work at a later date.
  • Send your submissions to writinghour@gmail.com.

 

Get More Involved:

If you’re interested in:

  • helping with production,
  • joining our cast of voice actors,
  • providing music for the show,
  • creating a serial segment
  • or being more involved in developing the show’s overall story arc

email us at writinghour@gmail.com. Be sure to specify “podcast” in the subject so it gets to the right person.

 

Exciting Events: Lit Mag, All Day Retreat, and Podcast!

Greetings readers and writers,

We are back, with updates. First, we’ve released the first issue of our literary magazine, End of 83. Read all about it and buy your own copy.

Second, we are resuming our all day writing workshops. The next one will be on Sunday, January 11 from 11AM – 5PM at LitMore (1702 South Road, Baltimore, MD 21209). Cost is $5, and we’ll be doing our usual potluck, so food is welcome.

Third, the Baltimore Writing Hour is launching a podcast. Our first episode is slated to come out around February-March. More details on that very soon, but if you just cannot wait (or have always wanted to participate in a podcast), send all questions to writinghour@gmail.com. We are looking for this to be a collaborative project.

As always, we’re continuing our Saturday writing meetups from 11AM – 3PM.