Regular Meetups Restarting!

After a long winter break, the Baltimore Writing Hour is starting up weekend Writing Hours again! We’ll be meeting at HI – Baltimore in south Mt.Vernon, a lovely and welcoming space right around the corner from the Enoch Pratt Library main branch. First meetup will be Sunday, March 13 (that’s tomorrow!).


Time: 10 am – ~2pm every other Sunday

Place: Hosteling International Baltimore (HI Baltimore). 17 W. Mulberry St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Press the doorbell button to be let in.

Amenities: plenty of table space, full kitchen, outdoor space with outlets

Bring: laptop, notebook, or whatever you write with

Parking: 4 parking spots are available on a first come first serve basis in the back of the building. Street parking along Cathedral or Charles street (free on Sundays)

Questions: email or reach Alina at 443 310 7152

BWH is taking a break from weekly meetups but will continue to host monthly retreats

Dear Baltimore Writing Hour Members,

The BWH will be taking a break from its regular weekly Saturday meetups through October and possibly November. We’re taking some time off to restructure the group, plan for next year, and find another location. By 2016 we hope to restart our regular meetups, have more diverse events, and offer a way for members to pay through PayPal and/or other, more convenient means than cash (also, with options to pay weekly/monthly/yearly to make it cheaper).

In the meantime, we will be hosting our day-long Writing Retreats once a month. Also, this Fall we will be releasing the second issue of End of 83 and additional episodes of Live From My Mother’s Basement. More information on all of that to follow.

Last but not least, for those who have original, unpublished works of short fiction and poetry (self-publishing counts as published), check out this contest for new unpublished writers. Entries are due by October 15.


Writing Hour Updates – Lit Mag, All Day Retreat

Dear readers,

First off, thank you to everyone who sent in submissions to the second issue if End of 83! We will be reading over the next coming weeks and hope to have our second issue out late this summer!

We will also be having our next all day retreat on Sunday, August 2 at LitMore from 11am – 6pm.

As usual, bring your projects, something to write with and on, food, $5.

LitMore is at 3326 Keswick Rd.

Live From My Mother’s Basement Pilot is Up!

The pilot episode of our podcast, Live From My Mother’s Basement, is up! Take a listen on soundcloud.

Also find it on facebook and the iTunes store.

And in case you’re wondering what it’s about…  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.

But also it talks about the weather and the existential crisis of creating an online dating profile.

Updates: Lit Mag, LitMore Fundraiser, Podcast Forthcoming

Some updates from the Baltimore Writing Hour.

~ We are still accepting submissions for our literary journal, End of 83. We are taking submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, fine art, and photography. Please email submissions to and see full submissions guidelines.

~ You can read our first issue and even pick up a free copy if you get to LitMore’s fundraiser this Saturday, 6/13, early! We will have a few copies out on their free books table. If you’re in the area for HonFest and just can’t think of what more things to see that are purely Baltimore ca 2015 era, wander over to the Schwing building (3326 Keswick Road) and pay a visit to LitMore’s poetry library fundraiser/reading/booze/food event. More info on their facebook event page.

~ Our podcast will be out soon! Prepare yourself.

~ We will have another All Day Retreat either later this month or in early July. More details forthcoming.

All Day Writing Retreat Sunday June 7

Our next All Day Writing Retreat will take place on Sunday, June 7, from 11am-6pm at LitMore (3326 Keswick Rd, Baltimore, MD).

Please bring:

– laptop/whatever you write with

– food or drinks for the potluck

– $5

Parking on the street.

This event is open to all people who want to get away for a day and work on their writing projects in the company of other writers.This is an unstructured environment. We do not offer instructions, writing prompts, or workshops, but we do offer great company, the freedom to bounce your ideas off, camaraderie, banter, and the external motivation of what is essentially a study group for your favorite hobby. We hope you will join us!

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).

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.


  • 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.

– 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 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.