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Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writers Institute

Are you an aspiring novelist eager to write your first novel? Or a writer looking to forge lasting connections with other writers and publishing professionals? Here at the Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writers Institute at Hagerstown Community College, we know that it takes more than words on a page to craft a story and build a successful writing career. The annual MAFWI summer conference offers workshops and breakout sessions by bestselling authors, college faculty, and experienced public relations professionals. From story fundamentals like plot and point of view to seasoned advice on how to market your work, there is something for writers of every genre at MAFWI.

Brad Parks Named MAFWI 2016 Keynote

on Fri, 01/08/2016 - 17:55

The Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writers Institue is proud to announce that mystery author and journalist Brad Parks will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2016 conference. Brad Parks is the only author to have won the Shamus, Nero and Lefty Awards. He is a full-time novelist who lives in Virginia with his wife and two children. More information on Brad Parks can be found at his website,

MAFWI 2016 Dates Announced

on Mon, 12/21/2015 - 20:32

Save the date! The Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writers Institute (MAFWI) and Hub City Teen Writers Institute (HCTW) will be held Friday, August 12, 2016 through Saturday, August 13, 2016. Conference details, speaker and presenter information, and registration are forthcoming.

2015 Hub City Teen Writers Contest Winners Announced

on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 13:59

MAFWI is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Hub City Teen Writers Fiction Contest:

Grand Prize Winner
"Our Hands" by Katelyn Hogue, age 16

First Runner Up Winner
"The Man By The Stream" by Aileen Pepple, age 17

First Runner Up Winner
"Flying The Cage" by Sarah Chan, age 16

Second Runner Up Winner
"People Like Me" by Lauren Ingram, age 15

Winning entries will be published in a special edition of The Hedge Apple, the literary magazine of Hagerstown Community College, after the 2015 Institute in August.

For more information about the Hub City Teen Writers Contest, visit

Hub City Teen Writers Institute - August 7-9

on Thu, 03/12/2015 - 14:10

To register for the Hub City Teen Writers Institute, visit

As part of the third annual Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writers Institute (MAFWI) at Hagerstown Community College, HCC will also offer a special weekend writing institute for teen writers between the ages of 13 and 19.

The Hub City Teen Writers Institute, formerly the Young Writers Institute, will be held from Aug.7 through Aug. 9, the same weekend as MAFWI, and will feature a series of workshops and events specially geared towards aspiring fiction writers and poets.

Registration now open for the 2015 Summer Writing Institute

on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 14:21

Registration is now open for Hagerstown Community College’s third annual Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writers Institute (MAFWI).    

MAFWI, formerly the Nora Roberts Writing Institute, is a three-day summer writing retreat comprised of breakout sessions, panel discussions, and networking events designed to help fiction writers learn new skills and hone their craft. Workshops are taught by bestselling authors, college faculty, and public relations professionals.

This year’s event will be held from Aug. 7 through Aug. 9 and will feature New York Times and international bestselling author Tess

HCC’s Nora Roberts Writing Institute renamed Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writers Institute

on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 00:00

The Nora Roberts Writing institute (NRWI) at Hagerstown Community College was recently renamed the Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writers Institute.

Held every summer on the campus of HCC, NRWI's first two years featured comprehensive weekend writing retreats with sessions taught by bestselling authors and college faculty.

Although NRWI was initially geared towards beginning and aspiring fiction writers, the institute has grown to include programming for fiction writers at various stages of their careers, touching on beginning, intermediate, and advanced subject matter.