10 Easy Steps to Build Your Platform

Saturday 29 April
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hoffberger Hall, Room 134
Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21204
No matter what business you are in, these days you need a platform. For artists and writers, your platform helps your target audience discover your work and builds loyal customers. In this workshop, small business owner and award-winning writer Barbara Morrison will explain how your platform helps you promote your work, and she will provide ten easy steps for building or improving your platform. Among other things, we will discuss various forms of social media and how to use them effectively. We will also discuss some time management tricks and tools. Coordinated by the Baltimore County Arts Guild. Fee: $60.
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Exploring Boundaries: The Intersection of Memoir and Poetry

30 April 2017, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Columbia, MD
Join memoirists and poets Barbara Morrison and Ann Bracken for this unique workshop. In addition to writing exercises and discussions that explore memoir writing and the place of poetry in exploring the past, we will look together at your work and the revision process. Bring your work and join us for an engaging afternoon of writing. Fee: $50. For more information and directions, email Ann Bracken (anniebluepoet AT or Barbara Morrison (use the contact page on this website).


Speaking Up, Speaking Out
Poetry Reading by Ann Bracken & B. Morrison

Saturday, May 13
2 p.m.
Enoch Pratt Free Library, Roland Park Branch
5108 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210
Join Baltimore poets Ann Bracken and Barbara Morrison as they share poems that give voice to people who are often silenced. Whether it’s children with special needs, young mothers on welfare, teachers under stress, or children pushed aside in a family, both Bracken and Morrison give voice to the vulnerable. Join us for an engaging and provocative afternoon of poetry.

Ann Bracken is the author of two collections of poetry, No Barking in the Hallways: Poems from the Classroom (2017) and The Altar of Innocence (2015), both published by New Academia Publishing. Her poetry and interviews have appeared in several anthologies and journals. Her poem, “Mrs. S,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Ann is the deputy editor for Little Patuxent Review and leads workshops for creativity conferences, adult education programs, and local prisons.

Barbara Morrison, who writes under the name B. Morrison, is the author of a memoir, Innocent: Confessions of a Welfare Mother, and two poetry collections, Terrarium and Here at Least. Barbara’s award-winning work has been published in anthologies and magazines. She provides editing services and conducts writing workshops. For more information, visit her website and blog at

Copies of the poetry collections will be available for purchase and signing after the reading. Free.
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Instructor, Sharing Our Stories Memoir Workshop

Traditions Week II
2 – 7 July 2017, Time 9-10:15 am
Sign up for individual week-long workshops or the whole week of classes, concerts, dances and other activities in the traditional roots-based arts.
Common Ground on the Hill
McDaniel College
Westminster, MD 21157
We all have stories to tell. In this workshop, appropriate for both novice and experienced writers, we’ll tell ours in memoirs we compose and then share. After looking at different kinds of memoirs, we’ll discuss how to get started and then transform our experiences into stories that will touch others. Bring to the workshop whatever materials you’ll need to begin writing.
Common Ground on the Hill Website

HI Baltimore

Baltimore Poetry Discussion Group

First Saturdays
12N – 2 p.m.
HI Baltimore (Hostelling International-Baltimore)
17 W. Mulberry Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Free; Refreshments and copies of poems provided
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