Welcome to the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. FMWA is an organization of published and aspiring authors, booksellers, readers, and other industry professionals pursuing a career or interest in the crime fiction genre.
NOTE: The October 28th meeting is the 4th Saturday of the month.
Our Monthly Meetings feature dynamic speakers and networking opportunities with fellow authors, reviewers, and booksellers. We invite experts to keep us up to date on forensic topics, marketing skills and writing-related subjects. We’d love to have you join us. The cost for the lunch and speaker program is $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Register for a meeting Here.
Upcoming Meeting Dates: October 28 (Note: this is the 4th Saturday of the month), November 18, December 16 (annual Holiday Party)
St. Augustine Craft Workshop, November 18, 2017
Date: November 18, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: St. Johns County Anastasia Island Branch Library, 124 Sea Grove Main St, St Augustine Beach, FL 32080
Program: “In the Mood for Mystery”
Pitching characters into a dark and stormy night is one way to set the mood of a mystery, but that only scratches the surface. Join author Nancy Haddock to explore the tools writers use to enhance – and sometimes contrast – the moods of mystery and thriller novels.
Speaker: Nancy Haddock
Nancy Haddock is a national best-selling and award-winning author with six books and a short story to her credit. Her mystery-romance books are set in St. Augustine, FL and highlight the history and moods of the city. Her cozy mystery series is set in southwest Arkansas, and features the lovely quirks of the south and small towns … and their characters. A member of MWA, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Nancy lives in St. Augustine with roots in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas.
We also hold meetings for members around the state. To learn more about upcoming dates for our Central Florida and Southwest Florida members, visit our Special Events page.
Interested in learning more about the craft and business of writing? Attend Florida Author’s Academy from June through September in Delray Beach. Many of our members are instructors.
Want feedback on your unpublished mystery novel? Enter the Freddie Award for Writing Excellence. For entry dates, rules, and more information, Go Here. Or, Click Here for a list of finalists and winners of past competitions.
The 2016 winner in the Mystery category is Graham Reed of Vancouver, BC, Canada for his entry, The Chairman’s Toys. The 2016 winner of the Thriller category is Millie Naylor Hast of Bellaire, Texas for her entry, Takeover. Both winners will receive a certificate, an engraved crystal award, and the opportunity for their complete manuscripts to be read by their final round agent or editor judge. The FAWE committee, along with the FMWA board and members, offers sincere congratulations to Mr. Reed and Ms. Hast.
SleuthFest is our annual conference. This four-day event in late February includes bestselling authors as well as keynote speakers, editors and agents, booksignings, an on-site bookstore, raffles, special social events and more. SleuthFest has garnered a reputation as one of the premier mystery writers’ conferences in the country. For more details, please visit www.sleuthfest.com.
Were you unable to attend Sleuthfest this year? You can still obtain the CDs or MP3 files. Go here to order: http://vwtapes.com/sleuthfest.aspx. To get the SF discounted price, contact Patrick via the email or phone on his website. Also the recordings from prior Sleuthfests are now on sale for $5.00 each.
Interested in having a mystery writer speak at your next function? Check out our Speaker’s Bureau page.
Members Only section: To access the Members Only features of this website, you’ll need to enter the login code and password (NOT your email address) on the right. If you require the code and are a chapter member, please email one of our officers.