Florida Chapter of MWA monthly meetings offer members the chance to socialize, learn about their craft, get inspired, and exchange industry news. We meet on the third Saturday of each month. At our lunch meetings, we offer entertaining, educational programs by accomplished speakers. Topics range from craft to forensics to marketing and are intended for both published and unpublished authors. We welcome other professionals in the fields of writing and publishing, plus those who simply appreciate reading a good mystery novel. The cost for the lunch and speaker program is $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Check our Special Events page for meetings held in other locations around the state.
Upcoming Meeting Dates
December 16 (Holiday Party and 25th Anniversary Celebration)
DECEMBER 16, 2017 Florida Chapter Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
GUEST SPEAKER: NONE
PROGRAM: FLORIDA CHAPTER MWA ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION and 25TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Speaker: Break out the mistletoe AND the champagne! The December FMWA meeting will be our usual celebration of the winter holidays. Even better, we’ll be combining the holiday fun with our long-delayed celebration of FMWA’s 25th Anniversary. In addition to our buffet luncheon, special events include: the viewing of a professional FMWA commemorative video; the cutting of a FMWA birthday cake along with champagne toast; a FMWA trivia competition; raffle drawings; and memories from some of our longtime FMWA members. Plus, all attendees will receive a commemorative party favor celebrating FMWA’s first quarter century.
And, to keep things festive, we’ll also be holding our usual Holiday Pirate’s Gift Exchange. Participation is optional, but you won’t want to miss out on the fun. To take part, bring a wrapped gift of up to $20 value. Liquor and wine are always popular options (hey, we’re writers—we like our adult beverages) along with anything flamingo or writing-themed. But, please, no books (hey, we’re writers – we already have tons of them).
About dessert – if you’ve attended our holiday party before, you might recall that folks traditionally bring homemade cookies, cakes, and candies to share. BUT, since this is the 25th Anniversary celebration (and since the hotel has policies regarding outside food), our special 25th Anniversary cake will take the place of the dessert potluck. So please save those sweets for other parties.
Please register early (by December 13) so that we will be sure to have plenty of cake, champagne, and party favors for all attendees! Casual holiday attire is encouraged!
DATE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017
TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00 – 2:00p.m.: Lunch and Holiday/25th Anniversary Party Events
PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487; Get Directions Here
COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members.
RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT: To reserve and pay online: scroll down to the “Sign up for Luncheon Meeting” box and fill in your information, then click the “Pay Now” button and follow the instructions.”
To reserve and pay via mail: Step 1–Email Harriet at email@example.com with the subject line “FMWA Meeting” to reserve a spot. In the body of the email, please include your name, the name of any guest you have invited, your email address, and telephone number. Step 2– Write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter.” Step 3–Mail your payment to Harriet Ottenheimer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.
Please make your reservation by December 13!
Refund Policy for meeting no-shows: Members must notify Harriet before noon on Wednesday to cancel their reservation if they want a refund. People must pay the reservation fee regardless if they eat or not, to help cover the cost of the room.
Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 (NOTE: THIS MONTH ONLY WE WILL BE MEETING OFF-SITE FOR THE JEFFREY DEAVER WORKSHOP. DETAILS TO FOLLOW.)
- DATE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2017
- TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00 - 2:00: Lunch & Party
- PROGRAM: Holiday Party and 25th Anniversary Celebration
- PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487
- COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Please note that those who do not reserve and prepay will pay $5 extra at the door, and be seated only if space is available.
- RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT: To reserve and pay through PayPal, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” above and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.
To reserve and pay via mail: email Harriet at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “December FMWA Meeting” to reserve a spot. In the body of the email, please include your name, the name of any guest you have invited, your email address, and telephone number. Then write your check or money order payable to "Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter" and mail to Harriet Ottenheimer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.
- NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018: Please Save The Date.