Monthly Meetings

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 Topics range from craft to forensics to marketing and are intended for both published and unpublished authors.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. 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.

Upcoming Meeting Dates
July 15, August 19, September 16, October 28 (Note: this is the 4th Saturday of the month), November 18, December 16 (annual Holiday Party)

Also check our Special Events page for meetings held in other locations around the state.

Mark Your Calendars!

DATE: July 15, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
GUEST SPEAKER: Patrick Kendrick
PROGRAM: Behind the Scenes: National Preparedness For Disasters and Domestic Terror

Basing your latest novel on a terrorist attack or natural disaster? Here’s your chance to learn the ins and outs of terrorist weaponry, first response tactics, and national disaster preparedness from a retired fire chief turned Department of Defense trainer. Before retiring to write full-time, award-winning author Patrick Kendrick spent much of his 30-year firefighting career as a special rescue and hazardous materials technician and trainer. Now, when he’s not busy penning thrillers, the founder of Fire O.W.L. (Objectives for World Leaders) LLC travels the country instructing Armed Forces units in specialized disaster tactics.

According to Kendrick, this training has been funded vigorously and has grown significantly since 9/11, and even more so as ISIS has spread. It marries the capabilities of the Armed Forces with that of first responders—fire fighters trained in technical rescue disciplines to facilitate saving as many victims as possible from disasters and, specifically, domestic terrorist events. Kendrick will discuss the various equipment used by armed forces, the training they have to endure, the weapons terrorists use, the blend of NIMS (National Incident Management System), and the Department of Defense’s projected casualties of a nuclear holocaust. If you want your disaster-themed thriller to ring with chilling authenticity, you can’t afford to miss this program.

Patrick KendrickSpeaker: Patrick Kendrick is a former fire fighter and an award-winning author of several thrillers. His latest novel, Acoustic Shadows, was published by HarperCollins and was a Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist. The Savants, a techno-political thriller, was published in 2015 and was his first YA novel. It won the Florida Book Award last April and was a Royal Palm Literary Finalist. When speaking of his literary successes, Kendrick says, “I love writing, but few things in life have given me as much satisfaction as working with our nation’s soldiers, and it’s my honor to be able to do so.”

The Savants

DATE: SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017

TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:30: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation

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. To guarantee a spot, prepayment by July 12 is strongly urged.

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 harriet@ottenheimer.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 July 12 so that we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017


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  • DATE: SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017
  • TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:45: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation
  • PROGRAM: Behind the Scenes: National Preparedness For Disasters and Domestic Terror
  • 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 harriet@ottenheimer.com with the subject line “FMWA July 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, AUGUST 19, 2017: Please Save The Date.
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