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 Topics range from craft to forensics to marketing and are intended for both published and unpublished authors.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. 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
January 20, February 17.

DATE: JANUARY 20, 2018 Florida Chapter Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER:  JEFFERY DEAVER 

PROGRAM: JEFFERY DEAVER WRITING WORKSHOP

TIME: 9:00 AM to 12:00PM 

PLACE: North Palm Beach Public Library Central, 303 Anchorage Dr., North Palm Beach, FL 33408. Phone (561) 841-3383  Directions HERE (go to page and click the “Directions” link) 

COST:  FREE for FMWA Members – Lunch is NOT provided

The Florida Chapter of MWA is pleased to announce that MWA president and international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver will present a FREE writing workshop for FMWA members. Mr. Deaver has given his workshop at various MWA chapters across the country and has received rave reviews for his presentation. He’ll be providing handouts – bring your preferred means of notetaking  (electrical outlets may be limited, so laptop users please come fully charged!)

Space is limited to 50 attendees, so please reserve your spot as soon as possible. As this is a FREE presentation, no need to sign up through the website; however, you MUST send your reservation via email to Harriet Ottenheimer at harriet@ottenheimer.com . Please include your name and use the subject line “Jeffery Deaver Workshop”.

Reservations will be accepted from Dec 1 until January 17, 2018 or until we reach the 50-attendee cap. If you have previously sent Harriet a request to be added to the list, she will confirm back to you soon. Remember, the workshop is limited to FMWA members as a benefit to our chapter…sorry, because of space limitations, we’ll be unable to accept non-members or walk-ins.

Note: parking at the library is limited but includes a lot across the street. As a courtesy, please leave the main parking spaces open for library patrons.

IMPORTANT: for this meeting only, we will be OFF-SITE from our usual Embassy Suites location. Please also note the TIME CHANGE. This workshop will take the place of the January 2018 meeting; however, we’ll hold a brief business meeting prior to the workshop to introduce the new FMWA board and say goodbye to our departing board members.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2018  


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  • DATE: SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 2018
  • TIME: 9:00 AM to 12:00PM
  • PROGRAM: JEFFERY DEAVER WRITING WORKSHOP
  • PLACE: North Palm Beach Public Library Central, 303 Anchorage Dr., North Palm Beach, FL 33408. Phone (561) 841-3383
  • 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 January 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, FEBRUARY 17, 2018: Please Save The Date.
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