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 Topics range from craft to forensics to marketing and are intended for both published and unpublished authors.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
April 22 (In observance of Easter and the Tax weekend, meeting date changed) May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, 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: APRIL 22, 2017 Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER:  Dianna Collier

PROGRAM: Agents and Authors: the Good, the Bad, and the Vital Dianna Collier

Our April 22 meeting will feature literary agent Dianna Collier, who’ll discuss the value of an agent and explain why authors wishing to go the traditionally-published route almost always require one. For those authors who are already agented, she’ll give hints on how they can improve the author/agent relationship. She also will discuss how an author can leave that relationship gracefully—and knowing when they should. For those writers who are currently are unagented, she will outline the basics: various ways of finding an agent and how to keep one; presenting material; the query letter and its additional value; and agency contracts.

Speaker:  Dianna Collier is both owner and agent at Collier & Associates, a boutique literary agency based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She grew up in New Jersey and Florida, graduating from Boston University with a degree in languages and political science. Her first position was with Blaisdell Publishing in Boston as an editorial assistant. She later moved to New York City and worked for a tobacco magazine as assistant editor. In the 1980s, she worked with Collier Associates selling award-winning cookbooks before later joining the firm as a literary agent.

In 1994, Ms. Collier took over the agency and moved it to West Palm Beach. At that time, she expanded the agency’s representation from predominantly non-fiction titles to include a larger number of fiction works: war novels, mysteries, thrillers, cozies, and romances. The agency’s nonfiction interests continue to include biographies and autobiographies of well-known people; popular works of political subjects and history; true crime; exposes; books for the general reader on investment and business; and cookbooks by highly qualified authors. Of course, their primary interests are in well-written material presented in an unusual way.

DATE:  SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 (Please note: because of the Easter holiday and Tax Day weekend, we have pushed out this meeting only from the 3rd Saturday of the month to the 4th Saturday)

TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:45: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation

PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487

COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. In order to guarantee a spot, RSVPs are strongly urged.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT: To pay via PayPal, 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: 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. Write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter.” Mail your payment to Harriet Ottenheimer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.

Please make your reservation by April 19 so that we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

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  • DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017
  • TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:45: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation
  • PROGRAM: "Agents and Authors: the Good, the Bad, and the Vital"
  • 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 April 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, MAY 20, 2017: Please Save The Date.
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