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DATE: MAY 20, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER:  Tim Robertson

PROGRAM: Myth Busting the Fight Scene for Writers 

Cobra self defense

Cobra posterAt some point in your Mystery or Thriller manuscript, you’ll likely find your protagonist facing the wrong end of a weapon — or a fist. Want to write those scenes with greater detail and accuracy? Award-winning martial artist and self-defense instructor Tim Robertson will give you the information you need to pen a fight scene that has punch. With his presentation, “Myth Busting the Fight Scene for Writers”, you’ll learn about situational awareness, “myths” about fighting, survival techniques, and more.

Mr. Robertson asserts that “the absolute best self-defense skills are 90 % mental.” His presentation is based on real life professional experience, studies, and on-going research in the areas of personal safety and self-defense. Not only will his demonstration give you what you need to write a better fight scene, you’ll take away some real-life self-defense tactics.

Tim RobertsonSpeaker:  Timothy Robertson began his training in the Martial Arts in the early 1970’s.  He is a Martial Arts Master and holds black belt rankings in Aikijutsu, Karate and Jujutsu. He is an inductee into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame as Master of the Year 2002 and the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame 2003. In 2008, he was awarded Police Tactics Instructor of the Year by Gold Coast Martial Arts, and in 2009 he was honored by the IFOJJ Martial Arts University Legion of Honor Award for over 35 years of martial arts contribution.

Mr. Robertson is a former certified behavior management instructor, teaching verbal de-escalation techniques and non-lethal control techniques. He is a licensed security officer with the State of Florida (D&G license). He runs and is the lead instructor for the Certified C.O.B.R.A. ™ self-defense training center in Fort Lauderdale, FL — a police academy for civilians. Over the years, he has instructed thousands of men, women, and children to defend themselves by using his proven simple methods that anyone can learn in a very short time.

DATE:  SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

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; Get Directions Here

COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. To guarantee a spot, prepayment by May 17 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 May 17 so we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017

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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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