September 16, 2017 Luncheon Meeting

SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 Meeting HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to HURRICANE IRMA. Next meeting is Oct. 28 on the fourth Saturday of the month.

DATE: Saturday, September 16, 2017 (Meeting Cancelled as noted above)

PROGRAM: FLORIDA CHAPTER MWA 25TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY

FMWA 25 YearsBreak out the champagne! The Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of  America is 25 years old, and we’re celebrating this milestone with a PARTY! In addition to the usual 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 anniversary party attendees will receive a commemorative party favor celebrating FMWA’s first quarter century. Please register early (by September 13) so that we will be sure to have plenty of cake, champagne, and party favors for all attendees!

TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch and 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:  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 September 13th!

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, OCTOBER 28, 2017 (NOTE: THIS MONTH ONLY THE MEETING IS THE 4TH SATURDAY OF THE MONTH)

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June 17, 2017 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: June 17, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER:  Jaime (“Jemmy”) Legagneur

PROGRAM: Podcasting: THE Publicity Platform for Writers

Being interviewed on a podcast can be a great way to gain exposure for your writing. Join award-winning podcaster Jaime (“Jemmy”) Legagneur as she presents advice on how to get booked as a guest on great shows, with tips for making the most out of your interview (including what NOT to do) and a fun interactive session to get out those nerves. Jaime will also explain the growing medium of podcasting and how it can be THE platform for sharing your work. You have a passion for your writing, and no one could be better at telling your stories than YOU. So, hear straight from the “Podcast Girl of South Florida” how to start your own show!

JaimeSpeaker:  Helping people live their true passion is Jaime (“Jemmy”) Legagneur’s mission, and she has found no more powerful tool than podcasting. Soon after starting her marketing company, Flint Stone Media, in 2014, she launched her Curve the Cube podcast with the idea to inspire people to find their passion and do their thing (outside the cubicle!). By interviewing movers and shakers who have already successfully lived their dream or are unapologetically deep in the trenches, she offers real actionable nuggets to inspire others to go from being dreamers to being doers!

Along the journey of producing her flagship show, podcasting has become her own passion, and Jaime works every day toward the goal of making it a full-time focus. To that end, she co-hosts on two other shows, is the organizer of the Palm Beach Podcasters MeetUp group, and is launching her own network, the Flint Stone Media Podcast Network.

DATE:  SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 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 June 14 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 June 14 so that we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017

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July 16, 2016 Luncheon Meeting

July 16, 2016 Florida Chapter Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

 Holiday Buy in July: A Special Event for FMWA Members

Gifts

Get your holiday gift buying out of the way early this year—and sell copies of your own books, too! Yes, this inaugural event at our Saturday, July 16, 2016 meeting, is our newest member benefit, but it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Here’s how it will work:

*          You will share this form with one (or two) of your more recent titles with Joanne Sinchuk of Murder on Beach by June 25 at noon. (This deadline is FIRM.) Email it to Joanne at murdermb@gate.net

*          She will notify you if she cannot procure your books. If she cannot bring them, you will be given a consignment form so that she can handle the money for you—and you will bring copies of your books to the July meeting.

*          You must sign up to attend our next monthly meeting, Saturday, July 16, at The Addison.

*          Come prepared to sign books—and to buy books from your fellow/sister members. (You might also want to bring ancillary marketing materials such as bookmarks, rack cards, and postcards.)

*          We’ll send you home with a list of books by members, so you can keep buying books from other Florida Chapter of MWA members.

Here are the easy steps you must take:

  1. List your most recent title/s (no more than two):

Book title: _________________________________________

Series?____________________________________________

Author’s name:_____________________________________

ISBN or ASIN:_______________________________________

Publisher’s Name:___________________________________

Retail price:________________________________________

Special price (if any):_________________________________

 

Book title: _________________________________________

Series?____________________________________________

Author’s name:_____________________________________

ISBN or ASIN:_______________________________________

Publisher’s Name:___________________________________

Retail price:________________________________________

Special price (if any):_________________________________

  1. Sign up to attend our luncheon meeting on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at The Addison.(Link: http://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet)
  1. Respond to Joanne PROMPTLY if she cannot procure your books.

Mark your calendars and get this year’s gift buying done early!

DATE:  Saturday, July 16, 2016

TIME: 12:30: Mingling; 1:00: Lunch; 1:45: Business Meeting; 2:00: Presentation

PLACE: The Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 372-0568. Directions: http://theaddisonofbocaraton.com/contact/

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, visit the Chapter website http://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button. Note: You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this site.

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.

 

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May 21, 2016 Luncheon Meeting

May 21, 2016 Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter Luncheon

PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION AND TIME BELOW!!!

GUEST SPEAKER:  John Dufresne                                   

John Dufresne

PROGRAM: NARRATIVE TRANSPORT

Please join us for a special treat with guest John Dufresne, who will be celebrating the I Don't Like Where This Is Goingrelease of his newest book, I Don’t Like Where This is Going. John will talk to us about “narrative transport,” the necessity of letting plot guide your story.

John Dufresne is the author of seven novels, including I Don’t Like Where This is Going and No Regrets, Coyote. Among other honors, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a professor in the MFA program at Florida International University. He lives in Dania Beach, Florida. For more information, please visit www.johndufresne.com.

DATE:  Saturday, May 21, 2016

TIME:  11:00 – 12:30 Board Meeting; 12:30 Social Mingling; 1:00-2:00 Lunch; 1:45 Business Meeting; 2:00-3:00: Presentation; 3:00-3:30 Booksigning: 3:30-4:30 SleuthFest Committee

PLACE: The Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 372-0568. (Use the 11th Street entrance.) Directions: http://theaddisonofbocaraton.com/contact/

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, visit the Chapter website http://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email rwymer55@aol.com with the subject line “MWA 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 Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016:  Please save the date.

January 23, 2016 Luncheon Meeting

JANUARY 23, 2016: FLORIDA CHAPTER MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA LUNCHEON MEETING

PROGRAM: “Writing About Far-Away Places”

So the holidays are over and the winter doldrums have set in (okay, we exaggerate – we know we live in paradise). Regardless, you’re dreaming of a far-flung destination – perhaps one you’ve been, want to go to, or best of all – write about. How do you get the details right? How do your bring a place to life for a reader who’s never been there? How do you avoid offending the locals? Learn these secrets and more from a globe-trotting, multiple award-winning bestselling author.

Charles ToddCharles Todd is the work of New York Times bestselling co-authors and mother-son team Charles and Caroline Todd. They are the authors of 28 novels, a short story anthology, and sixteen short stories. Their Ian Rutledge Series of mystery thrillers have won the Agatha Award, the Barry Award, and received multiple nominations for the Anthony Award, the Edgar, and the Mcallan Silver Dagger Awards. A RED DOOR (2009) was the sixth consecutive novel to receive a starred review from Publishers Weekly. NO SHRED OF EVIDENCE WILL be on sale in February 2016. Their Bess Crawford Series began with A DUTY TO THE DEAD (Harper, 2009) and in 2013, AN UNMARKED GRAVE received the Macavity Historical Mystery Award. The next book in this series will be in stores in August 2016. Charles graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and business and the Culinary Institute of American in Culinary Arts. He has held a number of leadership positions with the Mystery Writers of America. For more information, visit www.charlestodd.com.

DATE: Saturday, January 23, 2016
TIME: 11:30—2:00 (11:30-12:00, social mingling; 12:00-1:00 lunch and business meeting; 1:00-2:00, program).
PLACE: Doubletree by Hilton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (east at Hillsboro Blvd exit from I-95.)
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, visit the Chapter website http://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email rwymer55@aol.com with the subject line “MWA 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 Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

 

 

Nov. 21, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

NOVEMBER 21, 2015: MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA, FLORIDA CHAPTER, LUNCHEON

Guest Speaker: Maryglenn McCombs
Program: “TAKING THE MYSTERY OUT OF SUCCESSFULLY PROMOTING A MYSTERY”

Get the inside scoop on self-promotion and branding for both traditionally published and self-published authors. This presentation will focus on the various types of media – print, online, and broadcast. What works. What doesn’t. What’s new. What’s tired. How to get noticed. How to avoid pitfalls. The types of action that will lift you to the next level.

Maryglenn McCombs started her own publishing company in 1995, then transitioned into Maryglenn McCombsthe role of book publicist in the late ’90s. As a book publicist, she works to create media exposure for books and authors. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Maryglenn serves on the board of the Nashville Humane Association. A South Central Kentucky native, Maryglenn lives in Nashville with her husband, Tim Warnock, and their Old English Sheepdog, Majordomo Billy Bojangles.

DATE: Saturday, November 21, 2015
TIME: 11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM: 1:00—“Taking the Mystery out of Successfully Promoting a Mystery”
PLACE: The Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton FL, 33432 Phone: 561-372-0568
DIRECTIONS: Take I-95 and exit at Palmetto Park Rd – go east.
Take right (south) on S. Dixie Hwy.
Take left (east) on E. Camino Real, then a right into parking lot behind the Addison.The Addison is on the SE corner of S. Dixie Hwy & E. Camino Real.
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, visit the Chapter website http://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email rwymer55@aol.com with the subject line “MWA 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 Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2015: Please save the date.

October 17, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

OCTOBER 17, 2015 FLORIDA CHAPTER, MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA LUNCHEON MEETING

GUEST SPEAKER: Speaker: Alison McMahan
Program: “SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR NOVELISTS”
Learn techniques that screenwriters use as they prepare to write a screenplay: the overall structure, the sequences and scenes, the characters, the character relationships, the point of view, and the relationship of theme to the other parts. Specifically we will look at film sequences (sometimes called the mini-movie method), the Save-the-Cat beat sheet and recent examples where Save the Cat was turned on its head, and how these screenwriting systems can be applied to novels.

Alison McMahanAlison McMahan, Ph.D., is a screenwriter, author and filmmaker. She is the president of Homunculus Productions, a company that produces industrial, educational and documentary films. Her most recent film is Bare Hands and Wooden Limbs (2010) narrated by Sam Waterston. She is currently in post-production on the feature documentary The Eight Faces of Jane (2015). From 1997 to 2001 she was an associate professor, teaching film history and theory and new media at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. She is the author the award-winning book Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002), which was translated into Spanish by Plots Ediciones. The films rights to this book have been sold to a Hollywood agency for production as a documentary, Be Natural. (www.BeNatural.com). She is also the author of The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Hollywood (Bloomsbury 2005). Her latest award-winning screenplay, White Rum, is being marketed by Scriptshark. Her first novel, a historical mystery for young adults, The Saffron Crocus, was published by Black Opal Books in 2014.

DATE: Saturday, October 17, 2015
TIME: 11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM: 1:00—“Screenwriting Tricks for Novelists”
PLACE: Boca Raton Marriott – 5150 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL, 33486. Hotel phone #561.392.4600.  Parking is plentiful and free!
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, visit the Chapter website http://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email rwymer55@aol.com with the subject line “MWA October 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 Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015: Please save the date.

Sept. 19, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

MWA Florida Chapter Luncheon Meeting
Date: September 19, 2015
Guest Speaker: Patrick Kendrick

Program: “Fiery Fiction”

Want to light your writing on fire – literally? Do you have a pyrotechnic protagonist (or antagonist)? Learn about fire science, fire/arson investigation, hazards, emergencies, and incident command systems from a nationally-renowned fire expert and thriller writer.

Patrick KendrickPatrick Kendrick is the award-winning author of ACOUSTIC SHADOWS (Harper Collins, 2015), THE SAVANTS (Suspense Publishing, 2015), EXTENDED FAMILY (Thomas & Mercer, 2012), and PAPA’S PROBLEM (Bluewater Press, 2008). He worked in the fire service for almost thirty years before retiring to write full time. While in the service he also worked as a freelance writer, publishing articles and short stories in numerous newspapers and magazines. He has earned meritorious awards in the fire service as a fire fighter, paramedic, and special operations technician. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and is an internationally accredited Chief Fire Officer. Kendrick was knighted by the Fraternal Order of Police for his articles on crime. He’s won honorable mentions from the Mystery Writers of America and the Beverly Hills Film Festival, the Opus Magnum Award from the Hollywood Film Festival and the Florida Book Award for his first novel, Papa’s Problem. He holds degrees in Fine Art, Fire Science and Executive Leadership.

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
TIME: 11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM: 1:00—”Fiery Fiction”
PLACE: Embassy Suites, 950 South Ocean Drive, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 in the Dominque room.
**Note the change in venue this time only while the Doubletree Hilton is undergoing renovations.
Directions: Take I-95 to Hillsboro (same exit as Doubletree). Drive east on Hillsboro, go over Intracoastal bridge. Take a right (south) on A1A (South Ocean Drive). The Embassy Suites is on the left (ocean side) between SE 9th St. and SE 10th St.
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, visit the Chapter website http://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email rwymer55@aol.com with the subject line “MWA 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 Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, OCTOBER  17, 2015: Please save the date.