December 19, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

DECEMBER 19, 2015: MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA FLORIDA CHAPTER LUNCHEON

Program: Holiday Party

Happy HolidaysParty! Party!
Food! Food!
Cash Bar!
Holiday Attire!

White Elephant Gift Exchange: It’s not mandatory; to participate, bring a new, unused item – wrapped with no tags. It can be a gift you received and can’t use, or you can buy something – $25 limit, please.

Surprise Game: In the spirit of the holidays, we want to reach out and get to know each and every one of you. So we’re working on a fun, low-stress, mingling exercise designed expressly to help you get to know your FMWA colleagues. Come prepared to be delighted!

DATE: Saturday, December 19, 2015
TIME: 11:30 am—2:00 pm
PLACE: Doubletree by Hilton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, FL 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 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, JANUARY 23, 2016: Please save the date.

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.