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.

June 20, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

JUNE 20, 2015: MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA, FLORIDA CHAPTER, LUNCHEON

Guest Speaker: Carla Norton
Program: “The Whole Truth and Other Fiction”

Carla Norton never dreamed of writing true crime until one story grabbed her and wouldn’t let go. She’ll share the whole truth about how she quit her job as an associate editor in Tokyo to cover a sensational trial in California and write a #1 New York Times bestseller. Later, she turned that true-life victim into the fictional heroine of two novels. She’ll discuss research, psychopaths, expert witnesses, and Stockholm syndrome, while answering questions such as:
• How does crafting fiction differ from writing true crime?
• What are the risks of being sued?
• When do you need a life story agreement?
• Is a conviction necessary? What if the villain walks free?
• How can you use true crime to fuel your fiction?

carla nortonCarla Norton is a novelist, journalist, and true crime writer. Her debut fiction, THE EDGE OF NORMAL, was internationally released in 2013 and was a Thriller Award finalist in 2014. The sequel, WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER, is coming in June, 2015. Carla has also written two books of true crime, including PERFECT VICTIM, which was put on the reading list for the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit and became a #1 New York Times bestseller.
Website: http://CarlaNorton.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarlaJNorton
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carla-Norton-Novelist-True-Crime-Writer/487033361332124

DATE: Saturday, June 20, 2015
TIME: 11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM: 1:00—“The Whole Truth and Other Fiction”
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 June 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, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015: Please save the date.

May 16, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

May 16, 2015: MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA, FLORIDA CHAPTER, LUNCHEON MEETING

GUEST SPEAKER: Emily Krupin, Assistant Editor from Harlequin
Program: “Queries and Pitches: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
Bonus: Pitch Sessions Following Presentation

How do you grab an editor’s or agent’s attention with a query letter or pitch? What makes them request a full manuscript versus send you a form rejection letter? Worse, what makes them scream and tear their hair out? This month’s speaker will address these questions as well as discuss print and e-book imprints at Harlequin that are open to unagented submissions in the mystery, suspense, and thriller genres. As a bonus, Ms. Krupin will take pitches following her presentation.

Emily KrupinEmily Krupin is the Assistant Editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, which justifies her fascination with serial killer stories and other startling scenarios. She works on several lines at Harlequin, from historical to Christian romances, but her home line is the perfect balance of suspense and romance. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College she edited higher education textbooks, which may or may not have contributed to her enthusiastic jump to the thriller genre. Outside of work you can usually find her at the local bookstore, stalking a stranger’s adorable dog on the street, or trying out a new recipe. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyKrupin.

**In order to give a five or ten minute pitch (time to be determined), you must have a completed book-length work of fiction. To be added to the list, send an email to Vicki Landis at bookpainter319@hotmail.com with “Editor Pitch” in the Subject line and your full name in the body of the message.

DATE: Saturday, May 16, 2015
TIME: 11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM: 1:00—“Queries and Pitches: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
PLACE: Doubletree by Hilton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (east at Hillsboro Blvd exit from I-95.)
COST: $15 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.

**NOTE the special discount is for FMWA members as a member benefit this month only. But you must pay by check to Rick Wymer in advance. Email rwymer55@aol.com with the subject line “MWA May 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 for $15 payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter” and mail to Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT: For guests 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.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2015: Please save the date.

 

April 18, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

APRIL 18, 2015: FLORIDA CHAPTER, MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA – LUNCH MEETING

GUEST SPEAKER: Rory J. McMahon
Program: “Financial Fraud Florida-Style”

Florida seems to attract fraudsters of all stripes. Who are they? How they get away with it (when they do)? How they get caught? How fast do they adapt to changing laws, enforcement, and investigation methods? How much do they haul in? How does a Ponzi scheme work (and fail)? How in the world are these cons … well, confident enough to do it? What are the latest rip-off trends? Learn all this, PLUS hear fascinating cases from a leading national authority on fraud investigation.

Rory McMahonFormer federal probation officer and college instructor Rory J. McMahon has been the President of R.J. McMahon and Associates, Inc. since 1991. Although this is a full service detective agency, Rory specializes in criminal, civil and background investigations. Rory is a Certified Legal Investigator, Florida Certified Investigator, Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He is the author of seven textbooks, including FRAUD INVESTIGATION and PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS. www.mcmahonpi.com

DATE: Saturday, April 18, 2015
TIME: 11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM: 1:00—“Bank Fraud”
PLACE: Doubletree by Hilton (formerly Deerfield Beach 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 “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 Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015: Please save the date.

January 17, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

January 17, 2015 Luncheon Meeting, Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Karen Dodge
Program: “Personality Disorders: The Weird, the Wild, and the Wacky”

What’s the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath? A narcissist and a borderline? Just what is a personality disorder, and what (if any) is its relationship to crime? How can you create realistic characters who have personality disorders? Using case examples from her practice and research and from popular culture, a renowned expert will discuss types of personality disorders and what drives these individuals.

Karen DodgeKaren Dodge, Ph.D., is Director of Neuro-rehabilitation at Caron Renaissance, a nationally-leading addiction treatment facility located in Boca Raton. She is a specialist in the treatment of dual diagnosis (addiction coupled with mental or personality disorders) and in the science of the addicted brain. Among her extensive background in treatment and research, she has participated in a research project on the brain activity of serial killers. Dr. Dodge holds a Ph.D. in social work from Florida International University.

DATE: Saturday, January 17, 2015
TIME: 11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM: 1:00—”Personality Disorders: The Weird, the Wild, and the Wacky”
PLACE: Doubletree by Hilton (formerly Deerfield Beach 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, scroll down on this page, 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.