June 18, 2016 Luncheon Meeting

June 18, 2016  Florida Chapter Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER:  Judi Ciance

PROGRAM: VISUALIZED MERCHANDISING

Learn all about selling your books at craft fairs and festivals. Find out the secrets of making your visit productive, setting up displays, creating signage, developing the right personnel image, offering handouts, and important do’s and don’ts.

Judi CianceFor many years, Judi Ciance wrote articles, short stories, and poetry “just for fun.” Once her husband retired, after thirty years on the Worcester (MA) Police Department, they moved to their house on Cape Cod. She then went to work at the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, initially as part of the drug partnership grant and finally as an Assistant Deputy Superintendent, Director of Finance. In between, Judi served as the policy and procedure coordinator, supervised the grant writer, and functioned as a transition team member for the county’s new state-of-the-art correctional facility. After taking early retirement and moving to Florida, she went back to the ‘fun’ writing on a full-time basis. That’s when the Casey Quinby Mystery Series began. Last November (2015) the fourth book in the series, A TALE of TWO LOBSTERS, hit the stands. Judi’s fifth book is scheduled for this October.A Tale of Two Lobsters

DATE:  Saturday, June 18, 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.

To reserve and pay via mail: email rwymer55@aol.com with the subject line “FMWA 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.

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April 16, 2016 Luncheon Meeting

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

PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION AND TIME BELOW!!!

Elaine VietsGUEST SPEAKER: Elaine Viets

DEATH INVESTIGATOR BASICS
Ever hear of a death investigator? He or she works for the medical examiner’s office. At a murder, while the police are in charge of the crime scene, the DI has charge of the body, photographing it, noting the injuries, clothing, jewelry, etc. Learn about proper ways and pitfalls of body identification, how to figure out who was driving when bodies have been moved or thrown out of a vehicle during an accident, the best way to get body core temperature, the importance of asking for blood samples taken at the hospital before the survivors were treated, and other tips that will give your mysteries authenticity. The talk will include handouts.

Award-winning author Elaine Viets’s mysteries span the full range of the genre — hardboiled, cozy, and funny, traditional mysteries. Elaine’s 15th Dead-End Job mystery, THE ART OF MURDER, featuring South Florida private detectives Helen Hawthorne and her husband, Phil Sagemont, debuts as a hardcover in May. She’s also written ten Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper mysteries. Elaine started writing dark mysteries with the four-book Francesca Vierling newspaper series.

BrainstormElaine took the MedicoLegal Death Investigators Course for forensic professionals at St. Louis University’s School of Medicine. BRAIN STORM, the first book in her new Angela Richman Death Investigator series, will be published in August. In this novel, Elaine returns to her hardboiled roots and draws on her personal experiences as a stroke survivor, as well as her studies in the Death Investigators Course. Elaine is a director-at-large of the Mystery Writers of America and a frequent contributor to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine as well as anthologies edited by Charlaine Harris and Lawrence Block. Viets has won the Anthony, Agatha, and Lefty Awards.

DATE: Saturday, April 16, 2016
TIME: 12:30 p.m.
PLACE: Solano Room, The Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
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 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 21, 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.

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.