Welcome to the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. FMWA is an organization of published and aspiring authors, booksellers, readers, and other industry professionals pursuing a career or interest in the crime fiction genre.

Monthly Meetings

Our Monthly Meetings feature dynamic speakers and networking opportunities with fellow authors, reviewers, and booksellers. We invite experts to keep us up to date on forensic topics, marketing skills and writing-related subjects. We’d love to have you join us. The cost for the lunch and speaker program is $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Register for a meeting Here.

Upcoming Meeting Dates

SleuthFest 2020 is canceled but The Writers Auction isn’t!

SF Auction

We’ve taken it online! Thanks to our wonderful donors you have the opportunity to help your writing career and help SleuthFest recoup some of our cancellation expenses. The Auction runs for 10 days from Monday, March 23rd to Wednesday, April 1st. Check the site often so as not to get out bid OR choose the BUY NOW option to avoid the anxiety of losing. Everyone is eligible to participate, MWA members and non-members. Feel free to share with your friends & family. https://www.32auctions.com/SleuthFest

SleuthFest 2020 is cancelled. The health and safety of our participants is of paramount concern to us. In order to reduce the potential spread of Covid-19, we must take this action. If you have purchased a manuscript critique, it will become a virtual critique instead of a face to face one. Please be on the lookout for an e-mail with those instructions and details. We are in the process of evaluating refunds after factoring in booking fees and paid expenses. You’ll hear from us shortly. Don’t forget to cancel any hotel and travel reservations you’ve made.

MWA-Florida Chapter thanks all our registrants, volunteers, and presenters. Your ongoing support is crucial to SleuthFest’s future. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

MAY 16; JUNE 20; JULY 18; AUG 15; SEPT 12 (2ND SATURDAY – moved this date as the 3rd Saturday is Rosh Hashanah); OCT 17; NOV 21; DEC 19

Go to our Special Events page for more details on our other events.

Florida Authors Academy

Interested in learning more about the craft and business of writing? Attend Florida Author’s Academy from June through September in Delray Beach. Many of our members are instructors.


SleuthFest is our annual conference. SleuthFest 2020 is cancelled this year due to the coronavirus. This four-day event includes bestselling authors as well as keynote speakers, editors and agents, booksignings, an on-site bookstore, raffles, special social events and more. SleuthFest has garnered a reputation as one of the premier mystery writers’ conferences in the country.







Were you unable to attend Sleuthfest 2019? You can still obtain the CDs or MP3 files. Go here to order: http://vwtapes.com/sleuthfest.aspx. To get the SF discounted price, contact Patrick via the email or phone on his website. Also the recordings from prior Sleuthfests are on sale.

We participate in book festivals and hold meetings for members around the state. To learn more about upcoming dates, visit our Special Events page.

Interested in having a mystery writer speak at your next function? Check out our Speaker’s Bureau page.

And please follow us on our Social Networking sites at Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

For questions other than monthly meeting registration, please contact us at info@MWAFlorida.org







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