Monthly Meetings

Florida Chapter of MWA monthly meetings offer members the chance to socialize, learn about their craft, get inspired, and exchange industry news. We meet on the third Saturday of each month. At our lunch meetings, we offer entertaining, educational programs by accomplished speakers. Topics range from craft to forensics to marketing and are intended for both published and unpublished authors. We welcome other professionals in the fields of writing and publishing, plus those who simply appreciate reading a good mystery novel. The cost for the lunch and speaker program is $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Check our Special Events page for meetings held in other locations around the state.

Upcoming Meeting Dates
April 21, May 19

DATE: APRIL 21, 2018, Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Lunch Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER:  Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow

PROGRAM:  The Challenges of Being a Police Chief in a Thriving South Florida Town

The job of Police Chief encompasses more than simply making sure that felons are brought to justice. It requires managing large scale events, crime scene management, media challenges, management of high profile cases, personnel related issues, future trends in criminality, and leveraging technology to prevent and solve crimes. If you want to lend some authenticity to your crime mysteries or police procedurals, you do not want to miss this special event! 

Chief Kitzerow

Speaker:  Chief Frank Kitzerow was appointed Chief of Police for the Jupiter Police Department in October, 2005. Chief Kitzerow began his career with the Fairfax County, Virginia Police Department where he worked for twenty-five years. He served in a variety of positions including patrol, aviation, paramedic, traffic, emergency communications, and district commander. He commanded the Criminal Investigations Bureau overseeing investigations relating to major crimes, organized crimes and narcotics, and money laundering.

After the September 11th terrorist attacks, Chief Kitzerow started a Criminal Intelligence Unit and collaborated with the FBI to establish a Regional Intelligence Center. During the DC Beltway area sniper shootings, Chief Kitzerow organized and commanded the Fairfax Multi-Jurisdictional Task Forces for investigating and prosecuting the criminals involved. Chief Kitzerow played a pivotal role in developing and implementing a collaborative and state-wide police information sharing consortium known as LEX, which involves more than twenty law enforcement agencies in Palm Beach County. He holds a B.S. in Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

TIME:  11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:30: 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. Note: Prepayment is required to guarantee a reservation.

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 with the subject line “FMWA Meeting” and the meeting date 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 FMWA Treasurer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.

Please make your online reservation by APRIL 18 or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows. 

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018

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  • DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018
  • TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:30: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation
  • PROGRAM: The Challenges of Being a Police Chief in a Thriving South Florida Town
  • PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487
  • 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, fill out the "Sign up for Luncheon meeting," above and click the "Pay Now" PayPal button.
  • NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018: Please Save The Date.

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