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 Topics range from craft to forensics to marketing and are intended for both published and unpublished authors.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.

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Upcoming Meeting Dates: January 19, February 16, March – no monthly meeting – Sleuthfest March 14-17, April 13 (second Saturday), May 18,
June 15. July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16, December 14 (second Saturday)


April 13, 2019 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

DATE: April 13, 2019 (Second Saturday due to Easter weekend)
PROGRAM: “Building an Author’s Online Presence”

Tina KoenigBuilding an author website can be a daunting task. Especially if you’re tech challenged. There are companies that let you build a site for free. However, a free service won’t provide essential features like the ability to back up your content. In this lecture, we’ll go over why an author needs a website, how to choose the best website host for your needs, what those needs are, and how much you can expect to spend. This session will also cover the importance of branding across all your platforms.


Tina Koenig is an award-winning graphic designer and writer. She founded the Internet’s first PR wire service in 1995 and has since held various communication, marketing and fundraising roles that have included working with the Broward County Library System and the Broward Public Library Foundation.

She currently works as a marketing consultant and literary consultant to writers. She guides writers through the publishing process, helps them to develop a signature brand, builds websites (or helps you DIY), plans and executes online and traditional marketing strategies.

Tina is the author of the middle grade historical mystery, A Case of Considerable Consequence. She’s a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, specializing in humorous stories about family. She’s adapted some of those stories into a stand-up comedy show called Gefilte Fish Out of Water. Read more about her at

DATE: SATURDAY, April 13, 2019 (Note: This is the second Saturday as the third Saturday falls on Easter Weekend.)
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. Prepayment by April 9th is strongly urged.

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.

IMPORTANT – if you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at and she will refund your payment less PayPal’s transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!

To reserve and pay via mail:
Step 1–Email with the subject line “FMWA 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.
Step 2– Write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter.”
Step 3-Mail your payment to FMWA Treasurer, 2767 Carambola Cir S., #202, Coconut Creek, FL 33066.
Please make your online reservation by April 9th 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 it space allows.

Next Meeting Date: May 18, 2019

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  • DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019
  • TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:30: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation
  • PROGRAM: “Building an Author’s Online Presence”
  • 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 18, 2018: Please Save The Date.

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