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 Topics range from craft to forensics to marketing and are intended for both published and unpublished authors.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: Nov. 17, Dec. 15

DATE: November 17, 2018, Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
GUEST SPEAKER: Micki Browning
PROGRAM: “Into the Depths”

Program: Almost 20 percent of Florida is underwater, including miles of inland and coastal waterways—and that doesn’t include the ocean that laps at our shores. While a beautiful backdrop for a story, water complicates crime scenes. Retired police captain, professional divemaster and author Micki Browning will share how credible details can help your sleuth unravel an underwater scene, adding depth and interest to your story.

During this presentation, we’ll cover the basics of underwater crime scene investigation, evidence collection, and equipment requirements. We’ll also discuss accidental deaths while diving, the physiological process of drowning, and the marine critters that make your sleuth’s life difficult.

Micki BrowningSpeaker: An FBI National Academy graduate, Micki Browning worked in municipal law enforcement for more than two decades and retired as a division commander. She is the author of the award-winning Mer Cavallo Mystery series set in the Florida Keys. Her debut novel, Adrift, is nominated for the 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. It won both the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence and the Royal Palm Literary Award prior to its publication. Her latest thriller, Beached, launched in January 2018.

BeachedMicki also writes short stories and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in dive magazines, anthologies, mystery magazines and textbooks. She lives in South Florida with her partner in crime and a vast array of scuba equipment she uses for “research.”

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

COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Prepayment by November14 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.

If you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer at harriet@ottenheimer.com 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!

IMPORTANT NOTE: BECAUSE OUR TREASURER WILL BE OUT OF THE COUNTRY IN NOVEMBER, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT MAILED CHECKS, OR PAYMENT AT THE DOOR FOR THIS MONTH’S PRESENTATION. ALL PAYMENTS FOR THE NOVEMBER MEETING MUST BE VIA PAYPAL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

Please make your online reservation by MAY 16 so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! 

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2018 – HOLIDAY PARTY!


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  • DATE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018
  • TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:30: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation
  • PROGRAM: Into the Depths
  • 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, DECEMBER 15, 2018: Please Save The Date.
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