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 Topics range from craft to forensics to marketing and are intended for both published and unpublished authors.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
July 21, August 18

DATE: July 21, 2018 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
GUEST SPEAKER: Richard Wickliffe
PROGRAM: Perils and Payoffs: The Risky Business of Researching for Fiction

Program: Is the world-weary detective or P.I. in crime novels becoming cliché? Learn about a type of sleuth that has no jurisdictional limits to investigate a wide range of creative crimes. From Russian mob, to human smuggling, to art heists, to cybercrimes. And this little-publicized world is in our own backyard.

Richard WickliffeSpeaker: Richard Wickliffe was awarded gold for Best Popular Fiction at the Florida Book Awards for his last thriller Storm Crashers, which was previously optioned by Twentieth Century Fox. “Rich” enjoys speaking about creative crimes including the FBI’s InfraGard Counterterrorism seminars and conferences in Vegas committed to accuracy in crime writing. He is the recipient of the FBI’s Exceptional Service in the Public Interest Award.

For over twenty years, Rich has managed a team of investigators for one of the nation’s largest insurers. His published articles cover a range from human smuggling from Cuba; Russian organized crime operating false clinics and staged accidents; cybercrimes and other creative schemes.

DATE: SATURDAY, July 21, 2018
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 July 18 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 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!

To reserve and pay via mail:
Step 1–Email harriet@ottenheimer.com 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, 2301 S. Ocean Dr. #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019

Please make your online reservation by July 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 it space allows.

Next Meeting Date: Saturday August 18, 2018.


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  • DATE: SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018
  • TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:30: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation
  • PROGRAM: Perils and Payoffs: The Risky Business of Researching for Fiction
  • 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, AUGUST 18, 2018: Please Save The Date.
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