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 Topics range from craft to forensics to marketing and are intended for both published and unpublished authors.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: Dec. 15, Jan. 19

DATE: December 15, 2018, Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER: Michael Joy (starring as the pirate gift giver)

PROGRAM: Happy Holidays, FMWA Chapter!

Holiday Party

Program: It’s our annual Holiday Party, come to have fun. For this month only, you may invite a guest (or two) for $25! Our luncheon will be a holiday-themed meal, and you’ll be able to enjoy a complimentary glass of red or white wine with it. We’ll also be holding our Pirate Gift Exchange. If you’d like to participate, bring a present with a value of no more than $25 (no books, please – we’re writers, we have plenty of them already!). Gifts should be placed in a gift bag only to speed up the opening process! Guests who want to participate in the gift exchange should bring a present, as well.

Holiday Costume Contest! Attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite holiday attire! It can be outrageously tacky or sublimely elegant, as long as it fits the holiday season. A winner will be picked for best costume and win a $50 certificate for Murder On The Beach Bookstore!

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; $25 for non-members-THIS MONTH ONLY FOR THE PARTY. Prepayment by December 12 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, 2301 S. Ocean Dr. #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019

Please make your online reservation by DECEMBER 12 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, January 19, 2019

Sign Up for Luncheon Meeting:

Meeting Fee (Choose one): Name(s)--and member/guest Contact Email

  • TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; Party!
  • PROGRAM: Holiday Party
  • 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, JANUARY 19, 2018: Please Save The Date.

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