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 Topics range from craft to forensics to marketing and are intended for both published and unpublished authors.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 14; JAN 25 (4TH SATURDAY); FEB 15; MARCH >> SKIP — SLEUTHFEST
APRIL 18; MAY 16; JUNE 20; JULY 18; AUG 15; SEPT 12 (2ND SATURDAY – moved this date as the 3rd Saturday is Rosh Hashanah); OCT 17; NOV 21; DEC 19

 

December 14, 2019 Monthly Meeting of FMWA

DATE: DECEMBER 14, 2019, Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Lunch Meeting 

PROGRAM:  JOINT FMWA/FRW HOLIDAY PARTY!

happy holidays

Program:   ‘Tis the season for our annual Holiday Party…and this year, to make it even more fun, we’ll be joined by our friends at Florida Romance Writers! Help us celebrate the holidays and the end of 2019 with lots of food, fun, and fellowship. Party activities include: 

  • Buffet Luncheon with a Holiday Theme
  • Cash Bar sponsored by Florida Romance Writers
  • Tacky Holiday Finery Competition…wear your most outlandish holiday attire for a chance to win a bottle of wine courtesy of FRW
  • Gift Exchange…participation is optional, but if you’d like to take part, bring a wrapped gift valued at no more than $25. Always popular are gifts of wine/liquor, writing-themed items, and anything with flamingos! (NO books, please – we’re all writers, and we have plenty already!)

In addition to the fun, we’re also keeping the Spirit of the Season by helping out a good cause with a literary theme. Bank of Book is a mom and pop used bookstore in Ventura CA that has been providing gifts of books to those families who’ve lost everything in the recent wildfires. But they’ve been beset by troubles of their own while they try to help. We’ll have fliers at the party which will explain how you can assist all these folks in their time of need. Feel free to bring a few dollars donation to the party, which we’ll collect and send on to Bank of Book. We’ll also have mailing instructions if you’d like to donate books for distribution to the fire victims (this is an “on your own” project–please don’t bring books to the party!). Finally, we’ll have a link to Bank of Book’s GoFundMe page if you’d care to help them in their legal battle.

You’re welcome to bring a spouse/friend/SO to our gala as your guest. And, as FMWA’s gift to you, for the Holiday Party everyone pays the FMWA member rate of $25. (See instruction below for link. From the drop down menu on the signup page, chose either “MWA Member” @ $25 or “2 Members” @ $50 if you’re bringing a guest. FRW members, sign up as a member but please add “FRW” after your name.)

VERY IMPORTANT… because of the number of members and guests expected, we MUST have our final number of attendees to the hotel early. Please sign up NO LATER than noon on Thursday December 12 to guarantee a spot!

TIME:  11:30: Mingling and Cash Bar
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch and PAR-TAY!

PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487. Get Directions Here

COST:  $25 for MWA members, FRW members, and guests. 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.

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 ray@rayflynt.com and he 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 ray@rayflynt.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, 2767 Carambola Cir S., #202, Coconut Creek, FL 33066.

Please make your online reservation by NOON on DECEMBER 12, or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020 (the 4th Saturday of the Month) at our NEW meeting location, the DoubleTree by Hilton in Deerfield Beach.


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  • DATE: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019
  • TIME: 11:30 AM Mingling and Cash Bar; 12:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch and 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 25, 2020: Please Save The Date.
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