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 Topics range from craft to forensics to marketing and are intended for both published and unpublished authors.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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It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of SleuthFest 2020. The health and safety of our participants is of paramount concern to us. In order to help reduce the potential spread of Covid-19, we must take this action. If you have purchased a manuscript critique, it will become a virtual critique instead of a face to face one. Please be on the lookout for an e-mail with those instructions and details. We are in the process of evaluating refunds after factoring in booking fees and paid expenses. You’ll hear from us shortly. Don’t forget to cancel any hotel and travel reservations you’ve made. MWA-Florida Chapter thanks all our registrants, volunteers, and presenters. Your ongoing support is crucial to SleuthFest’s future. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.
Regular Monthly Meetings will resume when it is safe to do so. Otherwise, here are the projected dates: 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
DATE: February 15, 2019 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
PROGRAM: Writing the Dreaded Query Letter
Alan Orloff’s thriller, PRAY FOR THE INNOCENT, won the 2019 ITW Thriller Award for Best E-Book Original. His debut mystery, DIAMONDS FOR THE DEAD, was an Agatha Award finalist; his story, “Dying in Dokesville,” won a 2019 Derringer Award; and “Rule Number One” was selected for THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2018. His first PI novel, I KNOW WHERE YOU SLEEP, was released from Down & Out Books this week, and he’ll be appearing at Murder on the Beach next Saturday, Feb 22 at 5:00 pm.
Alan loves cake and arugula, but not together. Never together
“Writing the Dreaded Query Letter”
You’ve spent months (or years) of your life—not to mention copious amounts of blood, sweat, and tears—writing a dynamite novel. Don’t simply spend five minutes slapping together a weak query letter; you owe it to yourself to write a great one that will break through the slush-clutter at top literary agencies. Learn how to entice your dream agent into reading your masterpiece by writing a tight query that really sings—while avoiding those pitfalls that will land your query in the trash!
DATE: SATURDAY, February 15, 2020
TIME: 12:00 Mingling | 12:15: Lunch | 12:45: Business Meeting | 1:15: Presentation
PLACE: DOUBLETREE BY HILTON: 100 Fairway Dr, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441; Get Directions Here
COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Prepayment by February 10th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 February 10th, 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.
- DATE: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2020
- TIME: 12:00 Mingling | 12:15: Lunch | 12:45: Business Meeting | 1:15: Presentation
- PROGRAM: "Writing the Dreaded Query Letter
- PLACE: DOUBLETREE BY HILTON: 100 Fairway Dr, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
- 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 SLEUTHFEST: Please Save The Date.