January 20, 2018 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: JANUARY 20, 2018 Florida Chapter Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER:  JEFFERY DEAVER 

PROGRAM: JEFFERY DEAVER WRITING WORKSHOP

TIME: 9:00 AM to 12:00PM 

PLACE: North Palm Beach Public Library Central, 303 Anchorage Dr., North Palm Beach, FL 33408. Phone (561) 841-3383  Directions HERE (go to page and click the “Directions” link) 

COST:  FREE for FMWA Members – Lunch is NOT provided

The Florida Chapter of MWA is pleased to announce that MWA president and international bestselling author Jeffery Deaver will present a FREE writing workshop for FMWA members. Mr. Deaver has given his workshop at various MWA chapters across the country and has received rave reviews for his presentation. He’ll be providing handouts – bring your preferred means of notetaking  (electrical outlets may be limited, so laptop users please come fully charged!)

Space is limited to 50 attendees, so please reserve your spot as soon as possible. As this is a FREE presentation, no need to sign up through the website; however, you MUST send your reservation via email to Harriet Ottenheimer at harriet@ottenheimer.com . Please include your name and use the subject line “Jeffery Deaver Workshop”.

Reservations will be accepted from Dec 1 until January 17, 2018 or until we reach the 50-attendee cap. If you have previously sent Harriet a request to be added to the list, she will confirm back to you soon. Remember, the workshop is limited to FMWA members as a benefit to our chapter…sorry, because of space limitations, we’ll be unable to accept non-members or walk-ins.

Note: parking at the library is limited but includes a lot across the street. As a courtesy, please leave the main parking spaces open for library patrons.

IMPORTANT: for this meeting only, we will be OFF-SITE from our usual Embassy Suites location. Please also note the TIME CHANGE. This workshop will take the place of the January 2018 meeting; however, we’ll hold a brief business meeting prior to the workshop to introduce the new FMWA board and say goodbye to our departing board members.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2018  

May 20, 2017 Luncheon Meeting

DATE: MAY 20, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER:  Tim Robertson

PROGRAM: Myth Busting the Fight Scene for Writers 

Cobra self defense

Cobra posterAt some point in your Mystery or Thriller manuscript, you’ll likely find your protagonist facing the wrong end of a weapon — or a fist. Want to write those scenes with greater detail and accuracy? Award-winning martial artist and self-defense instructor Tim Robertson will give you the information you need to pen a fight scene that has punch. With his presentation, “Myth Busting the Fight Scene for Writers”, you’ll learn about situational awareness, “myths” about fighting, survival techniques, and more.

Mr. Robertson asserts that “the absolute best self-defense skills are 90 % mental.” His presentation is based on real life professional experience, studies, and on-going research in the areas of personal safety and self-defense. Not only will his demonstration give you what you need to write a better fight scene, you’ll take away some real-life self-defense tactics.

Tim RobertsonSpeaker:  Timothy Robertson began his training in the Martial Arts in the early 1970’s.  He is a Martial Arts Master and holds black belt rankings in Aikijutsu, Karate and Jujutsu. He is an inductee into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame as Master of the Year 2002 and the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame 2003. In 2008, he was awarded Police Tactics Instructor of the Year by Gold Coast Martial Arts, and in 2009 he was honored by the IFOJJ Martial Arts University Legion of Honor Award for over 35 years of martial arts contribution.

Mr. Robertson is a former certified behavior management instructor, teaching verbal de-escalation techniques and non-lethal control techniques. He is a licensed security officer with the State of Florida (D&G license). He runs and is the lead instructor for the Certified C.O.B.R.A. ™ self-defense training center in Fort Lauderdale, FL — a police academy for civilians. Over the years, he has instructed thousands of men, women, and children to defend themselves by using his proven simple methods that anyone can learn in a very short time.

DATE:  SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:45: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation

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

COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. To guarantee a spot, prepayment by May 17 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.

To reserve and pay via mail: Step 1–Email Harriet at 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 Harriet Ottenheimer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.

Please make your reservation by May 17 so we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017

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March 18, 2017 Luncheon Meeting

MARCH 18, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

DATE: March 18, 2017

TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:45: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation

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

GUEST SPEAKER: Neil Plakcy

PROGRAM: Exploiting Your Bundle of Rights: Promoting and Profiting from Audio, Translations and Short StoriesNeil Plakcy

Our March 18 meeting will feature author Neil Plakcy discussing the writer’s “bundle of rights” connected with any creative work. As the copyright holder, you have the right to publish in multiple formats, media, and languages. If you are traditionally published, you may still have control of many rights, depending on your contract. If you’re self-published, you own all those rights. From audiobooks to translation opportunities to short stories and excerpts, Neil will explain ways to use your rights to promote your longer works, as well as how to assemble them in single-author collections and multi-author bundles for greater reach — and profit.

Speaker: Neil Plakcy is a hybrid author with over thirty novels, story collections and editedThe Next One Will Kill You anthologies under his belt. He began self-publishing his golden retriever mysteries in 2010, and the eighth in that series will be out in 2017. He has shepherded a dozen audiobooks through ACX and two translations through Babelcube, as well as publishing short stories in anthologies such as Murder Most Conventional, published by Malice Domestic. His most recent book is THE NEXT ONE WILL KILL YOU from Diversion Publishing.

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

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT: To reserve and pay online: Fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon Meeting” below and click the “Pay Now” button.

To reserve and pay via mail: Email Harriet at 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. Write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter.” Mail your payment to Harriet Ottenheimer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.

Please make your reservation by March 15!

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017

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