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 

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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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Nov. 19, 2016 Luncheon Meeting

November 19, 2016 Florida Chapter Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

PROGRAM: National Novel Writing Month—Get Your Work-in-Progress Done!

Joanna Campbell SlanSPEAKER: Joanna Campbell Slan

November is National Novel Writing Month. To help you, Joanna will share proven techniques that will work for any writer, at any stage of his/her career. These strategies will help get your work done!

You will learn:

  • A plotting device that will speed you along as you structure your book.
  • A technique for when you’re stuck and don’t know what to write next.
  • A way to work that will maximize your brain’s natural rhythms.
  • How to re-structure your book when it doesn’t hang together.
  • A product that will help you survive the pain of carpal tunnel.

Joanna Campbell Slan is the author of more than 30 books. This year alone, she’ll release eight new titles.

DATE:  Saturday, November 19, 2016

TIME: 12:30: Mingling; 1:00: Lunch; 1:45: Business Meeting; 2:00: Presentation

PLACE: The Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 372-0568. Directions: http://theaddisonofbocaraton.com/contact/

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

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   To reserve and pay through PayPal, visit the Chapter website https://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button. Note: You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this site.

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.  Then write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter” and mail to Harriet Ottenheimer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.

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January 23, 2016 Luncheon Meeting

JANUARY 23, 2016: FLORIDA CHAPTER MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA LUNCHEON MEETING

PROGRAM: “Writing About Far-Away Places”

So the holidays are over and the winter doldrums have set in (okay, we exaggerate – we know we live in paradise). Regardless, you’re dreaming of a far-flung destination – perhaps one you’ve been, want to go to, or best of all – write about. How do you get the details right? How do your bring a place to life for a reader who’s never been there? How do you avoid offending the locals? Learn these secrets and more from a globe-trotting, multiple award-winning bestselling author.

Charles ToddCharles Todd is the work of New York Times bestselling co-authors and mother-son team Charles and Caroline Todd. They are the authors of 28 novels, a short story anthology, and sixteen short stories. Their Ian Rutledge Series of mystery thrillers have won the Agatha Award, the Barry Award, and received multiple nominations for the Anthony Award, the Edgar, and the Mcallan Silver Dagger Awards. A RED DOOR (2009) was the sixth consecutive novel to receive a starred review from Publishers Weekly. NO SHRED OF EVIDENCE WILL be on sale in February 2016. Their Bess Crawford Series began with A DUTY TO THE DEAD (Harper, 2009) and in 2013, AN UNMARKED GRAVE received the Macavity Historical Mystery Award. The next book in this series will be in stores in August 2016. Charles graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and business and the Culinary Institute of American in Culinary Arts. He has held a number of leadership positions with the Mystery Writers of America. For more information, visit www.charlestodd.com.

DATE: Saturday, January 23, 2016
TIME: 11:30—2:00 (11:30-12:00, social mingling; 12:00-1:00 lunch and business meeting; 1:00-2:00, program).
PLACE: Doubletree by Hilton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (east at Hillsboro Blvd exit from I-95.)
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, visit the Chapter website https://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email rwymer55@aol.com with the subject line “MWA January 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. Then write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter” and mail to Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

 

 

December 19, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

DECEMBER 19, 2015: MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA FLORIDA CHAPTER LUNCHEON

Program: Holiday Party

Happy HolidaysParty! Party!
Food! Food!
Cash Bar!
Holiday Attire!

White Elephant Gift Exchange: It’s not mandatory; to participate, bring a new, unused item – wrapped with no tags. It can be a gift you received and can’t use, or you can buy something – $25 limit, please.

Surprise Game: In the spirit of the holidays, we want to reach out and get to know each and every one of you. So we’re working on a fun, low-stress, mingling exercise designed expressly to help you get to know your FMWA colleagues. Come prepared to be delighted!

DATE: Saturday, December 19, 2015
TIME: 11:30 am—2:00 pm
PLACE: Doubletree by Hilton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 (east at Hillsboro Blvd exit from I-95).
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, visit the Chapter website https://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email rwymer55@aol.com with the subject line “MWA 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. Then write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter” and mail to Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 2016: Please save the date.

Nov. 21, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

NOVEMBER 21, 2015: MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA, FLORIDA CHAPTER, LUNCHEON

Guest Speaker: Maryglenn McCombs
Program: “TAKING THE MYSTERY OUT OF SUCCESSFULLY PROMOTING A MYSTERY”

Get the inside scoop on self-promotion and branding for both traditionally published and self-published authors. This presentation will focus on the various types of media – print, online, and broadcast. What works. What doesn’t. What’s new. What’s tired. How to get noticed. How to avoid pitfalls. The types of action that will lift you to the next level.

Maryglenn McCombs started her own publishing company in 1995, then transitioned into Maryglenn McCombsthe role of book publicist in the late ’90s. As a book publicist, she works to create media exposure for books and authors. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Maryglenn serves on the board of the Nashville Humane Association. A South Central Kentucky native, Maryglenn lives in Nashville with her husband, Tim Warnock, and their Old English Sheepdog, Majordomo Billy Bojangles.

DATE: Saturday, November 21, 2015
TIME: 11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM: 1:00—“Taking the Mystery out of Successfully Promoting a Mystery”
PLACE: The Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton FL, 33432 Phone: 561-372-0568
DIRECTIONS: Take I-95 and exit at Palmetto Park Rd – go east.
Take right (south) on S. Dixie Hwy.
Take left (east) on E. Camino Real, then a right into parking lot behind the Addison.The Addison is on the SE corner of S. Dixie Hwy & E. Camino Real.
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, visit the Chapter website https://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email rwymer55@aol.com with the subject line “MWA 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. Then write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter” and mail to Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2015: Please save the date.

October 17, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

OCTOBER 17, 2015 FLORIDA CHAPTER, MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA LUNCHEON MEETING

GUEST SPEAKER: Speaker: Alison McMahan
Program: “SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR NOVELISTS”
Learn techniques that screenwriters use as they prepare to write a screenplay: the overall structure, the sequences and scenes, the characters, the character relationships, the point of view, and the relationship of theme to the other parts. Specifically we will look at film sequences (sometimes called the mini-movie method), the Save-the-Cat beat sheet and recent examples where Save the Cat was turned on its head, and how these screenwriting systems can be applied to novels.

Alison McMahanAlison McMahan, Ph.D., is a screenwriter, author and filmmaker. She is the president of Homunculus Productions, a company that produces industrial, educational and documentary films. Her most recent film is Bare Hands and Wooden Limbs (2010) narrated by Sam Waterston. She is currently in post-production on the feature documentary The Eight Faces of Jane (2015). From 1997 to 2001 she was an associate professor, teaching film history and theory and new media at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. She is the author the award-winning book Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002), which was translated into Spanish by Plots Ediciones. The films rights to this book have been sold to a Hollywood agency for production as a documentary, Be Natural. (www.BeNatural.com). She is also the author of The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Hollywood (Bloomsbury 2005). Her latest award-winning screenplay, White Rum, is being marketed by Scriptshark. Her first novel, a historical mystery for young adults, The Saffron Crocus, was published by Black Opal Books in 2014.

DATE: Saturday, October 17, 2015
TIME: 11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM: 1:00—“Screenwriting Tricks for Novelists”
PLACE: Boca Raton Marriott – 5150 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL, 33486. Hotel phone #561.392.4600.  Parking is plentiful and free!
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, visit the Chapter website https://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email rwymer55@aol.com with the subject line “MWA October 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. Then write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter” and mail to Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2015: Please save the date.

Sept. 19, 2015 Luncheon Meeting

MWA Florida Chapter Luncheon Meeting
Date: September 19, 2015
Guest Speaker: Patrick Kendrick

Program: “Fiery Fiction”

Want to light your writing on fire – literally? Do you have a pyrotechnic protagonist (or antagonist)? Learn about fire science, fire/arson investigation, hazards, emergencies, and incident command systems from a nationally-renowned fire expert and thriller writer.

Patrick KendrickPatrick Kendrick is the award-winning author of ACOUSTIC SHADOWS (Harper Collins, 2015), THE SAVANTS (Suspense Publishing, 2015), EXTENDED FAMILY (Thomas & Mercer, 2012), and PAPA’S PROBLEM (Bluewater Press, 2008). He worked in the fire service for almost thirty years before retiring to write full time. While in the service he also worked as a freelance writer, publishing articles and short stories in numerous newspapers and magazines. He has earned meritorious awards in the fire service as a fire fighter, paramedic, and special operations technician. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and is an internationally accredited Chief Fire Officer. Kendrick was knighted by the Fraternal Order of Police for his articles on crime. He’s won honorable mentions from the Mystery Writers of America and the Beverly Hills Film Festival, the Opus Magnum Award from the Hollywood Film Festival and the Florida Book Award for his first novel, Papa’s Problem. He holds degrees in Fine Art, Fire Science and Executive Leadership.

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
TIME: 11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM: 1:00—”Fiery Fiction”
PLACE: Embassy Suites, 950 South Ocean Drive, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 in the Dominque room.
**Note the change in venue this time only while the Doubletree Hilton is undergoing renovations.
Directions: Take I-95 to Hillsboro (same exit as Doubletree). Drive east on Hillsboro, go over Intracoastal bridge. Take a right (south) on A1A (South Ocean Drive). The Embassy Suites is on the left (ocean side) between SE 9th St. and SE 10th St.
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, visit the Chapter website https://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email rwymer55@aol.com with the subject line “MWA 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. Then write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter” and mail to Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, OCTOBER  17, 2015: Please save the date.