January 20, 2018 Luncheon Meeting

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



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  

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


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




May 21, 2016 Luncheon Meeting

May 21, 2016 Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter Luncheon


GUEST SPEAKER:  John Dufresne                                   

John Dufresne


Please join us for a special treat with guest John Dufresne, who will be celebrating the I Don't Like Where This Is Goingrelease of his newest book, I Don’t Like Where This is Going. John will talk to us about “narrative transport,” the necessity of letting plot guide your story.

John Dufresne is the author of seven novels, including I Don’t Like Where This is Going and No Regrets, Coyote. Among other honors, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a professor in the MFA program at Florida International University. He lives in Dania Beach, Florida. For more information, please visit www.johndufresne.com.

DATE:  Saturday, May 21, 2016

TIME:  11:00 – 12:30 Board Meeting; 12:30 Social Mingling; 1:00-2:00 Lunch; 1:45 Business Meeting; 2:00-3:00: Presentation; 3:00-3:30 Booksigning: 3:30-4:30 SleuthFest Committee

PLACE: The Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 372-0568. (Use the 11th Street entrance.) Directions: http://theaddisonofbocaraton.com/contact/

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, JUNE 18, 2016:  Please save the date.