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Welcome to the new MWA Midwest Web Site!

Thanks for your patience as we figured out a few technology issues. The first issue is that we aren't very technological! Many thanks to our friends at Flywheel Creative in Austin for the design and tech assistance as we took back our old site from the cobwebs and made it shiny and new! Members, log [...]

February 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Social time, diversity in mystery writing, and critique group matching!

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 NOON: Pre-meeting casual social time 1 p.m.: Diversity panel featuring MWA Midwest members Nancy E. Johnson, Mia Manansala, Michelle Falkoff, and Cynthia Pelayo. Find out why diversity in your stories is so important and how to write about characters you don't resemble. Bring your questions! 2 p.m.: Post-meeting, we'll be matchmaking [...]

February 9th, 2017|Events, How to, Public|

Tricks (and Treats!) for Writing for Young Readers, Oct. 23

Expect some treats and tricks—writing tricks, that is—as five Chicago-area mystery authors discuss writing and publishing stories for young readers in an event co-hosted by the Midwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and Concordia University Chicago’s Center for Literacy Sunday, October 23, starting at 1 p.m. The event will be held at Concordia [...]

October 5th, 2016|Public, Uncategorized|

2016 Holton Awards Contest announced

Unpublished crime fiction manuscript competition opens Oct. 1 Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter’s annual Hugh Holton Contest will have guest judges—agents from Browne & Miller Literary Associates September 1, 2016-Chicago The Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter is pleased to open submissions to its annual Hugh Holton Awards Contest—and to welcome guest judges for [...]

September 1st, 2016|Public, Uncategorized|

Congrats to our Printers Row Flash Fiction winner!

Congrats to Donna Thomas, who took home a bag of Mystery Writers of America prizes for her wonderful—and very quickly written!—story during our annual Printers Row Flash Fiction contest. Donna and her daughter stopped by our booth early on Saturday morning, and Donna's daughter encouraged her to write a piece for the contest. By mid-afternoon, [...]

June 13th, 2016|Public, Uncategorized|

MWA at Printers Row June 11-12

MWA Midwest members will be out in full force at Printers Row in Chicago June 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. See you there! Full schedule here. Saturday, June 11 Author Signings 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Joan Bard Collins, Kristen Gibson, Lou Macaluso, Sue Myers, D.M. Pirrone 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Raymond Benson, Susanna [...]

May 13th, 2016|Events|

Storyteller gives advice on reading creative work aloud

Dana Norris of STORY CLUB: How & Why To Read Out Loud by Heather E. Ash Most writers are great at getting our words out… as long as it’s in a room, alone, and working with paper. But storyteller Dana Norris argues that it’s equally important for writers to get their words out in spoken [...]

April 8th, 2016|Events, Guest speaker, How to|

Hugh Holton Critique Program opens

The Hugh Holton Critique Program, created in 2010 by the MWA Midwest chapter, was established to help aspiring mystery writers* develop and improve a manuscript related to crime fiction. Writers will be paired with MWA Midwest authors (published authors of crime fiction) who will provide critique and insights on a specific work-in-progress (up to 25 [...]

April 1st, 2016|Public, Uncategorized|

Our Flash Fiction Winner: Hailey Ardell!

Congrats to Hailey Ardell, the winner of the Mystery Writers of America Flash Fiction Contest at this weekend's Printers Row Lit Fest! The contest was judged by Sara Paretsky and Clare O'Donohue, Chicago mystery authors. Here's Hailey's great story. We loved it!! Trial and Error by Hailey Ardell No, no. Let me start over. Your [...]

June 8th, 2015|Public, Uncategorized|

MWA Midwest’s Printers Row Schedule

Printers Row time once again, and MWA Midwest will have plenty of expertise on the ground. Come to hear how other writers work, think—and kill! SCHEDULE OF OUR PANELS Saturday, June 6, 10:00 a.m. “The Characters You Love to Hate:  Writing the Anti-Hero” Jones College Prep #5010 Michael Major, Kristi Belcamino, Lynne Raimondo, Shane Gericke, [...]

May 28th, 2015|Public, Uncategorized|