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Congrats to our award nominees and recipient!

This weekend we celebrated the best in mystery writing for the previous year, including a few of our very own MWA Midwest members! At the Edgar Awards in New York, we celebrated these nominees: -Nick Petrie for Best First Novel, The Drifter -Lili Wright for Best First Novel, Dancing with the Tiger -Patricia Abbott for [...]

May 1st, 2017|Public|

May meeting, May 21 at Oak Park Library Main Branch

Join us for the May 21st meeting as Chicago homicide detective Mia Ogliere shares techniques for interrogating suspects and more. We’ll meet from 1:15-2:30 at the main branch of the Oak Park Public Library in the small meeting room on the 2nd floor. Note: The library opens at 1pm. The library is located at 834 [...]

April 12th, 2017|Events, Public|

2017 Hugh Holton Critique Program Launches April 1

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, 2017|Public|

April meeting: April 9, 1p.m., Centuries and Sleuths

Our April chapter meeting will be held Sunday, April 9, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St., Forest Park, IL. We'll have some social time to start off the meeting and then chapter president Lori Rader-Day will lead a "fireside chat" conversation to take all questions about writing, publishing, promotion, and [...]

March 26th, 2017|Public|

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|

The March Chapter Meeting is Sunday, March 12 at 12 p.m.

We'll be talking with MWA Midwest member Jess Lourey about writing from life's experiences. NOON start time. Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL.

January 31st, 2017|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|