Don't forget the MWA Midwest group is now running our Hugh Holton Mentor Program. Turn in 50 pages of an unpublished mystery manuscript and a fee ($50 for nonmembers, $25 for members) and get a critique from a published author! Added incentive: The top manuscript from member entries wins $500, and the top entry from [...]
MWA Midwest Members: Going to Malice Domestic this weekend? If you're attending Malice Domestic in Bethesda, MD, this weekend, join MWA Midwest for a Happy (Half) Hour! First drink for MWA Midwest members is on us! Concours Lounge, lobby of the Hyatt Regency Bethesda 7400 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda 5:30–6pm-ish Look for Clare O'Donohue and Lori [...]
Our March 16 meeting at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore (1 p.m., 7419 Madison St, Forest Park, IL) will feature Julius Kole, a Buffalo Grove attorney who spent two years as a Cook County Public Defender. Kole is a graduate of the University of Illinois and the John Marshall Law School. During his tenure as a [...]
Looking for a little magic for your next mystery? Psychic Karen Jacobson will share stories from her work and tips on how to incorporate mystics, tarot readers, or psychics into your stories at this Sunday’s MWA Midwest chapter meeting. We meet at NOON at Love Is Murder (The Hotel Intercontinental, Rosemont, 5300 River Road). Rev. [...]
At the mystery and romance writers conference Love Is Murder, February 7-9, Mystery Writers of America-Midwest Chapter offers The Writer's Track, a nuts and bolts approach to the most important and perplexing questions of a writer's career. From writing great dialogue and character, to the realities of the best seller list, and all the myths [...]
At this month's chapter meeting, several early career writers asked about conferences for the genre. Here's what the year in mystery writing looks like for 2014: Love Is Murder, Rosemont, IL, Feb. 7-9, 2014 Left Coast Crime: Calamari Crime, Monterey, CA, March 20-23, 2014 Malice Domestic, Bethesda, MA, May 2-4, 2014 Book Expo America, New [...]
Sunday, December 8, is our annual Holiday Lunch. Members and their guests only this time, please. 1 p.m. at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 Madison St, Forest Park, IL. Lunch from Jimmy's Place is included. See you there!
Our November chapter meeting has a special, spooky guest... Adam Selzer is the author of the new GHOSTS OF CHICAGO book from Llewellyn worldwide. It's his attempt to figure out what we really know and how we know it regarding various Chicago ghost stories—he solved a mystery or two along the way. He's also the [...]
Our October MWA Midwest chapter meeting is a shared event with our partners in crime, Sisters in Crime Chicagoland! Meet Hank Phillippi Ryan and hear how to use TV tricks to write novels. Hank's a great friend of ours, and a great speaker. REGISTER to join us this SATURDAY, Oct. 19. Also note the location. [...]
Unfortunately we're having some connectivity issues, so we won't be able so stream today's meeting. However, look for our meeting report in the next Clues!