May 8 - Author Idol
Bring the first three pages of your
manuscript (single-sided, double-spaced,
12-point font) making sure that your name
doesn't appear anywhere on the pages.
Tim McIntire will randomly select and read
each manuscript until a panel of judges stop the
process, after which they'll say why they would
have stopped reading that submission.
This year's panel consists of agents:
Kaylee Davis -- Dee Mural Literary
Paula Munier -- Talcott Notch Literary Services
Kimiko Nakamura -- Dee Mural Literary
Lana Popovic -- Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency
April 10 - The
State of the Industry
Literary agent Eric Ruben will offer an insider's take on the state of our ever-turbulent industry.
March 13 - MARCH SOCIAL MEDIA MADNESS
Julie Hennrikus will talk about using social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) to build communities of
readers and supporters to advance your career.
Julie is current president of the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime and co-chair of the 2013 New England
Crime Bake. As J.A. Hennrikus, she has had short stories published in the Level Best Books anthologies DEAD
CALM, THIN ICE, and BLOOD MOON. Her master's thesis was on narrative voice in the works of Agatha Christie and
their contribution to the genre.
February 13 - THE P
Do you have what it takes to become a publisher and bring your own material to market? Moderator Steve Ulfelder leads a panel (consisting of Judy Copek, Paula Munier, and CJ West) through a discussion of this complicated topic.
January 9 - POVs on
A panel of experienced writers discuss the
various pros, cons, and challenges of the POVs
they typically employ in their work.
December 12 -
MURDER IN WELLESLEY
"On Halloween morning in 1999, Mabel Greineder was savagely murdered along a
wooded trail in the well-heeled community of Wellesley. As the shock following the
brutal killing slowly subsided, the community was further shaken when the
focus of the investigation turned to her husband, Dirk Greineder, a prominent
physician and family man who was soon revealed to be leading a secret double life
involving prostitutes, pornography, and trysts solicited through the Internet."
Join former lead Homicide detective Marty Foley and Boston Herald reporter Tom
Framer as they discuss the case.
October 10 -
WRITING BELIEVABLE COPS
Retired Oakland police detective Brian Thiem
reveals the secrets of writing cops, drawing
upon 30 years's experience in law enforcement,
he assocation with Talcott Notch Literary
Agency, his MFA training, and his own
June 13 - CELEBRATE
THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Come to the June 13th meeting where we'll honor
all those who have published in the past MWA year
(July 2011 thru June 2012).
MAY 9 - AUTHOR IDOL
Have you ever wondered what goes through the head of an agent
who is reading the first pages of your manuscript? What are
they looking for? What do they like? And, most importantly,
what causes them to stop reading?
At our next MWA meeting on May 9th, you'll have a chance to
find out, as we host a session of author idol with a panel of
three local agents.
APRIL 11 - SCENE ONE: Every Writer's Guide to Writing Story
Openings that Sell!
Join us and writer, editor, and publishing exec turned
literary agent Paula Munier as she reveals the secrets
of SCENE ONE: Every Writer's Guide to Writing Story
Openings that Sell! In today's past-paced cacophony of
media, you need to grab your reader's attention within
140 characters. Whether you're looking to land an agent,
find a publisher/production company, or dazzle your
writer's group, you need an opening scene that's compelling.
Based on 20 years of experience reviewing the first pages
of novels, scripts, and memoirs, Paula's approach works
for all kinds of stories.
MARCH 14 - Advice
from Two Edgar Nominees
Come listen to Edgar nominees Leonard Rosen and Steve Ulfelder talk about their experiences on
the way to the top.
FEBRUARY 8 - A Short Panel for A Short Month
Leslie Wheeler will moderate a panel of award-winning short story writers: Mark
Ammons, Stephen D. Rogers, Mo Walsh, and Fred Waterman.
JANUARY 11 - Forensic Chemical Analysis for Mystery Writers
CSI gets it wrong, but it doesn’t mean you have to. Learn from an expert analytical chemist and mystery writer how to write truthfully about forensic chemical analyses. Learn how infrared spectroscopy is used to analyze controlled substances and trace evidence collected at crime scenes such as hairs, fibers, particles, and tape. See how a device called a gas chromatography-mass spectrometer analyzes blood and urine for traces of drugs…and poison. Discover how DNA profiling really works. Get your science right to make your writing more believable.
Dr. Brian C. Smith is an analytical chemist and mystery writer. He teaches forensic scientists how to analyze trace evidence and controlled substances. The NYPD, DEA, and the Minnesota Bureau of Incarceration are among his clients. Dr. Smith founded his consulting and training business Spectros Associates in 1992. He has authored a mystery featuring forensic private eye Dr. Jack Diamond, which is still in search of an agent and publisher. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Dartmouth College.
DECEMBER 14 - THE
AGENT'S ROLE IN THE E-BOOK WORLD
Eric W. Ruben (The Ruben Agency) will talk about the shifting roles of the agent in the brave new world of e-publishing.
OCTOBER 12 -
PUTTING THE MYSTERY IN HISTORY
A mystery panel of historical mystery
JUNE 8 - Year End
Party and the Year in Review
Come and honor all those who have published in the past MWA year, July, 2010
thru June, 2011.
MAY 11 - You Have
the Right to Remain Silent
Detective Sergeant Thomas Ward has spent the over twenty-eight years as a Brookline Police
Officer. Over the years he's worked in-Drug Unit, Gang Violence Unit, Sexual Assault Unit,
and Domestic/Violent Crimes) working with the Boston Police, State Police, FBI, DEA, ICE, Postal
Inspectors and the United States District Attorney's Office. He has documented interviews and
interrogations of hundreds of suspects, witnesses, and victims, and has been involved in well
over 400 arrests that have included the most serious offenses. He spent 3 years assigned to the
Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force and over 2 years working with the FBI on a organized crime case resulting in the prosecution of 5 defendants. He's testified in county, supreme, and federal courts. He's also published three short
stories: ALL ROADS LEAD, PRIVILEGE, and THAT PARTICULAR TATTOO.
APRIL 13 -
Details to follow.
MARCH 9 - The
Mystery of War
Nicholas Sarantakes will talk about the Naval War College, its rich history, and what it has to offer for writers. The NWC has an impressive archives and library which is open to the public, and would be useful for the many mystery writers who develop characters with military backgrounds (Nelson DeMille, Michael Connelly). It also has the JAG school with mock trials and training for military lawyers. They have a wonderful speaker series where experts talk about military/foreign policy. The Wargame Department runs simulations of past and future wars. There's much more to learn, so come and join us at the Brookline Library.
FEBRUARY 9 - A
Twisted Tinseltown Tale
Joe Burke will discuss the A-to-Z process of self-publishing his novel HOW HOLLYWOOD KILLED JFK.
JANUARY 12 -
Cancelled due to snow
DECEMBER 8 -
Donna DiPietro will discuss her psychic abilities, challenges, and her work for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
OCTOBER 13 - The
Paths We Choose
Lloyd L. Corricelli is a graduate of the University of Lowell (now UMASS Lowell) with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He served eight years on active duty in the United States Air Force as a "SAC Trained Killer" with the Security Police and as a Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations. He rose to the rank of Captain before separating as part of the Cold War "peace dividend."
After leaving the Air Force, he worked in the film and television industry in Orlando, FL where his credits included the sci-fi television series "seaQuest 2032" and the Jodie Foster film "Contact." It was during this time that Lloyd began to write screenplays. One of his very first, a vampire story called "Dark Millennium" was optioned by the film production company that made the series "Swamp Thing" and "Superboy." Though never produced, it provided him a great deal of experience in writing. He also won the best screenplay award at the 2000 Kissimmee Film Festival.
Switching to novels in 2002, Lloyd's first book, the Ronan Marino mystery entitled "Two Redheads & A Dead Blonde" was released in 2009. The next book in the Ronan Marino Mystery Series series called "Chasing Curves" followed in July 2010. In 2011, Lloyd plans to release the third Ronan book "The Vicious Circle" and an unrelated book called "Three Chords & The Truth" which he says is about the paths we choose to take and how it affects the lives of those around us.
New England Crime Bake
Meg Gardiner is the Guest of Honor at the
2013 New England Crime Bake,
held again at The Boston/Dedham Hilton.
co-sponsored with Sisters in Crime, draws guests and attendees
from all over the East Coast and beyond.