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Our meetings are open to the public. You don't need to be a member to attend, but you do need to make a reservation. Please share this announcement with others who love mysteries, as a writer or reader or both.

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MWA University Presents Jeffery Deaver!
*Take Your Writing to the Next Level*
Sunday, July 9
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, MD

The Mid-Atlantic chapter of Mystery Writers of America is thrilled to present #1 bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, who will anchor a day of classes to help you take your writing career to the next level! This event is open to anyone—but space is limited, so we're giving MWA members a three-day head start on registration—plus a special member price.

The event will take place on Sunday, July 9 at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda and will include these classes:

Writing Commercial Fiction, by Jeffery Deaver – 9:00 am-noon

This three-hour workshop will be invaluable for both aspiring writers and published authors seeking to improve their craft. Jeffery Deaver is an international #1 bestselling author—and MWA's current national president. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, are sold in 150 countries, and have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. His workshop will focus on the step-by-step process of turning your idea into a great commercial novel.

Writing the Dreaded Query Letter, by Alan Orloff — 1:00-2:30 pm

You've spent months (or years) of your life—not to mention copious amounts of blood, sweat, and tears—writing a dynamite novel. Don't spend five minutes slapping together a weak query letter; you owe it to yourself to write a great one that will break through the slush-clutter at top literary agencies. In this workshop, you'll learn how to entice your dream agent into reading your masterpiece by writing a tight query that really sings (while avoiding those pitfalls that will land your query in the trash). We'll discuss the components of a query letter, learn what to put in and leave out, and examine a few examples. Note: primarily intended for novel writers.

Managing Your Social Media Presence, by Clair Lamb — 2:30-4:00 pm

These days, it's not enough just to have written a book. Publishers expect you to be your book's most effective advocate, and social media offers platforms for reaching readers wherever they may be. Which platforms are right for you? What should you be doing? Clair Lamb gives you practical advice on how to make the most of your time online without driving your friends away.


The day-long session costs $50 for MWA members and $75 for nonmembers. To help keep the cost this low, we won't be serving coffee, tea, or lunch—so plan to bring your own beverages and a bag lunch.

To register for the class, email Clair Lamb at She will confirm that you're registered and give you the address to send your check. The registration deadline is Monday, July 2, 2017 — but space is limited, so to make sure you're in, RSVP today.

The Hyatt Regency Bethesda is located at 1 Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, MD 20814. There is garage parking under the hotel, but we understand that there will still be construction going on in the garage. We recommend carpooling, Metroing, or just allowing a little extra time and patience.

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