October Chapter Meeting: Literary Soiree at Katherine Neville’s

On Tuesday, October 11, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, join bestselling authors and literary luminaries for a celebration at Katherine Neville’s home near Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest Washington, D.C. Wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. The party will be both indoors and on her terrace, for those concerned about Covid. Mingle with the hosts: Louis … Read more

September 13 Zoom Meeting: Writing History

On Tuesday, September 13, at 7 pm, former Washington Post editor and reporter Jefferson Morley will discuss untold chapters of U.S. history revealed in his new book–Scorpions’ Dance: The President, The Spymaster, and Watergate. In Scorpions’ Dance, Morley reveals the Watergate Scandal as the culmination of a concealed volatile power struggle between President Richard Nixon and CIA Director … Read more

August 9 Zoom Meeting – Writing Tie-Ins

On Tuesday, August 9 at 7:00 pm, New York Times bestselling author Raymond Benson, the first American author commissioned to take over writing James Bond novels, will speak on tie-in writing. Benson has written six Bond novels, three movie novelizations, and three short stories. He also wrote two Tom Clancy novels. Tie-in writing is not well-known, … Read more

July 19 Chapter Picnic

MWA-MA is back, with our first face-to-face meeting in more than two years! Join us for an outdoor, rooftop picnic supper on Tuesday July 19th, from 7-9 pm, at 99 M Street SE, Washington DC. Wine, beer and soft drinks will also be served. The office building is just around the corner from Nationals Park and a block away from the Navy … Read more

June 21 Zoom Meeting – Crime Scene Clues: Insects

On Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m., we welcome forensic entomologist Dr. Jason Byrd. Looking to add a little entomological accuracy to your next fictional crime scene? If you’ve been dying to use flies, crickets, or maggots to help your sleuth solve crimes, get your questions ready! Dr. Byrd has combined his formal academic training in Entomology and Forensic … Read more

June 14 Zoom Meeting – Writing Active Settings

USA Today bestselling author Mary Buckham joins us to discuss “active settings” — because setting, she says, takes an active role in any good storyline. Great novelists make settings look seamless, but this is a challenge for many writers: how do you make it visible but immersive, rather than distracting? Mary examines these questions in her books Writing Active Settings and Writing … Read more

February Zoom Meeting: Justice Through Genomics

Advances in DNA technology now make identification possible from the merest traces of evidence. Othram is a cutting-edge forensic laboratory on a mission to digitize DNA evidence in order to identify victims, find missing persons, and bring criminals to justice. Dr. David Mittelman, CEO of Othram, will discuss how his company uses advanced DNA testing, … Read more

January Zoom Meeting: Is a Community Police Academy for you?

Tuesday, January 18, 2022   7:30 PM Eastern time via Zoom Is a Community Police Academy for you? Arlington County just opened registrations for its 26th Community Police Academy. Arlington is one of several localities in our membership region that offer similar programs, designed to create better understanding and communication between police and the communities they serve. … Read more

December Zoom Meeting: A Conversation with Dan Conaway

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 7:3) Eastern Time via Zoom Let’s Talk Agents Please join the Mid-Atlantic chapter of Mystery Writers of America for an evening with literary agent Dan Conaway. You’ve finished your manuscript! Is it ready to submit to an agent? What are the biggest mistakes people make when submitting to agents? What … Read more