Welcome

Welcome to Mystery Writers of America‘s Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Founded in 2003, we’re MWA’s newest, and one of the fastest growing, chapters. Our members hail from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Monthly Chapter dinner meetings have featured speakers such as Lawrence Block, Laura Lippman, Katharine Neville and Jeffery Deaver, as well as FBI agents, investigative reporters, forensics experts, film critics and private investigators. Our Chapter has also hosted a dinner cruise, a tour of the Spy Museum, a movie night at a local theater, and co-hosted an event at the Library of Congress. In addition to MWA membership benefits, Mid-Atlantic Chapter members receive Capitol Crimes, the Chapter newsletter, and are eligible to join the Chapter e-mail list.

Mystery Writers of America, Inc. was established in 1945 by a dozen or so like-minded mystery writers for the purpose of promoting and protecting the interests and welfare of mystery writers and to increase the esteem and literary recognition given to the genre. For information on services and how to join, please visit the MWA website or send an e-mail.

Events

November Zoom Meeting at 7PM EST: An Evening with Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach Becca Syme

We’re so pleased to have USA Today bestselling author and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, Becca Syme, join us for a discussion of “What Should Writers Quit.” Becca is a nationally renowned speaker on author success and personality-based productivity for writers. With fourteen years of experience as the personal success coach for fiction & nonfiction writers, screenwriters, …

October Zoom Meeting at 7PM: An Evening of Short Stories with Michael Bracken

Michael Bracken, an award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction, and advertising copy, has received multiple awards for copywriting, two Derringer Awards for short fiction, and the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for lifetime achievement in short mystery fiction. The author of several books and more than 1,300 short stories, he has edited nine published or …

September 8th Zoom Meeting at 7PM: An Evening with CIA “Master of Disguise” Jonna Mendez

When Jonna Mendez retired from the CIA after more than 25 years, her title was Chief of Disguise. Recruited into the Agency in the mid-1960s, Mendez served as a covert operative in Europe, the Far East, and the Subcontinent, as well as at CIA headquarters. In the 1970s she joined the CIA’s Office of Technical …

About the Chapter

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MID-ATLANTIC CHAPTER OFFICERS AND BOARD

President: Con Lehane
Vice-President: Art Taylor
Secretary: Meg Opperman
Treasurer: Aimee Hix

At large:Austin Camacho, Meredith Cole, Ellen Crosby, Barb Goffman, Kathryn Johnson, Clair Lamb, Clyde Linsley, Con Lehane, Quentin Peterson, Megan Plyler, Daniel Stashower, Marcia Talley, Art Taylor, Sandi Wilson.

Founding President: Noreen Wald

President: Con Lehane

Con Lehane’s next 42nd Street Library Mystery is scheduled for October 2019. The most recent entry, Murder in the Manuscript Room, was published in November 2017. Murder at the 42nd Street Library, the first book in the series, was published in April 2016. All are or will be published by Minotaur/St. Martin’s Press. Over the past decade, he’s also published three novels featuring New York City bartender Brian McNulty, as well as stories in Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock mystery magazines. More about his books at www.conlehane.com. Over the years, he (Lehane that is) has been a college professor, union organizer, and labor journalist, and has tended bar at two dozen or so drinking establishments. He teaches fiction writing at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda and has been a member of MWA for two decades.

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Vice-President: Art taylor

Art Taylor is the author of the story collection The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74 and Other Tales of Suspense and of the novel in stories On the Road with Del & Louise, winner of the Agatha Award for Best First NovelHe won the 2019 Edgar Award for Best Short Story for “English 398: Fiction Workshop,” originally published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and he has won three additional Agatha Awards, an Anthony Award, three Macavity Awards, and three consecutive Derringer Awards for his short fiction. His work has also appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, and he edited Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015, winner of the Anthony Award for Best Anthology or Collection. He is an associate professor of English at George Mason University.  https://arttaylorwriter.com/

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Secretary: Meg Opperman

Meg Opperman’s story, “Twilight Ladies,” won the 2015 Best Short Story Derringer. She has had short stories published in EQMM, SHMM, BCMM, Weird Tales, and in various mystery anthologies. Meg (under a pen name) also writes the Starfig Investigations series. She is a cultural anthropologist and Africanist by training. A former Fulbright scholar, she has lived in Tanzania, Kenya, and Zimbabwe, but currently resides stateside. www.megopperman.com

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Treasurer: Aimee Hix

Aimee Hix is the author of the Willa Pennington, PI series set in Fairfax County, VA. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She retired after twenty years as a federal contractor and lives in VA with her family and several crazy dogs who feel a better use of her time is letting them in and out dozens of times per day rather than writing. https://www.aimeehix.com/

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Founding President: Noreen Wald

From 2002 – 2006, Noreen Wald served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MWA. She is the author of two mystery series-the Jake O’Hara Ghostwriter series and writing as Nora Charles, the South Florida Senior Sleuth Series starring Kate Kennedy as a modern Ms. Marple. Noreen has taught writing classes at The Writer’s Center and the Smithsonian. Many of her students have been published. Noreen also served as Executive Vice President and Secretary for MWA’s National Board of Directors.

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