August 11th Zoom Meeting at 7PM: The Future of Law Enforcement in Crime Fiction

Our country is reckoning with the greatest uprising in support of racial justice. As citizens and as artists, crime writers are uniquely positioned to question the power structures, dangers, and victories of this moment while revealing the darker truths many people may still wish to ignore. Join S.A. CosbyRachel Howzell HallSteph ChaRichie Narvaez and John Fram as they discuss the future of the genre in light of our era’s demands for real change and smart entertainment.

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM via Zoom

You must RSVP for this event. Please send your RSVP to by August 9, at noon so we can add you to our guest list. Meg will send you a confirmation with the Zoom link and meeting password. Also, please change your Zoom screen name to the name you RSVP with—as opposed to your email address—so that it will be easier to insure security during the event. Thank you and we hope you’ll join us!


July 13th Zoom Meeting at Noon: A Presentation by Jane Friedman on Self-Publishing Trends and Changes

The MWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter is delighted to invite you to join us for an online presentation by Jane Friedman on Self-Publishing Trends and Changes. There will be a question and answer period after the presentation.

Date: Monday, July 13, 2020

Time: 12 PM via Zoom

Jane has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the editor of The Hot Sheet, one of the most important industry newsletters for authors. In 2019, Jane was awarded Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World. She is a columnist with Publishers Weekly and a professor with The Great Courses. She also maintains an award-winning blog for writers at

Her newest book is The Business of Being a Writer (University of Chicago Press). Publishers Weekly says it is “destined to become a staple reference book for writers and those interested in publishing careers.” In collaboration with The Authors Guild, she wrote The Authors Guild Guide to Self-Publishing.

You must RSVP for this event. Please send your RSVP to by July 12 at noon so we can add you to our guest list. Meg will send you a confirmation with the Zoom link and meeting password. Also, please change your Zoom screen name to the name you RSVP with—as opposed to your email address—so that it will be easier to insure security during the event. Thank you and we hope you’ll join us!

June 16th Online Meeting: Crowdcasting and Social Media as Tools for Audience and Community-Building

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America is announcing NEW programs and online meetings for ALL of our members, no matter where you live.

Until otherwise noted, our meetings will be presented online so that you can attend using your computer or other device. Our first online meeting will be at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 16th. We’re excited to bring you a larger cast of speakers since we’re no longer limited to persons living near the greater DC Metro area. We can now tap the expertise of people from all over the nation and beyond.

Please join us for a panel discussion about the tools available to reach readers and build community during and after the pandemic. Authors Ed AymarEdwin Hill, and Alex Segura will talk about the lessons learned from their virtual Noir at the Bar events and other tools available for online outreach, and will answer questions about how to make the most of social media. This event is FREE, and RSVPs are not required.

Kathy Harig at Mystery Loves Company is very pleased to be included as the bookstore host for this Tuesday’s virtual meeting, and she set up a bookshop/storefront for the participating authors. That link is here:  If you’ve never read anything by Ed, Alex, or Edwin, now is your chance to snap up their work!

If you do not already have it, please download a free copy of Zoom now (at It takes about 60 seconds.

Remember to grab a drink, order your favorite meal from your kitchen, and enjoy the presentation. And don’t forget to tip your wait staff when our online meeting is over.

We look forward to seeing you!

April Dinner Meeting Cancelled

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MWA has elected to cancel the planned April chapter meeting in order to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.  We’re also putting planned future meetings on hold until the current public health crisis is past.

March 10th Dinner Meeting: Bethanne Patrick. Transitioning from your Day Job to Full-Time Writer. 6:30-9:00 p.m., National Press Club.


(Photo credit: Three Irish Girls)   

Do you dream of quitting your day job to write full-time? Are you nearing retirement, or have you been offered a buyout? It’s a big and valiant leap from the structure of a 9-5 job to a full-time creative life, and it helps to make some plans in advance. We are delighted to welcome author and critic Bethanne Patrick to talk about making that transition: how to prepare, what to consider, what to expect and what to let yourself be surprised by.

Bethanne Patrick is a writer, author, and critic whose monthly column on hot books appears in The Washington Post. Her book reviews and author profiles appear in The Los Angeles Times, Poets & Writers magazine, and on NPR Books, among others. The author of two books for National Geographic and editor of an anthology for Regan Arts, Patrick is currently writing a memoir for Counterpoint Press. She is a board member at PEN/Faulkner and 1455 Lit Arts and tweets @TheBookMaven. Patrick lives in Northern Virginia with her family–and too many books.

To sign up (and pay online) for the Tuesday, March 10, meeting, visit the Eventbright link:

$35.00 per person charge

Once registered, please email your dinner selection to Treasurer, Aimee Hix at by noon, Thursday, March 5th.

February 18th Dinner Meeting: Allison Leotta in conversation with Daniel Stashower

Join us at our February meeting, to hear veteran prosecutor/bestselling novelist Allison Leotta and award-winning author and historian Daniel Stashower talk about how fact becomes fiction, what legal mysteries get wrong and right, and the real-life work that inspired Allison’s books.

To sign up (and pay online) for the Tuesday February 18, meeting, visit the Eventbrite link:

And mark your calendars for our upcoming meeting:

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30-9 p.m., National Press Club, Cosgrove Room

Upcoming programs for 2020 will include former FBI profiler and hostage negotiator (and television commentator) Clint van Zandt, author of Facing Down Evil: Life as an FBI Profiler and Hostage Negotiator, and Jane Friedman, former publisher of Writers Digest and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on self-publishing. Specific dates and more details still ahead!

February 9th Writing Marathon!

Sisters in Crime

Chesapeake Chapter Event

Co-Sponsored with MWA-Mid Atlantic Chapter

Sunday, February 9th, 2020



Reston Regional Library

11925 Bowman Towne Dr, Reston, VA 20190

You’re invited to a writing marathon!

Have you made a new year’s resolution to finish your latest novel or short story? Are you
looking for a chance to start something new? Hoping to write something for the upcoming Chessie chapter anthology? Then join your fellow SinC and MWA members and start typing away.

And if you’ve never been to a writing marathon, all you need to know is this: just bring your laptop or your yellow legal pad and your muse. We’ll provide tables, chairs, and a quiet space for you to work. We’re also offering free coffee and tea—and encourage you to bring snacks to share.

While the whole idea of a writing marathon is to work on your own individual projects, this is a great opportunity to enjoy the shared energy and support of a roomful of fellow writers.

Please RSVP to by Friday, February 7th so we can make sure we have enough chairs and beverages. Thank you and hope to see you there!

November 12 Networking and Reconnecting

Long time no see!

It’s been a while since the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America got together on our own. That changes on November 12, when we hope you will join us for

Networking, Reconnecting and Fun at the National Press Club

The NPC will be our new central location for monthly events, and we’re kicking off with an informal evening of drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres, priced for all our budgets.

When? Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Where? National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20045

How much? $15.00, payable by check at the door to Mystery Writers of America

Your $15.00 registration fee gets you food and one (1) drink ticket. A cash bar will be available.

The Press Club is two blocks from the Metro Center stop — take the 13th Street exit to 13th and G, then walk to 14th & F. If you’re driving, parking is available at the PMI parking garage at 1325 G Street NW — bring your parking ticket to the meeting for a chance to win free parking. At the Press Club, take the elevator to the 13th floor and ask the receptionist to direct you to the MWA meeting.

RSVP to by November 6. We look forward to seeing you soon!

June 2019

Sunday, June 2, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Workshop on Reinventing Your Mystery Writing Career

Sunday, June 2, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

(with check-in starting at 10:15 a.m.) at

The Lake House
11450 Baron Cameron Ave.
Reston, VA 20190

Has your career stalled? Itching to try something new? Has your publisher   shut down its mystery line—or shut down entirely? Have they dropped you? Or are things going well, but you’re wondering if you could do better elsewhere?

The Chessie chapter of Sisters in Crime and the Mid-Atlantic chapter of Mystery Writers of America are co-hosting a workshop to help you make   the choices involved in reinvention: another traditional publisher, going indie, or  both? What pitfalls should you watch out for? How do you protect your legal rights? What about changing genres? Bestselling  authors and industry experts discuss what’s worked for them in a day-long program. Speakers include John Betancourt, Ken Budd, Tara Laskowski, Sujata Massey, Julie Moffett, Alan Orloff, Joanna Campbell Slan, Daniel Steven, and Marcia Talley.