New England Chapter: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island

Upcoming Events & Meetings

Speaker Schedule • MWA/NE Events • Al Blanchard Award • Other 


Speaker Schedule

Our meetings are held at the Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline, MA 02445.

We meet the second Wednesday of the month, September through June (with the exception of November because of Crime Bake).  Food and conversation at 6:30 p.m. The meeting proper begins at 7 p.m. All are welcome!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – There is no Monthly Meeting

Ask the Expert – Josh Brogadir
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Brogadir will speak about talking: how he got into audiobook narration, what equipment he uses, and a free service called ACX, a great tool for narrators/producers and authors/publishers. He will then discuss trends in the audiobook industry and explain how authors can get their books recorded with minimal time and effort.

Josh Brogadir is a news and sports reporter for WCVB, Channel 5 in Boston, but is also an actor and a voiceover artist. He is also the cohost of a monthly author interview show called Novel Ideas, on Access Framingham. He has his own VO business and in addition to commercials and industrials, has narrated 24 audiobooks.

NOTE: We will be meeting at the New England Mobile Book Fair instead of the Brookline Library.

New England Mobile Book Fair
241 Needham St
Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

The Truth About Digital Forensics

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Digital forensics expert and consultant Mark G. Spencer will speak on digital forensics and how it’s been used to uncover evidence tampering that resulted in the imprisonment of journalists around the world.

Mark Spencer is President of Arsenal Consulting, where he leads engagements involving digital forensics for law firms, corporations, and government agencies. Mark is also President of Arsenal Recon, where he guides development of digital forensics tools. Mark has more than 15 years of law-enforcement and private-sector digital forensics experience. He has led the Arsenal team on many high-profile and high-stakes cases, from allegations of intellectual-property theft and evidence spoliation to support of foreign terrorist organizations and military coup planning. Mark has testified in cases which include US v. Mehanna and US v. Tsarnaev (the Boston Marathon bombing). Arsenal is headquartered on the Chelsea waterfront, very close to Boston Logan International Airport and just across the harbor from downtown Boston.

There is no meeting in November due to Crime Bake.

Anatomy of a Book Design
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Learn the guts of kick-ass design, inside and out. It’s basic, and it’s all in the details. Whether you’re thinking of designing your own book and promotional materials, or working with a professional designer, graphic design anatomy is useful for just about everyone.

Karla Whitney is a writer, designer and educator who currently lives in Maine. She teaches graphic design, writing and communication courses at University of New Hampshire.

Ask the Export: Joe Flaherty
Wed, September 13, 2017

Our speaker for September 13th is Attorney Joseph Flaherty, who retired as a Detective Lieutenant after more than 30 years with the Massachusetts State Police. During that time he served with the Narcotics Unit and Major Crimes Unit; with the Detective Units for the Middlesex and Norfolk County District Attorney’s offices; with the Attorney General’s High Tech Computer Crime/White Collar Unit; and as Unit Commander of the State Police Detective Unit for the Suffolk County D.A.’s office.

Joe Flaherty is now president and managing director of Roundstone Investigative and Protective Services, Inc., which provides private investigations and legal consultation on active and cold cases; executive protection and guard service; litigation support, personal injury, corporate intelligence, and due diligence investigations; insurance claims/fraud investigations; and background checks and loss prevention services.

Bring your questions!

Wed, June 14, 2017

MWA-NE’s June meeting will be our traditional year-end party and salute to our member successes.  Whether you’re a novelist or a short-story writer, whether you’re published or on the way, you’re invited to read a 500-word excerpt to your adoring peers.

Author Idol
Wed, May 10, 2017

Bring the first two pages of your manuscript (single-sided, double-spaced, 12-point font), making sure your name doesn’t appear anywhere on the sample.

A professional reader will anonymously read while a panel of agents listens. Once two agents ring a bell to indicate they would have stopped reading, they’ll discuss what stopped them.

Reviews:  How to Get Them, How to Survive Them – Tilia Klebonov Jacobs
Wed, April 12, 2017

No one will buy a book that’s not reviewed, and no one will review a book they haven’t bought. Local author Tilia Klebenov Jacobs shows you how to get the ball rolling through a combination of methods that can get your work the recognition it deserves—and also lets you know how to cope with the inevitable negative reviews.

Tilia Klebenov Jacobs is the author of two crime novels and numerous short stories. Her first novel, Wrong Place, Wrong Time, was an Amazon bestseller, peaking at #46 overall in the Kindle store, and won the Beverly Hills Book award for Best Thriller. Readers ranked her second book, Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Café, in the top 10% of the Kindle store by starred reviews. Both books received honorable mention in the London Book Festival. Tilia is a book reviewer for and a judge in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition in San Francisco. She gives workshops on writing and other topics in libraries, senior centers, synagogues, and other locations. Tilia has taught middle school, high school, and college; at present she teachers writing classes for prison inmates. She lives near Boston with her husband, two children, and a pleasantly neurotic standard poodle.

Grammar for Writers Who Hate Grammar – Jay Shepherd
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Words are the tools of the trade for writers. Using them incorrectly risks having your readers lose confidence in your writing. The problem is, learning good grammar is usually boring. But it doesn’t have to be. This fast-paced and fun seminar will get your grammar back on track and save you from ridicule and embarrassment (or worse: not being
read). We’ll cover grammar rules (both real and fake), punctuation (special appearance by the Oxford comma), trends, and helpful resources. And there’ll be time for questions and quite possibly answers, too. Look at it this way: a grammar seminar is way more fun than a root canal.™

Meet Ian Rankin, Creator of Inspector John Rebus
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Our February meeting moves to Weymouth, Massachusetts, for an appearance by Ian Rankin, international bestselling author of the Inspector John Rebus series. As part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Rebus books, Rankin will give a talk and reading, followed by refreshments and signing of the twenty-first title in the series, Rather Be the Devil. Books will be available for sale.

Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7:00 pm
Abigail Adams Middle School Auditorium   <= PLEASE NOTE THE UNUSUAL LOCATION
89 Middle Street * Weymouth, MA 02189,-70.939912,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xc724f127f8b4759f!8m2!3d42.2209388!4d-70.939912

This event is free and open to the public, but please register to reserve your seat here.

If we have a large enough attendance, we might be able to meet Ian separately at some point that evening, so please confirm your planned attendance here.

The curmudgeonly Rebus, who first appeared in 1987 in Knots & Crosses, has tackled Edinburgh’s criminal underbelly through twenty successive novels, including Resurrection Men, winner of the 2004 Edgar award for Best Novel. In addition to the Edgar, Rankin has been awarded four Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards, including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005 for Lifetime Achievement.

Writing & Selling Your Mystery Novel: What’s changed
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New York Times bestselling author Hallie Ephron talks about her new UPDATED AND REVISED edition of Writing & Selling Your Mystery Novel which is just out from Writers Digest Press. It was a finalist for Edgar and Anthony awards. She’ll talk about what she’s learned from writing ten crime novels and reviewing hundreds of them in the dozen or so year since the first edition came out. She’ll step through her view of how things have changed — from planning to writing to revising to selling. She’ll talk about trends in the market, changes in publishing, and the alchemy of plot and character that readers have always been looking for.


See also: Previous Events.

MWA/NE Events

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Al Blanchard Award

In memory of Al Blanchard, co-chair of the first three New England Crime Bake Conferences, NEMWA President and member of Sisters in Crime, the New England Crime Bake Committee is sponsoring the third annual short crime fiction contest.

The prize is $100 plus publication in Level Best Books’ next annual anthology of short crime fiction. The story must be a crime story by a New England author OR with a New England setting, previously unpublished (in print or electronically), no more than 5,000 words in length, and may include the following genres: mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, and horror, with no torture/killing of children or animals. This is a blind contest with NO entry fee. The winner will be a guest of the Crime Bake Committee at the New England Crime Bake, held in November, where the award will be presented in person.

Go to New England Crime Bake website for more information.