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, June 12, 2019

Bring something to read: published, soon to be published, or still in the works.

Why They Kill: Professor Jack Levin on mass murder and serial killings
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Prof. Jack Levin is the media’s go-to expert on violence and murder, former Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University. He is currently a Professor Emeritus there and co-director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict. He has authored or co-authored 30 books, including Mass Murder: America’ s Growing Menace; Why We Hate; The Functions of Prejudice; Hate Crimes Revisited; The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder; Domestic Terrorism; Serial Killers and Sadistic Murderers—Up Close and Personal; and The Violence of Hate. You can see more on his website at

Author Idol
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The first pages of a novel are an agent’s introduction to a writer’s voice, style, and storytelling skill. What do they look for? What do they like? Most important, what causes them to stop reading or compels them to read on? Author Idol is your chance to get valuable feedback on your opening pages. It works like this:

1. We all place the first two pages of our manuscripts in a box. (Single sided, double spaced, 12-point font, no author name.)
2. A professional reader chooses manuscripts in random order and starts reading.
3. A panel of agents listens to the manuscript. They ring a bell when they would have stopped reading. When two agents ring the bell, the reading stops and the agents discuss the manuscript.

Getting You in the News – Mo Walsh
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Your story or your book is being published. You’re signing at a bookstore or speaking at the library. You’re a panelist at your local book festival or a national crime conference. How do you get your name out to potential readers and buyers?

Mo Walsh will walk you through the steps to creating an author’s promotion/press kit and building a list of media and online targets for your news, and she’ll show you how to increase your chances of getting your release published. Mo has more than 20 years of experience in advertising, public relations, and journalism and has blogged on the topic “Your News Release Is Not About You.” Her website is

Be prepared to create a draft of your basic release. There will be handouts!

MICRO-PUBLISHING 101 – Eddie Vincent
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Micro-publishing is stronger–and more popular–than ever. Eddie Vincent, Publisher of Encircle Publications, will be our guest on Wednesday, February 13, to discuss what writers can expect when working with a small publisher. He’ll tell us about his journey from book cover designer to publisher, address the pros and cons of small publishers, and provide some valuable insights on the publishing process and how writers can make the most of their publishing experience.

Eddie Vincent, co-owner and publisher of Encircle Publications LLC, has been in the publishing and graphic design field for over thirty years. His expertise is in complete book production and book publishing consulting. Eddie is the president of Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE).

Shots Fired – Kate Flora
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Written with retired Portland Assistant Chief Joseph K. Loughlin, Flora’s Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions, and Myths about Police Shootings explores common assumptions about what happens in police shootings. The book takes readers inside the minds of officers during the actual events, detailing the analysis of whether to shoot, and the emotions and trauma experienced during and in the event’s aftermath.

Kate Flora’s fascination with people’s criminal tendencies began in the Maine attorney general’s office. Deadbeat dads, people who hurt their kids, and employers’ discrimination aroused her curiosity about human behavior. That curiosity led her to the world of crime. The author of twenty books and more than twenty short stories, Flora’s been a finalist for the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, and Derringer awards. She won the Public Safety Writers Association award for nonfiction and twice won the Maine Literary Award for crime fiction. Death Warmed Over, her 8th Thea Kozak mystery, was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award. Flora’s nonfiction focuses on aspects of the public safety officers’ experience. Her two true crimes, Finding Amy: A true story of murder in Maine and Death Dealer: How cops and cadaver dogs brought a killer to justice, follow homicide investigations as the police conducted them. Her co-written memoir of retired Maine warden Roger Guay, A Good Man with a Dog: A Game Warden’s 25 Years in the Maine Woods, explores policing in a world of guns, dogs, misadventure, and the great outdoors. Her latest nonfiction is Shots Fired: The Misconceptions, Misunderstandings, and Myths about Police Shootings with retired Portland Assistant Chief Joseph K. Loughlin. Her latest fiction is Schooled in Death, her ninth Thea Kozak mystery. Flora divides her time between Maine and Massachusetts.

Short Mystery Fiction – Linda Landrigan
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Linda Landrigan is the editor-in-chief of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She edited the commemorative anthologies Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Presents Fifty Years of Crime and Suspense (2006) and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Presents Thirteen Tales of New American Gothic (2012).

The Evolution of a Debut Novel – Edwin Hill
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Edwin Hill, author of LITTLE COMFORT, talks about the evolution of his novel, and how a seven-year drafting process (don’t try this at home) moved the book from a light, comedic mystery to a dark psychological thriller.

Edwin Hill is the author of the Hester Thursby mystery series. He attended Wesleyan University for his BA and Emerson College for his MFA and currently serves as the vice president and editorial director for Bedford/St. Martin’s, a division of Macmillan. He lives in Roslindale with his partner Michael and his favorite reviewer, their yellow lab Edith Ann, who likes his first drafts enough to eat them.

Heist!  The Isabella Gardner Stewart museum – Stephen Kurkjian
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

It’s regarded as the largest art theft in world history – the theft of more than a half billion dollars in art pieces including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Manet, stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. And more than 28 years later the crime remains unsolved, no one has ever been arrested, and not a single piece recovered, despite the museum’s offer of a $10 million reward and the pledge by federal officials not to prosecute anyone who returns the art voluntarily. Stephen Kurkjian, who was The Boston Globe‘s principal reporter on the case for a decade before his retirement in 2008, will talk about the case and his 2015 non-fiction book, MASTER THIEVES: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off The World’s Greatest Art Heist, which has been praised as the most-authoritative account of the case. Kurkjian has been working with WBUR on the podcast on the case, LAST SEEN, which will air in mid-September.

Celebrate Being a Writer!
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Bring something to read:  published, soon to be published, or still in the works.

Author Idol
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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.

Doug Jacobs, an audio book narrator, will anonymously read to a panel of agents: Paula Munier, Lori Galvin, and Amaryah Orenstein. Once two agents ring a bell to indicate they would have stopped reading, they’ll discuss what stopped them.

Medical Murder Methods
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Anesthesiologist Josephine Hernandez, M.D., will answer your questions about drugs, poisons, medical sabotage, tell-tale signs, and other topics related to the art of killing, ah, healing. Do air bubbles in the IV line really kill? What drugs are most accessible? What is a paralytic and how quickly does it work? Is there an undetectable poison? Bring your most murderous ideas and questions!

(Due to conflicts with the agents’ schedules, Author Idol has been moved to our May 9 meeting.)

Literary Never Have I Ever – Stephanie Gayle – CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
(with Ray Daniel, Emily Ross, and Clea Simon)
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Literary Never Have I Ever is a game where Gayle will ask three or four panelists questions couched as “Never Have I Ever” statements. Examples include, “Never have I ever refused to date or broken up with someone based on their reading taste/preferences.” and “Never have I ever lied about reading a ‘classic’ book in order to appear smarter, better educated, more well read.”

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.

See also: Previous Events.

MWA/NE Events

How to Write & Sell Commercial Fiction with Jeffrey Deaver

Saturday, March 24, 2018
8 AM to 4 PM
Crowne Plaza Boston-Newton

MWA-NE members: $20
All other registrants: $45
Free parking and lunch

With more than 50 million books sold in 150 countries, Jeffery Deaver is an authority on bestselling fiction. This three-hour seminar will help you to understand the general rules of writing fiction, the elements of a successful novel, and the publication process, and to develop the tools you need to craft compelling commercial fiction.

Jeff is the international bestselling author of the Lincoln Rhyme and Katherine Dance thriller series, standalone crime novels, and three books of short stories. National President of Mystery Writers of America, Jeff has been presenting this seminar as a gift to every MWA chapter, and the reviews have been amazing! No matter what your level of experience, you won’t want to miss out on this fantastic opportunity to hone your skills and advance your career.

The afternoon program includes a session on Publishing Options and a panel of published authors, including Jeff Deaver, sharing their writing experiences and taking your questions. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Registration is limited, so sign up here NOW!

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.