Author News – Paula Munier

Tewksbury Writing Group Meeting:
Get The Perspective Of An Agent, Editor & Successful Author
Tuesday, February 16, 7pm-8:30pm

**PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM THAT WILL TAKE PLACE VIA ZOOM. Registrants will receive a link to access the Zoom Meeting via email 24 hours before the program.**

Are you a writer — or an aspiring writer — looking for some support? The new Tewksbury Writing Group, which generally meets the third Tuesday evening of every month, is open to everyone who’s interested in writing — all genres, all skill levels. Each meeting — which will take place via Zoom — consists of some conversation, followed by a guest speaker (typically a published author) offering some tips of the trade, followed by a period of reading & friendly critiquing via breakout sessions. (In the breakout sessions, authors of like genres will be grouped together.)

This month’s guest speaker is Paula Munier. Paula Munier is an an agent, editor, and successful author. She’s also active in regional mystery organizations and conferences. Paula is the author of The Writer’s Guide to Beginnings: How to Craft Story Openings That Sell; Writing With Quiet Hands: How to Shape Your Writing to Resonate with Readers; and Plot Perfect: How to Build Unforgettable Stories Scene by Scene. She’ll offer tips to aspiring writers from multiple perspectives — as an agent, editor and accomplished author — and welcomes questions.

The group is facilitated by author Dale T. Phillips, who has published novels, story collections, non-fiction, and over 70 short stories. Stephen King was Dale’s college writing teacher, and since then, Dale has found time to appear on stage, television, radio, in an independent feature film, and compete on Jeopardy (losing in a spectacular fashion). He’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the Sisters in Crime.

To register:


February meeting

Wednesday, February 10
06:30 PM on Zoom

“My books are my children, and like my children I expect them to support me in my old age.”
– Henry DeVries

Join this month’s chapter meeting to learn how you, too, can turn your published books into paid speaking gigs that then sell your books.

Henry DeVries, MBA, is the CEO and co-owner of Indie Books International, which has published more than 120 titles by business leaders. Using the knowledge he gained as president of a $40-million Ad Age 500 advertising agency, he trains authors how to earn more from their speech bookings.

A former Associated Press sportswriter, DeVries has visited forty-four major league ballparks and has two to go before he “touches ’em all.”


January meeting

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
6:30 to 8:00 pm on Zoom

Attendees will learn a wealth of information about short story markets: how to find them, how to write for them, how to submit to them, and how to work with their editors. There will be Q&A after the presentation, so come prepared with questions.

Michael Bracken is the author of several books, including the private eye novel All White Girls, and more than 1,300 short stories in several genres. His short crime fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, Black Mask, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Espionage Magazine, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, The Best American Mystery Stories 2018, and in many other anthologies and periodicals. A recipient of the Edward D. Hoch Memorial Golden Derringer Award for lifetime achievement in short mystery fiction, Bracken has won two Derringer Awards and been shortlisted for two others. Additionally, Bracken recently became editor of Black Cat Mystery Magazine and has edited several anthologies, including the Anthony Award-nominated The Eyes of Texas and the Mickey Finn series. Learn more at


October meeting

Wednesday, October 14

Jason Allison will take attendees through two investigations and illustrate how difficult it can be to get from what you know to what you can prove.

Jason Allison spent twenty years with the New York City Police Department, retiring in 2018 with the rank of Detective Second Grade. He worked in a South Bronx Detective Squad and the NYPD/ATF Joint Robbery Task Force, SPARTA, where he was designated a Special United States Marshal. In his career he investigated homicides, shootings, violent street gangs and high-end robbery crews. Familiar with both the New York State and Federal legal systems, he was the primary detective on a long term case that would eventually serve as the blueprint for the Department’s targeted prosecution of criminal organizations.

Jason has written two novels deemed unpublishable by the literary world, and is currently finishing his third.

Conversation begins at 6:30.
The meeting proper begins at 7.

If you are not a member of Mystery Writers of America, New England, and would like to attend, please send an email to

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