Mystery Writers of America Southwest Chapter



Houston MWASW Meeting

Third or fourth Saturday of each month at noon
Blue Onyx Bistro
4720 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77027

Next Meeting: September 21, 2019

Author Ricky Bush will talk about the joys and perils of independent publishing. MWASW president Kay Kendall shared a panel with him last spring at the 2019 Left Coast Crime conference in Vancouver, Canada, and thought Houston members of MWA would enjoy hearing him talk.

Ricky Bush has been listening to, playing, and writing about the blues for most of his adult life. His record reviews and articles about blues musicians have appeared in various publications over the past four decades. Once he retired from teaching journalism, English and geography to a couple of generations of high school students, he folded his passion for blues music into his crime novels. Blues and trouble intersect at the crossroads deep down in Texas in River Bottom Blues, The Devil's Blues, Howling Mountain Blues and The Oaxacan Kid. When not writing, he blows harmonica in a four-piece band.

The Houston MWASW group usually meets the third Saturday of each month, except June, July, August and December. Meeting time is Noon-2 PM. We will be meeting at Blue Onyx Bistro at 4720 Richmond Ave. Contact Laura Elvebak at or call our reservation line 713-797-8464 by noon on the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

Dallas MWASW Meeting

First Saturday of each month at 10 AM
Olive Garden
4240 Belt Line
Addison, TX

Next Meeting: September 7, 2019

Tex Thompson Returns!
Her program for this visit is, "Juice Box Hero: Squeezing Plot from Character."

Arianne "Tex" Thompson is a "rural fantasy" author, egregiously enthusiastic speaker, and professional ruckus-raiser. She is the author of Children of the Drought, an internationally-published epic fantasy Western series from Solaris, as well as an instructor for Writing Workshops Dallas and "chief instigator" of WORD— Writers Organizations 'Round Dallas. Now she's blazing a trail through writers' conferences, workshops, and fan conventions around the country—as an endlessly energetic, catastrophically cheerful one-woman stampede.

The Dallas MWASW group meets the first Saturday of each month (except January) at Olive Garden, 4240 Belt Line, Addison, TX, 75001. Meeting time is 10 AM-noon, followed by lunch. There is a $10 fee (cash only—please bring fives or ones) for the program and drinks-only attendees. The fee is reduced to $5 (cash only) for those staying for lunch. All who attend are encouraged to remain and break bread(sticks) with your fellow writers. Contact info: Check the group's web site for more information.


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