Mystery Writers of America Southwest Chapter



Houston MWASW Meeting

Third or fourth Saturday of each month at noon
1399 S. Voss
Houston, TX 77057

Next Meeting: March 18, 2017

Arianne "Tex" Thompson is home-grown Texas success story. After earning a bachelor's degree in history and a master's in literature, she channeled her passion for exciting, innovative, and inclusive fiction into the Children of the Drought—an internationally-published epic fantasy Western series from Solaris. Now a professional speaker and writing instructor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tex is blazing a trail through conferences, workshops, and fan conventions around the country—as an endlessly energetic, relentlessly enthusiastic one-woman stampede. Find her online at and on Twitter as @tex_maam!

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 Carrabba's at 1399 S. Voss. There is a $5 door fee, cash only. 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: March 4, 2017

"The Poison Lady" aka Luci Hansson Zahray

A returning speaker who didn't have nearly enough time to explain all she knows the first time she was here, Luci Hansson Zahray has spoken to writers' groups all over Central and North Texas. She can tell you all the common household items and garden plants that can kill you, and how hard they are to detect (in a hypothetical way, of course). You will throw away your Tylenol after hearing her speak.

Want some real chills to run down your spine? Come to the meeting and ask Luci how many people die by the hand of the average sweet old lady serial killer poisoner. Double scary? How they finally get caught.

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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