Mystery Writers of America Southwest Chapter



Houston MWASW Meeting

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

Future Meeting: May 20, 2017

Reavis Z. Wortham will be our speaker on May 20 at Carrabba's Italian Café. Reavis is the critically acclaimed author of the Red River mystery series set in rural northeast Texas in the 1960s. Kirkus Reviews listed his first novel, The Rock Hole, as one of the "Top 12 Mysteries of 2011." True West magazine recognized Vengeance is Mine as one of the Top 5 Westerns of 2015, while The Strand Magazine placed Dark Places in their Top 12 Novels of 2015. The Dallas Morning News listed Dark Places as one of the Best Small Fictions of 2015. The newly released 6th novel in this series is Unraveled.

His new contemporary series by Kensington Publishing debuts June 28, 2017, with the release of Hawke’s Prey, featuring Texas Ranger Sonny Hawke. All his works are available at your favorite online bookstore or outlet, in all formats. Check out his website at

Wortham has been a newspaper columnist and magazine writer since 1988, and has been the Humor Editor for Texas Fish and Game Magazine for the past 20 years. He and his wife, Shana, live in Frisco, Texas.

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. 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: May 6, 2017

We did our annual critique meeting in May a couple of years ago and it went well, so we're trying it in May once again.

Bring five (5) copies of no more than five (5) pages (one for yourself to read, and four so others can follow along). Each group will include a published author to lead the conversation.

Pages should be standard manuscript format, meaning one inch margins all around, double-spaced, Times or similar font in at least 12 point type, and no extra lines between paragraphs. Those paragraphs should be indented, and dialogue from a new speaker always needs a new paragraph.

Practice reading your pages aloud before the meeting. Even reading to friendly, helpful people you know can be stressful, so practice. Goal: everyone hears good stories and gives good feedback.

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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