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: October 21

Kendra Middleton Williams has been giving writing workshops to MWA and RWA Chapters. She is bringing with her a Navy SEAL, currently retired and working in the security industry. They will give a presentation about common errors writers make when writing military heroes. His part of the presentation will be outlining a quick walk-through of common explosives and how they are used in a war theatre.

For more about what they do, please visit Kendra's website:

September Meeting Canceled

All of us at Mystery Writers of America, Southwest Chapter have been deeply saddened by the unprecedented flooding that has affected Houston and the surrounding areas. Due to the current state of emergency in Houston, and in consideration of the many Houstonians and others who will need time to rebuild and recover, we have decided to cancel our Houston lunch meeting that was scheduled for Saturday, September 16.


To compensate for not meeting with us in person, our scheduled speaker, Arianne "Tex" Thompson, has generously offered the following:

Need Help? Call Tex Support!

SMU Writers Path instructor and professional story-enthusiast Tex Thompson is standing by to untangle your plot, troubleshoot your first chapters, or rekindle your writing habit. Send up to 5,000 words (of your prose, outline, query—your choice) to, and get a one-on-one 30-minute phone consultation on any aspect of your writing. No charge—no catch—no sweat!

The fine print: please send a Word-compatible attachment (doc, docx, rtf), along with your phone number, no later than December 15. Feel free to mention any particular areas of concern. Tex will reply to your email to arrange a time to discuss your work. It's that easy!

A professional speaker and writing instructor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tex Thompson 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. 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 2, 2017

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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