Thursday, May 21, 2015

Florida Mystery Writers Give $10,000 to Literacy Coalition



 The Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (FMWA) will give $10,000 to the Florida Literacy Coalition at noon on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Doubletree by Hilton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. Gregory Smith, the executive director of Florida Literacy Coalition, will be at the meeting to accept the check. 

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre

            “To safeguard our future as writers, we need to grow and promote the next generation of readers,” said FMWA President Nancy J. Cohen. “Without readers, we have no audience. We also don’t have new writers coming up the ranks.”

“We did our homework,” said FMWA Vice President Randy Rawls. “The goals of the Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) are closely aligned to our chapter goals and our mission in terms of education.”

Established in 1985, FLC promotes, supports and advocates for the effective delivery of quality adult and family literacy services in the state of Florida. As a statewide umbrella literacy organization and the host of Florida’s State Literacy Resource Center, FLC provides a range of services to support more than 300 adult education, literacy and family literacy providers throughout Florida.

Gregory Smith, the executive director of FLC, has served in this role since 2002. Prior to joining the coalition, Greg served for 13 years as executive director of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. He holds a master’s degree in adult and continuing education from Virginia Tech and currently serves on the Adult Education Cabinet of the Florida Department of Education, ProLiteracy America’s Public Policy Committee, and as chair of the Council of State Organizations.

In addition to their gift to literacy, FMWA offers sponsorships to literary festivals around the state, subsidizes classes for writers at all levels of their careers, promotes monthly meetings for networking and education, pairs writers with critique partners and mentors, and puts on SleuthFest, one of the most highly regarded writers conferences in the country, now entering its 21st year. Monthly chapter luncheon meetings are open to the public. To reserve a space, go to http://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/

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