I visited the site for the Southwest Chapter of Mystery Writers of America at http://www.mwasw.org/meetings.html and noticed they have their monthly meeting coming up this Saturday, Dec 5th. Now ... I am not a writer or a member but I noticed on the page that "You do NOT have to be a MWA member to attend." This may be something interesting to try out. It may be a chance to meet some of the authors I have read about.
At the very least, it sounds like there will be an interesting speaker.. Here is what it says on the site about the speaker.
On December 5, Detective Tommy Le Noir parallels skills "How Excellent Homicide Detectives and Great Mystery Writers are Alike." Twenty-nine years as a detective with the metroplex's Arlington Police Department prepared Detective Le Noir to KNOW about investigations.
Several of Detective Le Noir's homicide cases have earned national recognition and media attention, including Jack Reeves, featured in several nationally televised documentaries and the subject of the book Mail Order Murder by true crime author Patricia Springer.
Here is the meeting information:
First Saturday of each month
Texas Land & Cattle
812 South Central Expressway
Richardson, TX 75080
There is a $5 door fee.