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What does MWA stand for?

MWA stands for Mystery Writers of America

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The combined effort of best selling author John McAleer (and a winner of the Mystery Writers of America annual 'Edgar' award) and Andrew McAleer (Professor of Crime Fiction at Boston College and the author of three published mystery novels), "Mystery Writings In A Nutshell: The World's Most Concise Guide To Mystery And Suspense Writing" truly lives up to its title as a 100-page compilation of succinctly presented tips, tricks and techniques for crafting good mystery fiction whether as a short story or a full length novel.
Mainstream critics had little use for Spillane, but he got his due in the mystery world, receiving lifetime achievement awards from the Mystery Writers of America and the Private Eye Writers of America.
For example, crime novelist Gary Phillips, who sits on the national board of the Mystery Writers of America and is author of Monkology: 13 Stories From the World of Private Eye Ivan Monk (McMillan Publications, 2004), teamed with illustrator Shawn Martinbrough to produce Angeltown, a well-received miniseries for Vertigo/DC Comics, in 2005.