August 2019 RMMWA Meeting

As we have for previous August meetings, we’ll meet in Colorado Springs at a private home. Refreshments provided; beverages available for purchase. Location and directions will be sent to those who have RSVPed for the meeting. Please pay below via PayPal by Monday, August 5 to ensure your reservation.

August 8 Meeting

Stephen Pease, Private Investigator

Basically, writers have a choice—submit to the TV cliché, or write based on reality, which, according to licensed private investigator Stephen Pease, is just as dramatic as a TV Dick with a big gun. For our August RMMWA program, Stephen will present the real duties of the licensed private invetigator, myth- and cliché-busting. He’ll cover things like how you become a licensed PI in Colorado, what sorts of things PIs do, along with things they would never do, and how a case works.

Stephen, a RMMWA member who writes as Michael Chandos, has been a Colorado Licensed Private Investigator for a couple of years, mostly doing subcontract work for PIs across the state. He started his own office in downtown Colorado Springs last year.

Until next meeting








Upcoming Programs


Saturday July 11th
RMMWA Contact:

Thursday August 8th
Program: Stephen Pease, PI
RMMWA Contact: Chris Goff

Thursday September 12th
Program: Human Trafficking
RMMWA Contact: Laurie Walcott

Thursday October 10th
Program: RT Lawton, Surveillance Workshop
RMMWA Contact: Chris Goff

Thursday November 14th
Program: Russell Pilcher, Sierra Detection
RMMWA Contact: ZJ Czupor

Thursday December 12th: NO MEETING
(due to tentative holiday party event)

RMMWA Programs Online

On the Members Only page, you can listen to the full version of some of our programs. Click the highlighted portion of the program below to hear a short sample. If you need help with the link, or the password to the Members Only page, contact the webmaster.

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The Spirit in Question

American History

Burning Ridge

The Melancholy Howl

The Golden Havana Night


Falcon's Prey

Fractured Families

Santa Fe Mourning

Blood and Gasoline

Visions of Ted Bundy

Murder Under the Oaks

Identity Crisis

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