Upcoming Meetings

May 9 Meeting

The next RMMWA monthly meeting will be held Thursday, Ma 9 at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (290 Speer Boulevard in Denver) and we’ll also broadcast a live, interactive hybrid meeting via Zoom. Please join us for a talk by Brooke Terpening: AI: Friend or Foe.

The meeting at CADA will start at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) with drinks and networking, and dinner will be served at 6:30. Zoom attendees may sign on shortly before 7:00 for the start of the program. See the full agenda below.

To register to attend in person, please use the link below. Please sign up before Sunday, May 5 to reserve your spot.

Zoom attendance is free and there is no need to register. Members will receive the meeting link via email. Non-members, please send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access.

Dinner menu:

  • Menu to be announced soon!

Note: Please contact our Caterer Director directly if you have allergies or specific food issues. We will try to accommodate you if we can. 



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Meeting Agenda:

  • 6:15 Networking and drinks
  • 6:30 Dinner
  • 7:00 Introductions and Member News
  • 7:30 Mystery Minute
  • 7:40 Program

Meeting Program:

“AI: Friend or Foe?”

Alternatives to Traditional Publishing

AI technologies, particularly natural language processing (NLP) models like GPT-3, have reached a level of sophistication where they can generate coherent and contextually relevant text. These models are capable of understanding and generating human-like text across a wide range of topics and styles.

AI is being used in various applications for writing, including content generation, language translation, and editing assistance. AI tools can help writers streamline their workflow, generate ideas, and improve the quality of their writing. Additionally, AI can assist in tasks like summarization, grammar checking, and plagiarism detection, enhancing the overall writing process.

Despite these advancements, there are challenges and limitations to AI in writing, such as issues with bias, lack of creativity, and the need for human oversight. While AI can be a valuable tool for writers, it is not a replacement for human creativity and critical thinking.

Overall, the state of AI for writers is one of significant progress and potential. AI technologies continue to evolve, offering new possibilities for writers to enhance their skills and productivity. However, it is essential for writers to use AI responsibly and in conjunction with human judgment to ensure the integrity and quality of their work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaker Bio

Brooke Terpening, a technology geek, semi-retired attorney, and crime fiction buff, lives and writes in the Rocky Mountain Front Range. She’s had a life-long affair with mysteries and computers. After earning a Master’s Degree in Information and Computer Science, she worked as a software engineer and director for various startups in North Carolina, the Bay Area, and Colorado. Development of several software patents led her to law school with the aim of becoming a patent attorney herself. Along the way, she took a life-changing detour into criminal defense. When she left Florida and legal work behind, she studied the craft of writing in Denver’s Lighthouse Book Project. Since then her writing has won multiple contests and awards for her unpublished crime novel and short stories.

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Special Announcements

2023 6-Word Mystery Winners!

The results of the 2023 Six-Word Mystery Contest sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (RMMWA) have been announced.

Overall winner:

Dead bookie: all bets are off.

 

This entry, written by David Bart of Fort Collins, Colorado, was voted the winner of Ann finalist entries, voted on by RMMWA’s members and announced at the chapter’s Mystery and Mistletoe holiday party held December 8th.

 

According to legend, the first six-word novel was born in the 1920s when Ernest Hemingway at New York’s Algonquin Hotel or Luchow’s restaurant (depending on whom you ask) won a $10 bet by writing a six-word story. His dark and dramatic submission was: “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” Urban legend or no, memorable, heart-breaking and sublime six-word stories have been penned ever since.

 

As the top winner from a record 448 entries, Bart won $100 for his winning entry. All finalists will have their six-word stories featured on the RMMWA website and published in both Deadlines, RMMWA’s newsletter, and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

 

Read on for the finalists and winners in all five categories. Category winners are indicated in bold:

read more…

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Meet Barb Bathrick – Our New RMMWA Newsletter Editor

 

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Barb was born in Houston, Texas, grew up in the Rocky Mountain regions of Wyoming and Colorado and has family ties to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is an eclectic blend of the Gulf coast, the mountain outdoors and Steeler Country’s rolling western Pennsylvania hills. From childhood she loved books and writing stories. In elementary school she wrote plays and stories for the school newspaper, but when her mother gave her the Nancy Drew Mystery, “Password to Larkspur Lane”, the mystery bug bit. From that moment on the mystery genre and the desire to write mysteries became a part of her life. Her first venture into this arena was at age eleven when she wrote a series of mysteries, “The Ruth Starc Mysteries” published on notebook paper and her following was her family. These early stories still occupy a drawer in her study. read more…

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