The next RMMWA monthly meeting will be held March 14, 2024 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 in-person or via Zoom to hear mystery writer C.M. Wendelboe talk about how crime writers can authentically write about policing.
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 Monday, March 11 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 email@example.com to request access.
- To be announced
- Tea, coffee, and water included. Wine and beer are available for a suggested cash donation of $3.00 per drink.
- 6:15 Networking and drinks
- 6:30 Dinner
- 7:00 Introductions and Member News
- 7:30 Mystery Minute
- 7:40 Program
How Writers can Authentically Write About Policing
Curt will discuss methods lawmen used from the Wild West to the New West. Things from the law to police procedure to weapons involved will be presented with tools to help the writer get it right.
C. M. Wendelboe, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, is a prolific author of murder mysteries with a Western flair, as well as traditional Westerns. He entered the law enforcement profession when he was discharged from the Marines as the Vietnam war was winding down. During his 38-year career in law enforcement, he served in various roles for several agencies. Yet he always felt most proud of “working the street.” He was a patrol supervisor in Gillette, Wyoming, when he retired as a sheriff’s deputy to pursue his true vocation as a fiction writer. More about Curt at his website: https://cmwendelboe.com/
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The results of the 2023 Six-Word Mystery Contest sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (RMMWA) have been announced.
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:
News and Notes
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…