The next RMMWA monthly meeting will be held May 12, 2022 at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (290 Speer Blvd. in Denver) and we’ll also broadcast a live, interactive hybrid meeting via Zoom. Please join us in-person or via Zoom for a presentation by mystery writer and RMMWA board member Jeffrey Lockwood.
The meeting at CADA will start at 6:15 p.m. (MT) 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request access.
The menu for the meeting at CADA is:
- Goat Cheese and Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breast.
- Strawberry Delight Salad. Mixed greens with candied walnuts, local chevre goat cheese, sliced strawberries, and balsamic vinaigrette.
- Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Medley. Roasted broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, red onions and zucchini.
- Dessert. Fresh strawberries swirled with two chocolates.
- Beverages: Tea, coffee, and water are provided. 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
Solving the Mystery of the Immortal Detective
by Jeffrey Lockwood
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published the first Sherlock Holmes story in 1887. Holmes was instantly popular and went on to appear as the main character in 56 short stories and 4 novellas over the next 40 years. Each of the stories involves a mystery, but perhaps the biggest mystery is one that the master sleuth will never get to solve: Why is Sherlock Holmes still alive in the minds of readers, 133 years after he graced the pages of the Strand Magazine? Why do these stories continue to resonate with today’s readers? And what might we learn as writers about crafting enduring tales?
Jeffrey Lockwood spent youthful afternoons darkly enchanted by feeding grasshoppers to black widow spiders in his New Mexican backyard, which accounts for his scientific and literary affinities. He earned a doctorate in entomology and worked as an ecologist at the University of Wyoming before metamorphosing into a Professor of Natural Sciences & Humanities in the departments of philosophy and creative writing. He considers Sherlock Holmes a model of scientific prowess, integrating exquisite observational skills with incisive abductive (not deductive) reasoning. As such, the scientific researcher is oddly preadapted to loving and writing literary mysteries.