Meetings and Special Events

November 12th Online Meeting

Please join us at the Rocky Mountain MWA monthly meeting, which will be held via Zoom on November 12, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Program:

Forensic Documentation Examination and Case Study

Mark Songer will present on the various techniques forensic examiners use to authenticate or debunk signatures and documents in civil and criminal matters, and lead us through a fascinating case study based on a now notorious case you won’t want to miss!

Speaker Bio:

Portrait of Mark SongerMark Songer

Mark Songer is a court qualified expert in Forensic Document Examinations. He provides investigations, reports, and testimony towards the resolution of matters involving disputed documents or signatures, including: wills, checks, contracts, deeds, account ledgers, medical records, and autograph authentication. His other areas of expertise include employment background screening, casino and hotel surveillance systems and operation, proper procedure and protocol in the handling and destruction of classified materials, and the collection, storage and retention of biometric information.

Mark is a former FBI Special Agent and FBI Document Analyst, and was the designated handwriting expert for the Evidence Response Team-Los Angeles. During his tenure in the FBI, Mr. Songer instructed numerous law enforcement officers and examiners in handwriting identification, crime scene investigations and the proper collection of writing samples. He has also developed and implemented Criminal Justice and Forensic Science programs at several institutions of higher learning, including the University of California and La Sierra University. In addition, Mark is a former Adjunct Professor of Forensic Science at National University, San Diego, California and is currently an Adjunct Professor with Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, Florida. Mark is also a life-time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Meeting Agenda:
6:30-7:00 Announcements, Introductions, and News
7:00-7:15 Mystery Minute by ZJ Czupor
7:15-8:15 or so: Program featuring our guest speaker
After Party: Stay after the program to mingle and visit.

October 8th Online Meeting

The Rocky Mountain MWA monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on October 8th starting at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, and will feature award-winning author Judge Debra H. Goldstein. Members will receive the link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members may send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access. Hope to see you September 10th!

Program:

FOLLOWING THE PATH TO PASSION

Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, and Silver Falchion Finalist Judge Debra H. Goldstein discusses the path to her passion, with an emphasis on the road she almost didn’t take.

Speaker Bio:

Debra Goldstein

Judge Debra H. Goldstein writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series (Three Treats Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, One Taste Too Many). She also authored Should Have Played Poker and IPPY Award winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories, which have been named Agatha, Anthony, Derringer finalists, have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and Mystery Weekly. Debra serves on the national boards of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and is president of SEMWA and past president of SinC’s Guppy Chapter. Find out more about Debra at DebraHGoldstein.com

Meeting Agenda:
6:30-7:00 Announcements, Introductions, and News
7:00-7:15 Mystery Minute by ZJ Czupor
7:15-8:15 or so: Program featuring our guest speaker
After Party: Stay after the program to mingle and visit.

September 10th Online Meeting

The Rocky Mountain MWA monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on September 10th starting at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, and will feature bestselling crime fiction author and veteran crime scene investigator Lisa Black . Members will receive the link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members may send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access. Hope to see you September 10th!

Program:

FACTS VS. FICTION: My life as both a crime fiction writer and real-life CSI

NYT bestselling author Lisa Black will discuss her distinctly nonlinear path to publication and how her work as a forensic specialist has been pivotal in bringing her characters to life. She will talk about her cases, agents, pitfalls and publishers.

Speaker Bio:

  Lisa Black

Lisa Black is the NYT bestselling author of 14 suspense novels, with works that have been translated into six languages, optioned for film, and shortlisted for the inaugural Sue Grafton Memorial Award. She is also a certified Crime Scene Analyst and certified Latent Print Examiner, having begun her forensics career at the Coroner’s office in Cleveland Ohio and continued it with the police department in Cape Coral, Florida. Lisa has spoken to readers and writers at numerous conferences and will be a Guest of Honor at 2021 Killer Nashville.

Meeting Agenda:
6:30-7:00 Announcements, Introductions, and News
7:00-7:15 Mystery Minute by ZJ Czupor
7:15-8:15 or so: Program featuring our guest speaker
After Party: Stay after the program to mingle and visit.

August 13th Online Meeting

The Rocky Mountain MWA monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on August 13th starting at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, and will feature DNA evidence pioneer and former Denver D.A. Mitch Morrissey. Members will receive the link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members may send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access. Hope to see you August 13th!

Program:

After years of prosecuting criminals, former Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey turned to solving cold cases using cutting edge DNA technology through his company United Data Connect.

For example, take the 1996 murder of Tangie Sims in Aurora. Sims was found fatally stabbed, and during their investigation detectives discovered that her attacker had cut himself. Later, through genetic analysis of this evidence, UDC was able to provide investigators information that lead to the identification of the murderer.

Or, take the case of Charles Banister, a serial rapist in Wisconsin. Banister was not in the official DNA database, but connecting the genetic dots from this database to genealogical search software to a Banister family member lead to a guilty plea and a fifty-year prison term for sexual assault.

Join us for a fascinating discussion of how DNA is used to ID perpetrators of violent crimes, and how that evidence is used in courtrooms across America to put violent felons in prison or bring closure to families who have spent years wondering if their cases would ever be solved.

Speaker Bio:

Mitch Morrissey

A career prosecutor for 33 years, Mitch Morrissey was elected District Attorney of Denver, Colorado for three terms from 2004-2017. Morrissey introduced the first DNA evidence used in a criminal trial in Denver, and is internationally recognized for his expertise in DNA technology and its application in criminal prosecutions. He has trained law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges throughout the United States, the Middle East, Central America and Canada.

Morrissey also has shared his knowledge beyond the legal and law enforcement communities. He hosted the television program Dialogue Denver DA, and continues to be interviewed frequently for television, radio and print media. His support for familial DNA searching was the topic of a report by 60 Minutes.

Prior to leaving the D.A.’s office, Morrissey spearheaded the Denver Cold Case Project, which reviewed over 4,200 unsolved sexual assaults and murders to use DNA technologies to solve these old cases. In addition, he and the Denver Police Crime Lab introduced the use of DNA to solve burglary cases and other property crimes. During his tenure as Denver District Attorney, Morrissey became the leading proponent in the United States of using Familial DNA Database Searches to solve violent crime.

After leaving the Denver D.A.’s office in 2017, Morrissey co-founded United Data Connect to continue his work in applying advanced technology to the field of investigation.

July 9, 2020 RMMWA Online Meeting

The Rocky Mountain MWA monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on July 9 starting at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, and will feature law former FBI Special Agent Pete Klismet. Members will receive the link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members may send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access. Hope to see you June 11th!

 

Guest Speaker

Peter M. (Pete) Klismet, Jr. is a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran with two tours on submarines in the South China Sea. Following military service, Pete earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado. During nine years with the Ventura Police Department in California, he continued his education earning a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from California Lutheran University, and a second Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In 1979 Pete accepted an appointment as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was trained to be a Firearms Instructor, Hostage Negotiator, and was in the first cadre of Special Agents chosen to be trained in Psychological Profiling.

Pete was named the 1999 International Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for solving a large multi-national fraud case. Following his retirement from the FBI, Pete became Department Chair and Associate Professor of the Criminal Justice Department at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs. Having now retired as a Professor Emeritus, he continues to provide training and consulting for law enforcement, private companies, and law firms.

Pete is also the author of four award-winning books: FBI Diary: Profiles of Evil, FBI Animal House, FBI Diary: Home Grown Terror, and Profiling Violent Crime: A Behavioral and Forensic Approach.

 

 

June 11, 2020 RMMWA Online Meeting

The Rocky Mountain MWA monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on June 11 starting at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, and will feature law enforcement veteran Laura Manuel. Members will receive the link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members may send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access. Hope to see you June 11th!

Program Description
The Daily Grind in Blue-Black

We’ll dress a LEO, give her some weapons on her utility belt, and describe how those can be used. We will take her through a typical day, and then perhaps a not so typical one to discuss who handles what on a crime scene. We will briefly discuss training and where you can easily research training for yourselves. As usual, questions are welcomed.

Speaker Bio

Laura Manuel was a law enforcement officer (LEO) for 21 years in Virginia & Colorado. She was in patrol and was an investigator in Person’s crimes. Her B.A. is from the University of Michigan, M.A. and Ph.D. from UNC in Psychology. She taught Criminal Justice and Psychology at FRCC. She established the first police academy at FRCC and directed the Academy for the first three classes, all of which scored the top scores in Colorado. She still teaches at the Academy and reviews material with the Cadets before their Professional testing.

 

 

May 14, 2020 RMMWA Online Meeting

RMMWA Agents Panel

The Rocky Mountain MWA monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on May 14, starting at 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, and will feature literary agents Terrie Wolf and Angie Hodapp. Members will receive the link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members may send an email to chapterpres@rmmwa.org to request access. Hope to see you May 14th!

Program Description
This session will give you complete, step-by-step overview of the traditional publishing process, from the moment you have an idea for a novel to the day you get your rights back from the publisher—and why you may or may not want an agent to guide you through. We’ll cover the query process, what and what not to include in a query letter, and how to nail an in-person pitch. Plus, we’ll dispel some myths and do our best to answer all your burning industry questions!

Panelists

Angie Hodap  Angie Hodapp is the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency and the author of Do You Need a Literary Agent? and Query Craft: The Writer-in-the-Know Guide to Getting Your Manuscript Requested. She holds a BA in English and secondary education and an MA in English and communication development. A graduate of the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver, she has worked in professional writing, editing, and education for more than twenty years. A frequent presenter at writing conferences and events, she loves helping writers improve their craft and learn about the ever-changing world of publishing.

Terrie Wolf  Terrie Wolf is the founder and CEO of Colorado-based AKA Literary Management. This fourth-generation ranch kid read English Literature at Cambridge, studied Creative Writing at the State University of New York, and Journalism at the University of Colorado-Denver. She has held positions in publishing, international media, and government services. Now, the Emmy award-winning former broadcast special projects producer oversees the agency’s foreign rights endeavors and has garnered deals in over forty countries and thirty languages. As a full member of AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives), she proudly represents an exciting group of authors who are at all stages of their literary journey.

 

Notice Regarding April Meeting

With regret, RMMWA has decided to cancel our monthly meeting previously scheduled for April 9. Though the camaraderie and education that our meeting provides are important to us, we’re also committed to the well-being of our members and guests, and we encourage our community to follow CDC and state guidelines for mitigating spread of COVID-19.

We hope to reschedule our speaker for later this year, and we’ll keep you posted on the status of future meetings through the MWA-RM@groups.io communication loop, and through our newsletter, website, and social media.

We hope to be able to come together as a group again soon. If you have any questions, please reach me at chapterpres@rmmwa.org.

Take care,

Margaret Mizushima, Chapter President

March 12, 2020 RMMWA Meeting

Short cuts: RMMWA authors tell you how

The big gap between the six-word novel and the 40,000-word novella is filled by short stories. Do you write short stories? Should you? How? And where do you sell them?

The March meeting will present a panel of three of our prolific authors to talk about techniques, readers, and markets.

 Catherine Dilts is the author of the Rock Shop Mystery series, while her short stories appear regularly in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She wrote two novels for the multi-author cozy mystery series Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library. Working in the world of hazardous substances regulation, Catherine’s stories often have environmental or factory-based themes. Others reflect her love of the Colorado mountains.

  R.T. Lawton is a retired federal agent with 25 years of experience working the street, from riding the go-fast boats with Customs off the midnight Miami coast to hunt smugglers running in from the Bahama Banks, to running down a fugitive in Jamaica. He’s shared his experience with surveillance in workshops for writers, including right here at RMMWA. With more than 140 published short stories, he has sold (as of last fall) 44 to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and has six e-books for Kindle and other e-readers.

  Manuel Ramos is the author of ten novels and a short story collection. He has received the Colorado Book Award (twice), the Chicano/Latino Literary Award, the Top Hand Award from the Colorado Authors League, and Honorable Mentions from the Latino International Book Awards. His first novel, The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz, was a finalist for the Edgar® award. My Bad: A Mile High Noir was a Shamus finalist. He is a co-founder of and regular contributor to the award-winning Internet magazine La Bloga , which deals with Latino literature, culture, news and opinion. His latest crime fiction novel is The Golden Havana Night: A Sherlock Homie Mystery.

Moderator Suzanne Proulx wrote four novels featuring a hospital risk manager. Her short story, “If You Say So,” is featured in The Best American Mystery Stories of 2019, which came out last October.

 

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


March 12th Meeting




February 6, 2020 RMMWA Meeting (Note New Date!)

Criminal Procedures In Law Enforcement

 
Sergeant Amy Wheeler

 

Sergeant Amy Wheeler of the Loveland Police Department will discuss Criminal Procedures. This program looks at law enforcement practices and authority with emphasis on statutory and case law. We will explore crime scene processing, search warrant requirements, and establishing probable cause. The program is designed to provide the attendee with practical knowledge on how the police do their jobs.

 
 
 
 

Sgt Amy Wheeler, Loveland PDSGT. AMY WHEELER – Bio

Sergeant Amy Wheeler is a 19-year veteran of law enforcement. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1999 from Mercer University prior to starting work as a patrol officer in a mid-sized municipal police department in Georgia. At the Macon Police Department she worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, general instructor, domestic violence investigator, property crime investigator, patrol sergeant, administrative sergeant, crime scene investigator, and retiring from that department as a patrol lieutenant. She moved to Colorado late 2014 after earning a Master of Science in Public Safety Leadership degree also from Mercer University. She started with the Loveland Police Department in early 2015 going back to patrol, which she loves. In 2017, she was promoted to sergeant and currently serves as the Professional Standards Unit Sergeant. She is a graduate of the 2001 Georgia Police Corps program, the 2014 IACP Women’s Leadership Institute, and attended the IACP’s Leadership Police Organizations courses in 2017. She is also a certified Advanced Force Science Specialist with the Force Science Institute.

 

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


February 6th Meeting



January 9, 2020 RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


 

January 9th Meeting



Digital Evidence and Forensics

Matthew F. Porter
Matthew Porter, an attorney and legal technology consultant, will present an introduction to forensic collection and handling of evidence from the computers and mobile devices that contain so much of our lives. Matthew’s talk will cover:
What
What kinda of information your files and devices can contain? There’s a lot to interest lawyers and investigators, including data that typical users never see.
Why
Why is digital evidence important, and what can it reveal?
How
It’s not about “guessing the password.” What tools and techniques to investigators use to find, collect and analyze digital information, without losing or altering all of that precious data?

MATTHEW F. PORTER – Bio

Matthew F. Porter is a writer, lawyer and legal technology consultant who writes paranormal/detective fiction and historical mysteries. His novel Questions for the Dead was a finalist for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold award, and he has also won several prizes in the RMMWA’s annual Six-Word Mystery contest.
Matthew’s published writing includes educational materials on the intersection of law and technology, and source material for cartoon private eye adventures in the book Toon Tales (Steve Jackson Games).
Matthew is co-host, with his son Ian, of the Inter-Millennium Media Project (“IMMP”) podcast. He also serves as head of the press department for Nan Desu Kan, Colorado’s premier convention for Japanese animation and culture, and is a frequent speaker on topics related to culture and storytelling in anime.

 

December 12th Mystery & Mistletoe

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


Mystery and Mistletoe 2019



Mystery and Mistletoe

 

RMMWA Players Present

“Death Trap (Act One)” by Ira Levin

Sidney: Carter Wilson

Myra:  Becky Clark

Clifford: Jeffrey Lockwood

Narrator / Sound Effects:  ZJ Czupor

Director: Sandra Murphy

 

The 6-minute mystery award

Presented by Jeffrey Lockwood

Promoted by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, entries have poured in from all over the United States and Australia. The top five entries in each category have been selected by our esteemed judges, and attendees at the RMMWA Christmas party will vote to award top honors. Winners of each category will earn a $25 gift certificate to the Tattered Cover, and the overall winner will be awarded $100 in cold, hard cash. 

Esteemed Judges

Anne Hillerman, NYT Bestselling Author

Linda Landrigan, Editor at Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Manuel Ramos, Award-Winning Author and Social Justice Activist

Len Vlahos, Author and owner of the Tattered Cover Bookstore

Terrie Wolf, Literary Agent and owner of AKA Literary Management

 

Make your reservations by Monday, December 9th

November 2019 RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


November 14 Meeting




Russell Pilcher, Sierra Detection Systems

Over the past five decades, Russ has been actively engaged in all aspects of the detention industry, beginning modestly as laborer in 1966 during high school summers.  Finding the work interesting, after his schooling, he joined the manufacturer jail equipment in San Antonio, Texas, where he ran the operations and engineering and manufacturing departments.  In 1977, he founded his own firm, invented and patented his own sliding door locking systems, which he marketed, manufactured and installed to several state penitentiaries.  He also invented and manufactured high security fire rated swinging door assemblies for jails and prisons.  Thirteen years later, he sold his firm to join Southern Steel Company.  There, he led the research and development department to invent an entire line of updated sliding jail doors.

In 1995, he founded Sierra Detention Systems.  During his tenure at Sierra, Russ has installed his inventions in many high-profile detention facilities, such as Super Max, Folsom Prison, FBOP Death Row in Terre Haute, Angola Death Row in Louisiana and many others.  During this same time, he has had contact with several high profile “clients” of these facilities, such as Charles Manson, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, Ted Kasinsky, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman and others. On several occasions, he has served as a consultant and expert witness in areas of detention equipment assessment, facility programming and development.  In 2018, he founded Sinclair Cybernetics, LLC, a firm that operates in parallel fashion to Sierra and specializes in technical support to of electronic locking systems and elements of cyber protection.

October 2019 RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


October 10 Meeting




Surveillance 101 with R.T. Lawton

“The game’s afoot…”

Dying to know what it’s like to follow a suspect on foot? Be part of a surveillance team? Or maybe you’re stuck writing a scene where one of your characters must shadow the villain or even the protagonist to gather vital information in furtherance of the plot? Now, you too can learn some of the techniques of surveillance, and maybe how to discover if someone is following you.

R.T. Lawton is a retired federal agent with 25 years of experience working the street, from informants to surveillance and undercover to raids and arrests. From riding the go-fast boats with Customs off the midnight Miami coast to hunt smugglers running in from the Bahama Banks to running down a fugitive in Jamaica.

With over 140 published short stories, he has sold 44 to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and has six e-books for Kindle and other e-readers.

September 2019 RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


September 12 Meeting




Human Trafficking

How does human trafficking work in Colorado?  How would law enforcement, medical personnel – or even maybe a neighbor – recognize a victim or that a crime might be happening?  How could a person intervene, or should they? Does urban human trafficking differ from rural?  And maybe most importantly, what does the media get wrong? 

Join when Brittany Austin, Program Coordinator for the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking joins us to talk about the Lab, how it got started, what they’ve learned, and how vast and underreported the problem really is.  She’ll give some examples of legislation that’s been proposed that could really impact human trafficking and examples of the kind of education and tips provided for first responders and hospitals to recognize signs that a patient might be a victim of human trafficking.  

Brittany Austin holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Work with concentrations in Mental Health and Migration Studies from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work. She completed her fieldwork with the Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture, providing therapy for individuals seeking asylum in the United States and with the Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, providing case management and group therapeutic services to women living with HIV and AIDS. Prior to her graduate education, Brittany worked for the Taproot Foundation, where she managed a large volunteer base to complete capacity-building projects for non-profits. In her most recent role with Triggr Health, she built and oversaw a textline in the addiction recovery space that engaged thousands of vulnerable individuals in care. She is also trained in yoga and mindfulness and has spent time teaching trauma-informed classes for the Women’s Justice Program within the Cook County Department of Corrections. 

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.

June 2019 RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.

June 13 Meeting

Judging As I See It with Senior District Judge John L. Kane

Senior U.S. District Court Judge John Kane talks about his forty years on the federal bench—why he became a judge, the drama of the courtroom, and the foibles of trial lawyers.

John L. Kane was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. He received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado in 1958 and his law degree from the University of Denver in 1960. He has taught law and philosophy at graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Colorado and the University of Denver, and was a visiting lecturer at Trinity College in Dublin.
Before being appointed to the bench, Kane served as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps in Calcutta and as Country Representative in Turkey. He was Colorado’s first Public Defender, and when he entered private practice he specialized in First Amendment law. He has consulted on behalf of the U.S. Information Agency and the U.S. Department of State on human rights and constitutional issues, and traveled extensively on the government’s behalf to lecture and participate in parliamentary conferences in Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Southeast Asia.
Kane has received numerous honors and awards, including the U.S. Information Agency Outstanding Service Award, the Catholic Lawyers Guild St. Thomas More Award, the B’nai Brith Anti-Defamation League Lifetime Achievement Award for Dedication to Civil Rights, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys Lifetime Judicial Achievement Award, and the Drug Policy Foundation Justice Gerald Le Dain Award for Achievement in Law. He has written extensively on drug policy, sentencing and plea bargain reform.

May RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


May 9 Meeting



The Psychology of Violence with Amy Rivers

Wyoming Mystery Day

Board members Chris Goff and Jeff Lockwood invite RMMWA members (and partners) for a day in Wyoming, Saturday, June 22nd, to extend the reach of our mystery writing community into the rarified air of Laramie (attention Denverites: we are really a Rocky Mountain high at 7200 feet). Laramie is about a 2½-hour drive from Denver. Taking I-25 to Fort Collins and then Highway 287 from Fort Collins to Laramie is a rather pretty way to go.

Our day will begin with a special, 2-hour group tour of the Wyoming Territorial Prison on the outskirts of Laramie. We’ll convene at the entrance at 10:00. The prison once held Butch Cassidy, and those who have an interest in the twisted crimes and gruesome punishments of the frontier are sure to find some darkly enchanting material for stories.

At 12:30, we will gather at the Altitude Chophouse and Brewery in downtown Laramie for lunch (individuals will pay for their own food/drinks), where we’ll be joined by NY Times best-selling author of smart historical fiction, Tasha Alexander, and her husband, mystery/thriller author Andrew Grant.

After lunch, we’ll walk a couple blocks over to Second Story Books former brothel converted into Laramie’s finest, independent bookstore. There, Andrew and Tasha will be joined (we hope—the plan is still in the works) by best-selling author Lee Child (Andrew’s brother). That intriguing conversation/interview and book signing is open to the public.

The cost for this day of incarceration, mastication, and rumination is FREE (not including your gas and lunch, of course). However, to arrange the prison tour (the cost is being covered by RMMWA), we need an accurate head count. So please RSVP directly to Jeff Lockwood by June 17 to pre-register for this day on the high plains. And, when you RSVP, also indicate whether you are interested in attending an end-of-the-day dinner cookout provided by RMMWA, which would mean staying overnight or getting back on the road at perhaps 7:00 or later.

 

April RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


April 11 Meeting



Secrets of a Bail Bondsman

Do you have a character that needs to be bonded out of jail? Or a cop, lawyer, judge, or other characters that must interact with the bail bond system? Here’s your opportunity for a peek into the day-to-day life of a bail bond agent. How do agents land clients, how do they choose which potential clients to take on or turn down? What’s the process for bailing out a person? What if a client skips? What are the fees and how do agents determine collateral? What is their relationship with the rest of the judicial system? Our guide into this murky and controversial world will be one of Denver’s veteran bail bond agents, Dave “Red” Widhalm, owner of Red’s Anytime Bail Bonds, located on Denver’s Bail Bonds Row, a handcuffs throw from the Denver City Jail. He has many fascinating stories to tell us, so don’t miss it.

 

March RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.

March 14 Meeting

Burned, Drowned, and Eaten with Tracy Brisendine

Fire and water drastically change the appearance of a human body. And both elements can both hinder and assist the investigator during criminal investigations. Within minutes insects can detect a decedent’s location and start to feed, yet DNA collected from a maggot’s digestive tract can help identify a victim. This workshop will be a down-and-dirty glimpse of how two elements and various insects interact with a body after death.

Tracy Brisendine’s invisible pet dinosaur landed her in the principal’s office in second grade, and it has been a rollercoaster of adventure ever since. At work, she dances with death and has the honor of recording the last chapter of people’s lives. When not working, Tracy is crafting fantastical stories from the safety of her home. Tracy lives in colorful Colorado with her wonderful spouse and adorable dogs. She has worked in law enforcement for over a decade and is an accredited death investigator through the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigator and the Colorado Coroners Association.

January RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


January 10 Meeting



 

 

Panel: Social Media – Magic or Myth?

Authors with varied publishing backgrounds will discuss their social media strategies and experience. Please join them as they share their ideas on internet networking and book promotion. Audience participation and questions are welcome.

Panelists:

Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series: The Semester of Our Discontent, an Agatha Award recipient for Best First Novel; The Art of Vanishing, a Lefty Award nominee for Best Humorous Mystery; and The Spirit in Question. She is professor of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver and member of the multi-author blog Chicks on the Case. 

Margaret Mizushima is the author of the Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries, which includes Killing Trail, Stalking Ground, Hunting Hour, and Burning Ridge. Her books have garnered a Reader’s Favorite gold medal, a TopShelf Indie Book Award nomination, and have been listed as finalists in the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, the Colorado Book Awards, the International Book Awards, and the Silver Falchion Awards. Margaret lives in Colorado and serves on the board for RMMWA as Social Media Director.

Bruce Most loves to read and write classic whodunits. He grew up on a diet of Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, and his grandfather’s collection of Perry Mason novels. A former freelance writer, Bruce’s first published novel, Bonded for Murder, featuring a feisty Denver bail bondswoman, Ruby Dark, was a Colorado Book Awards finalist. Rope Burn, about cattle rustling and murder in modern-day Wyoming ranch country, and Murder on the Tracks, set in 1949 Denver, won best genre novel from the Colorado Authors’ League.

Mark Stevens grew up in Massachusetts. He was raised by two librarians. By law, he was required to grow up loving books. And writing. He writes the Allison Coil Mystery Series—Antler Dust, Buried by the Roan, Trapline, Lake of Fire and The Melancholy Howl. Trapline won the Colorado Book Award in 2016. Buried by the Roan and Lake of Fire were finalists for the same award. Kirkus Reviews called Lake of Fire “irresistible” and The Melancholy Howl “smart and indelible.” Mark was the 2016 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year.

 

Mystery and Mistletoe, Dec. 13, 2018


Mystery and Mistletoe



RSVP by Monday, December 10

Price: $10. Includes dinner and presentation
CADA, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver

Mystery & Mistletoe is back for another round of holiday cheer and delicious food.

The night will also include member readings as well as voting for and announcements of winners in the RMMWA’s Six-Word Mystery Contest!

November RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


November 8 Meeting



 

 

October RMMWA Meeting

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


October 11 Meeting



RSVP by Monday, October 8

Advances in Forensic Technology with David Maloney, Forensic Services Laboratory Manager, Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Learn about the latest in forensic analysis including toxicology, collection and preservation of evidence from the crime scene, controlled substance analysis, forensic biology/DNA, firearms, tool marks, latent fingerprints, trace chemistry, and digital evidence examination. Additional program details and speaker bio to come.

 

September RMMWA Meeting


September Meeting



RSVP by Monday, September 10

Price: RMMWA members $20, guests $25 Includes dinner and presentation
CADA, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver
As a consultant to films, authors, historians, and genealogy researchers, Police Sgt. Dean Christopherson will demystify the real grind and nitty gritty of real police work. In addition, Sgt. Christopherson will give us a history of law enforcement, procedures, and technology. He promises to answer as many questions as time allows.

“Much of the critical work to solve crimes is still done at an initial scene, just not so much by a patrol officer, but by a crew of highly trained specialists and detectives,” he said.

Sgt. Dean Christopherson has been with the Denver Police Department for 18+ years and has been the director of citizen police academies, founder of the Denver Police Museum, a patrol officer, field training officer, and community relations officer.

He worked as a narcotics agent for the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, where he was on the drug task force, worked as a K-9 handler and weapons instructor, and was involved in undercover investigations, the Special Response Unit, and assisting local agencies in criminal investigations.

He also has several years’ experience as a firefighter and arson investigator, and has moved into restaurant and nightclub operations, owning and operating two locations and developing several more.

Boy, Howdy: Lunch with Craig Johnson

Non-members are welcome! Space is limited. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 31.

Lunch: Salads, sandwiches and wraps accompanied with by pasta salad, fruit salad, and dessert.


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“Thinking–I do that sometimes before I talk.” – Walt Longmire

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Colorado Automobile Dearlers Assn., 290 E. Speer Blvd.

Special lunch speaker Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, the basis for the hit Netflix series Longmire.

Craig Johnson is the author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim. Craig will be on tour for his new novel, Depth of Winter, but is making time for a special talk for Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America.

The Cold Dish was a Dilys Award finalist and the French edition won Le Prix du Polar Nouvel Observateur/BibliObs.

Death Without Company, the Wyoming State Historical Association’s Book of the Year, won France’s Le Prix 813. Another Man’s Moccasins was the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award winner and the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers’ Book of the Year, and The Dark Horse, the fifth in the series, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Junkyard Dogs won the Watson Award for a mystery novel with the best sidekick, and Hell Is Empty, selected by Library Journal as the Best Mystery of the Year, was a New York Times best seller, as was As the Crow Flies. The Walt Longmire series is the basis for the hit A&E drama Longmire, starring Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Katee Sackoff.

 

The Ups and Downs of the Publishing Business

A Literary Agent and Two Writers Offer Insights on the Topsy-Turvy World of Books and Writing




With Chris Goff, Kevin Wolf & Terrie Wolf
Location: Private Home in Colorado Springs (address and direction will be emailed to attendees).
Time: Thursday, August 9, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Cost: $10

Includes a light meal.

Chris Goff is an award-winning author of six novels based on environmental themes and two international thrillers. Her most recent book, Red Sky was a 2018 Colorado Book Award Finalist. Set in Ukraine and Asia, Agent Raisa Jordan must test the boundaries of diplomacy as she races to prevent the start of a new Cold War. Catherine Coulter had this to say: “Breathtaking suspense, do not miss Red Sky.” Goff’s series debut, Dark Waters, was dubbed “a sure bet for fans of international thrillers” by Booklist. Dark Waters was a finalist for the 2016 Colorado Book Award, 2016 Colorado Authors’ League, Genre Award, and the 2016 Anthony Award for Best Crime Fiction Audiobook.

Named the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2002 Writer of the year, Goff’s bestselling Birdwatcher’s Mystery series was nominated for two WILLA Literary Awards, a Colorado Author’s League Award, and was published in the UK and Japan. Her latest, A Parliament of Owls, came out in May 2016.

A long-standing member of multiple writing organizations, Goff has served on several local, regional and national boards, including Mystery Writers of America. She began serving a four year term on the Executive Council of International Crime Writers Association in October 2017, and current serves on the Education Committee of Sisters in Crime.

Kevin Wolf is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Crested Butte Writers. The great-grandson of Colorado homesteaders, he enjoys fly fishing, old Winchesters and 1950s Western movies. He lives in Estes Park, Colorado, with his wife and two beagles. He is the author of A Town Called Vengeance, Brokeheart, and The Homeplace.

 

Terrie Wolf, a full member of AAR (Association of Authors’ Representatives) and founder of AKA Literary Management, is a literary agent and foreign rights manager with a background in publishing, international media and criminal investigations. This fourth-generation Colorado ranch kid has built a solid reputation working with authors and entertainers across the globe and has literally traveled the world in search of real answers and unforgettable stories, but she might tell you the skills she developed as a member of The Greatest Show on Earth helped best prepare her – and her clients, no doubt – for the topsy-turvy, ever-changing, literary industry.

 

June RMMWA Meeting

Speaker: Melody Jones
Program: Get Noticed on Social Media: How to Use Visual Content to Build Your Brand and Get Engagement


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A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.

Did you know that social media posts that include images produce 650 percent higher engagement than text-only posts?

Photos, infographics, memes, illustrations, and videos are just a few forms of visual content that are having a huge impact on the way people consume information today.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • What visual content can do to help you build your writer platform and brand
  • How to radically improve Facebook engagement, without paying for ads
  • Who uses Instagram and if a photo of your lunch is a good idea, or not
  • Why you don’t have to be artistic to create killer graphics yourself
  • Tools and tips to design your own visual content
  • Basic social media tools and techniques to manage your time

Come prepared to take notes and ask questions.

If you suffer from hashtag headaches, Facebook fever, or Insta [note: not a typo, refers to Instagram FYI] irritations, Melody Jones can help. She’s the dispenser-in-chief of Social Media Aspirin™.

Melody has been working with writers and authors officially since 2011. She manages social media behind the scenes, does individual coaching one-on-one, hosts social media retreats, conducts workshops, and speaks at conferences. One of her favorite clients was The Las Vegas Madam. Yes. A real madam. From Las Vegas. Who did madam things.

Ever aware of the unique needs of writers and authors, she founded Social Media Aspirin™ for Writers and Authors, an interactive membership community online designed to help members learn what they need to know for real social media success in a crowded market. Connect with fellow writers, get daily, weekly and monthly content-rich instruction directly from Melody, all at writer-budget-friendly membership subscriptions. Find out more information here: bit.ly/SocialMediaAspirin

Melody is a Colorado native who loves soft-eared beagles, giant cups of coffee, and writing. She’s published in Stories Gathered at the Kitchen Table: A Collection of Women’s Memoirs. She currently lives in an A-frame mountain cottage near Sedalia, Colorado.

May 10 RMMWA Meeting


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Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.

Panelists: Becker Parkhurst-Strout, Amy Hall, Jennifer Hendzlik
Program: Get Your Book in the Library

What will make your book stand out so that librarians say “Gotta buy that!?”  Which reviews do we pay attention to?  Which indie-published books do we buy? How important are the title, cover art, and blurbs from published authors?  What does the library purchasing process look like? Join us as we share insights about how librarians make purchasing decisions. Get perspective from collections librarians from different sized systems with varied approaches. Questions encouraged.

Panel Biographies:

Amy Hall has been the Collection Development Librarian for Adult Materials at Jefferson County Public Library for (roughly) the last two and a half years. She has also been a backlist buyer for both general and genre fiction at the Tattered Cover Book Store, and worked for a few years at the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute.

Becker Parkhurst-Strout has worked for the Denver Public Library for 17 years, the past 5 in Collection Development. She is passionate about books, the outdoors, social justice, and her family and pets.

Jennifer Hendzlik is a buyer with Anythink Libraries and sees herself as part fiction guru, part educator and part musician. She also teaches readers’ advisory at the University of Arizona and has presented for a variety of organizations including PLA, MLA, MALA and CAL. She received her MLS from Syracuse University.

A full dinner is served at our evening meetings including non-alcoholic beverages, coffee and dessert. Beer and wine are available for sale.

Menu: Traditional chicken Marsala, pan seared chicken with sautéed mushrooms, Marsala sauce and  fettuccine pasta accompanied by a grilled vegetable salad – seasonal vegetables and feta cheese, atop a bed of spring greens with sun dried tomato vinaigrette. All meals are served with assorted desserts. Iced tea, water and coffee are included, beer and wine are available for sale. Vegetarian meal available upon request.

 

March 8 RMMWA Meeting

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.

Speaker: Kathleen Donnelly
Program: The Crime Fighting Nose

Menu: Elements signature lasagna with salad & garlic bread. All meals are served with assorted desserts. Iced tea, water and coffee are included, beer and wine are available for sale. Vegetarian meal available upon request.


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Presentation description: We see them on television, read about them in books and see them in action at airports or traffic stops—the amazing K-9s. These dogs work in many different capacities from police and military work to finding cadavers to search and rescue and much more. Ever wonder about their training? What is it like living with a K-9 as a roommate? What does it look like when a dog alerts? This is your chance to see a narcotics K-9 in action and get your questions answered.

Kathleen will present with Willow, one of her Sherlock Hounds partners. During the presentation Kathleen will explain and demonstrate how she and her dogs go into schools and private businesses to help keep them safe. She’ll explain how the dogs are trained to detect illegal drugs in schools which include: marijuana, meth, heroin, cocaine and ecstasy, gunpowder and alcohol. Kathleen will discuss the differences and similarities between her dogs and police K-9s, the ongoing Colorado state level rulings regarding dogs continuing to alert on marijuana and will answer any burning questions you have about K-9s. Willow will give a demonstration and show how well her crime fighting nose works.

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Kathleen Donnelly Bio: Passionate about animals and the outdoors, all of Kathleen’s interests end up in written form, one way or another. Her experiences being a part-owner and K-9 handler for Sherlock Hounds Detection Canines over the past 12 years play a major role in much of her writing. She is currently working on a mystery featuring a female protagonist who’s a K-9 handler for the National Forest Service, a manuscript that was named a finalist for a 2017 Claymore Award. Kathleen lives in Berthoud, Colorado with her husband and all their four-legged friends.

Willow Bio: Willow has been a K-9 for Sherlock Hounds Detection Canines the past two years. A rescue from Oklahoma, she loves keeping schools safe by sniffing out drugs, alcohol and gunpowder. Willow’s other passion is sitting by Kathleen’s desk and consulting on anything K-9 related Kathleen is writing. She lives in Berthoud, Colorado with her fellow drug dogs DJ, Gracie and retiree Sparky.

February 8 Meeting

Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, 80203
Cocktail hour: 6:30, dinner 7 p.m. Program follows.


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MENU: Grilled top sirloin, mushroom demi-glace and garlic roasted potatoes with a classic Caesar salad. All meals are served with assorted desserts. Iced tea, water and coffee are included, beer and wine are available for sale. Vegetarian meal available upon request.

Presentation: Forensic DNA
Presenter: Chief Deputy District Attorney John Kellner

The presentation will focus on Forensic DNA in the courtroom from a prosecutor’s perspective and how it has been used it to achieve murder convictions in a variety of cold cases. John Kellner will provide an overview of the common sources of DNA, including some surprising items that prosecutors have been able to pull DNA from in real life. The presentation will cover some different types of DNA analysis including mitochondrial, YSTR, and familial, with real-life examples of how it helped solve crimes or gain convictions.He will also discuss a cold case murder from 1994 in Boulder and the subsequent trial of Michael Clark in 2012, and the 2015 trial of Jon David Harrington for the murder of Carolyn Jansen in 2002. Finally, he will discuss some recent advances in DNA analysis such as rapid DNA testing for use in the field, and phenotyping to generate a composite sketch of a suspect.

John Kellner is a Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the largest and most populated jurisdiction in the state of Colorado. In his most recent assignment he served as the senior deputy for the Cold Case Unit and focused solely on solving and prosecuting murder cases. Some of those cases include the 1996 disappearance of Kimberly Medina and the 2013 trial of Michael Medina in a “no body” homicide case; the 2010 murder of a Sudanese refugee that resulted in three separate murder trials and convictions of gang members in 2015/2016; and the 2015 trial of a man convicted of murdering and hiding the body of Carolyn Jansen in a Rubbermaid container in 2002. In 2016, John was recognized as the Prosecutor of the Year for the entire state by the Colorado District Attorney’s Council.

John also serves as a Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He served on active duty for five years and deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan where he assisted local prosecutors with cases against insurgents in the city of Marjah. As a reservist he has travelled across the country supporting military prosecutors in high-profile courts-martials. He is currently assigned to the Staff Judge Advocate’s Office for NORAD-USNORTHCOM as an Operational Law attorney.

January 11 RMMWA Meeting


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Program:  The Spy-Catcher Who Came In From a Real-World FBI Office

Presenter: Jerry Ackerman

Spies have shaped and influenced the course of history from the shadows since ancient times, and continue to do so today, undermining national and economic security. Special Agent Jerry Ackerman worked foreign counterintelligence and counterespionage for 15 years out of Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Denver. He’ll discuss past FBI espionage investigations as well as the methodology and tradecraft used by spies and how the FBI counters them. The FBI, spies, and tradecraft are portrayed often in film, television, and books, but the portrayals are not often accurate. He’ll discuss the day-to-day investigative duties and terminology to add the required touch of realism to characters and plots involving the FBI as well as espionage stories.

BIO:

Jerry Ackerman is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he has worked matters such as foreign counterintelligence, counterespionage, and crimes against children. He is a team leader on Denver’s Evidence Response Team, processing crime scenes. He served in the U.S. Navy, where he dangled from helicopters while performing search & rescue operations as well as mission support for NASA projects such as the Mars Pathfinder, space shuttle recoveries at Edwards AFB, and X projects like the X-36 tailless fighter. As Alistair Kimble, Jerry co-wrote Iron Angels, an FBI procedural with urban fantasy underpinnings. Iron Angels was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of its top 10 science fiction, fantasy & horror picks for the fall of 2017 and was released on September 5, 2017 from Baen Books.

 

December: Mystery & Mistletoe

$10 for both members and non-members


The event begins at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 13 at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Assn. headquarters at 290 East Speer Blvd. in downtown Denver. Tickets are $10. The Tattered Cover will be on hand to help those shopping for holiday gifts. The public is welcome. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.rmmwa.org.

Mystery Writers of America members scheduled to read excerpts of their works include Carter Wilson, Catherine Dilts, Shannon Baker, co-authors Carl and Jane Bock, Christine Goff, Jennifer Kincheloe, Kevin Wolf. Francine Mathews, Margaret Mizushima, Sue Hinkin, Jeffrey Alan Lockwood, Barbara Nickless, Charlotte Hinger,

Twist Phelan, J.L. Abramo and Cynthia Kuhn.

In addition, the winners of the Six-Word Mystery Contest will be announced. The contest opened October 1 with final deadline to enter at midnight, November 26. Six-word “novels” can be entered in one or all five of the following categories: Hard Boiled or Noir; Cozy Mystery; Thriller Mystery; Police Procedural Mystery; and/or Romance and Lust.

Cost to enter the contest is $6 per entry (just $1 per word); or $10 to enter six-word mysteries in all five categories. The grand prize winner will receive $100 in cash.

Finalists in other categories will receive valuable gift cards to Tattered Cover and will be featured on the RMMWA website. The Six-Word Mystery Contest is open to all adults 18 and over. No residency requirements.

Judging entries in the contest will be The Denver Post’s Features Editor Jenn Fields; New York Times best-selling author Anne Hillerman; award-winning author, lawyer and activist Manuel Ramos; Tattered Cover Book Store owner and author Len Vlahos; and literary agent Terrie Wolf, owner of the AKA Literary Management agency.

Judges will select finalists in each category and winners will be chosen by those attending “Mystery & Mistletoe.”

Bone Stories: Forensic Anthropology for Mystery Writers | September Event with RMFW

Presenter George Gill

Host Jeffrey Lockwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers & Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America present:

Bone Stories: Forensic Anthropology for Mystery Writers

Presenter: George Gill

Host: Jeffrey Lockwood

Date: Saturday, September 23

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Sam Gary Branch Library, 2961 Roslyn St., Denver

This workshop will draw the participants into the field of osteology as it pertains to inferring the identity of the victim (age, stature, gender and ancestry), time/cause of death and other features of interest to mystery writers (e.g., did you know that it is possible to deduce the gender of a person from cremated remains—with a bit of luck?).

In addition to fascinating tales by one of the nation’s leading forensic anthropologists, there will be opportunities for hands-on experience with bones.

Details

A light lunch and snacks will be provided.  Program will begin at 9:15 a.m.

Cost:

$20. Reserve your spot by clicking the button below  or email Susan Paturzo at spat87506@gmail.com to reserve your spot and pay at the door. Space is limited.





Bios:

George W. Gill received B.A. with Honors in zoology from the University of Kansas in 1963, at which time he entered military service as a U.S. Army Combat Ranger. After receiving his honorable discharge in 1967 at the rank of Captain, he returned to Kansas with a fellowship in anthropology, completed his Ph.D. in 1971, and accepted a position that year at the University of Wyoming, where he is still active in teaching and research. Dr. Gill has excavated and studied several hundred human skeletons from tropical west Mexico, Easter Island, and the Great Plains of North America. His travels have carried him to 45 countries and all 50 states, where he has been able to develop notes and slides on many peoples and cultures. Dr. Gill has developed osteological collections which form parts of the national museum collections of Mexico and Chile, served as scientific leader of National Geographic Society’s 1981 Easter Island Anthropological Expedition, and has been active in skeletal identification for law enforcement agencies as a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He has served as Secretary and Chairman of the Physical Anthropological Section of the AAFS and as a member of the Board of Directors of the national certification board for forensic anthropologists.

Jeffrey Lockwood is an unusual fellow. He grew up in New Mexico and spent youthful afternoons enchanted by feeding grasshoppers to black widows in his backyard.  This might account for both his scientific and literary affinities. He earned a doctorate in entomology from Louisiana State University and worked for 15 years as an insect ecologist at the University of Wyoming.  He became a world-renowned assassin, developing a method for efficiently killing billions of insects (mostly pests but there’s always the innocent bystander during a hit).  This contact with death drew him into questions of justice, violence, and evil. He metamorphosed into an appointment in the department of philosophy and the program in creative writing.  Unable to escape his childhood, he’s written several award-winning, non-fiction books about the devastation of the West by locust swarms, the use of insects to wage biological warfare, and the terror humans experience when six-legged creatures invade their lives. Pondering the dark side of humanity led him to the realm of the murder mystery.  These days, he explores how the anti-hero of crime noir sheds existentialist light on the human condition: In the end, there are no excuses-we are ultimately responsible for our actions.  The first of his three-book noir mystery series featuring an ex-cop-turned-exterminator is titled: Poisoned Justice (Pen-L, 2016). Look for Murder on the Fly to be released later this year. Jeff is a member of the board for the Rocky Mountain chapter of Mystery Writers of America.

July RMMWA Meeting

Brief But Deadly

with Catherine Dilts, R.T. Lawton, Shannon Lawrence, and Steve Pease
RMMWA Panel Thursday, July 13, 2017

6:30 PM social
7:00 PM dinner and program
Location: Home of Catherine Dilts (address will be emailed to you after your Paypal payment has been received)
Cost: $10 includes light supper, beer and wine

Please RSVP by Monday, July 10.





All about the benefits of writing short—writing short stories to drum up readers for your novels, writing short fiction for the sake of the story, awards, and visibility.

  • Writing to a theme versus writing what strikes your fancy.  Is it worth writing to an anthology theme, especially if it’s a very specific theme they might not be able to place elsewhere if rejected?
  • Do you need to market short stories? (Posting to social media, participating in blog cover reveals/advertising hops, featuring on your website).
  • What happens when you try to write a short story, but it turns into a novel?
  • What does “short” mean? Definitions of flash, short, long, novella.
  • Favorite short story authors and magazines.
  • “The return of the short story,” with efforts by groups like SMFS and Sisters in Crime to encourage reading and writing short.
  • No one reviews short fiction – wrong! Mystery Scene Magazine, blogs.
  • Anthologies – and where to find calls for submissions.
  • Magazines vs. anthologies – The benefits of both.

Presenter biographies:

Shannon Lawrence

A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her short stories can be found in nearly twenty anthologies and magazines, including Space and Time Magazine, Dark Moon Digest, and The Deep Dark Woods. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there’s always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. Find her at www.thewarriormuse.com.

RT. Lawton

R.T. Lawton is a retired federal law enforcement agent, a past member of the Mystery Writers of America board of directors and a three-time Derringer nominee with over 110 short stories in various publications, to include Blood on the Bayou(2016 Bouchercon anthology),The Mystery Box ( 2013 MWA anthology), And All Our Yesterdays anthology,Who Died in Here? anthology, the West Coast Crime Wave anthology, Deadwood MagazineEasyriders, Outlaw BikerWoman’s World magazine, and 37 sold to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. He also has four e-collections at Amazon.com and at Smashwords for other e-readers. You may have attended one of his Surveillance Workshops at various writers conferences.

Steve Pease aka Michael Chandros

Steve writes fiction under the name of Michael Chandos. He is a retired career Intelligence Officer and he teaches an occasional course in the writer’s dual approach to writing with Intelligence. He has placed mystery short stories online (SHOTGUN HONEY) and in themed anthologies (BLACK COFFEE), and science fiction also online and in themed anthologies (ALIENS). He has at least three short stories in submission at all times and several novels in the plotting and free-writing process.

Catherine Dilts

Catherine Dilts is the author of the Rock Shop Mystery series, while her short stories appear regularly in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. With a day job as an environmental regulatory technician, Catherine’s stories often have environmental or factory-based themes. Others reflect her love of the Colorado mountains, fishing, and running. Her story The Chemistry of Heroes was a 2017 Derringer finalist. This fall, she takes a turn in the cozy mystery series Secrets of the Castleton Manor Library. You can learn more about Catherine’s fiction at http://www.catherinedilts.com/

RMMWA April Meeting

When: Thursday, April 13
Location: Colorado Auto Dealers Association, 290 East Speer Blvd., Denver
6:30 p.m.: Social
7:00 p.m.: Dinner
8:00 p.m.: Program

RSVP by Monday, April 10
MENU:  Paris chicken…tender grilled chicken breast with fresh asparagus, wild mushrooms, tomatoes and garlic basil oil with roasted rosemary red potatoes along with a grilled apple salad consisting of grilled apples, walnuts, brie cheese, dried cranberries atop mixed greens, with walnut raspberry vinaigrette. Iced tea, hot coffee and water are provided. Beer and wine will be available for sale.

Program: Rich People Behaving Badly

Public respectability does not always translate into tidy private lives, and our interest in the naughty behavior of the rich and famous will never be satisfied. Former Denver Post reporter Dick Kreck takes us back through Colorado’s history to show that the voibles of people—rich or poor—remain the same. Included are socialites such as Louise Sneed Hill, who created and ruled over Denver’s “Sacred 36” circle of society; Jane Tomberlin, who met and fell in love with a “prince” in an elevator at the Brown Palace Hotel; and prominent Denver clubman Courtland Dines, who was wounded during a frolic with two silent-screen stars in his Holllywood apartment.

In words and vintage photographs, Rich People Behaving Badly exposes the scandals, murders, infidelities, financial misdeeds, and just plain misbehavior from Colorado’s past. Dick will also tie this talk into Murder at the Brown Palace, a related topic. His talk will focus on research, particiularly the benefits of the Denver Public Library.

Dick Kreck Bio: Born in San Francisco. Grew up in Glendale, California. Wrote and published his first newspaper at age 10.

Obtained BA in Journalism from San Francisco State College. Worked as a copy editor at the San Francisco Examiner and the Los Angeles Times. Joined The Denver Post in 1968 and held various editing jobs there, including a turn as editor of Roundup magazine. He wrote a city column for The Post for 18 years and covered local television and radio before he retired from the paper in June 2007.

In 2010, he was inducted into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame.

Reflecting his passion for local history, his books include Colorado’s Scenic Railroa

Margaret Coel honored at RMMWA holiday meeting

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America  holiday showcase  featured a tribute to the long, successful and ongoing career of mystery writer Margaret Coel.

margaretcoelMargaret Coel is the New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Wind River mystery series set among the Arapahos on Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation and featuring Jesuit priest Father John O’Malley and Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden. Margaret published the 20th novel in that series, Winter’s Child, earlier this year and announced at the time the Wind River series was complete.

Five of Coel’s novels have received the Colorado Book Award. The Spirit Woman received the Willa Cather Award for Best Novel of the West and was a finalist for the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award for Best Novel.

Margaret Coel is also the author of five non-fiction books including the award-winning Chief Left Hand, published by the University of Oklahoma Press. This biography of an Arapaho chief and history of the Arapahos in Colorado has never gone out of print. The Colorado Historical Society has included both Chief Left Hand and Margaret’s memoir-history of railroading in Colorado, Goin’ Railroading (which she wrote with her father, Samuel F. Speas) among the best 100 books on Colorado history.

The guest emcee for the evening was Francine Mathews, author of 10 mysteries and spy thrillers, including the recent Too Bad to Die. Writing as Stephanie Barron, she is also the author of 13 novels in the Jane Austen Mystery Series and two additional works of historical fiction.

The showcase also included readings by Jane Bock, Chris Goff, Karen Graffenberger (writing as Karalee Long), Christine Jorgensen, Jennifer Kincheloe, Jeffrey Lockwood, Bruce Most, Barbara Nickless, Manuel Ramos, Carter Wilson, and Kevin Wolf.

November RMMWA Meeting

Kristen Gilligan and Len Vlahos: “We Just Bought America’s Most Iconic Indie Bookstore…Now What Do We Do?”

What: November RMMWA meeting
Where: Historic Denver Press Club
When: Thursday, November 10, 2016
6:30 p.m. socialization and cash bar
7:00 p.m. dinner
8:00 p.m. presentation

MENU: Balsamic marinated London broil served on a bed of caramelized red onions and mushrooms with garlic mashed potatoes and a grilled vegetable salad ~ marinated and grilled seasonal vegetables and feta cheese, atop a bed of organic spring greens with sun dried tomato vinaigrette.

COST: Via Paypal, cost for the meeting with meal is $20 for members; $23 for non-members. Payment at door for meeting with meal is $25 for everyone! Attending the meeting without meal is $5 through PayPal and at the door.
RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director, spat87506@gmail.com Susan Paturzo by Monday, November 7th, to ensure your reservation or simply RSVP and pay via PayPal. To pay for more than one reservation, click the “Continue Shopping” button once you are routed to PayPal. Walk-ins are welcome if space and food allows. RSVP by Monday, November 7th.

PROGRAM:  Kristen Gilligan and Len Vlahos: “We Just Bought America’s Most Iconic Indie Bookstore…Now What Do We Do?”


November 10, 2016 Meeting



Psst—the bookstore in question is the Tattered Cover, in case you couldn’t guess. Kristen and Len’s presentation will cover things of great interest to authors, including how they came to buy Tattered Cover, trends they’re seeing and their plan for the future, their personal histories working with books, and a brief history of disruption in the book industry. And of course, any questions MWA members might have.

With four locations in and around Denver, and three branded locations at Denver International Airport, Tattered Cover is an iconic brand not only in Colorado, but nationally. Built over four decades by current owner, the legendary Joyce Meskis, the stores are known for an inviting atmosphere, a large and well-curated selection of books, a robust schedule of author events, full service coffee shops, and legendary customer service.

Before joining Tattered Cover, Len was the Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group, a national not-for-profit trade association doing standards, research, and education on behalf of the entire book industry. Prior to that, Len spent nearly twenty years at the American Booksellers Association (ABA) where he served a variety of roles, including overseeing ABA’s e-commerce and education programs, leaving in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer. In his early career Len worked in indie, chain, and university bookstores. He has also served on the boards of directors for EDItEUR, the International Digital Publishing Forum, and as a citizen’s advisor to the Stamford Public Library. Len is also the author of *The Scar Boys* (Lerner), a critically acclaimed young adult novel published in January 2014 and its sequel, *Scar Girl* (Lerner. He is under contract with Bloomsbury Kids USA to publish to new YA novels in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Kristen also worked at ABA, where, for a decade, she held a variety of positions, including Director of Meetings and Events. As a member of the ABA’s senior staff, Kristen was privy to and participated in strategic discussions on the current state and future of the book industry with many of the industry’s leaders. She was also directly involved in the creation of ABA’s education program; assisted and counseled potential members on opening a bookstore; managed ABA’s public relations and publicity; and advocated on behalf of independent booksellers on First Amendment issues, Internet sales tax, and the development of sustainable local economies. During her tenure at ABA, Kristen was a member of the American Society of Association Executives and sat on the Children’s Booksellers & Publishers Committee, a joint group of ABA, the Association of American Publishers, and the Children’s Book Council. Before joining ABA, Kristen managed an independent bookstore in her hometown of Chappaqua, New York.

Kristen and Len are actively involved in the education of their two sons, Charlie (age seven) and Luke (age five). They live in Littleton, Colorado with one very large cat.

 

Here There Be Monsters: Hunting for Criminals in the Virtual Sea

WHERE: The Historic Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, Denver, second floor.

WHEN: Thursday, October 13th. 6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. Dinner; and 8:00 p.m. Program

COST: Via Paypal, cost for the meeting with meal is $20 for members; $23 for non-members. Payment at door for meeting with meal is $25 for everyone!
Attending the meeting without meal is $5 through PayPal and at the door.
RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director, spat87506@gmail.com Susan Paturzo by Monday, October 10th, to ensure your reservation or simply RSVP and pay via PayPal on the https://rmmwa.org/ website! Walk-ins are welcome if space and food allows.

MENU: Herb-crusted pork loin ~ tender pork loin drizzled with an herbed demi-glace with roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Served with a grilled vegetable salad ~ marinated and grilled seasonal vegetables and feta cheese, atop a bed of spring greens with sun dried tomato vinaigrette.

With Gary Dawson, Senior Deputy, 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Gary will cover:

  • Pardon me Stewardess, I speak Geek·
  • Evidence is Everywhere Online·
  • Online Luring
  • Identification Through the Internet
  • Exploitation
  • Now How Did That Get There? Common Defenses to Incriminating Evidence Found on a Computer
  • P2P Networks
  • Cellphones/ The Cloud

Gary Dawson has been a prosecutor his entire legal career.  From 1996 through 2008 he was a prosecutor in the St. Lawrence County (Canton, NY) and the Onondaga County (Syracuse, NY) District Attorney’s Office.  He became a member of the Onondaga County DA’s Office Special Victims Bureau in 2001.   He was promoted to Deputy Bureau Chief of Special Victims in 2006, and then Bureau Chief in 2008.   This bureau specialized in prosecuting some of the most sensitive of all crimes –those involving children, child and adult sexual assaults, and domestic violence.  He has also handled numerous computer-related cases against children and was appointed a Special United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York for prosecutions of child pornography.   He joined the 18th Judicial District DA’s Office in October of 2008, and was a Senior Deputy in the Special Victims Unit from April 2009 through December 2015.  He now is a Senior Deputy in the general felony docket.

He has spoken to numerous public, service, and law enforcement agencies on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and criminal law.  Over his career, in addition to SVU cases, he has prosecuted cases covering virtually all facets of criminal law, including homicides, narcotics, fraud, DUI, and arson.

Gary created the RISK program while in Syracuse and it has gone on to educate over 11,000 parents and kids in New York.   The program was highlighted on a December 2007 Fox News segment on internet safety.  Since 2009, RISK has already succeeded in reaching over 14,000 parents and students in Colorado.

A native of Southern California, he tries to cope with the lack of gridlock traffic (which he misses so very much), and the lack of smog, earthquakes, mudslides, Kardashians, and the astronomical cost of housing in Los Angeles by downhill skiing, following the Yankees, hiking,  drawing cartoons, being one of those insufferable CrossFit people, and keeping up with his three dogs.


October 13, 2016 Meeting



Dark Web of Crime

What: September RMMWA meeting
When: T
hursday, September 8, 2016
6:30 p.m.
socialization and cash bar
7:00 p.m.
dinner
8:00 p.m.
presentation
Where:
Historic Denver Press Club
Menu: Jack Daniels-marinated chicken breast baked with sautéed seasonal vegetables with garlic mashed potatoes.  Served with a classic Caesar salad (rough chopped romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, garlic croutons, and fresh cracked black pepper) with garlic Caesar dressing.

Cost: If paying via Paypal cost is $20 for members; $23 for non-members, $5 for non-meal. Choose the option you want from the drop-down menu (Member, Non-Member, or Non-Meal), and then click the Add to Cart button. Note: if you want to sign up both a member and guest, you must pay for each with a separate Add to Cart transaction. Payment at door is $25 for everyone! RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director, Susan Paturzo to insure your reservation! The reservation deadline is Monday, September 5th.

Computers are a fact of life in the 21st century, and they are fascinating to mystery writers as vehicles for criminal activity as well as vehicles for sleuthing out criminal activity or other interesting facts. We all know the internet is a big weird place. How much can we learn about it in an hour? Come to the September 8 RMMWA meeting and find out!

September’s program, presented by Dylan Proulx, will include a 50-cent tour of the web, address how search engines work, the surface web, the Deep Web, the Dark Web, how to find stuff, and how to cover your tracks. He’ll talk about how the internet can be used for nefarious purposes, how to use the internet safely and how to know you’re using it safely. And what on earth is cryptocurrency, and can you use it to pay for it all? In other words, everything you wanted to know about the internet but were afraid to Google.

Dylan Proulx: Dylan started programming at the age of 6, on the day that his mother made scones. His brother showed him BASIC programming on the ancient family Kaypro 1. While Dylan hasn’t had a decent scone since then, the programming stuck. He started professional programming in the late ‘90s working on Y2K projects for CARL corporation, a library-automation company. He has since worked for Amazon.com, ESPN, a bank, and most recently ADT. Although he bills himself as a general-purpose software engineer, he has a slight inclination towards information security. He has taught company-wide web-security classes at Amazon.com, and once was given a parking spot for “dedication to security” (where he was promptly ticketed for parking in a reserved spot).

 

 


September 8, 2016 Meeting



NEVERMORE Car Rally / Scavenger Hunt

 

Start Your Engines

For the

Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America Nevermore CAR RALLY-SCAVENGER HUNT.

(It will drive you wild!)

What is a CAR RALLY-SCAVENGER HUNT?

Do you like to toss the GPS out your window?  Can you pass every gas station without once asking for directions? Does the open road shout “adventure” to you?

The RMMWA road rally combines speed (within posted limits) with a test of your ability to follow instructions, solve clues, observe landmarks, and prove your site visits. In other words, this is a race made for mystery writers.

bandstandsmallFIRST: We’ll meet at the Philip S. Miller library in Castle Rock. Specifically, gather round the bandstand there. See photo to left.

NEXT: We’ll assign up to four team members to a car. If you want to be a driver, please let us know. While you may ride with your BFF, we also hope to mix people up in order to make new friends.

FOLLOWING ALONG: You and your team will be given a kit of clues that will take you around Castle Rock until you end up at our “secret” meeting place.

LAST: We’ll party down, share tales of the road, award prizes, and partake of food. Should be a great time for all.

Specifics:

DATE: Saturday, August 13
TIME: 1:00 p.m. (party starts at 3:00)
PLACE: Meet at the bandstand outside the Philip S. Miller Library
100 S. Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado
PRICE:
  $15 per person.

IMPORTANT:  If you get carsick and just want to party down, register for the party ONLY ($10/person), and we’ll send you the top secret instructions to the party site. Then we’ll see you there at 3 p.m.

PARTICIPANTS:  You may want to bring some or all of the following: smartphone, dictionary, measuring tape, thinking cap, hammer, screwdriver. Just sayin’.


Choices




Where: The Historic Denver Press Club,
1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver CO

When: Thursday Night, May 12th.
6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. dinner; and 8:00 p.m. program

Menu:  Cranberry apricot chicken ~ slow roasted chicken breast topped with a cranberry-apricot relish with herbed rice pilaf served with a caprese salad ~ mixed greens, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and croutons with balsamic vinaigrette. Vegetarian option available, just note the request when you RSVP.

Cost: If paying via Paypal cost is $20 for members; $23 for non-members, $5 for non-meal. Choose the option you want from the drop-down menu (Member, Non-Member, or Non-Meal), and then click the Add to Cart button. Note: if you want to sign up both a member and guest, you must pay for each with a separate Add to Cart transaction. Payment at door is $25 for everyone! RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director, Susan Paturzo to insure your reservation! The reservation deadline is Monday, May 9th.

Amelia Norfleet Dorn of IMPACT will discuss the foundations of self defense and the current move to an “Empowered Self Defense Model” (trauma informed, non-victim-blaming, non-prescriptive).  Amelia and one of IMPACT’s famed “Suited Instructors” will demonstrate a dynamic and diverse sampling of personal safety skills, including; verbal boundary setting, awareness strategies and physical techniques.  She’ll describe a typical IMPACT class and even get you up on your feet to learn some skills yourself!

Amelia Norfleet Dorn has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of self defense and empowerment.  Through IMPACT International, she has taught personal safety skills to thousands of men, women and children. She founded IMPACT Personal Safety of Colorado (IPSCO) in 2005 and currently serves as its Program Director.  Her greatest passion lies in primary-prevention programming like IPSCO’s EMPOWERED Family courses and rehabilitation programs for convicts in several Federal and local Correctional Facilities. Amelia also facilitates Our Whole Lives (O.W.L.), a comprehensive and values-based sexuality education program for all ages and is the proud mama of two very EMPOWERED children.

(NOTE: No shows and anyone not cancelling their reservation 72 hours in advance will be expected to pay since RMMWA will be billed for their reservation.)


5-12-2016 Meeting



Where: The Historic Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver CO When: Thursday Night, April 14th. 6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. dinner; and 8:00 p.m. program

Cost: If paying via Paypal cost is $20 for members; $23 for non-members, $5 for non-meal. Choose the option you want from the drop-down menu (Member, Non-Member, or Non-Meal), and then click the Add to Cart button. Note: if you want to sign up both a member and guest, you must pay for each with a separate Add to Cart transaction. Payment at door is $25 for everyone! RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director, Susan Paturzo to insure your reservation! The reservation deadline is Monday, April 11th.

Menu: Asian beef kabobs – soy marinated and grilled beef sirloin, skewers with cherry tomatoes, peppers and onions, atop steamed jasmine rice served with a grilled vegetable salad – marinated and grilled seasonal vegetables and feta cheese, atop a bed of spring greens with sun-dried tomato vinaigrette.

(NOTE: No shows and anyone not cancelling their reservation 72 hours in advance will be expected to pay since RMMWA will be billed for their reservation.)

Program: Brent Lounsbury, a Ranger with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, will be talking about natural resources law enforcement.  Brent has been a certified peace officer for 13 years and a supervisor for 10 years.  He is a law enforcement handgun and patrol rifle instructor, snowmobile and survival instructor, CPR / First Aid instructor, former EMT, and is SWAT certified.

Brent will talk about what it’s like to respond to a threat in the wilderness, knowing backup is hours away, and often that the individuals you’re about to “contact” are well armed.  Managing acreage is very different than city blocks and creates its own special set of issues, including patrolling on ATVs, snowmobiles, and boats.  Sometimes the wilderness brings out the best in people and sometimes people do silly—and downright dangerous—activities.

Brent will talk about his approach to mindset, preparedness and tactics, as well as how different agencies’ jurisdictions and roles intermingle.  He will answer questions about firearms, kinds of injuries, law enforcement policies, and anything else that comes to mind.


4-14-2016 Meeting



WHERE: The Historic Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver WHEN: Thursday Night, February 11th. 6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. Dinner; and 8:00 p.m. Program

In 2006, a small group of amateurs plotted to set off bombs in downtown Toronto, along with several other targets. The group later became known as the Toronto 18, eleven of whom were convicted, two of whom are serving a life sentence. The Language of Secrets is loosely based on these events but with a decided difference. The investigation is run by Inspector Esa Khattak, a Canadian Muslim, who heads up Toronto’s Community Policing Section. While there are dozens, if not hundreds of novels that feature Muslim villains — terrorists, jihadists and so on — there is a paucity of literature confronting these challenges from a Muslim character’s perspective. Muslim characters, like Muslims themselves, are frequently otherized in literature: two-dimensional representations that speak to a foreignness we in the West claim not to recognize.

The Language of Secrets allows these characters to speak for themselves, representing a wide variety of viewpoints. While some questions are infinitely knowable through shared human experience, as Khattak’s investigation suggests, others remain impenetrable. My talk will discuss the experience of being otherized, the multiple motivations behind jihadism, and the dangerous rhetoric of collective guilt that conflates an entire faith community with a radical fringe, as seen through the lens of a Muslim detective born and raised in the West.

ausmazkahnAusma Zehanat Khan holds a Ph.D. in international human rights law with a specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. A former adjunct law professor, Ms. Khan was editor in chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. A British-born Canadian, Khan now lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband. The Language of Secrets is her second novel, following The Unquiet Dead.

When: 6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. dinner; and 8:00 p.m. program

Cost: If paying via Paypal cost is $20 for members; $23 for non-members. Choose the option you want from the drop-down menu (Member, Non-Member, or Non-Meal), and then click the Add to Cart button. Note: if you want to sign up both a member and guest, you must pay for each with a separate Add to Cart transaction. Payment at door is $25 for everyone! RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director, Susan Paturzo to insure your reservation! The reservation deadline is Monday, February 8th.

Menu: Shrimp scampi—shrimp and tomatoes stewed in white wine garlic butter tossed with angel hair pasta, with classic caesar salad.

 

WHERE: The Historic Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl., Denver WHEN: Thursday Night, January 14th. 6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. Dinner; and 8:00 p.m. Program

Is your writing career all that you want it to be? Do people in the biz know you? Are you connected with the readers you want? A solid author platform from which to launch your writing aspirations is a must for today’s writers and published authors.

Liesa Malik, RMMWA member and long time marketing consultant will approach author platform from the perspective of actions you can take now to enhance your career in the writing and publishing industry. Together we’ll discuss the five portions of a solid platform cycle including visions, lists, actions, results, and marking success. We’ll also cover the concepts of long tail marketing and how understanding this concept can lead to the 1,000 true fans needed for a successful writing career.

Liesa is a freelance marketing consultant with a degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida. She has started or co-founded four businesses in her career and has extensive experience in corporate branding and communications. A cozy mystery novelist who currently lives in Littleton, CO, Liesa is a long-standing member of Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. For more information, please visit her website at www.liesamalik.com.

Cost: If paying via Paypal cost is $20 for members; $23 for non-members. Choose the option you want from the drop-down menu (Member, Non-Member, or Non-Meal), and then click the Add to Cart button. Note: if you want to sign up both a member and guest, you must pay for each with a separate Add to Cart transaction. Payment at door is $25 for everyone! RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director, Susan Paturzo, to insure your reservation! The reservation deadline is Monday, January 11th.

(Parking at the Denver Press Club usually runs $5 after 6 p.m., but sometimes if there are special events in town, the rate will bump higher.)

Noir at the Bar

Thursday Night, December 10th @ 7:30 p.m. Cost| Free. Cash Bar.

Noir at the Bar 2015This year our holiday party will coincide with NOIR AT THE BAR. Join eight talented writers for readings. There will be drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Participating RMMWA members include Mario Acevedo, Jennifer Kincheloe, and Mark Stevens. Hope to see all of you there so we can raise a glass to success for all RMMWA members in 2016.

Details

Date: December 10, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: Free! Cash Bar.
Contact:  Shannon Baker

Venue

The Denver Book Bar
1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 720-443-2227
Website: http://www.denverpressclub.org

No Map, No Compass, No GPS

First Hand Perspectives from a CDC Emergency Responder during Five Extraordinary Emergency Response Operations

Thursday Night, November 12th  @ 6:30pm – 11:00pm Cost| $20/member

Program

The four pillars of emergency response operations (typically for natural disasters) include: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. When the unprecedented incident or disaster occurs, decision making in the face of uncertainty becomes a mandate for the responder. The presenter will discuss his experiences responding to five exceptional emergency response operations: the 2001 World Trade Center disaster, the anthrax attack at the U.S. Capitol, the 2003 SARS pandemic in Taiwan, the 2004 southeast Asian tsunami in Thailand, the 2014 Texas hospital-acquired Ebola infections, and in 2015 a month-long assignment in Liberia for the ongoing Ebola infections in W. Africa.

Eric Esswein is a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service where he holds the rank of Captain. He has 27 years’ experience in the field of investigating and controlling novel occupational and public health threats assigned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). A scientist, inventor and emergency responder, Eric responded to the New York, World Trade Center disaster, the anthrax attack on the Capitol Hill, the SARS pandemic in Taiwan and the aftermath of the south east Asian tsunami in Thailand. In 2014 he was a member of the CDC team response to the 2014 Dallas, Texas hospital Ebola infections and in 2015 was assigned as an infection prevention and control team lead for a month Liberia, W. Africa.

Eric holds bachelor and master’s degrees in environmental health/toxicology and public health/industrial hygiene. He is board certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene and is the first named inventor for two patents in the area of chemical detection and decontamination, and first named inventor for a patent pending engineering control technology to reduce silica dust emissions on hydraulic fracking sites. He is the author or co-author for more than 30 CDC/NIOSH technical publications, 16 peer-reviewed articles and is a referee for several scientific journals. He was recently appointed as Honorary Lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witswatersrand, School of Public Health, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Details

Date: November 20, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Cost: $20 member, $23 non-member, $25 at the door
Contact:  Shannon Baker

Venue

The Historic Denver Press Club
1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-571-5260
Website: http://www.denverpressclub.org


NOTE:
 No shows and anyone not cancelling their reservation 72 hours in advance will be expected to pay since RMMWA will be billed for their reservation.

 

The Colorado Book Awards Celebration

June 21 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm | $20

Writers, readers, editors, photographers, book buyers and booksellers will gather at Aspen’s Doerr-Hosier to honor some of Colorado’s finest literary professionals. Everyone is welcome to attend! Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door.

Details

Date: June 21, 2015
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Cost: $20

Venue

Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Meadows
845 Meadows Road, Aspen, CO United States

Mystery Roundup in Albuquerque, New Mexico

August 21 @ 6:00 pm – August 22 @ 6:00, 2015 | $20

The Mystery Roundup begins with an evening get-together, a full day of panels on Saturday and ends with a Ghost Tour of Old Town on Saturday Night.

The program schedule will be announced ASAP, meanwhile, don’t miss out. Please print out this form, fill it in and send your check today!

Meals and drinks are own your own. Early bird program registration: $20 by July 3rd. Hotel price has been negotiated at $109/night. Just tell them you’re with the Croak & Dagger/RMMWA group.

Details

Date:  August 21 @ 6:00 pm — August 22 @ 6:00 pm, 2015
Cost:  $20

Venue

Marriott Pyramid Hotel
5151 San Francisco Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

It’s a Crisis: Featuring FBI Crisis Negotiator Special Agent Matt

September 10, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm Cost | $20

Have you ever wondered what happens in a crisis negotiation? Wonder no more. Our September meeting will feature crisis negotiator, Special Agent Matt from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who will discuss what happens in a crisis negotiation, what kind of characteristics a negotiator should have, and how negotiators strive for a peaceful resolution. Among other things, he teaches classes to certify negotiators and also responds to state and local as well as international incidents, which may or may not involve hostages.

If paying via Paypal cost is $20 for members; $23 for non-members. Note: if you want to sign up both a member and guest, you must pay for each with a separate Add to Cart transaction. Payment at door is $25 for everyone! RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director, Shannon Baker to insure your reservation! The reservation deadline is Monday, September 7th.

Details

Date: September 10, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Cost: $20
Contact:  Shannon Baker

Venue

The Historic Denver Press Club
1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-571-5260
Website: http://www.denverpressclub.org

NOTE: No shows and anyone not cancelling their reservation 72 hours in advance will be expected to pay since RMMWA will be billed for their reservation.

The Art of Forensic Facial Reconstruction with Keli Rae

October 8, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm | $20

Join us at 6:30 p.m. for conversation and cash bar; 7:00 p.m. for dinner; and 8:00 p.m. for the program.

If paying via Paypal cost is $20 for members; $23 for non-members. Payment at door is $25 for everyone! RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director, Shannon Baker to insure your reservation! The reservation deadline is Monday, October 5th. Program: t.b.a.

Details

Date:  October 8, 2015
Time:  6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Cost:  $20
Contact: Shannon Baker

Venue

The Historic Denver Press Club
1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80204 United States
Phone:  303-571-5260
Website:  http://www.denverpressclub.org