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.