Meeting Saturday, October 13

29 09 2018
Mystery Writers of America Northwest Chapter presents:

His Honor, Judge Sean P. O’Donnell

MWA-NW is excited to announce our guest speaker for our October meeting:
King County Superior Court Judge Sean P. O’Donnell
Join us to learn about the intricacies of the legal system, and to hear specifics of some famous cases.

Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 6 to 8 PM

Angelo’s Ristorante in Burien
601 SW 153rd St., Burien, WA
206-244-3555 Follow this Link for directions


Judge O’Donnell’s Bio:
Judge O’Donnell started his legal career as a Rule 9 intern for then-Attorney General Christine Gregoire. The late Norm Maleng then hired him as a full-time deputy prosecutor. While at the King County Prosecutor’s Office, Judge O’Donnell served as a member of the Green River Task Force, helping successfully prosecute the nation’s most prolific serial killer, Gary L. Ridgway. Judge O’Donnell went on to prosecute the state’s first commercial sexual abuse of a minor case and the state’s first human trafficking case. His work with juveniles who are forced or manipulated into prostitution saw him travel the country as the National Association of Attorneys General’s Chief Trainer for Human Trafficking.

Judge O’Donnell has been active in the community, serving as chair of the Washington State Bar Association’s Legislative Committee, as an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University School of Law, and as a member of the Children’s Response Center Advisory Board and the Green River Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

Admission is free for members. Non-member price is only $10.00. See you at Angelo’s!





Upcoming Chapter Meetings

7 09 2018

Three Chapter Meetings are scheduled this fall. First up:

Saturday September 8 in Lynnwood WA
Speaker Robert Karinen of the Snohomish County Medical Examiners Office.

Where:
Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle North Lynnwood
20610 44th Ave W, Lynnwood, Washington 98036

When: 6 to 8 pm.

Who: Robert Karinen has been with the Snohomish County Medical Examiners Office for the last two years where he currently serves as a lead investigator. Prior to moving to Washington he served the citizens of Boise Idaho with the Ada County Corners Office in a variety of roles including Deputy Coroner, Forensic Supervisor, and Chief Deputy. He is a member of DMORT, a federal response team that responds to mass fatality events and has served on the advisory council for the American Board of Medical Legal Death Investigators. He holds Master’s degrees in forensic anthropology and public policy and administration.

Two additional events are planned:

Saturday October 13 in Burien
Saturday November 10 in Tacoma.

Watch this space or our Facebook page for details as they become available.





MWA-NW Writing Seminar 2018

25 05 2018

Learn techniques for creating attention-grabbing mysteries from two renowned masters of novel and short story writing in a day-long intensive seminar. You’ll gain invaluable insight into the general rules of writing fiction, the elements of successful novels and short stories, and the publication process. No matter what your level of experience, you won’t want to miss out on this fantastic opportunity to hone your skills and advance your career. REGISTER

Jeffery Deaver

is the No.1 International Bestselling author of several highly acclaimed series of mystery novels that have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the Times of London, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Los Angeles Times. His books are sold in 150 countries and have been translated into over twenty-five languages. He has sold 50 million books. He is President of MWA. More info: https://www.jefferydeaver.com

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Eric Witchey

has sold more than 140 short stories and several novels in ten genres and on five continents. He has received recognition from New Century Writers, Writers of the Future, Writer’s Digest, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award program, Short Story America, The Irish Aeon Awards, and others. He is an experienced instructor whose How-To articles have appeared in The Writer Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, and more. Additional info: http://www.ericwitchey.com

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When: Saturday June30, 2018 – 8AM to 5PM

Location:
The Inn at Gig Harbor
3211 56th Street NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 858-1111 LINK

Registration:
MWA Member: $85
Non Member: $95
After June 16th: $115

REGISTER Today!

A special attendee room rate will be available at the Inn at Gig Harbor. Ask for the Mystery Writers of America rate when booking. Continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee are included with the seminar. The authors will sign copies of their latest books at the conclusion of the meeting.

MWA Northwest Chapter hopes you will join us for what promises to be a fun and educational event!





MWA-NW May 2018 Chapter Meeting

2 05 2018

When you need ’em—
You really need ’em!

A How-To Presentation On The Art of Procuring Bail Bonds

Ever get in one of those tight spots where a bail bond would be just the thing? Come and learn the ins and outs of the business from a real bail bondsman.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 6 to 8 PM
Angelo’s Ristorante in Burien
601 SW 153rd St., Burien, WA
206-244-3555 Follow this LINK for directions

Not only will this month’s MWA-NW meeting give you valuable insight into writing realistic bail bondsmen (and women) into your mysteries and true crime tales, but, who knows, someday you might find yourself in a fix and you’ll know just who to dial with that one phone call.

Admission is free for members. Non-member price is only $10.00. See you at Angelo’s!

Thomas P. Hopp
President
MWA Northwest Chapter

P.S. While I have your attention: have you signed up yet for our Writing Seminar June 30? Tickets are selling briskly and space is limited. REGISTER now!





Join MWA-NW at our April Meeting

10 04 2018

Meet: RUSS REUTHER

CHIEF DEPUTY CORONER, KITSAP COUNTY

Time:  Saturday,  April 14, 2018,  6 to 8 PM
Place:  Hot Java Cafe
409 Pacific Avenue, Bremerton WA  98337
(360) 813-1958  Follow this link for directions

Come and learn about the career and times of Russ Reuther, Kitsap County’s Chief Deputy Coroner. Unlike the Medical Examiner in larger cities and counties, the Coroner is a separately elected public official within Washington State.

Russ has a background of seven years in law enforcement in San Diego, and sixteen cumulative years as Lead Chaplain for both Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue and the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, as well as nearly two decades as a local pastor. His education included undergraduate Police Science and Criminal Justice-Administration, with graduate education in Pastoral Studies and Leadership.

He is currently Chief Deputy Coroner of Kitsap County, and is a member of the Washington Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners and the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. He’s active in the Kitsap community, serving on the Compassionate Friends Advisory Board, Cribs for Kids program, YMCA Safe Kids Advisory Board, and the Suicide Prevention Coalition.

So please join us for an interesting and educational evening. Hot Java Café serves beer, wine, and light food. Sailing times and rates for the Seattle-to-Bremerton ferry can be found here.

Admission is free for MWA members. The cover charge for non members is $10.00.

Thomas P. Hopp
Chapter President
MWA-Northwest





MWA-NW March 2018 Meeting

4 03 2018

SATURDAY,  MARCH 10,  2018,  6-8 PM

Guest Speakers:

Catherine Hendricks

NOVELIST and SENIOR COUNSEL, WA ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE

 And:

Eleanor Broggi

HOMICIDE DETECTIVE, KING COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Catherine Hendricks has long-time experience prosecuting major crimes including Murder One and many years prosecuting sex crimes. She was a felony prosecutor in the King County Prosecutor’s Office for 7 years.  For 18 months of that time, she was embedded with the King County Sheriff’s Office, which also had a drug enforcement unit. During those years, she successfully worked to commit individuals under the Violent Sexual Predator Statute.

She is presently Senior Counsel in the Washington Attorney General’s Office and a crime novelist whose latest book Hardways was longlisted with the Debut Dagger. She was recently accepted to the Crime Novel program at City University of London, and looks forward to writing full time.

At the King County Sheriff’s Office, Hendricks collaborated with Detective Eleanor Broggi, who subsequently worked for many years with KCS Major Crimes / Homicide, and according to Hendricks, is a superb homicide investigator.

Hendricks and Broggi have been good friends for 25 years.

So, please plan on joining us for dinner, refreshments, and some spellbinding discussions from our two highly qualified presenters. Admission is free for members. Non-member price is only $10.00. See you at Spiro’s!

Spiro’s Pizza & Pasta                                                 
18411 Aurora Avenue N., Shoreline, WA 98133
(206) 546-2900

Follow this Link for directions

Thomas P. Hopp
President
MWA Northwest Chapter





Blast from the Past

3 02 2018

One of the pleasures of being an MWA-NW member is hearing from experts on subjects we write about. April 2014’s meeting traveled to Wade’s Gun Range in Bellevue. We signed release forms, received instructions for a number of different weapon types, donned ear protection, and then witnessed those weapons in action. We were also given a chance to fire them ourselves (notice the eager hands)IMG_20140412_205024_551IMG_20140412_211127_191Many of us mystery/thriller writers mention firearms in our writing; this trip gave us a close-up introduction to proper handling and use of these weapons. Knowledgeable readers will appreciate us if we get the details right. How many of the firearms on the table do you recognize?IMG_20140412_211530_276