MWA-NW March 2018 Meeting

4 03 2018

SATURDAY,  MARCH 10,  2018,  6-8 PM

Guest Speakers:

Catherine Hendricks



Eleanor Broggi


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
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

January 2018 Meeting

18 01 2018

Just a quick note to let you know we will be meeting Saturday January 20 at Sizzler Steakhouse on Southcenter Parkway from 6 to 8 PM.

We will spend the evening chatting about our writing and reading short pieces.

Tell us about your latest success as a writer, and/or read to us from a recent publication or a work in progress. Our guest speaker this month will be YOU, if you’re willing to regale us with your latest exploits as a writer of mystery fiction. As we did last year at this time, we will share New Year’s resolutions to write and publish more, and take the opportunity to read and listen to new works by our members.

Stop by for dinner and drinks and join in the fun!

16615 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, Washington 98188
For directions click HERE

More information can be found on our Facebook page:

A Willo for Brian

9 09 2017

Brian's WilloTime: September 9, 2017, 6-8 PM
Place: Angelo’s Ristorante, Burien WA

Join us as the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America presents the prestigious Willo Award to long-time Chapter President and regional MWA stalwart, Brian Thornton.

The Willow Award is the Pacific Northwest’s own special recognition prize given to those individuals whose writing and contributions to the Northwest mystery community are exemplary. There will be pomp and ceremony, testimonials from fellow mystery writers, some reminiscences from Brian, and if we are lucky, a reading from his latest work in progress. Come, help us celebrate, and learn more about Northwest Chapter history and the people who make this one of the MWA’s most exciting regions.

As anyone familiar with our community can attest, few can claim to have done more to advance the cause of mystery writers in the Northwest than Brian. As a long-time Board Member and President of this organization, Brian has seen us through better than a decade of ups and downs in the industry, scores of meetings and seminars, events both happy and sad, and a great growth in our numbers and our achievements. He has personally fostered the career growth of quite a few of his fellow mystery writers, and has led us with skill, enthusiasm, and an infectious smile.

Biil and BrianHere we see a scene from a few years ago when then President Brian handed a Willo to Seattle Mystery Bookstore founder Bill Farley. What goes around comes around, Brian!

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

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

Mystery Writers Seminar June 24

5 06 2017


Ever wonder just what it takes to write a story so compelling that readers will flock to it, rave about it, and make it popular beyond your wildest imaginings? Ever wonder how you can push past the growing throngs of fellow writers and get readers, reviewers, and the public in general to give your book more than passing notice? If so, then you’ll be interested to hear that two seasoned professional writers are willing to give you the benefit of their years of experience solving these writerly issues and more.

Join us in Bothell, Washington on Saturday, June 24, 2017, for the Rain City Mystery Writers Seminar, an all-day, intensive course in the techniques of writing killer novels and getting them noticed. Our instructors, James Ziskin and Beth Justino, are successful writers and skilled teachers in the arts of creative writing and book marketing. Follow THIS LINK to learn more, or THIS ONE to sign up. Registration is $80 for MWA members and $90 for non-members—but don’t delay. Tickets are going fast and the early registration deadline is just a few days away. After that, the price goes up substantially.

So join us for an educational and entertaining day. Learn skills that will get your writing noticed. Meet fellow authors, from aspiring novices to prominently published pros. Shake off that June gloom with a great rainy-day event!

Upcoming events

4 02 2017

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The Art of Character

9 07 2015

We have a special event coming up in September 2015 – The Art of Character seminar presented by award-winning novelist David Corbett!