Military Medics — Presentation is postponed due to weather!

5 02 2019

This month’s meeting has been cancelled due to severe ice and snow conditions. We will reschedule Sergeant Mann’s talk for later this year.

On Saturday, February 9, MWA Northwest is pleased to host Clayton Mann. Clayton is an Army Master Sergeant with over 24 years of combat medic experience. Besides his combat duties, he’s trained other medics, given talks, and sat on writing convention panels to discuss the reality of combat trauma, field medicine, pre- and post-combat trauma planning and management, as well as helping writers depict combat and injury in realistic ways. He talks about the differences in trauma impact and management for male and female troops and medical and strategic reasons for some of the military’s recent controversial decisions about gender and sexual diversity in combat and non-combat units.
Please note that we request a reservation made on our Eventbrite page along with ticket payment of $5 for MWA members and $10 for non-members. Dinner and drinks will be available for additional fees.

Date And Time:
Sat, February 9, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST

Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport
17338 International Boulevard
Seattle, WA 98188

Meeting Saturday, November 10

31 10 2018

MWA-NW Chapter presents:

John Liebert, MD, PC

Our guest speaker this month is Dr. John Liebert, internationally recognized psychiatrist with specialties in psychopharmacology and criminal psychology.

Join us to hear about Dr. Liebert’s impressive career working with numerous law enforcement, military, and civilian psychiatric entities in the profiling, prosecution, and sentencing of mass murderers, including Ted Bundy, the Green River Killer Gary Ridgway, and Atlanta serial murderer Wayne Williams.

Saturday, November 10, 2018                               6 to 8 PM
Angelo’s Ristorante in Burien
601 SW 153rd St., Burien, WA
206-244-3555  Follow this Link for directions

From Dr. Liebert’s extensive biography:

Dr Liebert has served as psychiatric consultant to the King County Police Department for serial murder cases, including the “Ted” Case (Ted Bundy), Green River Murder Case (Gary Ridgway), the Charmer Case (George Russell) and the Bellevue Sniper Case (Carl Harp). He served as Psychiatric Consultant to the Atlanta Police Department in the Atlanta Child Murder Case (Wayne Williams).

He has performed hundreds of felony evaluations for pretrial determination of criminal intent, pre-sentence evaluation for advising judiciary on best disposition – whether probation or incarceration, and for Correctional Psychiatry, such as diagnosing and treating inmates at California’s Pelican Bay Maximum Security Housing Unit. While serving with Seattle’s judiciary as psychiatric consultant to The Washington State Pre-sentence Unit, the sentencing judge followed his recommendations in over 95% of 150 cases.  Dr Liebert is a member of the Review Board for The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases.

He has published on the subject of Serial Murder, “Contributions of Psychiatry in the Investigation of Serial Murder”, in the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and on Mass Murder-Suicides in Suicidal Mass Murderers, A Criminalogical Study of Why They Kill, (Taylor & Francis, CRC Press).

Dr Liebert was extensively trained in psychotherapy, including psychoanalytic, supportive, and behavioral therapies, at both The University of Washington and Seattle Psychoanalytic Society. He was in private practice in Bellevue, Washington for a number of years, prior to relocating ten years ago to Arizona for weather reasons. He has recently completed two mystery thriller novels. One is a psychology mystery, while the other is a counterterrorism thriller.

His website – – has much more information about his practice, cases and background.

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

Thomas P. Hopp
MWA Northwest Chapter
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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.

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:


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:


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

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

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


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
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



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

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