May Chapter Meeting

18 04 2014

As mystery writers (and readers!), we strive to understand and accurately portray criminals, cops, pathologists, liars, murderers, detectives, the heroes and villains of our society. But always in these stories, there must be victims. The victim that the criminal targets, the victim that the police and detective try to protect and avenge.

Our May meeting features Julie Thomas from Victim Support Services of Washington. She will speak to us about the plight of the victim, the emotional impact, the characteristics, and the journey from violence to judicial resolution. Julie will also inform us about the role of the Victim Support Services. This non-profit group provides emotional support, assistance with navigating the justice system, assistance with medical and funeral arrangements, and will act as spokesperson to the media as well as accompany victims to court. Their website is

Julie will also be bringing with her information on how people can become involved or support the association. As usual with our monthly meetings, there is no fee to attend, but we will be “passing the hat” at the meeting for donations for Victim Support Services.

Meeting will be held at Angelo’s Restaurant, 601 SW 153rd, Burien at 6:00 p.m.

March Chapter Meeting: Author and Journalist Bruce DeSilva

17 02 2014

Bruce DeSilva, author of three mystery novels and longtime investigative journalist, will be our featured guest in March. Bruce, a Rhode Island resident, started writing mystery novels in his sixties after a longtime career in journalism that included stints as the worldwide writing coach for The Associated Press and an investigative journalist for the Providence Bulletin. An Edgar and Macavity award winner, Bruce’s books include ROGUE ISLAND, CLIFF WALK and his latest, PROVIDENCE RAG, all featuring ragtag newspaper reporter Liam Mulligan. He’ll be appearing earlier in the day at Seattle Mystery Bookshop. He’s well plugged into the East Coast mystery writing scene, and has plenty of fascinating stories to share. Come join us!

Find out more about Bruce at

March 15

6-8:30 p.m.

New southend location: Angelo’s Restaurant in Burien, 601 SW 153rd St. Burien, WA 98166

Please visit our Facebook page to RSVP!

April Chapter Meeting: Full-Auto

17 02 2014

April’s meeting is a very special event! If you write mysteries, at some point you will most likely have to write about guns. At April’s meeting, participants will receive firearms instruction about safety and handling, handle the weapons on display, and observe the instructor firing guns that represent the weapons we write about — revolvers, semi-automatic pistols and rifles, shotguns, and even a machine gun. Lots of time for Q&A, too!

Unlike all the free information we normally get from law enforcement, writing, and publishing professionals at our monthly meetings, there is a $70 cost for participants who join us for this meeting. Your board considered every possible alternative to avoid costs, but could not figure a way to conduct this sort of training for free. We are confident that attendees will get more value than just the cost of this meeting.

Details: Saturday, April 12, 6:30p.m. at Wade’s Eastside Guns

More details about this event and how to register and pay will be coming soon, but put it on your calendar now!

February 2014 Monthly Chapter Meeting – Favorite Pages!

4 02 2014

FAVORITE PAGES–An evening of sharing favorite writings. Mystery Writers of America authors read plus-or-minus one page each from their own writing. Each reading will be followed by a short Q & A. Bring your favorite and enjoy everyone else’s!

We’re also trying out a new venue this month (sort of). We’ve had good luck with Spiro’s on the north end, so we’re giving their Mukilteo location a try. Here are the details:

When: 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, February 8

Where: Spiro’s Pizza and Pasta

11815 Mukilteo Speedway (SR525), Mukilteo

(425) 353-1700

Directions: 2 miles north of I-5/I-405/SR525 Lynnwood interchange on SR525 (Mukilteo Speedway).
Their website has a map.

Hope to see you there!

Want to supercharge your mystery writing career? Join us for MWA University on August 10th!

17 07 2013

Guess what folks? Seattle has been lucky enough to be chosen by MWA national as  one of the locations for MWA university, a full day mystery writing seminar where aspiring and practicing mystery writers get to sponge up knowledge and network with nationally recognized mystery writers.

Here’s the description from the national MWA site:

Mystery Writers of America University (MWA-U) is a full-day, low-cost writing seminar designed to teach participants the essential skills needed to write a novel, from the idea stage to the final editing. The focus is on the craft of writing, and the college-level courses are taught by published writers and experienced teacher.

If you’d like to attend, there are still some slots available. Just head on over to MWA’s registration page. You can also read the day’s agenda here (PDF). If you have questions, feel free to shoot our own president, Brian Thornton, a line and he can answer them for you.

We look forward to seeing you on the 10th!

June 2013 Meetup: Agent Betsy Amster

21 06 2013

Already tired of the Mariners?

Then let’s get together, hob-nob with other writers and, oh yeah, listen to a really interesting speaker in Betsy Amster.

Betsy Amster spent ten years as an editor at Pantheon and Vintage and two years as editorial director of the Globe Pequot Press before founding her literary agency, Amster Literary Enterprises. She has been described in the Los Angeles Times as “a dogged prospector of…literary talent” and celebrated in a profile in the American Society of Journalists and Authors newsletter for her “no-nonsense style and whimsical sense of humor.”

So join us for networking with fellow mystery writers and fans, enjoy some good food and drink, as well as the chance to listen to one of the northwest’s top literary agents.

Please take the minute to RSVP here as it helps us anticipate how many guests we will have.

Who: Betsy Amster

When: June 29th, 6 PM-8 PM

Where: 13 Coins, SeaTac (map here).

June Meetup Speaker: Internet Crimes Against Children Detective Susana Vijarro

1 06 2012

We are pleased to welcome Detective Susana Vijarro, who works in the Seattle PD’s Internet Crimes Against Children division, and Seattle Police Officer Donna Strangeland, who works with Susanna fighting online predators.

As always, this event is free to members and we only ask for a $5 donation from guests.  Event details and full bios below. Please join us for food, drink and conversation with fellow mystery writers and fans, and to hear our two fascinating speakers talk about the war being waged online to keep children safe from predators. If you plan to go, simply take 1 minute to fill out the free RSVP form at Eventbrite here to let us get an accurate headcount!

Where: Southcenter Duke’s

When: Saturday, June 9th, 6-8 PM

Who: Dectective Susana Vijarro and Officer Donna Strangeland of the Seattle Internet Crimes Against Children

Speaker Bios:

Donna Stangeland, police officer with Seattle Police Department since 1996.  Started her career in Patrol at the East Precinct working the Central Area for 5.5 years.  Began work as a detective in the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit in January 2002  – present.  Loves to read mysteries.”

Susana Vijarro (formerly Ditusa) has been a Seattle Police Officer for over 19 years.  According to Susana, “I worked in the Rainier Valley for 4 years in patrol and became a detective working with at risk youth.  I then became a Gang Emphasis Detective, night squad/proactive work.  For the past 10 ½ years I have been working Sexual Assault, Child Abuse,  Child Exploitation and Internet Crimes Against Children cases.  I am so blessed to do something that I love…helping and working with children.”

Once again, if you plan to join, just RSVP here!