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!

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

More information can be found on our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/165628074203843/





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

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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!





November Meeting – Sno. Co. Medical Examiner Deputy Director

27 10 2014

Dr. Dan Christman, deputy director of the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s office, will be the featured guest at the Mystery Writers of America-Northwest Chapter’s November dinner meeting.

The event takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the meeting room at Spiro’s Pizza & Pasta in Shoreline, located at 18411 Aurora Ave. North. Free for MWA members, $10 for non-members.

About our speaker: At the ME’s office, Christman oversees pathology, investigations and administration. He came to the office in September from the Bothell Police Department, and before that, he spent fifteen years working for several Medical Examiner/Coroner offices as a Medicolegal Death Scene Investigator. In his career, Christman attended more than 4,500 death scene investigations, and has been invited to provide independent expert testimony in several hundred other cases outside his jurisdiction. Christman has written and taught for the law enforcement community since 1988. In 1998, he became an adjunct instructor of Criminal Investigations at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien. There, he teaches other law enforcement professionals the art and science behind crime scene investigations and reconstructions.

More about his work with Snohomish County can be found here

We’re looking forward to Dan Christman’s presentation. Please join us! RSVP at the Mystery Writers of America-Northwest Facebook page.





October Meeting – Blood Splatter & Other Cool Stuff

26 09 2014

Date: October 11
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: NEW LOCATION!!! On Bainbridge Island, Roosters Cafe, 123 Bjune Ave. SE

 Eventbrite - Blood Splatter & Other Cool Stuff

This month, we’re doing something a little different: We’re having our monthly meeting — Saturday, Oct. 11 — on Bainbridge Island!

We know, many of you have to ride a ferry to get there, but the restaurant at which we’re meeting is an easy walk off the ferry (ferry schedule here), so you can park in downtown Seattle, and go on foot from there through a charming small-town retail district.

We’ve got great guests lined up for an event we’re calling BLOOD SPATTER AND OTHER COOL STUFF — a must for anybody seeking to authenticate the procedural portions of their crime-fiction storytelling. It takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Roosters Café, 123 Bjune Ave. SE. It’s a short walk (or taxi ride) through downtown Winslow off the ferry. (You can also drive up on Highway 16 to Highway 3 from Tacoma if you’re coming from the south, or take the Edmonds-Kingston ferry and drive 25 minutes to downtown Bainbridge if you’re coming from the north.)

Our guests:

 George Johnston is the Public Information Officer for the Washington State Patrol’s Forensics Crime Lab Services, which includes the crime labs in Seattle, Tacoma, Marysville, Spokane and more. He teaches forensics classes at the University of Washington.

His wife, Jean Johnston, is a DNA specialist with WSP and was credited with much of the research that resulted in the arrest of Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer. Jean can explain what’s possible—and impossible—with DNA and the state and national CODIS System, the DNA database.

RSVP through our Mystery Writers of America-Northwest Chapter Facebook page or our e-mailed Evite invitation. We hope you can make it, and we promise any extra effort it takes to get there will be worth it.

Please note: Non-MWA members are asked to pay $10 at the door.

Eventbrite - Blood Splatter & Other Cool Stuff

 





September speaker switcheroo

31 08 2014

Our previously scheduled speaker–computer forensics expert Randall Karstetter–has a scheduling conflict and will be unable to attend our September meeting.

But never fear. The chapter board is delighted to announce that a Seattle Police detective has graciously agreed to step in at this late date and serve as the guest speaker for our September 13 meeting!

Tim Renihan has served as a Seattle Police detective since 1998 and currently works on a taskforce with the federal Department of Homeland Security.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at Angelo’s Ristorante, 601 SW 153rd St., in Burien.

Renihan, who has a background in Army criminal intelligence, worked in patrol for SPD before joining the department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit, which collects and analyzes information and coordinates with other agencies to monitor and prevent organized criminal activities. His recent work includes murder-for-hire investigations and providing executive protection for visiting dignitaries.

He’ll talk about his work and take questions from attendees.

Please join us! RSVP on our MWA-NW Facebook page.





21st Century Author – How To Connect With the Publishing Industry & Build an Audience!

6 07 2014

Simon Wood, a mystery and thriller author who has sold 500,000 e-books since 2011, will headline an Aug. 9 event at Bellevue College: “The 21st Century Author: How to Connect With the Publishing Industry and Build an Audience.”

The event will reveal the techniques that have served Wood well in more than a decade of work as an author who’s been both traditionally and independently published. It’s aimed at authors in any genre who are struggling to find readers and attract agents in a time of rapid change in the book-publishing industry.

“Publishing is both a business and a craft, and the authors who’ll thrive will be the ones who embrace the business side as well as the craft,” said Wood, 46, a Bay Area resident whose next thriller title is THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, to be published by Thomas & Mercer, Amazon’s crime-fiction imprint.

Details: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, at Bellevue College’s Paccar Auditorium. A box lunch is included.

Cost: If you register before July 26, the cost is $50 for MWA members and $60 for non-members. After July 26, the cost for everyone is $75.

Please look here for more details and to register for this event!

Eventbrite - The 21st Century Author: How to Connect With the Publishing Industry & Build an Audience





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 www.victimsupportservices.org.

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.