Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America Program March 10


March 10th – Dissecting Noir with ZJ Czupor

WHERE: The Historic Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Place, Denver, second

WHEN: Thursday Night, March 10th. 6:30 p.m. conversation and cash bar; 7:00
p.m. Dinner; and 8:00 p.m. Program

COST: If paying via Paypal, cost for meeting with meal is $20 for members;
$23 for non-members. Payment at door for meeting with meal is $25 for
everyone! Attending the meeting without meal is $5 through PayPal and at the
door. RSVPs are necessary. Please email our Caterer Director,
<mailto:spat87506> Susan Paturzo by Monday, March 7th, to ensure
your reservation or simply RSVP and pay via PayPal on the
<> website!

Walk-ins are welcome if space and food allows.

Program details:

What distinguishes Noir fiction from other crime and mystery literature?
We’ll examine and discuss the elements, history of noir, and modern noir
fiction, how to write noir characters and plots that grab the reader by the
throat and never let go. The noir story has more to do with losers than
private eyes. It can be written as high literary art with moral themes like
good versus evil; or it might be written sleazy like a greasy diner where
the waitresses are stronger than the coffee.

What "sells" noir, like any literary genre, is a well-developed
character-usually a loner-who has a cynical view about life, government,
power and the law. He or she walks the mean streets but isn’t necessarily
mean, or morally bankrupt.

This sub-genre of mystery has a loyal following and has grabbed the
attention of international readers. There are major publishing houses, small
presses, magazines, awards, and conferences devoted to noir.

Z.J. Czupor is an award-winning author and currently serves as secretary on
the board of Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America. In 2012, his novel,
"The Hot Tub Club" won Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW) Colorado Gold;
and his novel "The Rose and the Spider" was a finalist in Colorado Gold in
2013. His noir short story, "The Man in the Corner" was featured in RMFW’s
anthology, Crossing Colfax in 2014-2015. He’s currently polishing a
completed thriller and is researching plot elements for a new thriller about
JFK’s assassination. He and his wife own a successful public relations firm
in Denver.

(Parking at the Denver Press Club usually runs $5 after 6 p.m., but
sometimes if there are special events in town, the rate will bump higher. If
you need directions, <> click here.)


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