Event: September 2021 Book Club

September SinC Book Clubs IGThe Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club September 2021 reads are Abby’s Redemption by Rhonda Blackhurst (Longmont), The Game is Afoot by Leeann Betts (Fort Collins), and A Pairing to Die For by Kate Lansing (Parker).

Free and open to the public. Come chat with the author and other readers! And if you don’t have a chance to read the book, that’s quite all right. Many times we discuss craft and the publishing process as well as the book, so all are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE: During the current coronavirus situation, our book clubs are meeting online via Zoom. Sisters in Crime-Colorado members can get the link to the Zoom meeting on the chapter groups.io listserv. Non-members may request the meeting link by filling out the form on our Connect page.

For more information, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us!

Event: A Day with Author Ellen Byron

EBPlease join us for a special day with multi-award-winning author Ellen Byron!

Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tivoli Student Union: Baerresen Ballroom (Rooms 320 ABC)
Auraria Campus
900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
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Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country Mysteries have won the Agatha award for Best Contemporary Novel and multiple Lefty awards for Best Humorous Mystery. She writes the Catering Hall Mystery series, under the name Maria DiRico, and will debut the Vintage Cookbook Mysteries (as Ellen) in June 2022. Ellen is an award-winning playwright and non-award-winning TV writer of comedies like WINGS, JUST SHOOT ME, and FAIRLY ODD PARENTS. She has written over two hundred articles for national magazines but considers her most impressive credit working as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart. She blogs with Chicks on the Case, is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, and will be the 2023 Left Coast Crime Toastmaster.

Learn more at ellenbyron.com.

Session One: The Magic of Setting

Evocative settings add atmosphere and dimension to your writing. Through improvisational writing exercises, participants will first explore the many aspects of setting, and then use what they’ve discovered to bring color and richness to their projects.

Session Two: Adding Humor and Heart to Your Writing

In this workshop, Ellen shares fifteen-plus easy-to-implement tips and workshop exercises on how to find and mine the funny in any manuscript, culled from years of writing sitcoms. In addition, Ellen will look at how to balance humor with heart and when the right choice is not to be funny.

The cost is only $15.00 and includes the workshop as well as lunch.

Registration is closed. Thank you!

The cost will be covered for current students at the host institution, so if you are a MSU Denver student, please be sure to check the appropriate box on the form and use your MSU Denver student email address.

Sponsored by Sisters in Crime, Sisters in Crime-Colorado, and Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of English.

If you have any questions, please use the Sisters in Crime-Colorado contact form.

Please note that masks are required indoors per current campus protocols.



Award Winner: Margaret Mizushima

CollageMaker_20210805_145116371Margaret Mizushima’s sixth Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, Hanging Falls, has been named winner of the 2021 WILLA Literary Award for Contemporary Fiction. Named for author Willa Cather, the WILLA Literary Awards are presented by Women Writing the West to honor stories that feature women or girls and are set in the American West.

For more information, please visit https://www.womenwritingthewest.org/awards/the-willa-literary-award/.

Publication Deal: Karen Whalen

KW author photo enlargedKaren C. Whalen’s, TOES ON THE DASH, the first in a new series, The Tow Truck Murder Mysteries, in which confirmed shoe-a-holic Delaney Morran receives an unexpected inheritance, a tow truck from a dad she’s never known, but hidden in the trunk of her first tow is the dead body of her jerk-of-an ex-boyfriend; a multibook deal to Frances Sevilla at The Wild Rose Press, with Ally Robertson editing.

For more information about Karen and her current series, please visit: http://karencwhalen.com