Chapter Meeting: How to Write a Synopsis & In Character Workshop: The Life and Writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: August 13, 2022

Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

Also Via Zoom; (Information on how to join the presentation will be posted in the Sisters in Crime-Colorado members listserv.)

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9:30 am – 10:00 am   Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am – 12:00 pm   How to Write a Synopsis by Pam McCutcheon

Most writers hate writing synopses, and no wonder. After you’ve agonized over several hundred pages to make your prose absolutely perfect, how could you possibly distill that down to a measly ten or twenty pages? Or, worse yet, one or two? By the time you’ve written the book, everything seems important, and it’s difficult to know what to put in and what to leave out. 

This workshop will help you understand the elements you need for a traditional synopsis to send to an editor or agent, plus what you need for a back cover blurb.

12:00pm – 1:00 pm   Lunch (brown bag or visit nearby restaurants)

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm   In Character Workshop: The Life and Writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Michael Chandos

Author Michael Chandos will present a workshop on the Life and Writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Learn how and why a detective series which originated in 1887 is still widely touted and relevant in the 21st century. In this interactive in-character workshop, Michael Chandos will reveal: Who were Sherlock and Watson? Why the word “Sherlockian” has long been recognized by Merriam-Webster and dictionaries worldwide, and why this mystery series.

Sherlockian, you ask?  Definition of Sherlockianof or resembling the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes especially in the exercise of unusual powers of deduction solved the mystery with Sherlockian ease could almost see the Sherlockian glitter in the doctor’s eyes— Philip Wheelwright

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About the Presenters:

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Pam McCutcheon is the author of how-to books for writers and many kinds of romance novels (sweet, steamy, paranormal, romcom, Sci-Fi, etc.) under her own name, and the Demon Underground YA urban fantasy series under the name Parker Blue. She can be found at or


michael chandos photoSteve Pease writes mystery and suspense fiction as Michael Chandos.  One of his stories (West Texas Barbecue) was nominated for a Macavity award. He is a retired Intelligence Community Officer and is now a working Private Investigator, licensed in New Mexico and Colorado. He has taught seminars in Private Investigation and Intelligence for Kiss of Death. He lives in Black Forest, Colorado. He occasionally presents this Sherlockian seminar and another on The Maltese Falcon to reading clubs in Colorado Springs and at the unique Lewis and Holmes Emporium in Peyton, Colorado. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers (PWA), and Small Mystery Fiction Society (SMFS).

This event is funded and presented by Sisters in Crime-Colorado and is not sponsored by Douglas County Libraries.

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