Event: Catherine Spader and Literary Salon

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event:
February 9, 2019
Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

9:30-10:00 am  Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm Literary Salon

Sisters in Crime-Colorado is trying something new this year! We would like to give our members an opportunity to read a portion of their work in a supportive and encouraging environment at our first-ever Literary Salon. No critiques, no negative feedback–just a reading from a work-in-progress or a publication. This will be a wonderful occasion to share what each of us is working on. Please bring up to 750 words to read; depending on how many people want to read that morning, you will be reading for 3-5 minutes. Priority will given to dues-paying Sisters in Crime-Colorado members. We hope you will join us–and we look forward to learning more about you and your stories! To sign up as a reader, please email kuhnc@msudenver.edu by February 3.

Scheduled Readers:

  • Francelia Belton
  • Rosemary Berry
  • Cordia Booth
  • Stina Branson
  • Peg Brantley
  • Deborah Brewer
  • Becky Clark
  • Karen Docter
  • Amy Drayer
  • Claire L. Fishback
  • Skye Griffith
  • Sue Hinkin
  • Cynthia Kuhn
  • Shawn McGuire
  • Margaret Mizushima
  • Sandra Murphy
  • Gloria Neal
  • Stephanie O’Brien
  • Amy Rivers
  • Linda Solaya

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

1:00-3:00 pm Catherine Spader, RN: “The Nuts and Bolts of Blood and Guts for Writers”

How long will you live after a psycho cuts off your arm with a chainsaw? What kind of damage does an iron maiden inflict on the human body? Can you survive being shot in the chest without adequate medical care? When it comes to writing blood and guts, fact can be juicier than fiction. Come get inspired, ask your most gruesome questions, and enjoy some chilling tales and gallows humor from history and today’s ER. There will be plenty of time for questions about scenes you are writing that involve injuries or diseases. (Note: this presentation and images presented may be disturbing for sensitive attendees.)

About the Presenter:

Catherine Spader, RN, is a nurse who specialized in ER and trauma care for twenty years in Illinois and Colorado. She is also the award-winning, best-selling author of the historical fantasy series, The Wulfhedinn Series. She is an editor, writing coach, and journalist who has published over 1,000 articles, many in medical journals. And yes, she writes a lot of blood and guts into her fiction. Find out more at https://catherinespader.com/

3:00-4:00 pm Board Meeting (all are welcome, location to be announced at the meeting)

Please feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both. RSVP at our chapter Meetup!


This event is funded and presented by Sisters in Crime-Colorado and is not sponsored by Douglas County Libraries. To request more information, please use our contact form.

 

 

 

 

Appearance: Sandra Murphy

Sandra Murphy is excited to present a FREE workshop on “Demystifying Audiobook Production” with Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Koelbel Library, ​5955 S. Holly St., Centennial, CO 80121.
Creating an audiobook is not intimidating once you know the basics. Go behind the scenes of audiobook production and learn the steps involved in audiobook production.  For more information, visit Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.  > http://rmfw.org/events/free-programs/denver/

Appearance: Mary Birk, Peg Brantley, Jennifer Kincheloe, Cynthia Kuhn, Shawn McGuire, and Barbara Nickless

Saturday August 18, 2018
10:30 am-12:00 pm
Anderson Room, Englewood Library
1000 Englewood Parkway
1st Floor, Englewood Civic Center
Englewood, CO 80110
303-762-2560

“The Write Crime” panel with Mary Birk, Peg Brantley, Jennifer Kincheloe, Cynthia Kuhn, Shawn McGuire, and Barbara Nickless

For over one hundred years, since the world was first introduced to Sherlock Holmes, both writers and readers alike have been fascinated by the mystery novel. Join six members of Sisters in Crime-Colorado as they present an author panel discussion on writing, research, publishing, self-publishing, and sneak previews of their latest works. Book sales and signing to follow. For adults & teens. No registration required.

Appearances: Becky Clark and Sue Hinkin

An Evening of Mystery at Tattered Cover — Aspen Grove
April 20, 2018 at 7 pm

Author Sue Hinkin will discuss and sign her debut mystery novel Deadly Focus ($17.99 Literary Wanderlust), the first book in her upcoming Vega and Middleton series.

Lucy Vega’s uncle, a formidable Hispanic businessman, is killed in a car accident. Lucy and her colleague Beatrice Middleton are out to prove murder. Lucy discovers secret underworld involvement by Mexican cartel members, and bent on finding answers, they travel to Mexico.

 

 

Becky Clark, author of multiple mystery novels, will discuss and sign Fiction Can Be Murder ($15.99 Midnight Ink). Mystery author Charlemagne “Charlee” Russo thought the twisty plots and peculiar murders in her books were only the products of her imagination. That is, until her agent is found dead exactly as described in her new, unpublished manuscript.

For more information, please see the Tattered Cover calendar.

Appearances: ALA

Sisters in Crime-Colorado will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits, February 9-12, 2018. Come on by and say hello…

Shifts Authors
Friday 2/9 5:30-7 Becky Clark, Cynthia Kuhn, Peg Brantley
Saturday 2/10 9-11 Leeann Betts, Fleur Bradley
Saturday 2/10 11-1 Elizabeth Richards,  Theresa Crater
Saturday 2/10 1-3 Rhonda Blackhurst, Naomi Hirahara
Saturday 2/10 3-5 Karen (K.L.) Docter, Margaret Mizushima, Terrie Wolf
Sunday 2/11 9-11 Catherine Dilts, Sue Hinkin, Cordia Booth
Sunday 2/11 11-1 Jennifer Kincheloe, Nora Page
Sunday 2/11 1-3 Chris Goff,  Mary Birk
Sunday 2/11 3-5 Ann Dominguez, Shawn McGuire
Monday 2/12 9-11:30 Rosemary Berry,  Sandra Murphy
Monday 2/12 11:30-2 Karen Whalen,  Francelia Belton

Appearances: Christine Goff, Cynthia Kuhn, Margaret Mizushima, Rhonda Blackhurst, Leann Betts, and Karen C. Whalen

You are invited to Cozy Tea Time with local authors on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Welcome to the Bookstore (1300 E Bridge Street, Brighton, Colorado 80601). There will be readings, games, prizes, and refreshments. Hope to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/355827451532180/

Online Plotting Workshop with Karen Docter

Online Plotting Workshop for Authors!! The “W” Plot…Or The Other White Meat for Plotters presented by Bestselling Author, Karen/K.L. Docter

karendocter3I’m dusting off my “W” Plot…Or The Other White Meat for Plotters workshop for 1-TIME ONLY this year for the good folks at STAR (Southern Tier Authors of Romance). If you’ve been wanting to try this plotting method with oodles of help applying the technique (yes, I’m very hands on 🙂 ) to your own book, check out the details of this month-long plotting course!

The “W” Plot … or The Other White Meat for Plotters…

If you don’t know what the W-Plot is, this month-long course is for you. It is perfect for pantsers and plotters, and anyone looking for ways to up tension and conflict in their scenes and WIP. Karen Docter has come out of retirement to give this workshop one time in 2017.

  • Dates: Mar. 6-31
  • Presenter: Karen Docter

Course Content: One of the staples of any writers’ group conversations is the plot.  It’s integral to every novel, holds everything together.  It’s the vehicle that carries readers from page one to “The End”.  It’s one of the scariest things an author faces when s/he decides, hey, I want to write a novel! How many of us have made this decision, then stared at that blank page or computer screen, without a clue how to proceed?  What about those of us who write by the seat of our pants, the pantsters? Do we dare risk scaring off our muse by plotting our story? How do the mega-plotters, the overachievers, know when it’s time to stop and just put pen to paper? Join Karen and uncover the skeleton of your own novel using the W-plotting method and see how easy it is to apply these techniques to the synopsis we all love to hate.

See what New Students of the “W” are saying…

Before I found the W Plotting Method my story ideas started out fine, but eventually drifted off into mayhem. Karen’s technique covers both characterization and plot, and if you do the work, you end up with a full synopsis and a story that’s exciting, fluid, logical and full of surprises for the reader, before you even begin writing. I couldn’t be more satisfied!  ~ Julia Tagan, Author

Karen’s online W course on craft is the best approach to plotting I’ve ever come across. The W method offers a simple, basic way to nail down even the most complicated plot so you can spot holes in the story before you write the first word. No more ‘sagging middles’ and worrying about whether the story I’m writing is living up to its potential. Karen is a terrific instructor who gives thoughtful feedback every step of the way. I left the month long online course with a newfound confidence.  ~ Margaret Carroll, Rita nominated author

I’ve run the gamut–taken classes, attended seminars, won contests, even got agents interested in my work, but there was always a piece missing. When I signed up for Karen’s class, I thought: What the heck–it can’t hurt. But did it help? Wow! Game changer. I now have a viable roadmap to salvage my earlier work as well as a new direction for my WIP. Karen’s method rocks! Totally. ~ Kristen Boe

The “W” for plotting combines the best of practicality and creativity. This step-by-step plan encourages writers to explore their characters and what happens between them. I highly recommend it to both beginning and advanced writers. The workshop is well worth the time.  ~ Jane Choate, Published Author

Recently I attended Karen Docter’s Plotting “W” Workshop, skeptical because I’m an In-the Mist-writer. But let’s face it sometimes In-the Mist writers get derailed due to fog. Karen’s “W” workshop lets you chart a course from beginning to middle to end, not only for your protagonists, but for your antagonists as well. Whether you prefer the most comprehensive roadmap to detail your plot or just the highlights so your muse has its say, Karen shows us an effective way to keep one’s story on track, saving months of time and preventing tossed pages.  ~ Donnell Ann Bell, Published Author

For more testimonials: http://www.karendocter.com/workshop/testimonials

About Karen/K.L Docter…

Bestselling Author Karen Docter writes contemporary romance. When she feels the need to feed the dark side, she writes intense suspenseromcon1 thrillers as K.L. Docter. She’s an award-winning author, a four-time Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® finalist, and won the coveted Kiss of Death Romance Writers Daphne du Maurier Award Category (Series) Romantic Mystery Unpublished division. She has a Technical Journalism degree and has taught college level composition. She taught her online “W” Plot…Or The Other White Meat for Plotters workshop to numerous RWA chapters for over 14 years.

Connect with Karen:
http://www.karendocter.com
Twitter: @KarenDocter
Karen Docter FB: goo.gl/6TXc5X
K.L. Docter FB: goo.gl/uD1iGL
Goodreads: https://goo.gl/bsswDd

Join Karen online!

STAR Website/Blog: Fee: $25 RWA members $30 Non-members

W-Plot REGISTRATION FORM

Sponsored by the Southern Tier Authors of Romance. For more information e-mail jmbkosterSTAR@gmail.com

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