Event: 14 Tips for Writing Suspense with National Sisters in Crime President Lori Rader-Day

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event:
August 8, 2020

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

PROGRAM/SCHEDULE

10:00 am-10:30 am
Welcome, Introductions

10:30 am-12:45 pm
14 Tips for Writing Suspense with National Sisters in Crime President, Lori Rader-Day.

Missed train stops. Burned dinners. Late nights of just one more page. Who doesn’t want readers to be so captivated by your story that they walk into walls? Writers of the suspense genres may be on the hook more than most, but every story needs suspense to keep readers turning pages. This session offers 14 specific strategies for keeping readers engaged in your story.

About the Presenter:

Lori Rader-Day is the Edgar Award-nominated and Anthony Award- and Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author of Under a Dark Sky, The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She co-chairs the mystery conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago and serves as the national president of Sisters in Crime. Her new book is The Lucky One, set in a true-crime amateur online sleuth community.

Website:
https://loriraderday.com/

Social Media:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/loriraderdaybooks/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/loriraderday/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/loriraderday

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Come visit us and see what we’re all about!

For more information, go to https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/ and https://www.SistersInCrime.org , or contact sistersincrimecolorado@gmail.com

The first meeting is FREE for non-members! Local membership dues, $20; National membership dues, $40 readers, $50 professional. A great value all around for following your passion — less than 20 cents per day or $6 per month!

Event: July 2020 Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club July 2020 read is The Fire Thief by Debra Bokur (Longmont), Neighbor Resurrected by Cordy Fitzgerald (Fort Collins), and Revelation by Amy Drayer (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 through our Connect page at: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/connect/

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

Hope you can join us!

Event: From Manuscript To Masterpiece© – Paulette K. Kinnes

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event:
June 6, 2020

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

PROGRAM/SCHEDULE

10:00 am-10:30 am
Welcome, Introductions

10:30 am-12:45 pm
From Manuscript To Masterpiece© – Paulette K. Kinnes

Have you ever wondered what is the most over-used word in fiction? Have you ever wondered what horrible smells like? Have you ever wondered why your editor might suggest that you use the Oxford comma? Have you ever wondered what a large man looks like? Have you ever wondered how to write dialogue correctly? Have you ever wondered what drives a book editor berserk?

Find out from an editor’s perspective when book editor Paulette K. Kinnes presents From Manuscript To Masterpiece© to the Sisters in Crime-Colorado chapter on June 6, 2020! Paulette will offer attendees ten tips for writing fabulous fiction, with a bonus tip or two thrown in for fun.

About the Presenter:

Paulette K. KinnesPaulette founded Platinum Editing Group in 2005 and is a professional freelance book editor based in Denver, Colorado. Paulette has been writing and editing for more than 40 years. Before taking her love of editing, writing, and freelancing on the road, she spent 14 years drafting, editing, and proofreading documents for Colorado District Courts, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the Colorado Supreme Court. Her legal background has served her in countless ways during her editing career.

Paulette is also a sports nut (the Broncos, the Nuggets, the Rockies, and the Avalanche, and weirdly, the Carolina Panthers!). She has spent many hours over the last several years on the football field on Saturday mornings with her three grandsons. Paulette has two new granddaughters as well.

Paulette has been wild about reading for her entire life. She loves a good mystery or thriller. She is the perfect audience for these genres. . .as she can never figure out who done it!

Social media:
https://www.facebook.com/PEG5280/

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Event: Social Media 101 & NecroSearch International: Murder, Mayhem and Mysteries

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event:
February 1, 2020

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

(Feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.)

PROGRAM/SCHEDULE

9:30-10:00 am
Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm
Social Media 101: A tutorial for authors

Don’t know a Tweet from a Post? Our Sisters in Crime-Colorado social savvy experts will give an overview of two popular social media platforms and how they each play a different role in marketing, fan base, and sales. Bring a laptop, because this will be a hands -on demo how to create and use Twitter and Instagram, and, how to use each to your advantage. We will hear success stories along with what not to do. Learn the benefits of each platform and glean new content ideas.

Attendees are encouraged to bring: a laptop, a smartphone, their favorite author photo, images of book covers, and/or other brand related images loaded on their device (s). Don’t have a “brand”? By the end of this session you will be on your way.

10:00-10:30am Social Media overview – Sandra Murphy
10:30-11:15am Twitter – Kate Lansing, Francelia Belton
11:15-12:00pm Instagram – Jodi Burnett, Alicia Cay

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

1:00-3:00 pm
NecroSearch International: Murder, Mayhem and Mysteries – Diane L. France, Ph.D., D-ABFA

NecroSearch International, Inc. is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that brings together scientists and law enforcement to investigate missing persons cases. Botanists, geologists, geophysicists, hydrologists, anthropologists, members of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and many others add their expertise to helping law enforcement find clandestine graves or surface deposits of remains. They then help excavate evidence and human remains from those graves, and to help prepare the case for court. Many of these areas of expertise will be discussed in the presentation.

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.Please RSVP at our Meetup Page: https://www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado/events/267779936/

About the Presenters:

Sandra Murphy – https://www.voicemama.com/
Kate Lansing – https://katelansing.com/
Francelia Belton – http://franceliabelton.com/
Jodi Burnett – https://jodi-burnett.com/
Alicia Cay – https://aliciacay.com/

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Diane L. France, Ph.D., D-ABFA is a board certified forensic anthropologist who has been investigating human remains cases for more than 35 years, and has been a member of NecroSearch for over 30 years, including being president (now past president) for years. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1983 and was certified as an expert in forensic anthropology in 1989. She has been on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Forensic Anthropology for over 15 years, and was president for five of those years. She is currently helping to develop standards and guidelines for forensic anthropology as a member of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees, a large group initiated by Congress as a response to the Innocence Project’s calls for reviewing all forensic disciplines and practices.

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Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit, with that said, we do allow those who are interested in wanting to learn more about us to attend one meeting for free. After that, we hope you will join our chapter. You can learn more about us and our chapter here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/

Please RSVP above. 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.

January Kickoff Party – 2020

Save the date: Saturday, January 11, 2020, starting at 11:30 am. We are going to kick off another great year of SinC-CO with a party!

We have a space reserved at Spaces Ballpark – Denver located at 2301 Blake Street.

This year is a Potluck Social. 🙂

Please RSVP at our Chapter Meetup Page: January Kickoff Party – 2020

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please note: Additional details and potluck dish sign-ups will be done through the Chapter groups.io mailing list, so make sure you’re a member of this list and add the groups.io address to your contacts list so it won’t go into SPAM.

Event: December Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club December read is Hidden Assets by Leeann Betts (Parker) and The Throwaways by LS Hawker (Longmont).

Free and open to the public. Come chat with the author and other readers!

Please RSVP at our chapter Meetup! For more information, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us, and bring your friends!

Event: Maria Heater and Andrew Traver

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event:
November 16, 2019

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

(Feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.)

9:30-10:00 am
Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm
Maria Heater, Nelson Literary Agency: Stand Out Submissions: What Makes a Literary Agent Say “Yes” (or at the very least, “Maybe”)

Seeking representation can be a daunting and anxiety-producing endeavor. You’ve poured months or years of work into your manuscript, spent hours researching agents, polished your query and first pages till they shimmer, and sent your book baby out into the wild…

Only to get a mix of form rejections and radio silence. For many writers who want to be traditionally published, it’s a worst-case scenario, and the stress is only compounded by the mystery surrounding the whole process.

This talk will give you a peek behind the curtain of how a literary agency screens submissions and give you some tips to improve your chances in the slush. We’ll cover writing an engaging query letter, finding the hook of your story, what makes first pages work, and more. Hopefully, you’ll leave feeling confident in how to improve your submission package, but also your writing as a whole.

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

1:00-3:00 pm
Andrew Traver: True Crimes and Presumptions of Guilt

Additional information forthcoming.

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.

Please RSVP at our Meetup Page: https://www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado/events/265743181/

About the Presenters:
Maria Heater studied literature at American University and began her career in education, teaching in South Korea and Singapore before transitioning to the literary world. After attending the Denver Publishing Institute in 2016, she interned for two literary agencies and managed an independent bookstore before joining Nelson Literary Agency in 2019. She enjoys reading in almost every genre, but is most drawn to historical, speculative, and mystery. She tweets about writing, books, and her cats at: @mariatheheater.

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Andrew Traver is the Executive in Residence/Special Advisor to the President for Leader Development at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  He is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, teaching “American Gangs” and “Federal Law Enforcement” for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. He also engages in external and internal outreach and speaking engagements on behalf of the MSU Denver President, Dr. Janine Davidson.

 From October 2013 until June 2019,  he served as the Director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)-only the second NCIS Director to be appointed from outside of the organization.

NCIS investigates and defeats criminal, foreign intelligence, cyber and terrorist threats to the United States Navy and Marine Corps wherever they operate: ashore, afloat and in cyberspace. He also served as the senior executive for law enforcement/criminal investigation, counterintelligence and counterterrorism for the Department of the Navy.

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Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit, with that said, we do allow those who are interested in wanting to learn more about us to attend one meeting for free. After that, we hope you will join our chapter. You can learn more about us and our chapter here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/

Please RSVP above. 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.

 

Event: November Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club November reads include The Mad Hatter’s Son; An Annie Collins Mystery by Helen Starbuck (Parker); The Woman in the Camphor Trunk by Jennifer Kincheloe (Fort Collins); and Low Country Blood by Sue Hinkin (Longmont).

Free and open to the public. Come chat with the author and other readers!

Please RSVP at our chapter Meetup! For more information, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us, and bring your friends!

Event: October Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club October reads include Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima (Parker), Spies, Lies, and Allies by Lisa Brown Roberts (Fort Collins) and Trafficked by Peg Brantley (Longmont).

Free and open to the public. Come chat with the author and other readers!

Please RSVP at our chapter Meetup! For more information, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us, and bring your friends!

Event: September Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club September reads include The Match by Ann Dominguez (Parker), The Drowning Game by L S Hawker (Fort Collins), and Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima (Longmont).

Free and open to the public. Come chat with the author and other readers!

Please RSVP at our chapter Meetup! For more information, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/book-club/.

Hope you can join us, and bring your friends!