Event: December 2021 Book Club

December SinC Book Clubs IGThe Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club December 2021 reads are Into the City of Light by Theresa Crater (Longmont), Social Meeting (no book) (Fort Collins), and How to Book a Murder by Cynthia Kuhn (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 sending an email to: sinccoloradobookclubs@gmail.com.

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

Hope you can join us!

Chapter Meeting: Setting & Writing the Law: A Guide to Avoiding Landmines

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: November 6, 2021

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 Groups.io members listserv.)

Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit. You can learn more about us and our chapter here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/

To request more information, please use our contact form: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/connect/

PROGRAM/SCHEDULE

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

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Setting – Alexia Gordon

A presentation regarding using setting in your stories and novels.

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

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Writing the Law: A Guide to Avoiding Landmines – Mandy Miller

The course is intended as a primer on the law and the legal process. Legal issues are often key to plotting and character arcs, especially in mysteries, thrillers, and suspense. In the hands of a lay person, the law can be an impenetrable thicket mined with potential for errors which diminish author credibility and distract from even a tightly crafted story.

Please feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.

Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit. You can learn more about us and our chapter here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/

To request more information, please use our contact form: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/connect/


Please RSVP at our Meetup Page: https://www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado/events/281820547/

The Zoom login information will be posted in the chapter’s groups.io listserv.

About the Presenters:

Alexia Gordon

Alexia Gordon is the award-winning author of the Gethsemane Brown mysteries, paranormal cozies set in Ireland. She is also a physician, a blogger—and since June 2019, host of “The Cozy Corner with Alexia Gordon,” a biweekly podcast that features interviews with authors of cozy and traditional mysteries. Her short story, “Love’s Labor,” in the most recent Bouchercon anthology, This Time for Real, is all about a podcast episode that takes an unexpected turn . . . Alexia’s most recent novel is Execution in E, available wherever books are sold.

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Mandy MillerMandy Miller is an attorney and holds a J.D. from Northwestern University, as well as a PhD degree in Psychology. She specializes in the representation of the mentally ill and criminally insane, and has spent three decades arguing for a living in courtrooms and board rooms across the country and overseas. The first half of her career was spent as a mergers and acquisitions attorney on Wall Street and with Fortune 500 companies where the clientele was better dressed than her criminal clients, but, frequently, equally devious. She is also an editor at Literary Wanderlust and, independently, at Worddog LLC. In her spare time, she indulges her reading vice and participates in ultramarathons, a sport much like writing a novel in that the journey is long and requires dedication, not to mention a dash of madness. Her debut novel is States of Grace, the first in her Grace Locke legal mystery series, was published on April 1, 2021. She is at work on a sequel as well as a novel of historical fiction.

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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 2021 Book Club

November SinC Book Clubs IGThe Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club November 2021 reads are Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden & Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima (Longmont), The Bone Field by Debra Bokur (Fort Collins), and Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates (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: October 2021 Book Club

October SinC Book Clubs IGThe Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club October 2021 reads are Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates (Fort Collins), and Summer Club by Katherine Dean Mazerov (Parker).

Please note the Oct. 9th book club with David Heska Wanbli Weiden has been rescheduled to Thursday, Nov. 4th from 6:30-8:30pm.

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: 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
[parking map]

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.

 


 

Event: August 2021 Book Club

August SinC Book Clubs IGThe Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club August 2021 reads are Aesop by Michele Packard (Longmont), Into the City of Light by Theresa Crater (Fort Collins), and Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley (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: 8 Weeks to a Complete Novel & So You Found A Body, Now What?

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: August 14, 2021

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 Groups.io members listserv.)

Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit. You can learn more about us and our chapter here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/

To request more information, please use our contact form: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/connect/

PROGRAM/SCHEDULE

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

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
8 Weeks to a Complete Novel – Becky Clark

Have you ever wanted to speed up your process and write a complete and non-crappy novel in only two months? Learn how to create a flexible outline you can live with (even if you hate outlines), how to write fast, and how to organize yourself using Becky Clark’s tried-and-true techniques. This workshop will teach writers how they can devise their own system to reliably get from premise to THE END in only eight weeks, allowing them to write multiple books per year.

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

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
So You Found A Body, Now What? – Tracy Brisendine

We’ll discuss the medicolegal death investigation process in regards to suspicious and criminal deaths, and the sometimes unrealistic portrayal of these cases in fiction. Bring any questions you have related to the dead bodies within your current work in progress, and we’ll eviscerate any potential hang-ups you might need to address in your prose. 

Please feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.

Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit. You can learn more about us and our chapter here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/

To request more information, please use our contact form: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/connect/


Please RSVP at our Meetup Page: https://www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado/events/279591802/

The Zoom login information will be posted in the chapter’s groups.io listserv.

About the Presenters:

BeckyClark

Becky Clark published her first novel in 2001 and has been honing her writing process ever since. She has developed many tricks and tips to speed up her writing because the key to a professional writing career is to consistently produce books.

She is the seventh of eight kids, which explains both her insatiable need for attention and her atrocious table manners. She likes to read funny books so it felt natural to write them too. She surrounds herself with quirky people and pets who end up as characters in her books. Readers say her books are “fast and thoroughly entertaining” with “witty humor and tight writing” and “humor laced with engaging characters” so you should “grab a cocktail and enjoy the ride.” She writes the Dunne Diehl novels, the Mystery Writer’s Mysteries, and the Crossword Puzzle Mysteries, as well as some nonfiction.

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tracy-brisendineTracy Brisendine is an experienced medicolegal death investigator, currently serving as a Lead Coroner’s Investigator for the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner. Her education includes a degree in Criminal Justice from CSU and a graduate degree in Forensic Death Investigation from the University of Florida. Tracy is a certified death investigator through the Colorado Coroners Association and the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. When she’s not playing the role of a dog and plant mom, she can be found curled up by the fireplace with a book and a cup of tea. 

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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: July 2021 Book Club

July SinC Book Clubs FBThe Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club July 2021 reads are Metaphor for Murder by Becky Clark (Longmont), The Lucky Hat Mine by JVL Bell (Fort Collins), and Hell and High Water by Keenan Powell (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 Season to Play Mindfully, Write Miraculously & CSI: The Real Story (Not That TV Show)

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: June 19, 2021

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 Groups.io members listserv.)

Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit. You can learn more about us and our chapter here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/

To request more information, please use our contact form: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/connect/

PROGRAM/SCHEDULE

9:30-10:00 am
Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm
Here Comes Summer: A Season to Play Mindfully, Write Miraculously – Stephanie West Allen

Feeling a little depleted from the rigors of 2020? Join us for Stephanie West Allen’s presentation on playfulness, an attitude, a way of being, that can be valuable in most of life’s endeavors, including writing. Playfulness can boost essential components of the writing process (including imagination, motivation, and creation), and Stephanie will guide us through a look at what neuroscience can teach us about grabbing a reader’s attention, how to be mindful of our own attention, the close alignment between playfulness and miracles, and the benefits of being playful.

Attributes of the attitude of playfulness—such as joy, stress reduction, social connection, improvisation, generosity of spirit, and creativity—are perhaps even more treasured after these last several months of the pandemic. At the end of this workshop, maybe we can declare this summer the season of play?

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

1:00-3:00 pm
CSI: The Real Story (Not That TV Show) – Lisa N Provost, CCSI, Crime Scene Investigations Supervisor, Aurora Police Department

This presentation will discuss how a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) approaches, analyzes, and processes a suspected crime scene, as well as processing techniques and challenges faced in the field. Mrs. Provost will also give participants a chance to view photographs of suspected crime scenes in order to attempt to determine what happened and if a crime actually occurred.

Please note this presentation may include graphic/adult content including nudity, deceased individuals in varying states of decomposition, trauma, mental illness, and addiction.

Please feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.

Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit. You can learn more about us and our chapter here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/
To request more information, please use our contact form: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/connect/


Please RSVP at our Meetup Page: https://www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado/events/278777831/

The Zoom login information is posted in the chapter’s groups.io listserv.

About the Presenters:

Stephanie West AllenStephanie West Allen’s career history includes lawyer, candy maker, high school teacher, cocktail waitress, and college instructor. Her diverse background allows her to bring a multidisciplinary approach to the workshops she presents (and has presented for several decades) on topics such as the neuroscience of conflict resolution, improvisation, writing, and the benefits of play. She is a member of several organizations including Association for Psychological Science and a number of writing organizations.

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Lisa ProvostLisa Provost has a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Biology with a concentration in Criminal Justice. Mrs. Provost has been in the field of Forensic Science since December 2012, when she started with the Fayetteville Police Department in Fayetteville, NC as a Forensic Technician. In May of 2015, she was promoted to the rank of Forensic Supervisor. In May of 2019, Mrs. Provost moved to Colorado after being hired by the Aurora Police Department as a Forensic Supervisor. Mrs. Provost has over 500 hours of Forensic/Crime Scene training as well as over 500 hours of leadership training and is a Certified Crime Scene Investigator with the International Association for Identification (IAI).

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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.