Chapter Meeting: Editing Fiction for Content & Being a Mitigation Attorney and Saving Someone from the Death Penalty

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: June 11, 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 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
How to Edit Your Own Story – Carly Stevens

Editing means more than fixing commas or hiring a professional. Before all of that, you are alone with your story. So, how do you improve it? There are plenty of guides for revising nonfiction, but what about fiction? This class will give you a plethora of practical tips on how anyone, regardless of experience, can improve their own work. From plot to character, scene structure to style, you’ll walk away feeling confident that you can make your story shine!

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

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Being a Mitigation Attorney and Saving Someone from the Death Penalty – Brooke Terpening

“Death is different.” That’s what the Supreme Court stated when it recognized the irrevocable nature of a death sentence. There are no do-overs.  Some view the death penalty as fitting justice, others as a deterrent, and still others as a barbaric form of punishment.  No matter what your personal beliefs are, the reality is that the system isn’t perfect. For every 8.3 peo­ple exe­cut­ed in the Unit­ed States in the mod­ern era of the death penal­ty, one per­son on death row has been exon­er­at­ed. The uncomfortable truth is that proportionally more Blacks are sentenced to death than Whites, and the poor disproportionately receive harsher sentences.

To offset these inequities, a mitigation specialist fulfills the constitutional mandate for individualized sentencing in capital cases.  The mitigation specialist is an indispensable but little-known member of the defense team with the skills to recognize mitigating factors in the defendant’s life and to understand how these conditions may have affected the defendant’s development and behavior. Most importantly, the mitigation specialist must present this evidence during sentencing to enable jurors to see the convicted without any preconceived biases of race, gender, or cultural differences. Put another way, a mitigation specialist humanizes the hated.

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/285725766/

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

About the Presenters:

Carly Stevens photoCarly Stevens lives and writes in beautiful Colorado Springs where she has taught high-school English for over ten years. Several years ago, she decided to make her childhood dream come true by becoming an author. Since 2019, she has published three novels, four short reads, and a book of short stories. She primarily writes adventure-filled YA fantasy novels, but she’s currently working on a dark Shakespeare retelling set in the 1920’s. A huge Star Wars and Shakespeare fan, she posts weekly videos to her YouTube channel (appropriately called English Nerd) which tackles topics in literature and all kinds of writing.

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Brooke Terpening bio photo

After nearly thirty years as a software developer and engineering director at startups in Silicon Valley and Silicon Mountain, Brooke Terpening went to law school to become a patent attorney. Law school is where she discovered a talent for writing, a talent which propelled her to first in her class.

While studying for the USPTO bar exam, a classmate introduced her to one of Florida’s top defense attorneys. She became immersed in defending death penalty cases. The next five years took her inside the workings of Florida’s criminal justice system. The cases were sometimes frightening and always heartbreaking. The attorneys and mitigation specialists who did the thankless job of defending accused killers were among the most dedicated professionals she’d ever met. Today she lives in Colorado and draws on her experiences to write legal thrillers and crime 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: May 2022 Book Club

May SinC Book ClubsThe Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club May 2022 reads are Complicit by Amy Rivers (Longmont), The Mermaid Broker by Sue Hinkin (Fort Collins), and Dark Obsessions by Marie Sutro (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: April 2022 Book Club

April SinC Book ClubsThe Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club April 2022 reads are The Mermaid Broker by Sue Hinkin (Longmont), Renegade by Jodi Burnett (Fort Collins), and Crime and Passion: Three Short Stories by Francelia Belton (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: March 2022 Book Club

March SinC Book Clubs (1)
The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club March 2022 reads are Murder at Buckskin Joe by J.v.L. Bell (Longmont), Murderabilia by Carl Vonderau (Fort Collins), and Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima (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: February 2022 Book Club

February SinC Book Clubs (1)The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club February 2022 reads are Mulled to Death by Kate Lansing (Longmont), Crime & Passion by Francelia Belton (Fort Collins), and Killing Secrets by Karen Docter (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!

Chapter Meeting: Exploring Short Stories & What I Learned in Jail

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: February 12, 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 Groups.io members listserv.)

Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit. You can learn more about us and our chapter here: 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
Exploring Short Stories – Shannon Lawrence

Short stories are an artform different from novel writing. We’ll discuss what sets them apart, how to pursue writing short, what to look for when editing, and how to submit them for publication, as well as what comes next.

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

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
What I Learned in Jail – Sue Kraus

If you’re writing about jail and/or about prison, it’s important to know the difference. For instance, do you know if a person is in jail, he’s an inmate; if he’s in prison, he’s a convict? For some, jail may be the accused’s first encounter with the penal system, and a place he or she never wants to encounter again. For others, they may become known to the Court as repeat offenders. Still, for others, jail may become a steppingstone as they await trial and face the ultimate punishment, the prison system.

Deputy Sue Kraus (retired) will talk about what she learned in her 19-year career, separating fact from fiction, separating reality from stereotypes, and talk about the very human component of inmates and the deputies who are responsible for their incarceration, well-being, and protection.

Sue will talk about what she learned as a deputy and as a person, and the human component involved on and off the job. Moreover, she will answer your questions. This talk will enhance your writing, and ideally provide an eye-opening experience.   

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/283319872/

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

About the Presenters:

Shannon Lawrence

A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in over forty anthologies and magazines, as well as her solo collections. Her craft book The Business of Short Stories: Writing, Editing, Submitting, and Marketing will be out in 2022. You can also find her as a co-host of the true crime podcast Mysteries, Monsters, & Mayhem. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there’s always a place to hide a body or birth a monster. Find her at www.thewarriormuse.com.

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In September of 2001, Sue Kraus answered an ad for a Booking Clerk position with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. She had no idea she would spend the next nineteen years of her life in jail. During her career, Sue worked as a Property Tech, then as a Booking Clerk, a Detention Operation Technician (DOT), a Deputy and finally as an ISS Supervisor. Her entire career was in the detention facility where she worked in both the male and female pods and with the special inmate population. She worked in the booking area and special housing units. She was the facility’s Compliance Officer as well as a trainer, a driving instructor, and a CPR instructor. She taught in the academies and during in-service training and she was the chairperson for the inmate disciplinary board hearings. Over her nineteen years with the County, Sue was assigned to special tasks, projects, events, and details. Looking back, Sue realizes she started as a new green employee and left as a blue sister, and she had the time of her life.

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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: January 2022 Book Club

January SinC Book Clubs (1)The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club January 2022 reads are CounterIntelligence by Michele Packard (Longmont), Striking Range by Margaret Mizushima (Fort Collins), and Less Than a Treason by Mary Birk (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: 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!