Event: September Book Club

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

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!

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Event: August Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club August reads include  Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark (Parker) and Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless (Fort Collins).

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: Shawn McGuire & Sandra Murphy plus The Craft of Writing Q&A/Brainstorming Session

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event:
August 17, 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
Shawn McGuire & Sandra Murphy: “Creating Complex Characters”

No one wants to read about a character who is no more interesting than their driver’s license. The author’s job is to make sure their characters are well-rounded and interesting. The actor’s job is to bring scripted characters to life. In this workshop, you will work with both author, Shawn McGuire, and actor, Sandra Murphy, to explore how characters are created and brought to life.

We will start with the vital stats that tell us little more than what we know about a stranger on the street. We’ll add layers and details that make the story practically start writing itself. Using a developed character, Shawn will walk you through a step-by-step outline as you follow along creating your own character and filling in the details. Sandra will get you up off your chair to put into practice what you’ve learned. Through acting exercises, you’ll engage with your characters on a visceral level and explore your character’s physicality, body alignment, and non-verbal communication.

By really getting to know your characters, you will learn how much easier it is to write scenes that are believable and make sense to the story.

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

1:00-3:00 pm
“The Craft of Writing Q&A/Brainstorming Session”

A Sisters in Crime-Colorado First! Join us for a Q&A and brainstorming extravaganza in our afternoon session. Is there a question about the craft of writing or promoting that you’ve been wondering about? We will have members submit their questions on a piece of paper at the beginning of the session and the group can have a discussion regarding the topic. Also, if you need help on a scene you are working on (limit to one page please), or maybe a query letter, or need help with coming up with ideas for the second or third act of your novel, why not use the collective brain power of the group to help come up with a solution or give feedback?

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/262899786/

About the Presenters:
Suspense author Shawn McGuire started writing after seeing the first Star Wars movie (that’s episode IV) as a kid. She couldn’t wait for the next installment to come out so wrote her own. Sadly, those notebooks are long lost, but her desire to tell a tale is as strong now as it was then. She grew up in the beautiful Mississippi River town of Winona, Minnesota and then called the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!) home for many years before moving to Colorado. Shawn is a homebody. When not writing or read, you’ll find her find her in the kitchen or crafting something. Find out more at: https://www.shawn-mcguire.com/

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Sandra Murphy, the Voice Mama™, is a versatile voice over actor and award-winning audiobook narrator whose compelling, sophisticated narration fully envelopes the listener in the story, whether it’s a cozy mystery or an intense thriller. Sandra knows that there is so much more to a story than the words on the page and is adept at using her theatrical instincts to bring stories to life fully enveloping the listener in the story. Find out more at: https://www.voicemama.com/

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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.

Photos of the Meeting (08/17/19):

Event: July Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club July reads include Most Gracious Advocate by Mary Birk (Parker) and Red Tide by Peg Brantley (Fort Collins).

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: June Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club June reads include Low Country Blood by Sue Hinkin (Parker) and Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark (Fort Collins).

Free and open to the public. Just read the book of the month and come ready to 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!

Field Trip: Tour the CBI Crime Lab (Second Chance!)

Due to popular demand, we have scheduled another trip to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) Crime Lab! It is Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Please note: This is a dues paying chapter member benefit. Non-members can attend the tour for a $10 fee. If you decide to join our chapter afterwards, the $10 fee would be applied to the $20 membership dues. If you are interested in joining the Sisters in Crime-Colorado chapter, please find us here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/

Please RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado/events/261428190/

Sisters-in-Crime will tour the lab, learning about the collection, preservation, and analysis of crime scene evidence.  Functions of the crime lab include:

  • Forensic Biology-analysis of body fluids / genetic material used for identification purposes
  • DNA
  • Fingerprints
  • Impression evidence, including footwear and tire tracks
  • Firearms evidence
  • Toolmarks- comparison of a specific weapon/tool to evidence found at the crime scene
  • Trace Chemistry- analysis of gunshot residue, fire debris, tape, textile fibers, metals, etc.
  • Toxicology- analysis of biological fluids for the presence of drugs/alcohol/poison

We will meet several experts across various disciplines with ample opportunities to ask questions.

A maximum of 30 people may attend so you MUST sign up in advance to ensure your spot. Please RSVP at: https://www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado/events/261428190/

The Crime Lab address/location is available through the chapter’s yahoo group listserv.

Please note: This is a dues paying chapter member benefit. Non-members can attend the tour for a $10 fee. If you decide to join our chapter afterwards, the $10 fee would be applied to the $20 membership dues. If you are interested in joining the Sisters in Crime-Colorado chapter, please find us here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/

Event: Kathy Fish and Laura Manuel

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event:
June 8, 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 Kathy Fish: “Setting the Tone: Skills to Borrow from the Flash Fiction Toolbox”

Often under-utilized, tone is a very important aspect of any work of fiction. Setting the right tone enhances the reader’s experience by adding depth and resonance to the story. But you don’t want weigh down your stories (or worse, slow them down) with a lot of unnecessary description or exposition. So how to create a palpable tone in your scenes, stories, and novels? Flash fiction writer, Kathy Fish, demonstrates some tools of the microfiction genre that are uniquely useful for quickly and deftly setting tone.

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

1:00-3:00 pm Laura Manuel: “Underutilized Forensic Evidence in Fiction”

Tired of firearms evidence? So done with fingerprints? Solve crimes with lesser known forensic details, and wreak havoc for your characters! This workshop will give the basics on glass evidence, soil evidence, diatoms, hair and fiber evidence, plant matter, and insects. Other questions welcome.

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/261017587/

About the Presenters:
Kathy FishKathy Fish is a core faculty member of the Mile High MFA at Regis University in Denver. Widely published, Fish’s stories have been anthologized in Best Small Fictions, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018 and a forthcoming edition of The Norton Reader. Her fifth collection of flash fiction, Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003-2018 was recently released by Matter Press.

Links/Social Media:
Website: https://www.kathy-fish.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kathyfish

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Laura ManuelLaura Manuel was a police officer for over 21 years in Williamsburg, Virginia and Greeley, Colorado. She worked swing shift as she obtained an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology. Laura taught Criminal Justice at Front Range Community College for about 20 years. She is currently the director of a Law Enforcement Academy at FRCC.

 

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.