Event: Elli Reid, Becky Clark, Karen Docter, Becky Martinez

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: August 5, 2017
Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

9:30-10:00 am Coffee, Donuts, Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm Becky Clark, Karen Docter, and Becky Martinez : “Take Two Beckys and Call Your Docter: Plotting Panel”

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.

Hate plotting? Learn how to plot your novel in 12 easy steps with a simple method that can take your story idea from beginning to end. Whether you are a plotter or write by the seat of your pants–like Becky Martinez– she can show you how to turn your story ideas into a cohesive plot that moves in logical fashion while providing emotional conflict and action. Becky Martinez worked with writers her entire professional life as a journalist and has spent the past 12 years writing fiction, non-fiction and teaching writing classes.

How many of us have decided to write a book, 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 pantsers? Do we dare risk scaring off our muse by [shudder] plotting our story? How do the mega-plotters, the overachievers, know when it’s time to stop and just put pen to paper? How do we avoid sagging middles and plot holes big enough to drive a truck through them? For “pantser at heart” author, Karen Docter, the “W” plotting technique is the method she not only uses but taught online for over 20 years to hundreds of new and published authors. It’s a flexible technique that give authors a way to plot just what they need without destroying their creativity.  

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

1:00-3:00 pm Elli Reid, “Human Trafficking 101 and Then Some”

Human Trafficking 101 (the difference between smuggling, boy-friending, and kidnapping) followed by a case review. You’ll learn about the enterprise of human trafficking, how easy it is for a victim to fall into, and how the prosecutorial aspects can be extremely difficult. You’ll also learn how and why victims are vulnerable.

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

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You may RSVP via email (click red button above) or at our Meetup page: www.meetup.com/Sisters-in-Crime-Colorado.

About the Presenters:

A highly functioning chocoholic, Becky Clark 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 published her first novel in 2001, and is a sought after speaker. Visit her online at www.BeckyClarkBooks.com.

 

 

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Bestselling Author Karen Docter writes contemporary romance. When she feels the need to feed the dark side, she writes intense suspense 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. 

 

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Becky Martinez has spent her entire professional life working with writers. She is an Emmy award winning former broadcast journalist who spent 30 years writing and producing television newscasts in Los Angeles and around the west. She went on to work in public relations and video production. For the past 12 years she has also written fiction and non-fiction books as well as teaching writing classes online for Savvy Authors and other writers’ groups. She also gives workshops on plotting, creating characters, editing and writing the dreaded query and synopsis.

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Detective Elli Reid joined the German Police Force in 1996 serving in the Riot Unit and Major Accident Unit. After moving to the United States in 2002, she joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 2006 and served eight years in the Sand Creek Division as a Patrol Officer. She received her bachelor’s degree in 2009 from Colorado State University.

Detective Reid is currently assigned to the Metro Vice, Narcotics, and Intelligence Division of the Colorado Springs Police Dept.

In January 2014, Detective Reid was selected to join her city’s first Human Trafficking Unit. Since then, she has undergone over 100 hours of training and does public speaking engagements to educate the community and law enforcement agencies about Human Trafficking.

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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. For more information, please contact sinc.colorado@gmail.com.

Event: Bree Weber, Sandra Murphy, Robert Toth

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: June 10, 2017
Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

9:30-10:00 am Coffee, Donuts, Welcome, Announcements

10:00-11:00 am Bree Weber of The Book Octopus: “The ABCs of Author Branding”
You’ve written a great story and you’re ready to get your book into the hands of readers. Whether this is your first book or your 50th, you might find that your marketing isn’t attracting the right readers or bringing in enough sales. The most common cause of meager sales or marketing campaigns falling flat is branding. Your author brand should clearly and consistently express who you are as a writer and what readers can expect from you, yet we often feel unsure of how much to reveal or uncomfortable with promoting ourselves. In this workshop, we’ll explore what makes up an author brand and how you can incorporate your values, goals, and personality into your own author brand. Then we’ll put it into practice!

  • The ABCs of Author Branding
  • What Your Author Brand is Missing
  • Getting to Know Your Target Reader
  • How to Create Your Brand Guidelines

11:00 am-12:00 pm Sandra Murphy, the Voice Mama™: “Giving Your Book A Voice”
Did you know that over the course of the past three years the highest growing segment of publishing is audiobooks? You’ve worked tirelessly to have your amazing, phenomenal, beautiful book published. Why not leverage your existing customer
base to try out a new format and generate more sales?

Whether you specialize in short story, fiction, or non-fiction, choosing the right voice for your book is essential to bringing your message to life. The attention span of a contemporary American is 30 seconds at best. If you don’t have them hooked in the first few minutes – you’ve lost your listener. If they make it to 10 minutes, you possibly have a fan for life. That’s why choosing the right voice for your book is so important. We’ll discuss all the details needed to help you give your book a voice and secure more lifetime fans of your work. Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Why Audiobooks?
  • Writing Music for Your Ears
  • Top Audiobook Genres
  • Audiobook Rights
  • Audiobook Distribution
  • Finding the Right Voice
  • Making Your Audiobook Profitable

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

1:00-3:00 pm Robert Toth: “Anatomy of an Arson”
The presentation is a case study of a Colorado fire/arson where three children were murdered by their parents. The theme of the subsequent trials was “Money, Meth, and Murder.”

 

 

 

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

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About the Presenters:
Bree Weber is an author branding consultant, creative marketer, book designer, and publishing coach. Bree has had the pleasure of working with internationally and #1 bestselling authors including Catherine Coulter, Lisa Scottoline, and J.T. Ellison. As Founder of The Book Octopus, she works with authors to develop brand platforms, design beautiful books, and grow author readership.

Her presentation explores the essentials of an author brand and through the workshop, members will be able to put those concepts into practice. For those interested in taking it a step further, she provides one-on-one brand development for authors and will create an exclusive offer for members of Sisters in Crime Colorado. Talk to her about this after the workshop.

www.thebookoctopus.com
www.twitter.com/thebookoctopus

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Sandra Murphy, the Voice Mama™, is a versatile voice over artist and storyteller. Whether in front of a camera or behind a microphone she uses her love of the English language, creativity, and business background to deliver amazing results on projects ranging from commercials to audiobooks for clients around the globe. Regardless of the genre, Sandra feels blessed to have the opportunity to bring her clients’ stories to life.

www.voicemama.com
https://www.facebook.com/theVoiceMama/
https://twitter.com/VoiceMama_

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Robert Toth’s professional career started with nearly 21 years in the fire service. The last 10 years included law enforcement and conducting fire investigations in both the public and private sector. Retiring from the fire service in 2002, he started IRIS Fire Investigations, Inc. and has conducted and assisted in origin and cause investigations in Colorado, surrounding states, Hong Kong, and South Africa.

In addition to running his business, Robert is also sought after for his lectures and presentations on fire investigations, NFPA 921, interviewing, internet technology, and digital photography training.  He has presented various topics to public agencies and private enterprises across the United States, in Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Botswana, and South Africa.

He is a past president of the Colorado Chapter, and past director of the International Association of Arson Investigators. Currently, he is a member of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), Fire Scene and Explosives Subcommittee’s Documentation and Report Writing Task Group

www.irisfire.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. For more information, please contact sinc.colorado@gmail.com.

Event: Sami Lien and Tracy Brisendine

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event: February 11, 2017
Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

9:30-10:00 am Coffee, Donuts, Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm Sami Lien
sami-lien“PR 101: Promoting and Branding Your Book to The Masses”
One of the most influential ways to make a splash in the literary scene is by word of mouth. But how do you reach some of the most voracious readers and book buyers online when the very task of targeting so many outlets and managing social media is so overwhelming? The trick is to learn how to manage your approach to get the most out of your time and hard work. Join Denver publicist Samantha Lien (of Roger Charlie) for a fun workshop and brainstorming session on how to manage your own promotional strategies and expectations so you don’t get derailed from your efforts.

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

1:00-3:00 pm Tracy Brisendine
tracy-brisendine“Homicide for Writers, Not Criminals”
Step beyond the crime-scene tape for a realistic look at homicide and death. The basics of crime scene processing and investigation will be covered in the first hour. During the second hour attendees will learn the fundamental characteristics of gunshot wounds, stabbings, and blunt-force trauma. If you ever plan on offing someone, fictionally of course, don’t miss this workshop.

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

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About the Presenters:

Ever enamored by the experience of others, Sami Lien has always sought out opportunities to put herself in the way of a really great story. After 10 years in promotions, marketing and business management in a variety of industries, Sami stumbled into the world of publicity in 2011 and has found a tremendous joy in connecting individuals all over the map to their own passions and pursuits. Through her publicity and management company Roger Charlie, she provides professional guidance, coordinates national tours and works closely with online and print media outlets to create a memorable and captivating experience for her partners in work.

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Tracy Brisendine lives in Denver with her husband and snaggle-tooth dog. She has over eight years experience working in law enforcement and death investigation. Tracy currently works for Denver Office of the Medical Examiner and in her free time is an active member of the Colorado Human Remains Extraction and Recovery Team.

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/tracybrisendine
Twitter: twitter.com/WolvesCanEatMe
Facebook: facebook.com/AuthorTJValour

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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. For more information, please contact sinc.colorado@gmail.com.

January Kickoff Party

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Mark your calendars and RSVP today for our First Annual 2017 Kickoff Party for Sisters in Crime- Colorado!

When: Saturday January 14, 2017 at 11 am

Where: Punch Bowl Social, 65 Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80203 (303.765.2695)

This is purely a social event to get excited about our new year of activities and to get to know our Sisters better. If you know someone interested in joining SinC-CO, please bring them along, but everyone must RSVP. Please note that individuals are responsible for the purchase of their own food and drinks.

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Can’t wait to see everyone!

Event: Susan Medina

November 12, 2016
Chapter Meeting and Speaker Event:
Susan Medina, Communications Director for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Castle Rock Library ~ 100 S. Wilcox Street
11:30 am Chapter Chat/Brown Bag Lunch ~ 1-3 pm Presentation
RSVP here.

susan-medina-photoHave you ever wondered what the Colorado Bureau of Investigation does? Susan Medina, the Communications Director for the Bureau, will present an overview of the CBI operations, from Investigations to the Lab to the comprehensive criminal justice information section. Susan is confident she has the coolest job in the universe as the spokesperson for the Bureau. Join us to learn the CBI’s story and bring any questions you might have about the CBI, law enforcement communications, and/or what it’s like to be a first responder to major school shootings.

A native of Colorado, Susan Medina has worked in the law enforcement communications field for more than 20 years. Following an extensive career as the spokesperson with the Arvada Police Department, she joined the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in 2012. As the Communications Director for the Bureau, she addresses hundreds of media calls each year, along with oversite of the Bureau’s web and social media sites and internal communications. Her passion is to provide support to agents and local law enforcement in the field. She has responded to numerous major crime scenes during her career, including the shootings at Columbine and Platte Canyon high schools and the Youth With a Mission mass shooting. When she’s not in the office at CBI headquarters in Lakewood, or her “mobile” office at her kids’ baseball and softball games, she enjoys watching and playing sports. She makes a mean marinara and meatballs; she’s an alum of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Big Red!), and she comes from a family of famous (or infamous) people from a stuntman for Hopalong Cassidy to the father of the television.

This event is funded and presented by Sisters in Crime-Colorado and is not sponsored by Douglas County Libraries. For more information, please contact sinc.colorado@gmail.com.