Event: A Day with Author Nancy Pickard

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Auraria Campus
Tivoli Student Union, Room 640
900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
[parking map]

Please join us for a special day with award-winning author Nancy Pickard!

In the morning session, Nancy will discuss her successful creative writing career. The afternoon session will offer an interactive workshop for writers of all levels. Book signings will follow both sessions.

The event is free but space is limited: please RSVP below [reservations are now closed].

 

Author Talk: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
“Thirty Years of Writing and Publishing: How To (and How Not To) Establish a Long-Running Writing Career”

Lunch (provided): 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Writing Workshop: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
“How to Become A Better Writer”

How to begin being a writer, how to become a better writer, how to write what you love for as long as you love it. How to get through the hard parts of the writing and of the writing life.

For this lively, hands-on workshop, bring any of the following: something you’ve written or something you’ve read and admired. A chapter, several chapters, a poem, a short story, a published novel or short story (by you or anyone else). The idea is to have some writing in front of you to mark up, to make notes on, to detect problems, to improve. When you leave this workshop, you’ll be a better writer, in either large or small ways, and that’s a promise.

“Nancy Pickard is acclaimed as one of today’s best mystery writers. Mounting evidence suggests that this description is too limited. . . Pickard [is] one of today’s best writers, period.” ~ The San Diego Union

Nancy Pickard is the author of eighteen popular and critically acclaimed novels, including the Jenny Cain and Marie Lightfoot mystery series. Her work covers an amazing span of the mystery world, from the classic cozy to private eye stories, and from humorous mysteries to psychological suspense.

She is the author of dozens of short stories and of three novels in the Eugenia Potter series created by Virginia Rich and co-author, with psychologist Lynn Lott, of the beloved non-fiction book about writing, Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path, of which the best-selling writer Sue Grafton says, “I can give you seven reasons to buy this book for every writer you know. It’s fresh, insightful, candid, funny, supportive, encouraging, and wise.”

Nancy has won the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Barry, and Shamus awards for her short stories. She is a four-time Edgar Allan Poe award nominee, a Mary Higgins Clark award finalist, and a recipient of Lifetime Achievement awards from Malice Domestic as well as Romantic Times. In her hometown area that includes both the Missouri and Kansas sides of the state line, she has received The Thorpe Menn Award from the Kansas City, Missouri branch of the American Association of University Women and the Don Coldsmith Award. Two of her novels, The Virgin of Small Plains and The Scent of Rain and Lightning have been named Kansas Notable Books. The Virgin of Small Plains was the Kansas Reads Book of 2009. The Scent of Rain and Lightning was made into a feature film.

She is a founding member and former president of Sisters in Crime, the international organization dedicated to the advancement of women mystery writers, and she is a former national board member of the Mystery Writers of America. She founded a local chapter of Sisters in Crime called, “Border Crimes,” for which she served as the first president. For more information, please visit www.nancypickard.com.

Sponsored by Sisters in Crime; Sisters in Crime-Colorado; Metropolitan State University of Denver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Dean’s Office; Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of English Arts Committee; and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society.

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Appearances: ALA

Sisters in Crime-Colorado will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits, February 9-12, 2018. Come on by and say hello…

Shifts Authors
Friday 2/9 5:30-7 Becky Clark, Cynthia Kuhn, Peg Brantley
Saturday 2/10 9-11 Leeann Betts, Fleur Bradley
Saturday 2/10 11-1 Elizabeth Richards,  Theresa Crater
Saturday 2/10 1-3 Rhonda Blackhurst, Naomi Hirahara
Saturday 2/10 3-5 Karen (K.L.) Docter, Margaret Mizushima, Terrie Wolf
Sunday 2/11 9-11 Catherine Dilts, Sue Hinkin, Cordia Booth
Sunday 2/11 11-1 Jennifer Kincheloe, Nora Page
Sunday 2/11 1-3 Chris Goff,  Mary Birk
Sunday 2/11 3-5 Ann Dominguez, Shawn McGuire
Monday 2/12 9-11:30 Rosemary Berry,  Sandra Murphy
Monday 2/12 11:30-2 Karen Whalen,  Francelia Belton

Event: Laura DiSilverio and Mark Pfoff

 

February 24, 2018

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 Laura DiSilverio: “No Pain, No Gain: Increasing Conflict In Your Story”

No story moves without conflict.  No characters change without conflict.  It’s at the heart of any storytelling–romance, mystery, mainstream, fairytales–and yet, many writers shy away from it.  We like our characters too much to make their lives miserable.  That attitude can derail our storytelling.  I define conflict as anything and everything that keeps the viewpoint character(s) from accomplishing his or her goal.  I’ll provide techniques for increasing conflict in every scene and across the scope of the story or novel.  I have a five-step process for doing this: 1) defining the viewpoint character’s goals and needs in each scene, 2) providing internal and/or external opposition to those goals, 3) giving the illusion of progress, 4) surprising with disappointment and setbacks, and 5) working with a “What Could Be Worse?” mindset.   I’ll also discuss how creating characters with conflict inherent in their relationships and goals can get your story off to a fast start and keep the conflict humming through what is often the “sagging middle” of a novel.

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

1:00-3:00 pm Mark Pfoff: “The Groomer: The Story of Ronald Stanley and Those Who Brought Him to Justice.”

This real case presentation will explore how criminals are caught by law enforcement by using forensic technology. Due to the sensitive nature of the presentation material (which includes sexual assault), this presentation is intended for mature audiences only.

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.

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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 retired Air Force intelligence officer, Laura DiSilverio is the national bestselling and award-winning author of 21 mystery, suspense and young adult sci-fi novels. Library Journal named her recent book, Close Call, one of the Top Five mysteries of 2016, and The Reckoning Stones (2015) won the Colorado Book Award for Mystery. Incubation, the first book of her young adult dystopian trilogy is an Amazon bestseller. A Past President of Sisters in Crime, she lives in Colorado Springs.

website:  www.lauradisilverio.com
blog:  www.careerauthors.com.
FB: www.facebook.com/lauradisilverio

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Mark Pfoff retired from law enforcement in October of 2014 after a 17 year career; the last 10 as a Detective with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado Springs, Colorado specializing in computer related crimes and computer forensics. Prior to
going into Law Enforcement full time in 2003 he was a computer engineer for 22 years.

During his career, he has examined thousands of items of digital evidence to include hard drives, cellular telephones, tablets, flash drives, memory sticks, DVDs, and CDs. His knowledge of technology has been utilized in many major criminal investigations to include financial crimes, kidnappings, robberies, sex assaults and homicides.

Mark has been qualified in court as an expert in computer forensics, cell phone forensics, cell phone technology, computer surveillance systems, police procedures, investigations and child exploitation. He has testified numerous times in both State and Federal court on a wide range of criminal cases to include child exploitation, sex assaults, burglaries and homicides.

He is currently a consultant with Rocky Mountain Computer Forensics working on both criminal and civil cases.

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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.

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.

Sisters in Crime 30th Anniversary Celebration

You are invited to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Sisters in Crime with the Colorado chapter!

On Saturday, September 16, 2017, please join SinC-Colorado mystery authors at the Lone Tree Library from 1-3 pm for cake, chat, and book signings.

Free and open to the public.

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

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.