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
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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.



Award Winner: Margaret Mizushima

CollageMaker_20210805_145116371Margaret Mizushima’s sixth Timber Creek K-9 Mystery, Hanging Falls, has been named winner of the 2021 WILLA Literary Award for Contemporary Fiction. Named for author Willa Cather, the WILLA Literary Awards are presented by Women Writing the West to honor stories that feature women or girls and are set in the American West.

For more information, please visit https://www.womenwritingthewest.org/awards/the-willa-literary-award/.

Publication Deal: Karen Whalen

KW author photo enlargedKaren C. Whalen’s, TOES ON THE DASH, the first in a new series, The Tow Truck Murder Mysteries, in which confirmed shoe-a-holic Delaney Morran receives an unexpected inheritance, a tow truck from a dad she’s never known, but hidden in the trunk of her first tow is the dead body of her jerk-of-an ex-boyfriend; a multibook deal to Frances Sevilla at The Wild Rose Press, with Ally Robertson editing.

For more information about Karen and her current series, please visit: http://karencwhalen.com

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/


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:


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.


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. 

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.

Award Winners: 2021 Colorado Authors League Awards

The 2021Colorado Authors League Award Winners have been announced:

Killer Chardonnay by Kate Lansing won in the category of Fiction: Mystery (Cozy).

Gone to Darkness by Barbara Nickless won in the category of Fiction: Mystery (Crime, Suspense).

8 Weeks to a Complete Novel by Becky Clark won in the category of Non-fiction: Lifestyle, Travel, How-To.

The Forge of Bonds by Wendy Terrien won in the category of Young Adult.

Congratulations to our Sisters in Crime-Colorado authors!

For more information,  please visit Colorado Authors League.

Accolade: Patricia Raybon

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Patricia Raybon is one of 16 inductees named to the Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame for 2021.

Patricia, among 12 “Living” honorees and four “Legacy” authors, was cited for her top-rated books at the daring intersection of faith and race—many centered in Colorado—including her upcoming mystery novel, All That Is Secret, featuring a young Black theologian solving crime and murder during Colorado’s dangerous Klan era.

The induction ceremony will be September 18, 2021, at the Renaissance Central Park in Denver. Single tickets at $150 (with $80 tax deductible) or reserved tables for a party of 8 may be purchased here.

Authors’ Hall of Fame® strives to educate the people of Colorado and the country about the stories of authors who shaped their works using their personal presence and the environment of our State with courage, leadership, intelligence, compassion, and creativity.

Additional information about CAHF, its 2021 inductees, and this year’s gala is available here.

Author Photo Patricia Raybon for Phone