What we're about

Sisters (and Misters) in Crime-Colorado are writers, readers, booksellers, librarians, bloggers and others with an appreciation for mystery and crime fiction genres.

Since our chapter launched in 2015, our members have enjoyed the following educational, promotional, and social activities:

• The ABCs of Author Branding
• Giving Your Book A Voice
• Anatomy of an Arson
• Homicide for Writers, Not Criminals
• Top Ten Medical Pitfalls When Killing Your Characters
• A Visit From the Colorado Bureau of Investigation Communications Director
• Firearms: What Crime Writers Should Know
• Criminal Profiling
• Let’s Talk Stalking
• Mystery, Murder, and Mayhem: Crime Writing Panel
• Insider’s Guide to Novel Writing, Publishing, and Promotion
• Book Trailers as Marketing Tools
• PR 101: Promoting and Branding Your Book to The Masses
• How to Network
• Sherlock Hounds: Detection Canines
• The Clue Room: Live Escape Challenge
• The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes and The Power of Poison at the Denver

Come visit us and see what we're all about!

For more information, go to https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/ and http://www.SistersInCrime.org , or contact sistersincrimecolorado@gmail.com

The first meeting is FREE! Local membership dues, $20; National membership dues, $40 readers, $50 professional. A great value all around for following your passion -- less than 20 cents per day or $6 per month!

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

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

Please note: Chapter meetings are a member only benefit. You can learn more about us and our chapter here: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/join/

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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.

About the Presenters:

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.

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.

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: https://sistersincrimecolorado.org/connect/

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