Sunday, March 14, 2010

SinC into Great Writing!

isters in Crime is holding their annual SinC Into Great Writing 2010! one day prior to Bouchercon By the Bay in San Francisco. The workshop will be held at the Hyatt Regency where the conference will take place. You do not need to be registered for the conference to attend this one day workshop. Sisters in Crime has discounted this workshop for its members. The cost for the entire day including dinner is $50.00. The charge for non-members is $150.00 so join Sisters in Crime and save money!

Spots fill up fast and we can only seat 120. Register now!

SinC Into Great Writing 2010! is sponsored by Sisters in Crime. Sisters in Crime will not be able to issue refunds. To make reservations for Bouchercon By The Bay please go to You will be able to receive the conference rate for your hotel room if you need to come in a day early. All arrangements need to be made with the Hyatt Regency.

October 13, 2010, Wednesday 1:30pm - 9:00pm, dinner and coffee break included in $50/$150 registration fee. Check in will begin at 12:30pm in front of the workshop room. An e-mail will be sent to you with the room name at a later date. Special dietary requests will be honored. Please e-mail Beth with your request at

Featuring: Elizabeth Lyon
Triple-header pre-Bouchercon workshops with teacher and freelance editor Elizabeth Lyon, author of MANUSCRIPT MAKEOVER, A WRITER’S GUIDE TO FICTION, AND THE SELL-YOUR-NOVEL TOOL KIT.

Elizabeth Lyon is the best-selling author of six books on writing fiction, nonfiction, revision, and marketing: Manuscript Makeover, A Writer's Guide to Fiction, The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit, Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write, The Writer's Guide to Nonfiction, and National Directory of Editors & Writers. Elizabeth Lyon lives in Springfield, Oregon. The December issue of "The Writer" magazine selected Manuscript Makeover as one of "10 Great Writing Books in 2008"and "perhaps the most comprehensive book on revising fiction." Lyon has worked as a freelance book editor since 1988. Her editing clients have published over 60 books--nonfiction and novels. Her website is



Bring the usual­ paper and pens, some of your manuscript in progress, and get a good night’s sleep to be ready for these information- and exercise-packed, practical workshops. There will be wireless Internet in the workshop room for your use. You don't need to bring your laptop but you are welcome to have it on hand.

1:30pm-4:30pm (with afternoon snack break): MOVEMENT, MOVEMENT, MOVEMENT

Underlying effective characterization is movement. Underlying effective plot is movement. Movement is created by far more than action. You’ll learn how to create it through actions, reactions, emotions, reversals, subtext, and raised questions. Multiple sources of movement improve pace, increase suspense, and deepen characters. Apply your newfound skill with this much-overlooked element of craft and see your writing soar.


Novels are constructed primarily with scenes, yet book editors find that most manuscripts have weak structure. Learn how to craft strong scenes, including big scenes. We’ll cover the details of inner scene structure, including subtext. Get your structure right and your writing will be transformed.

5:30-6:30 Break for dinner


A successful character is so fully developed and memorable that he or she outlives the author in the minds and hearts of readers. Yet, most writers unknowingly leave their main characters, especially their protagonists, underdeveloped. This workshop will provide you with revision guidelines for deepening characterization: adding multiple levels of motivation, and tapping the power of metaphoric language. You'll take away techniques for bringing forth your individuality and strengthening prose through changes in syntax, diction, word choice, power positions, and imagery.

SinC Into a Good Mystery!

The mission of Sisters in Crime is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.

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