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SinC Into Great Writing V!

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Featuring Cathy Pickens and Bob Dugoni

Wednesday  ♦ September 18, 2013 ♦ Hotel Albany

Sisters in Crime is holding their annual SinC Into Great Writing 2013! one day prior to Bouchercon. Bouchercon registration is not necessary to attend this one day workshop. 

"CREATE" Your Writing Career Workshop with Cathy Pickens

Cathy Pickens will lead the session on the creative process, including developing, learning to tap into creativity more deeply, and producing creative work more

readily. Creativity is not simply a mysterious muse-bestowed gift that some of us get in more abundance than others, but even the most
creative artist is left to discover the creative process on her own.
The creative process is a discipline that can be developed, and we can learn to use that process to tap into our creativity more deeply and to produce creative work more readily. In the workshop, we will use tools developed from research into brain science and the nature of creativity to help you develop and strength your own creative process.

You will learn to:

  • Make better use of your writing time,
  • Capture and develop ideas,
  • Draw on unlikely resources,
  • Take risks,
  • Deal with success as well as failure,
  • Seek and use critique,
  • Understand procrastination, and
  • Produce more regularly.

In addition to being the author of the Southern Fried Mysteries (St. Martin’s), Cathy Pickens is also a business professor and consultant who has worked with groups ranging from Fortune 500 companies and not-for-profits to writers’ groups and school principals on developing the creative process. Every year, her mba elective fills as soon as it opens; and, she is a popular lecturer and creativity coach. Cathy is a past-president of Sisters in Crime. She serves on the board for Mystery Writers of America, and as president of the Forensic Medicine Program.

Selling Your Novel with Bob Dugoni

You've written your novel. Now what? How do you get an agent's attention? How do you convince an agent or editor to take a chance on you? How do you write a knock-out query that catches an agent's interest and a synopsis that forces her to ask to see your first three chapters? What can help make the sale and what help kill your chances? In this workshop, you will learn techniques to correct the most common mistakes so that the query, synopsis, and first chapters become tools, rather than an obstacle, to getting your novel published.

Bob Dugoni is a New York Times-bestselling author of legal thrillers. His first book, the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, was named a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. The accolades for his novels have continued, including being named a finalist for the coveted Harper Lee Award. In addition, he offers a popular series of workshops to lawyers (and others) interested in writing thrillers. Bob is a member of the Sisters in Crime board and lives in Seattle with his family.





Cost: $50 for SinC Members. Register Now!

Not a member? Join us at the Active or Professional level ($35/$40), and then return to complete your registration.

When: Workshop check in begins at 12 noon in front of the workshop room. SinC Into GW will be held in Ballroom A at the Albany Hilton aka Hotel Albany. Ballroom A is on the B-Level of the hotel. If in doubt, ask at the desk. Workshop will begin at 1:00 PM. 

Note: Attending Bouchercon? Have you made your hotel reservations for Bouchercon yet? Hotel Albany offers special rates for Bouchercon attendees.

Questions: If you have any questions, you may contact us at







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