Sisters in Crime Grand Canyon Writers proudly present Fireside Chats! Spend an evening with acclaimed, bestselling authors and learn from the masters – in the comfort of your own home.

Mixing Genres to Create A Great Story

S. G. Wong, Internationally-Acclaimed Author and
National Sisters in Crime President

How do authors effectively merge genres to produce a blockbuster series?

Why does a fusion of genera attract so many readers?

Award-winning author Sandra (S. G.) Wong blended noir, historical and paranormal genres to craft a riveting, internationally-lauded series, with a whip-smart, female private investigator in 1930’s Los Angeles. How did she do it?

Learn how genre serves character. Discover why “worldbuilding” is for every writer. What makes your research your guide? Find out why tropes are not the enemy and when they enhance a story. Learn why mashup doesn’t mean messy—and it often means fascinating.

Don’t miss this extraordinary evening!

Read more about Sandra.

Thursday, May 13, 2021 6:00 – 7:30 PM Arizona Time
(9:00-10:30 PM EDT) 6:00 – 7:30 PM Pacific Time

Adding Heart and Humor To Your Novels

Ellen Byron, Bestselling Author, Agatha Award Winner, Lefty Award Winner  

How do authors effectively weave humor into the flow of the story? What makes a reader —or an agent or publisher—laugh out loud? When will humor hold a reader? 

Bestselling author, Ellen Byron, a multi-award winner for best humorous novels, shares her easy humor hacks, the importance of writing to real life reactions and her own tools for writing humor, successfully. Find out why “if you’re moved, your readers will be” and learn the key to writing humor and heart. Read more about Ellen.                

Thursday, February 4, 2021 6 – 7:30 PM AZ/MT (8-9:30 PM ET)


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