A Huge Thank You to the Amazing Presenters at our 2022 Killer Workshop!

Headlining both our In Person and Virtual events

GREGG HURWITZ is the New York Times #1 internationally bestselling author of 23 thrillers including the Orphan X series. His novels have won numerous literary awards and have been published in 33 languages. Gregg currently serves as the Co-President of International Thriller Writers (ITW). Additionally, he’s written screenplays and television scripts for many of the major studios and networks, comics for AWA, DC and Marvel, and political and culture pieces for Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Bulwark, and others. Gregg lives with his Rhodesian ridgebacks in Los Angeles, where he continues to play soccer, frequently injuring himself.

In Person Presenters

CARA BLACK is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 20 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Cara has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at conferences such as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime. With more than 400,000 books in print, the Aimée Leduc series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She will be presenting on SETTING AND SENSE OF PLACE.

CLAIRE BOOTH is a former newspaper reporter who has worked in Missouri, Washington, D.C., South Florida, the Seattle area, and the Bay Area. She’s reported on many high-profile stories, including the Laci Peterson murder and the San Francisco dog mauling. The case of a deadly cult leader became the subject of her nonfiction book, The False Prophet: Conspiracy, Extortion and Murder in the Name of God. After spending that much time covering crimes so strange and convoluted they seemed more fiction than reality, she had enough of the real world and decided to write novels instead. Her Sheriff Hank Worth mysteries take place in Branson, Missouri, where small-town Ozark politics and big-city country music tourism clash in – yes – strange and convoluted ways. She will be presenting on TRUE AND FALSE: HOW TO RIP TRUE STORIES FROM THE HEADLINES AND TURN THEM INTO GREAT FICTION.

KRIS CALVIN is a single mom of three and a former elected official who now writes mysteries and thrillers full-time. Her first book, One Murder More, a traditional mystery set in modern times, was awarded Silver Falchions for Best First Novel, Best Female PI/Sleuth and Best Political Thriller. Kris's new series from Crooked Lane Books features Emma Lawson, an ethics investigator, and Detective Alibi Morning Sun, who together track down corruption and killers in California's capital of Sacramento. (Note: no harm comes to children in any of Kris's books—she can't handle that.) Having been published with and without an agent, by traditional and hybrid publishers, and independently, Kris looks forward to sharing with Killer Workshop attendees her concrete tips on how to finish writing a first novel and options for finding it the right publishing home. Educated in forensics psychology and economics at Stanford and U.C. Berkeley, Kris is a member of the Capitol Crimes Chapter and National Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. She will be presenting on YOUR FIRST NOVEL: HOW TO FINISH WRITING IT & SELL IT WHEN YOU DO.

QUAN HUYNH has been described as a mighty warrior, a magician, and a mountain of goodness. He is the bestselling author of Sparrow in the Razor Wire: Finding Freedom from Within While Serving a Life Sentence. His book was written for men that are doing long or life term sentences, and in it, he shares how he found his freedom years before he was even paroled. He works as the Executive Director for Defy Ventures in Southern California, a non profit whose mission is to shift mindsets to give people with criminal histories their best shot at a second chance through career readiness, personal development, and entrepreneurship training programs. After spending twenty-two years in and out of correctional institutions, Quan was paroled from a life sentence in 2015 and created his first company six months later. The following year, he received the Peace Fellowship Award for his work with the Alternatives to Violence Project. Quan has been featured in Entrepreneur, PBS Newshour, Talks at Google, and numerous other publications and podcasts. He is presenting with JAMES L'ETOILE on BOTH SIDES OF THE PRISON DOOR.

Award winning clinician and writer ELLEN KIRSCHMAN has been a police psychologist for 40 years. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the American Psychological Association, Sisters-in-Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and the Public Safety Writers Association. She writes the Dot Meyerhoff mystery series, told from the perspective of police psychologist, Dr. Dot Meyerhoff. Ellen is also the author of I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know, I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know, and lead author of Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know. She lives in Redwood City, California with her photographer husband. Ellen blogs with Psychology Today and writes an occasional newsletter. You can sign up at her website, www.ellenkirschman.com. She will be presenting on PTSD FOR WRITERS: LOOSE THE FLASHBACKS - PLEASE.

JAMES L'ETOILE uses his twenty-nine years behind bars as an influence in his novels, short stories, and screenplays. He is a former associate warden in a maximum-security prison, a hostage negotiator, facility captain, and director of California’s state parole system. He is a nationally recognized expert witness on prison and jail operations. He has been nominated for the Silver Falchion for Best Procedural Mystery, and The Bill Crider Award for short fiction. His published novels include: At What Cost, Bury the Past, Little River -The Other Side of Paradise, and Black Label. Look for Dead Drop in the summer of 2022 from Level Best Books. You can find out more at www.jamesletoile.com. He is presenting with QUAN HUYNH on BOTH SIDES OF THE PRISON DOOR.

RYAN NICKEL is a criminalist with over 20 years of experience in forensic science. He currently works for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, Laboratory of Forensic Services and is an expert in DNA analysis, biological fluid screening and identification, paternity testing, bloodstain pattern interpretation, and crime scene processing and reconstruction. Mr. Nickel began his career with the California Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Forensic Services working in the state’s DNA databank and Missing Persons programs. He stays current with modern forensic science technologies and literature and is constantly looking for ways to improve the crime labs capabilities to assist with criminal cases and ultimately seek the truth. Aside from his passion for forensic science, Mr. Nickel enjoys the outdoors, is a competitive distance runner, has a peculiar passion for bicycles, and aspires to visit all 61 National Parks in his lifetime. So far, he’s experienced 14 with Zion National Park being his favorite. He will be presenting on FORENSIC DNA ANALYSIS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW (AND MAYBE DON'T WANT TO KNOW).

KAREN PHILLIPS of Phillips Covers is a graphic designer passionate about book covers with a degree in Applied Art & Design from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She has worked freelance for many small publishers including Poisoned Pen Press, Blue River Press, and Entangled. She enjoys creating covers for all genres—especially cozy, mystery and crime fiction. She will be presenting on COVER DESIGN: PRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING.

EILEEN RENDAHL is a national-bestselling award-winning author of mystery, thriller, urban fantasy, romantic comedy, and romantic suspense. She has also written as Kristi Abbott, Lillian Bell, and Eileen Carr. If you think you’re confused, imagine what it’s like inside her head. She has had many jobs and lived in many cities and feels unbelievably lucky to be where she is now and to be doing what she's doing. She will be presenting on GHOSTWRITING: NOW YOU SEE ME, NOW YOU DON'T.

Sacramento County District Attorney ANNE MARIE SCHUBERT is a career prosecutor with 31 years of law enforcement experience. As a Sacramento County prosecutor, she has sent some of the area’s most notorious and dangerous criminals – murderers, rapists and child molesters – to state prison. One of Anne Marie’s passions is the pursuit of justice through DNA evidence and cold case prosecution. She formed the Cold Case Prosecution Unit in 2002, and served as its first prosecutor. Today, she is a nationally recognized forensic DNA expert. Anne Marie has also created innovative community programs focused on helping children by combatting truancy, and honoring citizens who have helped to serve justice with the development of the Annual Outstanding Citizen Awards Ceremony. During her career as a prosecutor, Anne Marie has been recognized by her peers with the Prosecutor of the Year Award and the POST ICI Instructor of the Year Award. Anne Marie was elected Sacramento County's District Attorney in 2014. Since taking office in 2015, she has been committed to working both in the courtroom and in the community to provide the highest level of public safety through prosecution, prevention and innovation. She will be presenting virtually on THE POWER OF INVESTIGATIVE GENETIC GENEALOGY TO SOLVE VIOLENT CRIME.

USA Today bestselling author SIMON WOOD is a California transplant from England. He's a former competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot, an endurance cyclist, an animal rescuer, and an occasional PI. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. Their lives are dominated by a longhaired dachshund and six cats. He's the Anthony Award winning author of The One That Got Away, Paying the Piper, Terminated, Deceptive Practices and the Aidy Westlake series. He’s a regular contributor to Writer’s Digest and other writing magazines. He also writes horror under the pen name of Simon Janus. He will be presenting on CUT IT SHORT, WRITING COMPELLING SHORT STORIES.

    Virtual Presenters

    PANEL 1: IT'S THE LAW: ATTORNEYS WRITING MYSTERIES

    JUDGE DEBRA H. GOLDSTEIN writes Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series (Five Belles Too Many, Four Cuts Too Many, Three Treats Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, and One Taste Too Many). Her novels and short stories received an IPPY award and have been named Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, and Silver Falchion finalists. Debra served on the national boards of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and was president of the Guppy and SEMWA chapters. Find out more about Debra at https://www.DebraHGoldstein.com.

    ROGER JOHNS is the author of the Wallace Hartman Mysteries, Dark River Rising and River of Secrets, from St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books. He is the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year (Detective Mystery Category), a two-time Finalist for Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion Award, and runner-up for the 2019 Frank Yerby Fiction Award. His short fiction has been published by Saturday Evening Post, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly Magazine, Dark City Crime & Mystery Magazine, Yellow Mama, and Viral Literature: Alone Together in Georgia. Roger’s articles and interviews about writing and career management appear in, among other publications, the Southern Literary Review, Writer Unboxed, and Southern Writers Magazine. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Short Mystery Fiction Society, and the Atlanta Writers Club, and he currently serves as the Vice President of the Southeastern Chapter of MWA. Along with several other crime fiction writers, he coauthors the Murder Books blog at: www.murder-books.com.

    WANDA M. MORRIS is the acclaimed author of All Her Little Secrets, which has been praised by Karin Slaughter as "brilliantly nuanced" and reviewed by The Boston Globe, LA Times, New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seattle Times, and South Florida Sun Sentinel among others. It was named as one of the "Best Books of 2021" by Hudson Booksellers and selected as the #1 Top Pick for Library Reads by librarians across the country. It was serialized in Entertainment Weekly and a Marie Claire book club pick. Wanda is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Crime Writers of Color. A corporate attorney, Wanda has worked in the legal departments of some of America's top Fortune 100 companies. She is an accomplished presenter and leader. As a former President of the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, she established a signature female empowerment program known as the Women's Initiative. She is married, the mother of three and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

    PANEL 2: SHEDDING LIGHT ON SEX TRAFFICKING THROUGH FICTION

    YASMIN ANGOE is the author of the critically acclaimed bestselling debut novel Her Name Is Knight, a first-generation Ghanaian American, and the recipient of the 2020 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award for Emerging Writers of Color. She is a developmental editor and an educator of nearly twenty years. She is a proud member of several organizations including Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Color, Mystery Writers of America, and the Women’s National Book Association. When she’s not writing or editing her clients’ work, Yasmin is either watching movies, engrossed in an audiobook, or daydreaming about what she should be writing.

     Anthony Award-nominated E.A. AYMAR’s most recent thriller, THEY'RE GONE, was published in 2020 to rave reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus (starred), and was named one of the best books of 2020 by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. His next novel, NO HOME FOR KILLERS, is coming out in 2023 by Thomas and Mercer. His column, “Decisions and Revisions,” appears monthly in the Washington Independent Review of Books. He is a former member of the national board of the International Thriller Writers and, for years, was the managing editor of The Thrill Begins, an online resource for debut and aspiring writers. He is also an active member of Crime Writers of Color, the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. He also runs the Noir at the Bar series for Washington, D.C., and has hosted and spoken at a variety of crime fiction, writing, and publishing events nationwide.

    CARLA DAMRON is a clinical social worker, advocate, and author of the novel The Stone Necklace, the recipient of the 2017 WFWA Star Award for Best Novel. This work was also selected to be the One Book, One Community book for Columbia SC. Damron is the author of the Caleb Knowles mystery novel series, essays, short stories, and op-eds. Always a social worker, Damron writes explores social issues in all of her fiction. Her new novel, The Orchid Tattoo, crime fiction about human trafficking, will be published in September.

    PANEL 3: PARTNERS IN CRIME: MYSTERY CO-AUTHORS

    ROBIN BURCELL





    Along with Jessica Fletcher, TERRIE FARLEY MORAN co-writes the Murder She Wrote mystery series including the forthcoming Murder, She Wrote: Killer on the Court. She is the author of the Read 'Em and Eat cozy mystery series and also co-writes the Scrapbooking Mysteries with Laura Childs and has written numerous mystery short stories. The only thing Terrie enjoys more than wrangling mystery plots into submission is hanging out with any or all of her seven grandchildren.

    CHARLES TODD 


    Find Us

    Email us at capitolcrimes@gmail.com



    Mission Statement

    We are the Sacramento, California chapter of Sisters in Crime. We promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.

    Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software