In-Depth Writers Retreat with Yasmin Angoe

October 26-29, 2023

Mercy Auburn Center, Auburn CA

You won't want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Yasmin Angoe, developmental editor and bestselling author,  will be visiting from South Carolina to spend three packed days with writers who want to go in-depth with their craft. The author of of HER NAME IS KNIGHT and THEY COME AT KNIGHT will lead a retreat with group and individual sessions with Yasmin and spend uninterrupted time writing in a beautiful setting with fellow crime writers.

This retreat is limited to 15 attendees. Don't delay! Attendees will receive individual critiques of up to 10 pages from Yasmin, an individual consultation with her about the work, five in-depth craft sessions, and time to write and share work with fellow attendees. Lodging and meals are included at the beautiful Mercy Auburn Retreat Center. Learn more here.

The retreat is now full! However, if you'd like to get on our waitlist in case of cancellations, please register now, no payment required until you commit to fill a vacated space!

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Arrive at the beautiful Mercy Retreat Center in Auburn, CA Thursday evening, get comfortable and get to know your fellow writers. Over the next three days, you will learn from Yasmin in five in-depth craft sessions, meet with her individually to discuss your work in progress, and have the opportunity to share your work in critique and pitch sessions. You will have a private room for three nights (shared bathrooms), meals from dinner Thursday night to lunch Sunday afternoon, and free range of the beautiful retreat center grounds. Learn more about the retreat center here.


Sessions taught by Yasmin will include:

  • Writing Characters that Thrill
  • Writing Plots that Hit
  • Pacing, Conflict, Tensions and Suspense
  • Critically Editing YOU
  • Planning Your Next Steps: Your Writing is Your Job


Yasmin Angoe is the award winning, first-generation Ghanaian American author of the acclaimed thrillers, HER NAME IS KNIGHT and THEY COME AT KNIGHT. She received the 2020 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award from Sisters in Crime and, in 2021, an Anthony Award nomination. Her books were listed as Amazon’s “Best Book of the Month” and Editor’s Picks and were optioned for TV, currently in development. Reviews of Yasmin’s work can be found in The New York Times,, Deadline, The Guardian, PopSugar, and Woman’s World. The final of the Nena Knight trilogy, IT ENDS WITH KNIGHT, releases September 2023.

Yasmin is a proud member of several prestigious organizations such as Crime Writers of Color, Sisters in Crime National, and the Palmetto Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, South Carolina Writers Association, and the Women's National Book Association.

Yasmin has a master’s in Literacy and Education. She’s worked as an English teacher for 6-12th grades and an instructional coach for teacher for nearly twenty years. She has spent her educational career dissecting the elements of a story, and crafting one from an author's blueprint, not only for her students, but a publishing professional as well. Yasmin has spent her life taking deep dives into the art of storytelling and what makes stories resonate with the reader.

Yasmin is also a developmental editor, having the Tessera Editorial’s BIPOC Editor-In-Training Mentorship Program and Sourcebooks Editorial Internship. She is a member of several editing organizations, conducts workshops and speaks on panels for editing, and is currently a co-manager at Tessera Editorial. Yasmin is a freelance developmental editor for both traditionally and independently published writers of fiction and non-fiction in the categories adult, MG, and YA. Her education and experience as an English teacher, reader, published author, and editor help give Yasmin a unique perspective into the art and craft of storytelling because she has tackled it from nearly all angles. Yasmin believes that to be a good storyteller, one must be a fan of storytelling.


This wonderful opportunity is limited to 15 attendees! You won't want to miss out!

Cost: $500 for Capitol Crimes members, $550 for nonmembers (nonmember cost includes 2024 Capitol Crimes membership)

This includes:

  • 3 nights lodging
  • 9 meals
  • group sessions
  • 10-page manuscript critique and individual session with Yasmin
  • The opportunity to dedicate three full days to your writing, refocus your intentions, and learn from your fellow crime writers

Last chance to register is June 30, 2023. First come, first serve.

We will have a waiting list. 

Cancel prior to June 30: All but $50 of your registration fee will be refunded.

Cancel after June 30: No refund unless your spot is filled from the waitlist. If this occurs you will be refunded all but $50 of your registration fee.

If fewer than 15 people register and pay in full by June 30th, the event will be cancelled and full refunds will be issued.

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

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