Event Recordings

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Recordings of our events before mid-June, 2021 are filed on the SinC-CW Events 2021 Google Drive. While we believe that we have given all members viewing privileges on that Drive, if you find you cannot access the recordings, send a note to info@sinc-cw.ca and we will investigate for you.

Recordings of events that occurred after mid-June are available on zoom – the link for each recording is provided in the text describing the event.

Sisters in Crime Canada West is proud to present – Finding Your Path to Publication with Judy Penz Sheluk. Join us at 10am PT, on Saturday, January 13th.

For the emerging author, the publishing world can be overwhelming. You’ve written the book, and you’re ready to share it with the world but don’t know where to start. Traditional, independent press, hybrid, self-publishing, and online social platforms—all are valid publishing paths. The question is, which one is right for you? January 13, 2024, Judy Penz Sheluk provided an introductory look at each path, along with a PDF list of additional resources for all attendees.

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Sisters in Crime ~ Canada West’s Inaugural multi-author book launch held Saturday, November 18, 2023.

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Writing Traditionally Under-represented Characters

Guests Anthony Bidulka and Hyacinthe Miller, moderated by AmberCowie. (You can download Hyacinthe Miller’s slides below. If you are using Chrome, the download may not work – please switch to Safari or Firefox.)

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Homicide: from crime to courtroom, Part II

A continuation of our interview with Detective Dave Sweet of the Calgary Police Service, September 23, 2023. Restrictions on use: please respect Detective Sweet’s intellectual property and do not copy, share, or capture screenshots.

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Homicide: from crime to courtroom, Part I

An interview with Detective Dave Sweet of the Calgary Police Service, May 27, 2023

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How to Write Thrilling Thrillers

A workshop about writing thrillers.

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Marketing with BookBrush

An introduction to using BookBrush for promoting and marketing your work.

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Intro to Tradewing

An introduction to the ins and outs of our new communication hub, Tradewing.

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Breaking into the Film Industry

Retired homicide detective and coroner Garry Rodgers shared his journey from being a bestselling crime author to how he scooped his upcoming Netflix TV crime series.

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Mastering the Short Story, an encore

An encore presentation (January 28, 2023), in which three siblings discuss what goes into writing a successful short story. We had a few tech glitches early on (losing sound) but those were rectified after a minute.

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Gail Bowen: Digging Caves, Creating Characters

In this two-hour presentation, Canadian author Gail Bowen spoke about creating fully-rounded characters. October 22, 2022

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Ads for Authors

Author Alec Peche led a great webinar all about ads: Amazon, Bookbub and Facebook.

Topic: Ads for Authors
Start Time: September 24, 2022, 10:00 AM PACIFIC

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Private Investigators: Being Them, Writing Them

This was a fabulous session! Acclaimed Vancouver author of the Dave Wakeland PI novels, Sam Wiebe, moderates a fun and informative discussion with working PI Colin Worth, and former PI turned successful suspense author Shoshona Freedman, about the realities of being a private investigator.

Topic: Private Investigators: Being Them, Writing Them
Start Time: May 7, 2022 09:18 AM

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George Fong, Retired Special Agent, FBI, March 12, 2022

We spent a fascinating 90 minutes talking with George Fong, Retired FBI Special Agent.

Topic: George Fong: Retired FBI Special Agent
Start Time: Mar 12, 2022 09:41 AM

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Author Promo From 30,000 Feet, February 24, 2022

Two of our siblings, Karen Dodd and Shelley Adina, lead a webinar dealing with the basics of connecting with readers and getting your books noticed.

Topic: Author Promo From 30,000 Feet

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Intellectual Property for Writers, January 13, 2022

We interviewed two Canadian lawyers about copyright matters.

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How to make a book trailer

Charlotte Morganti downloaded what she had learned about book trailers onto three willing guinea pigs. Watch the recording by clicking on “Meeting Recording” below and entering the passcode when prompted.

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Coroners and their role in death investigations, September 25, 2021

We interviewed Garry Rodgers, a former British Columbia coroner, about all things to do with death investigations from the point of view of the coroner. For the resources we uploaded during the meeting, go to our Resources page. To view the recording of the event (there were a few “challenges” with the internet stability during the event, for which we apologize), click on the link below. You may need to insert the Access Passcode when prompted.

Topic: Guest Speaker Series — Coroners and their role in death investigations, with Garry Rodgers
Start Time : Sep 25, 2021 09:38 AM

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Writing Short Stories, July 11, 2021

Merrilee Robson and Marcelle Dubé led a discussion about short stories and provided some helpful resources (which can be found here). To view the recording of the event, click on the link below. You may need to insert the Access Passcode when prompted.

Topic: Short Stories
Start Time : Jul 11, 2021 10:06 AM

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Jeffrey Ray, Q.C. on The Criminal Justice System – A Lawyer’s Perspective: June 19, 2021.

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Topic: 2021 Guest Speaker Series – Jeffrey Ray, QC
Start Time : Jun 19, 2021 09:47 AM

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Guest Speaker: Tara Moss, interviewed by Amber Cowie on Research: June 5, 2021

Amber and Tara held a fascinating and fun discussion about research, history, vintage stores, geneology, women’s and children’s rights and more.

This event recordng is available on our Events 2021 Google Drive.

Guest Speaker: Sgt. J. Sheldan — Forensics April 10, 2021

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On April 10, 2021, we hosted Sgt. Jonathan Sheldan, head of the Forensics Unit of a Canadian municipal police force.

You can view the recording on our Events 2021 Google Drive.

Sergeant Jonathan Sheldan is currently in his twenty-eighth year of police service with a municipal department in British Columbia. He served as a Forensic Identification Specialist from 2001 to 2011 and returned to Forensic Services as the Sergeant in charge of both the Forensic Identification Services and Integrated Tech Crimes Units in 2017. Sergeant Sheldan has experience as an Integrated unit Homicide Detective from 2011 until 2016; and as a Patrol Road Supervisor (2016/17). Prior to his Law Enforcement career, Sergeant Sheldan was a Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces serving as an Armoured Officer.

Industry Panel, March 25, 2021

On March 25, 2021 our sibling Amber Cowie moderated a panel of industry experts: Gordon Warnock, a literary agent with Fuse Literary; Jennifer Sommersby, a line and copyeditor; and Crystal Hunt, an author as well as a marketing maven.

You can view the recording of the presentation on our Events 2021 Google Drive.

Guest Speaker – Sgt. G. Reid, Feb. 21, 2021

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During his years with the RCMP Sergeant Gord Reid has worked General Duty, Youth Section, Drugs, Vice and Sex Crimes, and has been a member of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Section. Ten years ago he transferred to the Serious Crimes Section in North Vancouver and for the last three years has managed Professional Responsibility within the detachment. Sgt. Reid grew up in Quebec, travelled extensively (both after high school and after university), and worked as a teacher before joining the RCMP. In addition to travelling, he enjoys reading, listening to music, and socializing.

We are working on finding a solution to the challenge of loading the audio recording of this event on the Events Drive. Please bear with us.

Meanwhile, Sgt. Reid graciously answered some of our advance questions in writing. Although he deals with the same topics in the audio recording, here is a link to his responses:

You can view the event recording on our Events 2021 Google Drive.

Member Meetings and Special Events

The following member meeting is available on our Events 2021 Google Drive:

Meeting May 15, 2021