Writers, readers and fans of mysteries, suspense and thrillers – join us for two days at the Granville Island Hotel, a cool boutique hotel surrounded by the great vibes of Granville Island and views of False Creek.
Members of Sisters in Crime – Canada West will benefit from an exclusive advance registration window and significantly reduced registration fees. A discounted registration fee will also be offered to members of Sisters in Crime (national). More details about registration are set out below.
Who Should Attend:
- Writers, at every stage of your career, especially those who focus on crime based fiction,
- Readers and fans of crime fiction
- Anyone interested in learning about crime fiction – both the stories and the authors
What to Expect:
- seminars and panel discussions featuring internationally acclaimed and award-winning novelist Jan Burke, police and investigative professionals, members of the legal community, and publishing and marketing experts,
- an informal no-host gathering the evening before our conference kicks off,
- ample opportunities to meet and socialize with your tribe during breaks and over lunch,
- the launch of Canada West’s first anthology, Canada West Crime Wave,
- our Authors’ Showcase, Saturday evening, at Andina Brewing Company, a cool craft brewery on Powell Street,
- books to discover, books to buy,
- a ton of fun.
This is currently a work in progress. However, to assist you with travel plans — the conference will open early on the morning of November 14, 2020 (estimated at: registration at 8:00 a.m., welcome at 8:30 and the first session at 8:45). You’ll have two coffee breaks and a lunch break on Saturday. Our Authors’ Showcase happens at 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening at Andina Brewing Company, a craft brewery.
Sunday sessions will begin at a more reasonable hour (probably 9:00 a.m.) and continue until mid-afternoon, with a short lunch break and at least one coffee break.
We’ll post the schedule once it’s finalized.
We are finalizing details with a few of our speakers, and as plans firm up we will post updates here. For now, count on this:
All About the Craft
MASTER CLASS WITH JAN BURKE
Master Class: The Art and Science of Crafting a Mystery:
This three-hour master class presented by our featured speaker, Jan Burke, will provide tips on creating a fully-developed protagonist with a personality that can carry a successful novel (and even a series) and will help you understand how tension between characters moves a story forward. You’ll learn about the importance of the two Vs – the villain and the victim. And you’ll learn how to use POV, tone, dialogue, motivation, voice and more to develop an original and believable sleuth, how secondary characters can help define your protagonist, how action, suspense and pacing affects your story and your reader’s level of engagement, and how to create and plant clues and red herrings.
Jan Burke is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She has won the Edgar for Best Novel, and the Agatha, the Macavity, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Award for Best Short Story, among other honours. Her books have been published internationally and have been optioned for film and television. She is the author of over thirty short stories. Jan’s work in nonfiction includes serving as the associate editor (with Sue Grafton) for MWA’s Handbook, Writing Mysteries. Her forensic science and criminal justice columns appear in Sisters in Crime’s InSinC Quarterly. For more about Jan Burke and her books, click here.
All About Criminal Investigations
On Day 1 you’ll learn about police procedures, with a focus on homicide investigations from SERGEANT GORD REID, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. There will be ample time for questions.
On Day 2, Sgt. Reid and our other police and legal experts will participate in a case analysis.
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.
On Day 1 you’ll learn about forensic procedures from SERGEANT JONATHAN P.R. SHELDAN, M.O.M., a member of a British Columbia municipal police department. He has promised to leave plenty of time for questions.
Join Sgt. Sheldan on Day 2 for the case analysis by our team of police and legal experts.
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.
All About the Justice System
Learn about the Canadian justice system (with a focus on criminal matters) from JEFFREY RAY, Q.C., a defence lawyer, and LAURA BAKAN, P.C.J., a Judge of the British Columbia Provincial Court. Mr. Ray and Judge Bakan will also participate in Sunday’s case analysis.
Laura Bakan, P.C.J. — After thirty-one years as a civil litigator, Ms. Bakan finally became Honourable, joining the British Columbia Provincial Court as a judge in 2015. She hears criminal, family, child protection and civil matters.
Jeffrey Ray, Q.C. represents clients charged with a variety of criminal offences. He also provides advice to individuals facing criminal investigations or criminal charges. In addition, he has represented small and medium sized businesses engaged in quasi-criminal regulatory investigations. He has appeared in all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada on both Conviction and Sentence Appeals, and often provides advice to other counsel on appeal matters.
All About Getting and Staying Published
Learn from accomplished members of the publishing community as they share tips about what writers can do to secure a publishing contract and, once an author is published (either traditionally or indie) what she can and should do to keep her books in the public eye and on the “must-read list” of crime fiction lovers everywhere. In alphabetical order, our panelists are CRYSTAL (C.J.) HUNT, JENNIFER SOMMERSBY, and GORDON WARNOCK.
Crystal (C.J.) Hunt (crystalhuntauthor.com) is a writer, creative mastermind, health psychologist, productivity geek, and strategic authorpreneur who has 40+ published books to her various writing names. She is passionate about helping writers embrace technology and succeed in the brave new world of indie publishing. She writes non-fiction for writers as Crystal Hunt, contemporary romance as CJ Hunt, and kids books as Crystal Stranaghan and various pen names. She has helped hundreds of books through the publication process over the past 15 years, and held leadership positions in numerous writing organizations. Crystal is also the co-founder of the Creative Academy for Writers (creativeacademyforwriters.com), and co-host of the Strategic Authorpreneur Podcast (strategicauthorpreneur.com).
Jennifer Sommersby is, among other things, a collector of elephants, a Superman freak, a wearer of tattoos, an author, a Shakespeare nerd, and a copy and line editor. She lives in Coquitlam with her darling husband and kids and two Very Spoiled Tuxedo Cats.
Gordon Warnock, Partner at Fuse Literary, works with New York Times bestsellers and debut authors alike, representing high-concept suspense, psychological thrillers, and graphic novels. His clients include Amber Cowie (Loss Lake), Steena Holmes (The Perfect Secret), and Kerry Lonsdale (Last Summer). He is a helicopter dog parent and lives in an island fortress off the coast of Vancouver. www.fuseliterary.com, @gordonwarnock
Situations may arise (for example a speaker being delayed in arriving at the event, or having to withdraw from the event) which will require us to make changes to the program, associated events, and/or speakers. We reserve the right to make changes to the conference at any time without notice.
Other Conference Policies:
Our Conference Policies (including our conduct guidelines and cancellation policy), are available for review here.
All day-time conference sessions will take place at the Granville Island Hotel, situated in the heart of Granville Island, Vancouver’s coolest public market. The hotel is offering a conference rate for guest rooms. Once you register, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to book a room at the conference rate.
This popular craft brewery on Powell Street in Vancouver is the site of our evening Author’s Showcase (Saturday, November 14, 2020). Join us in Andina’s spacious production area, a post-industrial 2,000 sf space next to the fermenting tanks and equipment. You will be able to purchase beverages and food items on site.
Exclusive registration for members of Sisters in Crime – Canada West will open at least two weeks before we make registration available to the general public.
Sisters in Crime (national) Members and Members of Sisters in Crime – Canada West will be eligible for discounts on the registration fee for the conference.
To qualify for the Sisters in Crime (national) discount you must be a member in good standing of Sisters in Crime (national) at the time you register. Membership will be verified.
To qualify for the Sisters in Crime – Canada West discount you must be a member in good standing of both Sisters in Crime (national) and the Canada West chapter at the time you register. Membership will be verified.
The conference registration fee covers the following:
- admission to all day-time sessions at the Granville Island Hotel
- coffee, tea and goodies during morning and afternoon breaks,
- an invitation to meet presenters and other registrants at an informal gathering the evening before the conference begins (details will be distributed by email closer to the event),
- admission to the Author’s Showcase at Andina Brewing Company (if you are at least 19 years old)
- if you are a member of Sisters in Crime – Canada West, an opportunity to sell your books at the conference
- innumerable opportunities to meet and mingle with our speakers and like-minded writers, readers and fans of mysteries
You can join our speakers and other conference registrants for lunch on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the hotel by choosing the “conference + lunch” option when you register.
Sunday’s lunch is “on your own” for all participants – Granville Island offers plenty of lunch options, either at restaurants, pubs or in the public market itself.
Early Bird Prices:
Early bird registration fees (in effect until June 1, 2020) are:
- Members of Sisters in Crime – Canada West: $110 (conference only) or $147 (conference +lunch)
- Other members of Sisters in Crime National: $130 (conference only) or $167 (conference + lunch)
- General registration: $150 (conference only) or $187 (conference + lunch).
On June 1, 2020 registration fees will increase.
We hope you don’t have to cancel your registration, but we realize that sometimes it is inevitable. Please review our cancellation policy here.
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