Workshop: Heroes, Villains, and Victims

Heroes, Villains, and Victims:
The Eternal Triangle
a workshop on building every
mystery’s key characters

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019, 9am-4pm
Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center
in Seattle, Washington

This workshop is sponsored by the Puget Sound chapter of Sisters in Crime and will feature Nancy Martin, award-winning author of the Blackbird Sisters mysteries.

The morning session will look at how the relationships between the key characters of hero, villain, and victim drive the story of every mystery. “They are the three most important characters,” says Martin, who has taught workshops nationally that help writers understand how to flesh out these characters, heighten tension through their interwoven relationships and create complex and satisfying stories.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to consider how they can adjust the characters in their works-in-progress to intensify the impact of their story. A panel of local authors Curt Colbert, Candace Robb, and Ingrid Thoft, moderated by Sarah Niebuhr Rubin, will also talk about how they created their heroes, villains, and victims.

The final session will invite participants to “submit” their work as authors or take on the roles of agent, publisher, or reader to role play – and bring to life – the testing process that books go through to reach their goal: an audience.

Nancy Martin’s participation in the workshop is made possible by a grant from the Sisters in Crime national speakers bureau, which offers the organization’s 51 chapters the opportunity to host a speaker every two years.   

Martin is the author of over 50 popular fiction novels in four genres and has been both traditionally published and self-published. Her Blackbird Sisters mystery series, published by Penguin, has been a bestseller since How to Murder A Millionaire – which was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Mystery, was a finalist for the Daphne DuMaurier Award, and won the RT award for Best First Mystery. In 2009, she received a Lifetime Achievement award for mystery writing from Romantic Times magazine. Her most recent book, Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything, was published by Minotaur Books. For more details, visit Nancy’s website


Curt Colbert is the author of the Jake Rossiter & Miss Jenkins mysteries, a series of hard-boiled, private detective novels set in 1940s Seattle. He is also co-author, with Waverly Fitzgerald, of the Barking Detective series, published under their joint pen name, Waverly Curtis.

Candace Robb is an historian with a focus on 13th-14thC Britain, who has published 17 historical crime novels for the Owen Archer, Margaret Kerr, and Kate Clifford series, as well as writing historical fiction, under the pen name Emma Campion, about this same era.

Ingrid Thoft is the author of the Fina Ludlow PI series with the provocative titles Loyalty, Identity, Brutality,
and Duplicity. A native of the Boston area, she now lives in Seattle. To prepare for writing her series, she completed UW’s certificate in private investigation

Sarah Niebuhr Rubin (moderator) is the Secretary of Puget Sound Sisters in Crime and author of published short fiction, as well as two mysteries yet to be published.  


HOW TO REGISTER: Registration includes the workshop, lunch, coffee and refreshments, and course materials

Until April 1, the fee is: Sorry, early bird pricing is no longer available.

After April 1st, the fee is:

$50 for Sisters in Crime members (all chapters, but must be a member of SinC national)

$75 for non-members

Register Here!