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 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.


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

Until April 1, the fee is:

$40 for Sisters in Crime members (all chapters, but must be a member of SinC national)

$65 for non-members

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!