Friday, February 25, 2011

Quote of the Week

If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character. If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home. If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.--Scottish Blessing

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Coffin Classes - Kiss of Death
Murder One – March 1-31
Title: Historical Forensics
Instructor: D.P. Lyle, MD
Class Description:

Today we're all familiar with the marvels of CSI, whether from reading mysteries or true crime or watching television programs and movies. But all these ways to pin the crime -- and the criminal -- down had to start somewhere! So where and when did it all begin? And what sorts of things were early forensic investigators able to do?

This class will cover the late 19th and early 20th centuries, an era that gave birth to so many forensic techniques: fingerprints, blood typing, firearm's examinations, toxicology, and the expansion of the autopsy into the forensic arena. This will give the writer of historical fiction the accurate information needed and will give all crime writers a firm foundation for understanding the world of modern forensics.

Dr. Doug Lyle, M.D. will lay the historic groundwork in March 2011's Murder One workshop, HISTORICAL FORENSICS.

Instructor Bio: The author of FORENSICS FOR DUMMIES, which won the Macavity Award and was nominated for an Edgar in 2005, Doug writes thrillers (Devil's Playground, Double Blind and Stress Fracture) as well as crime scene non-fiction, and has worked with writers on television shows such as Law and Order, CSI: Miami, Monk, House, and others.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

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Writers’ Police Academy

Where: Guilford Technical Community College and Public Safety
Training Academy, Jamestown, NC
When: September 23-25, 2011
Registration Fee: $255.00

Guns, cops, firefighters, EMS, patrol cars, K-9′s, explosives, arson,
serial killers, officer-involved shooting, bloodstain analysis, crime
scene investigation, homicide, helicopters, motorcycles, fire trucks,
ambulances, night vision, police, sheriffs, jails and prisons, women in
police work, detectives, crash investigation, pepper spray, Tasers,
computer crimes, law, bioterrorism, DNA…

Those are just some of the workshops and demonstrations you’ll attend
at the 2011 Writers’ Police Academy.
And the best thing is that’s only part of the fun. Want to know what
it’s like to drive a patrol car, fire truck, or an ambulance? Well,
here’s your chance! How about being in a shootout with armed suspects?
Yep, we’ve got a simulator for that, too. And, we’re offering
ride-a-longs with sheriff’s deputies and tours of a real jail.

The Embassy Suites Greensboro,NC – Airport

Rates good until Sept. 3 or until the group block is sold out.
Book room through Writers Police Academy to get group rate.

2 DBL Beds non-smoking $114.00 USD/night

1 King Bed, corner, $114.00 USD/night

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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What Every Suspense Writer Needs to Know!

Passionate Ink Chapter of RWA Presents
Action Sequences: Writing Heart-Pounding Fight Scenes, Chases and
Climaxes with Angela Knight
Mar 7th - Apr 4th

$15 for Members
$20 for Non-Members
A crucial ingredient of great romantic suspense and adventure is the fight
scene. Yet many writers have a difficult time pulling off believable fights
and climaxes that deliver on reader expectations. New York Times
bestselling author Angela Knight discusses the techniques she uses to create
heart-pounding action sequences. She discusses how to create heroes and
villains who are a good match for each other, how to choreograph fight
scenes, and how to build a plotline that rises to a climax that makes
readers eager for your next book.

Angela Knight is the author of eight bestselling paranormal novels for

To Pay Online : Using PayPal (PayPal), send payment to with “WORKSHOP – Beginnings” as the
subject. In the “message” section, include Your Name and Email

Cost: $15 for Passionate Ink Members, $20 for non-members

To pay by check, print this page and send with a check to
Passionate Ink Workshops
c/o Robin L. Rotham
P.O. Box 2412
Norfolk, NE 68701

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Quote of the Week

An old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. "The other is Good - It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf wins?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed." -Author Unknown