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Tracy BAugust Workshop

Homicide 101 (For Writers, Not Criminals)
Presented by Tracy Brisendine
Saturday, August 23, 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Sam Gary Branch Library
2961 Roslyn St., Denver 80238 (Stapleton neighborhood)

Presented by: Tracy Brisendine

One of the most fascinating and feared crimes is murder—it can completely immobilize a community and tear a family apart. It can also make for some really great writing.

The life and death of your story can depend on the authenticity of your detail, so step beyond the crime scene tape and get it right! Learn basic homicide investigative techniques, motives that induce a person to kill, commonly used cover-up methods, and the importance of physical evidence at a death scene.

Do you know the fundamental characteristics of gunshot wounds, stabbings, and blunt force trauma? What about the tell-tale signs of an asphyxiation death? You will after this class.

  1. Understand and explain the definitions of the different types of homicide.
  2. Demographic info pertaining to murder in the US
  3. Explain “normal practice” and investigative activities used in a homicide investigation
  4. Brief overview of common motives that induce a person to kill
  5. The investigative value of physical evidence in a death scene
  6. Fundamental characteristics of gunshot wounds
  7. Primary characteristics of cutting, stabbing, and blunt force wounds
  8. Asphyxiation deaths and their characteristics
  9. Commonly used cover-up methods
  10. Incidents involving multiple deaths.
  11. What drives cops crazy when crimes are depicted in movies, books and television.

About Tracy:
Tracy Brisendine’s invisible pet dinosaur landed her in the principal’s office in second grade, and it was downhill from there. In order to protect her mental health, she allows some of her ideas to bleed out onto the page. When she is not battling demons of deviance, she serves as RMFW’s Publicity Chair. Tracy lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and snaggle-tooth dog named Max. She worked in law enforcement for seven years and has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminal Justice, from Colorado State University. Currently, Tracy works as a locate investigator for the City of Denver, and writes urban fantasy as TJ Valour.

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Bi- Monthly Programs: Western Slope

Two Programs
Presented by: Jan Weeks and Terry Benson
Saturday, July 19, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Grand Junction Business Incubator Center
2591 Legacy Way
Grand Junction
Breakfast at 9:00 & Workshop 9:15am-Noon
Please RSVP to Vicki Law at For more information call Vicki at 970-497-6452.

janweaksWriting as Practice Presented by Jan Weeks: Workshop using Julia Cameron’s and Natalie Goldberg’s techniques to amp up your writing.

Jan Weeks is an award-winning writer with three published adult novels (Silverton Summer; The Secret of Spring Hollow; Season of Evil, Season of Dreams) and one tween novel (The Centerville Code). Her articles, short stories, poetry and essays have appeared in local, regional, national and international markets, such as Outdoor Life, Guideposts, Natural Health, California Lawyer, Grit, and Midwest Fly Fishing.

Weeks belongs to The Authors’ Guild and the Western Colorado Writers’ Forum, and facilitated the Colorado West Writers’ Workshop for nine years. She teaches workshops in creative writing, writing for magazines, and basic grammar for writers.

terrybensonWhat? You want to MAKE money writing? Presented by Terry Benson: Presentation covering ways to generate revenue writing, whether you write fiction or non-fiction. Benson will cover several avenues and ideas that will allow writers to put their expertise to work earning money while they write their next great work.

A life-long writer, including the historic romance set on the Titanic, An Unsinkable Love, Terri Benson has published award winning short stories, and well over a hundred articles – many award winning – in local and regional magazines and on-line e-zines. She is a member of RWA and RMFW, is on the RMFW Publicity Committee, regularly pelts RMFW with articles for the newsletter, and randomly blogs about writing.

Western Slope Monthly Programs are free to both members and non-members. They are three to four hours long on a Saturday morning. Topics vary. Check the event for registration requirements. Questions? Contact