Virtual Writing Workshops

These workshops are available free of charge to Orange County chapter members, as well as members of Sisters in Crime worldwide. There are a number of seats available to writers interested in Sisters in Crime, but haven’t joined yet. Write to 

Wednesday, January 13, 10:30 a.m. – noon PT

Write to get Published
with Joe Ide

Joe Ide.

Joe Ide discusses what it takes to get published and how to make your writing stand out. He’ll talk about strategies to elevate your writing including:

  • Ingredients that make one story compelling while another falls flat.
  • Methods for creating dynamic characters and dialogue that’s sharp, smart, and entertaining.
  • Building action scenes, as well as the basics of rewriting.
  • Publishing field: the gatekeepers, who they are and what they expect.
  • What publishers are looking for and what they’ll reject out of hand.
  • Other practical questions like: I’m about to write a 300-page novel, how do I start? Prologue or no prologue? I’m stuck. What do I do now? How do I write twists and turns? What am I looking for when I’m rewriting? How do I develop my voice?

Joe grew up in South Central Los Angeles where his favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. The very idea that a person could face the world and vanquish his enemies with just his intelligence fascinated him. Joe later went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers before writing his debut novel, IQ. Inspired by IQ’s success, he went on to write four more novels in the series: Righteous, Wrecked, High Five, and his latest novel, Smoke.

Zoom login will be made available to members and those curious about membership. To register, email 

 The cost of this workshop would equal or surpass the cost of membership: Orange County Chapter ($25/yr) and National ($40). Consider joining today.