Saturday Workshop – April 14, 2018

April 14th, 2018 at 10:30 am at St Mark’s Lodge. For members and invited guests.

Board Meeting starts at 9 AM.

All members are welcome to join the board for the meeting.

Double-header: How to Sell a Life Sentence and the 9 Principles Major Case Management

Calgary Police Service homicide detective Dave Sweet brings us two presentations:
How to Sell a Life Sentence: Det. Sweet explains the strategies he uses in the interview room and how he creates a space that empowers suspects to tell the truth, even if it means they will serve a life sentence. He uses chilling case examples and details to illustrate these strategies, as well as including the pitfalls to avoid and the safe-guards that are in place to ensure and/or verify information.
Nine Principles of Major Case Management: Det. Sweet explains the nine principles of Major Case Management: the command triangle, communication, accountability mechanisms, investigative strategies, partnerships, leadership and team building, management considerations, ethical considerations and legal considerations. This investigative management model came as a result of the Campbell Inquiry after the violent serial rapist and killer Paul Bernardo eluded police detection because of the lack of coordination between jurisdictions. The model gives technical insight into investigations and is an effective project management system. Det. Sweet brings us through increasingly complex processes and explains how to stay agile to ensure success, no matter the size of the project.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 – NaNo Prep, Planning For Success



March 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM at St Mark’s Lodge. Members and Invited Guests only.

Sarah Kades & Darlene Maynard – Nanowrimo Prep

Have you participated in either Camp NaNo or NaNoWritMo and want to hone your process? Maybe it is on your to-do list and more information would help you jump in? Join us as we go over strategies and tips we like to use from manuscript planning, to preparing your desk and head space, to what food you have in the house. We’ll cover some expected, and not so expected bases to inspire you to achieve your writing goals.

Saturday Workshop – March 10, 2018


February 10th, 2018 at 10:30 am at St Mark’s Lodge. For members and invited guests.

Board Meeting starts at 9 AM.

All members are welcome to join the board for the meeting.

The Organized Creative: planning your writing (creative and business) year – quarter – month – year – and finally day
Writing Erotica (Plus Late Valentine’s Social)  with M. Jane Colette

Planning out your writing is an acquired skill. Setting priorities and keeping to a schedule. M Jane Colette takes us through her process of planning that allows her to be a fairly prolific writer. AND, since we had a snow day for our last workshop, M Jane will also be presenting her snowed out presentation on Writing Erotica. Can’t be missing that.

M Jane Colette writes tragedy for people who like to laugh, comedy for the melancholy, and erotica for men and women who like their fantasies real. She believes rules and hearts were made to be broken; ditto the constraints of genres. The result? “A whole new sub-genre of her own… social realist erotica that’s frenetic and complex and often funny and very well observed.”

Also, smoking hot. Which is still the most important thing in erotica, romance… and, life?

A poster child Gemini, she is, most of the time, at least two people. Her left-brain persona sold out long ago. She wears severely-cut suits of black, blue and only that shade of green (“No, not that shade—have you seen the colour of my hair and eyes? Please. Let’s coordinate.”) and spends a lot of time in board rooms, offices, and “war rooms” (what a name!) parsing lies. It’s a living.

(But, oh, what a plethora of source material…) Her right-brain persona longs to be an iconoclast and an artist. When nobody’s looking, she writes poetry.

Book Signing – B.G. Cousins, March 10, 2018


Book Signing at the Indigo Signal Hill, Calgary

Come out and meet ARWA writer B.G. Cousins on  March 10 as he signs copies of his historical novels, The Locket and his new release, The Great Celt, the first two books of his series, The Rainey Chronicles.

The Locket: A woman in search of her father. A soldier in search of a future. A journey through the Maelstrom of the Russian Revolution.

The Great CeltMuscovy 1460. After years of combat, veteran mercenary Connor Rainey heads into the Land of the Rus in search of a peaceful new home. What he finds is anything but peaceful.

B.G. Cousins will be at the store from 11 AM to 4 PM.