Friday, April 24, 2009

Writing a mystery?

Research is critical in fiction writing. Here's an inexpensive way to learn how to keep it real.

May 4th – 29th, 2009

Skips, Lies, and Videotape : (How PIs Find the Missing, Nail the Fraudulent, and Obtain the Proof)

Instructor: Colleen Collins and Shaun Kaufman

If you have ever wondered what it was like to work at a PI and incorporate it into your books, then this is the class for you.

This four-week class will cover the following: The Skips: Tracing Electronically. The steps of a skip and researching on the web, along with case examples. Tracing on foot and how to dig in public records. The fraudulent: from black market to white collar and the types of investigations. Types of proof and ways to obtain the proof needed for the case.

Colleen Collins ( has written 20 novels/anthologies for Harlequin (including one paranormal romance thriller for Dorchester w/a Cassandra Collins). As a private investigator, she specializes in skiptracing, witness interviews, surveillances, and infidelity investigations. She and her business partner Shaun Kaufman co-own Highlands Investigations in Denver, Colorado, and also teach workshops for writers who are developing PI stories and characters ( Kaufman is a retired trial attorney who specializes in forensic and financial investigations, domestic relations and civil surveillances, and criminal litigation assistance. Along with his investigative business partner Colleen Collins, he teaches the popular "Writing PIs in Novels" workshops ( He has published articles on private investigations in PI Magazine as well as on the Internet.

Cost: $20

All payments for a workshop must be received by the registration deadline - May 1st .

What a steal. Visit the groups website for payment details or the contact information for questions. Click Here...

1 comment:

Ty said...

Rhonda, thanks for the tip! May is jam-packed for me, but I'm definitely going to register.