Monday, June 24, 2013

When Hard Work Pays Off

Patty here...

I'm posting late because I'm a bit tired today. For the past year and a half as President of Sisters in Crime Los Angeles, I've been planning a two-day writers' conference with a group of other dedicated volunteers. The California Crime Writers Conference was held this past weekend at the Hilton Pasadena to a sold out crowd. Our keynote speakers, Sue Grafton and Elizabeth George, spoke at the luncheons, inspired us with their words, mingled with other writers and signed books for fan-girls like me.

Elizabeth George taught a workshop on "Finding Your Process" to an audience that was standing room only and spilling out into the hallway. Sue Grafton donated a manuscript critique for our charity auction and Elizabeth purchased an auction item with a practiced nod of her head. Generous. Impressive. Amazing women.

Here's a photo taken by Robin Templeton of Sue Grafton, Hank Phillippi Ryan (President of National Sisters in Crime), me and Elizabeth George. Here is an article about Sue's Saturday keynote address.

I promise to write more next week. For now, I need another cup of coffee and maybe a nap!

Happy Monday!


  1. Sounds as if all your hard work paid off.

    Paul L.

  2. from Jacqueline

    Well done you, Patty! I am in awe of your organizational skill (though would have expected nothing less), and thrilled that you pulled together such a great crowd. Excellent - hope you do it next year, and I'll come along!

  3. The next conference is June 2015. Mark your calendar!