Suspense Is Not Limited To Thrillers!

Free for Members, $25 for Non-members
Event will be on Zoom.

Saturday, 5/21/2022, 9am-11am.
Zoom room will open at 8:45am.

Breakout sessions:

Lisa Jones Q&A

Self-Publishing Q&A will be hosted by CIPA President Veronica Yager, of YellowStudios Book Publishing Services.

Suspense is not limited to thrillers; suspense is what keeps the pages of any book turning. There’s nothing more nail-biting than a romance, or a story about a friendship gone awry, or an essay about a Thanksgiving dinner with an extended family that has spread out all over the political spectrum. Writer and teacher Lisa Jones has long been fascinated by suspense and has created a formula for writing a short suspense scene in any genre. She’ll introduce you to the fundamentals of her formula, then walk you through it while you write! If there’s time, folks will get a chance to read what they’ve written.


Lisa Jones has taught creative writing to writers of all levels for 13 years. Her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and Smithsonian and have been read on NPR’s All Things Considered. Her memoir, BROKEN: A Love Story is the true tale of her friendship with quadriplegic Northern Arapaho horse trainer and traditional healer. It was published by Scribner, described as “the most beautiful and important book to come out of the West in a decade” by author Alexandra Fuller, and won a gold medal from Nautilus.

Round Table –


How to Use QR Codes to Help Readers Find Your Writing


Hosted by Caitlin Berve

The physical and virtual worlds are intimately integrated in our daily lives now, and your books and marketing efforts should acknowledge and take advantage of this. QR codes are an easy way to connect your physical books with your virtual platform. These square barcodes can link your readers with your website, the most up-to-date list of your published works, your email sign-up, and more. In this QR code roundtable you’ll learn what a QR code is, how to make one for free, and what to do with them to help you reach your readers.

More info:

  • You must pre-register by 4pm on Friday, the afternoon before the meeting date. (Free to members, non-members $25.)
  • The Zoom will be emailed to all attendees by 5pm the evening before the event.
  • Meeting opens at 8:45am MDT for networking.
  • Meeting begins at 9am and ends around 11am.
  • Contact Cheryl with any questions: [email protected]