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  • You've Got a Book in You

    "Elizabeth Sims proves herself a true writer's friend."

    —Jamie Morris, Director, Woodstream Writers
  • The Actress

    "Sims' wry commentary on life in Hollywood is dead-on."

    Publishers Weekly
  • The Extra

    "an intelligent thriller."

    —Jay Strafford Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • On Location

    "You just have to love Rita."

    Kirkus Reviews
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "Packs a twelve-week writing course into 280 pages."

    —Julie Compton, author of Keep No Secrets
  • The Actress

    "Intricate and surprising, this is a gripping read."

    —Kristine Huntley Booklist
  • The Extra

    "The two leads, Rita and George, are engaging and believable."

    —Hallie Ephron Boston Globe
  • On Location

    "Sims orchestrates the action—and occasional comic relief—for maximum impact."

    Publishers Weekly
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "The spark of inspiration to get started writing a book."

    —Hallie Ephron, award-winning author
  • The Actress

    "A page-turner from stem to stern!"

    Kirkus Reviews
  • The Extra

    "Goes down easy, like a perfect cup of coffee."

    Crimespree Magazine
  • On Location

    "A fast-paced, atmospheric mystery. Sims shines."

    —Melinda Bargreen The Seattle Times
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "The approach is always positive and well worth the price of admission"

    —Ellen Hart, award-winning author
  • The Actress

    "The fascination will keep you up late."

    —Jay Strafford Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • The Extra

    "An engaging thriller."

    —Harriet Klausner
  • On Location

    "As smart as it is compelling."

    —Michele Leber Booklist
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "It doesn't have the arrogant undertone found in other writing books."

    —The Book Depository
  • The Actress

    "Sims has a well-plotted and engaging winner here."

    —Melinda Bargreen The Seattle Times
  • The Extra

    "...and a lost beagle."

    Kirkus Reviews
  • On Location

    "Heart-pounding and page-turning."

    —Jay Strafford Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "In-depth, comprehensive and witty, but never complicated."

    —the office of LETTERS AND LIGHT
  • The Actress

    "Exhilarating! Elizabeth Sims provides a fascinating tale."

    —Harriet Klausner
  • The Extra

    "Brisk prose, facile storytelling, engaging characters."

    —Michele Leber Booklist
  • On Location

    "Rita's best role to date."

    —Lynne F. Maxwell Mystery Scene
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "I found great little gems of advice."

    —L.J. Sellers, bestselling mystery author
  • The Actress

    "Rita is a strong and believable voice."

    —Roberta Alexander The Mercury News
  • The Extra

    "A perfect blend of mystery, comedy and romance."

    —Rosa St.Claire Miami Books Examiner
  • On Location

    "A fabulous novel."

    —Harriet Klausner
  • You've Got a Book in You

    "Encouraging, practical and witty."

    —Gesa Kirsch, Ph.D., Professor of English, Bentley University
  • The Actress

    "A veteran mystery writer with a crackerjack tale."

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer


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Meet Elizabeth in person! Bookmark this page for announcements of scheduled appearances.

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Yes, you can let Elizabeth know you'd like her to come to your area. Email her at esims@elizabethsims.com.

scheduled for 2015

The 2015 Golden Crown Literary Society Conference
July 22nd - 26th, 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana
Hilton Riverside

Thursday, July 23, 2015
1:00 - 1:50pm
Elizabeth will participate in the Author Reading-Chat
2:00 - 2:50pm
Elizabeth will join panelists: Mavis Applewater, Erica Lawson, Martha Miller
We’ve Come to Murder
How each writer on the panel came to writing crime, and how crime writing differs from other genres for both the reader and the writer, with its different expectations, styles, and even different sub-genres.
Moderator: Baxter Clare Trautman

Friday, July 24, 2015
2:30 - 3:20pm
Elizabeth will join panelists: Dorothy Allison, Georgia Beers, Melissa Brayden, Andi Marquette, Elizabeth Sims
Liar, Liar... (Can you guess who is telling the lie?) (Open to the Public)
How well do you know your favorite authors? Who’s lying? And who’s telling the truth? Come and join in the fun!
Moderator: Carsen Taite

Saturday, July 25, 2015
2:00 - 2:50pm
Elizabeth will moderate the panel:
Breaking Bad: Writing About Lesbians Drinking, Smoking, Drugging, Swearing, Stealing and Fighting
Authors really have to think about how they portray these things, and it's not always easy to tread a line between realism, political correctness, and readers' expectations. How do authors deal with characters who walk on the wild side?
Panelists: Cheyne Curry, Isabella, Riley Adair Garret, JM Redmann, Ann Aptaker

Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writer’s Conference
September 24-26, 2015 Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida

Elizabeth will lead a critique group on Thursday and present 'Fearless Writing' on Friday.

previous events 2014

September 25-27, 2014 St. Augustine, Florida
Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writer’s Conference

Critique Sessions
Elizabeth's Guest Blog
Elizabeth presented 'How to Write a Dynamite Mystery or Thriller that SELLS'

Elizabeth and JC Gatlin sign books.

Saturday, September 6, 2014, Tampa Florida
Meeting begins at 10:00 AM
FWA Wesley Chapel Writers Group

New Tampa Library
10001 Cross Creek Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33647

Elizabeth Sims speaker
For information, email Cindy Campbell at abic@msn.com

August 28, 2014 6:30 PM, Sarasota, Florida
Elizabeth was the featured reader at the Sarasota premiere of Wordier Than Thou storytelling and prose open mic

Elizabeth on stage.

August 3-10, 2014 Los Angeles, California
on the campus of the American Jewish University (AJU)
Lambda Literary Writer's Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices

Elizabeth Sims, Faculty - Genre Fiction (emphasis on mysteries and thrillers)

Elizabeth Reads

Workshop Fellows

July 9-13, 2014 Portland, Oregon
Red Lion Hotel On The River - Jantzen Beach
The 2014 GCLS Conference

Elizabeth presented workshops and panel discussions:
Conference Schedule

April 27, April 29 and May 4 2014 see the Website for venues
The Tampa Bay Symphony
Elizabeth will played percussion in the concerts featuring works by Dvorak, Beethoven and de Falla.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nokomis, Florida
Meeting begins at 6:00 PM
FWA Sarasota Writers Group

Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department
corner of Pavonia and US41
Nokomis, Florida.

Elizabeth Sims speaker
For information, email George Mindling at myakka@embarqmail.com, or Ed Ellis at edellis20@gmail.com.
Please include FWA Sarasota in the subject line.

Sunday, April 13, 2014 4:00 PM
South Shore Symphony Orchestra

United Methodist Church of Sun City Center
1210 Del Webb Blvd W
Sun City Center, FL 33573
(813) 634-2539

Elizabeth played tympani in the concert featuring the works of Aaron Copland

January 16-20, 2014 St. Pete Beach, Florida
Silver Threads Celebration

Dolphin Beach Resort
4900 Gulf Boulevard
St Pete Beach, Florida 33706
Elizabeth presented a 'You've Got a Book in You' workshop
2:15 - 3:30pm on Friday, January 17

January 10-11, 2014 Bradenton, Florida
Florida Writer's Association
Mid-Winter Conference West and Reading Festival

1st Baptist Church Educational Building
1306 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205

Elizabeth presented:
Friday – 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM, Room 220 – Writing to Prompts
Saturday – 12:30 PM to 2 PM, Room 220 – "You've Got A Book In You"

previous events 2013

October 19, 2013: Florida Writer's Association Conference
Orlando, Florida
Marriott Lake Mary

Elizabeth was featured at this annual conference.
She presented "How to Write a Dynamite Mystery or Thriller that SELLS!", and was available throughout the weekend at other conference events. And, signed copies of You've Got a Book in You in the Conference Bookstore.
FWA Conference 2013

October 5, 2013: Special Appearance
Sponsored by Writers World on KleisTV.com

Elizabeth presented a workshop, "Writing is Easy & Fun"
Workshop & Reception were held in:
The Village at
Ed Gould Plaza
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Workshop 10am-noon
Reception Noon-1pm

September 27-29, 2013: Writer's Digest Conference West
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, CA

Elizabeth presented two sessions:
"How to Write a Dynamite Mystery or Thriller That SELLS!"
"Quit Your Day Job - Seriously"

April 5-7, 2013: Writer’s Digest Conference
Sheraton New York Hotel
811 7th Avenue 53rd Street. New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 581-1000

Writers Digest Conference East 2013

Writer’s Digest Conference 2013
New York, April 5th - 7th.
Elizabeth presented the session:
Quit Your Day Job - Seriously!

Audience members line up to meet Elizabeth

Elizabeth greets fans

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