Order in the Court & In Your Writing
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Have you always wanted to incorporate a legal thread in your books but stopped short because you’re not Lisa Scotoline or John Grisham? Join author and attorney Leslie Budewitz as she presents an overview of the justice system as well as common mistakes authors make when writing about the legal profession.
Leslie Budewitz blends her passion for food, great mysteries, and the Northwest in the Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries and the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, set in Jewel Bay, Montana. Death al Dente (Berkley, 2013) won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her guide for writers, Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law and Courtroom Procedure (Linden/Quill Driver) won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction. Leslie is a practicing lawyer, admitted to the bar in Washington and Montana. In her first job after graduating from the University of Notre Dame Law School, she clerked for the Washington State Court of Appeals. Her practice has included a wide variety of civil and criminal matters, including personal injury and business litigation, employment law, and criminal defense. Leslie has spoken to writers’ groups across the country on avoiding common mistakes in the law, including MWA and RWA chapters, the Writers’ Police Academy, the Flathead River Writers’ Conference, and Colorado Gold. The 2015-16 president of Sisters in Crime, Leslie lives in NW Montana.
Tread lightly...But know that while we are all working together here, the conversation can turn quickly to death, destruction and mayhem. And we are fine with that. We'll even abet you as you work to do the same, to become the best spinner of romantic mysteries and thrillers that you can be. So come on in, the water's warm...as blood.