Thursday, January 22, 2009


Sisters in Crime will be sponsoring a writing workshop on October 14, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis, IN, the day before the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention begins. The SinC into Great Writing program features seminars by Donald Maass, Hallie Ephron, and Chris Roerden, and dinner with keynote speaker Nancy Pickard. The program will run from 1:30 to 9 pm.

Cost is $50 for SinC members, $150 for nonmembers.

SinC into Great Writing!: The Program

1:30 to 5:30 pm: Writing the Breakout Novel with Donald Maass

This intensive, hands-on writing workshop introduces powerful techniques for taking your fiction to the next level. (For advanced fiction writers.) Participants must bring the manuscript of a completed novel, or novel-in-progress. Based on the book "Writing the Breakout Novel" by New York literary agent Donald Maass.

5:45 to 7:00 pm: Dinner with Nancy Pickard

Dinner with featured keynote speaker Nancy Pickard: "My First Editor Got Fired and Other Tales of Survival in the Mystery Business"

7:15 to 9:00 pm (choose one workshop)

Twisting a Mystery Plot: The Secret's in the Secrets with Hallie Ephron

Plot is probably *the* critical element in a mystery novel. It has to be surprising, believable, and compelling. In this workshop we will talk about how to shape your novel so it delivers--grabbing the reader at the start and ending with satisfying wallop as puzzle pieces fall into place, revealing secrets along the way to keep the reader turning those pages.

Don't Sabotage Your Submission with Chris Roerden

Find out how manuscripts are really evaluated, why 95% are rejected almost immediately, and ways you can beat the odds and make it through the approval process toward becoming published.

Presenter bios:

New York literary agent Donald Maass is the author of "Writing the Breakout Novel," "Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook," and "The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great."

Nancy Pickard, 4-time Edgar Nominee and winner of Agatha, Anthony, Shamus, and Macavity awards, is the author of 17 novels and dozens of short stories. She is a founding member and former national president of Sisters In Crime.

Hallie Ephron is an author, writing teacher, and award-winning "Boston Globe" book reviewer. Her latest psychological suspense novel, "Never Tell a Lie," received a starred review in PW and was an Indie NEXT pick for 1/09. She is also the author of Edgar-nominated "Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: How to Knock 'Em Dead with Style."

Chris Roerden is the Agatha-winning, Macavity- and Anthony-nominated author of "Don't Murder Your Mystery" and its all-genre version, "Don't Sabotage Your Submission." She edits authors published by St. Martin's, Berkley Prime Crime, Midnight Ink, and more.

For questions: contact Beth Wasson.

Deadline: September 22, 2009. NO REFUNDS. Registration will be capped at 200.

Cost: $50 for SinC members, $150 for nonmembers. Dinner and coffee break included. Discounted conference hotel rates are offered through the Bouchercon website.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


By SinC President Judy Clemens

"The mission of Sisters in Crime is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry."

What an important mission we have. We join together as sisters and brothers in crime to advance this mission and see our beloved mystery genre blossom. We’re all here because we love reading mysteries, we love to celebrate them, and we want to do our part to make sure the crime writing community continues to grow and welcome women authors as equal partners in the field.

We are fortunate to have a dedicated and passionate board of directors, a fantastic executive secretary, enthusiastic members, and active and hard-working chapters all across the country. Our base is strong and continues to get stronger.

My first official act as president of SinC was to thank Roberta Isleib for her leadership during the past year. I meant every word wholeheartedly – Roberta was a source of strength and vision, and led the organization well during a year of many decisions and activities. We also said a warm good-bye and thank you to Donna Andrews, who served on the board for five years as chapter liaison, and to Margaret Coel, who served as a member-at-large during the past year.

We welcome new board members Julianne Balmain (aka Nadia Gordon) as our Monitoring Project Coordinator, Cathy Pickens as the head of public relations, Robin Burcell as the chapter liaison, and Charlaine Harris as a member-at-large. All four dove right into our meetings this fall with enthusiasm and a willingness to go above and beyond their roles.

I go into this year as president with much energy and excitement. As you read in our cover article, the board had a successful strategic planning session to guide us through the next three years. As we looked at our organization, we were able to refocus our energies and look ahead to many interesting projects – some a continuation and restructuring of projects we’ve been doing for years, and some brand new. We have much to work on, much to continue, and much to look forward to!

During the next year we have many exciting things in store – a revamping of our web site, a day of workshops before the Indianapolis Bouchercon, a revitalized newsletter, an enlarged mission for our Monitoring Project, and many other things that will become clear as the year goes on.

If you would like to become more involved with SinC’s mission, we welcome volunteers in so many areas of our organization! If you have a passion for something, please let us know. We’d love to have any time you could offer to help us further this business we love.

So let’s do what our tagline suggests – SinC into a good mystery! And while we’re at it, let’s go ahead and SinC into a fantastic mystery organization, as well!