Friday, May 6, 2016

Sisters in Crime President Thanks MWA for Raven Award

Thank you.

This award is a tribute to the vision that a roomful of women crime writers had nearly 30 years ago, and it’s a most fabulous prelude to our birthday celebration, which we’re beginning this fall. That it comes from our partners in crime makes it especially fitting, and especially wonderful.

This award also acknowledges all the officers, chapter leaders, and members who have made Sisters in Crime a true sisterhood, and who have done the hard work of bringing about change – bettering the lives and careers of all crime writers, because when women prosper we all prosper.

And in that spirit, I would like to ask everyone in the room who is a member of Sisters in Crime, including our brothers in crime, to please stand, and let me thank you.

And to the rest of you, we can take care of that.

I’d like to thank the past presidents and current board members here tonight:

  • Sara Paretsky, past president and a founding mother,
  • Margaret Maron, past president,
  • Catriona McPherson, immediate past president,
  • and Lori Roy, our treasurer.
I also want to acknowledge our Executive Director, Beth Wasson, who is not here tonight. She will be at Malice Domestic this weekend, so if you’re headed down there, please congratulate her when you see her. Sisters would not be what it is without her.

Of course, there is still work to be done.

When a man says he won’t read a book by a woman, there is work to be done.

When a bestselling male author says from the stage at a major writers convention that women cannot write thrillers, there is work to be done.

And when there are white readers, some of them writers, who can’t tell you when they last read a book by an author of color, there is work to be done.

And so, we will continue doing the work for the next 30 years, and more.

Thank you for giving us the wings. 

Leslie Budewitz

Sisters in Crime 

Photo Credit: Frank Price. Pictured: Leslie Budewitz, Catriona McPherson (immediate past president), Sara Paretsky (past president).

Watch the video of the speech here:


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That thing that got in my eye last Thursday has followed me home and is in my eye again now. Marvellous warm, fierce speech, Leslie. You did us all proud.

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Philip Butera said...

SleuthFest 2018

Dear Leslie Budewitz,

Would you include information about SleuthFest for your readers on your blog?

SleuthFest is a writers’ conference sponsored annually by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. 2018 will be its 24nd year.

2018’s Keynote is Andrew Gross, the Forensic Guest of Honor is Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D. The Guest Authors are James R. Benn, Hallie Ephron, Kristy Montee (PJ Parrish), and Hank Phillippi Ryan.

All the Guests of Honor will be giving intensive workshops and participating in panels and other sessions.

While SleuthFest’s emphasis is on writing mystery/thrillers/suspense, over the years, it has become one of the best conferences for writers of all genres. There are four tracks of workshops, presentations, and panels in writing craft, business & marketing, and forensics.

Other features are the annual Freddie Awards for Writing. There are cocktail parties, a raffle, informal mingling and pitch sessions with top agents and editors.

For many writers, SleuthFest is where they met their agent or editor. Unique to SleuthFest is the Strategy Sessions with professionals. Attendees can arrange for one-on-one time to ask about issues pertaining to their manuscript.

SleuthFest 2018 will take place March 1-4 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Boca Raton, Florida. More information can be found on the website at, or contact Victoria Landis & Michael Joy, our Co-Chairs, at

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Philip Butera
SleuthFest Publicity Co-Ordinator
561 445 7784

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