President’s Message

Recently, I’ve read hundreds of newspaper articles dating from the turn of the twentieth century and been shocked by the casually racist language. Society’s standards for what was acceptable speech were very different then than they are now.

Many of us grew up in the late 1900s and developed our personal codes of conduct in accord with what was acceptable behavior and speech at that time.

But society’s thinking has evolved since we were young and as writers and speakers it is imperative that we educate ourselves about those changes. None of you wants to offend your readers or your peers nor do you want to be called out, publicly shamed or cancelled for something you wrote or said.

I encourage everyone to explore the extensive array of readings, short videos and the Equity 101 class that Sisters in Crime offers on SistersinCrime.org. These resources are free to members and easy to access. The link to these resources is here.

Our March meeting event is Getting Serious About Series. We’ve called on series experts Marty Wingate, Glen Erik Hamilton and Cynthia Blair to speak about how to handle common challenges when writing series. We invite our members to join in the discussion and add their perspectives and expertise.

There will be no monthly meeting in April, because many of us are attending Left Coast Crime. Check Member News to see which of your colleagues are presenting and on what days.

Catherine Linka
Puget Sound Chapter Sisters in Crime

Next Meetings:

Further details, including registration info, are available on our Meetings page.

All meetings take place on Zoom unless otherwise specified.

March 14: Getting Serious About Series, with Marty Wingate, Glen Erik Hamilton and Cynthia Blair (writing as Cynthia Baxter). Some of the topics that they will touch upon include how to keep a series fresh, what’s ended up being useful in a series that has run for a long time, and what choices they made early on that they later came to regret.  Other chapter members who are involved in writing series are invited to share their experiences and advice, as well. 

April 10-14: Left Coast Crime—Seattle Shakedown in Bellevue, WA: We hope to arrange a meetup during the conference.