July 2020 Meeting Recap: Virtual Ice Cream Social

July 9, 2020 President Luanne Brown presented a Powerpoint with an overview of the “new normal,” some cartoons, a preview of upcoming programs, and pictures of FOOD. Over twenty members introduced themselves to each other and shared stories about what they are writing and reading and how the pandemic is affecting their lives. Only a … Read more

May 2020 Meeting Recap: Marketing in the Pandemic Age

The May panel addressed Marketing During the Pandemic Age. Jeffrey Briggs, writer and journalist, answered the question: What Happens When You Ask? He shared his experience as an independent author learning how to overcome his inherent shyness to actively sell his first mystery, Out of the Cold Dark Sea. He explained how he used the … Read more

April 2020 Meeting Recap

The April panel on “How to Prepare your Manuscript for Publication” was our chapter’s first Zoom program event. President Luanne Brown facilitated the session, and thanks to our panelists and participants, the event was a success. Claire Allen works with writers to check for errors of grammar, usage, clarity, logic, and euphony. She discussed the … Read more

In Memoriam – Hard Rain Launch – packed house

We had a large turnout at our February meeting to celebrate the life of Sisters in Crime member and former treasurer Waverly Fitzgerald and the publication of her book, HARD RAIN. Curt Colbert and Waverly’s daughter, Shaw Elizaveta, read from parallel novels Curt and Waverly wrote, set in 1999 – Waverly’s Hard Rain and Curt’s All Along the Watchtower. … Read more

Panel: How to Prepare Your Manuscript for Publication

Thursday, April 9th, 7:00pm — now on Zoom See our April newsletter or send us an email for Zoom access details. Join us on Zoom for our panel of publishing experts. Bring your questions! Claire Allen will offer tips on how to choose an editor, proofreader, or book designer. Beth Jusino will discuss pitching your manuscript … Read more

January 2020 Meeting Recap: Becoming Sam Gaynor – an Evening with Catherine Hendricks

Catherine, aka Sam, shared stories from her experience as a King County prosecutor, including sharing an office with police, to illustrate the role of the prosecutor and the difference between the work of prosecutors and police. One of the differences she explained was the difference in strategic thinking about cases. Prosecutors tend to think more … Read more

Waverly Fitzgerald: In Memoriam and HARD RAIN book launch

Our February meeting will be a very special one: we will celebrate the life of our longtime member, Waverly Fitzgerald, who passed away on December 13, 2019 just before the paperback publication of her new Rachel Stern PI mystery, HARD RAIN, by Epicenter Press. (She was able to see the ebook edition released in November.) … Read more

Flash Fictions from Paranormal to Noir

Our annual flash fiction night in November again demonstrated the diversely talented writers in our chapter. More than a dozen people stepped up to the challenge of writing a story no longer than 350 words on the theme of “mysteries in the dark of night.” The stories ranged from hard-boiled and ghost stories to paranormal … Read more

Becoming Sam Gaynor: An evening with Catherine Hendricks

Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 7:00pm Stadler Room at Third Place Commons, Lake Forest Park Catherine Hendricks practiced law for 33 years, half as a trial lawyer and half as an appellate lawyer, including many years with the WA Attorney General. But she always intended to be a writer. “I’ve always thought of myself as … Read more