November Meeting: The Benefits of Writing Conferences (Panel Discussion)

“Writing can be a solitary pursuit.” “Writing is a lonely business.” “Writers live in their heads.” We’ve all heard some version of this idea. But the truth is that writers need to reach out to other writers, members of the publishing industry, and other experts in order to improve their craft and learn how to maneuver their stories from a manuscript to a product in the marketplace.

Writing conferences big and small can help writers at any stage in their careers. But how do you pick the conference that’s right for you (and your budget)? Border Crimes members Ann Friedman, Jack Kline, and Joyce Brown will talk about the writing conferences they recently attended and how they benefited. Border Crimes member Lisa Harkrader will moderate.

Join us on November 5 at 11 a.m. for this program, which is free and open to the public! This meeting will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.

October 15 Mystery Writing Group Book Discussion: The Cuckoo’s Calling

the-cuckoos-calling-book-cover-usOctober’s discussion will focus on The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first book in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith. Modestly selling initially, this book became a #1 bestseller once the author’s true identity was revealed: Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. Unlike the Harry Potter series, the Cormoran Strike novels aren’t for kids, but according to one reviewer, The Cuckoo’s Calling is a witty, twisty mystery…masterfully plotted.” To another, it is “a brilliant achievement, mordantly funny and monumentally absorbing.”

This book discussion will be lead by SinC member Juliet Kincaid.

If you’re a dues-paying member of Sisters in Crime, join us for this fun and educational discussion on Saturday, September 17, 10:30 a.m. at Winstead’s, 8036 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas.

For more information, contact Juliet Kincaid.

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October Meeting: Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies

As mystery writers, we’re used to writing the story about the hero catching the bad guy and bringing justice for the victim. But what if our hero catches the wrong guy?

Jean K. Gilles Phillips will speak at the October 1 Border Crimes monthly meeting.

Jean K. Gilles Phillips will speak at the October 1 Border Crimes monthly meeting.

Our October speaker will be Jean K. Gilles Phillips, a clinical professor of law and the director of the Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies at the University of Kansas School of Law. Most recently, the Project was in the news for its work on the case of Floyd Bledsoe, a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 15 years for a murder his brother committed.

Phillips will talk about everything from the scientific issues surrounding evidence to the emotional toll of working to exonerate  those who are wrongfully convicted, as well as the adjustments a wrongfully convicted person must make when released from prison. She will talk about the case of Floyd Bledsoe and the challenges he faced after serving 15 years in prison–15 years during which his children grew up, and the world changed drastically as cell phones and the internet took over everyday communications.

Join us on October 1 at 11 a.m. for this program, which is free and open to the public! This meeting will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.

September 17 Mystery Writing Group Meeting

Man in the Brown SuitSeptember’s book is The Man in the Brown Suit by mystery legend Agatha Christie. This book is a standalone not featuring any of Mrs. Christie’s usual detectives although Colonel Race, one of Mrs. Christie’s less well-known sleuths, makes his first appearance. The story concerns a young woman, Anne Beddingfeld who is the daughter of an elderly anthropologist who succumbs to illness at the beginning of the book. Her father’s death allows Anne to go off on her adventure. She is the standalone character.

The book was written after a round-the-world tour the Christies took with a trade mission. The mission was headed by a former teacher from Archie Christie’s college, a Major Belcher. During the trip Belcher convinced Agatha to write a book featuring him and his house. The character of Sir Eustace Pedler was based on Major Belcher. Other people on the mission tour were also written into the story and Belcher’s secretary was also Pedler’s secretary. Although the activity doesn’t appear in the story, Agatha and Archie learned to surf during the tour.

Discussion leader and SinC Border Crimes member Valerie Bonham tells us why she chose this book. “I like the story because of its unusual setting — South Africa — and because the story features a young woman setting off on her own.”

If you’re a dues-paying member of Sisters in Crime, join us for this fun and educational discussion on Saturday, September 17, 10:30 a.m. at Winstead’s, 8036 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas.

For more information, contact Juliet Kincaid.

Not a dues-paying member? Learn how to join.

September Meeting: The First Page

NOTE: The description of this program was updated on August 19, 2016.

Writers know they need to hook readers–and agents and editors–from the very first page. But what’s the key to writing a magical page that pulls the reader into the story? Winners of the SinC Border Crimes’ recent First Page Contest will share their entries to demonstrate how to make the first 250 words count.

Join us for The First Page on September 3, 2016 at 11 a.m.!  This meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.

Writing Class: Write Your Novel

Novels by Juliet Kincaid

Novels by Juliet Kincaid

Have you always wanted to write a novel, but you don’t even know how to start? Or do you have a novel hidden in a drawer that you’d like to revisit? In either case, please join former writing professor, current self-published novelist and life-long novel-lover and Sisters in Crime member JULIET KINCAID this fall in her Novel Writing class.

Topics include what you need to know to start your novel, what you need to do to write it, and essential aspects of fiction like structure, point of view, and characterization. In a typical class we’ll talk about the topic and then we’ll practice it. So be sure to bring something to write with and something to write on. I hope you can join us because we’re going to have a ton of fun.

Novel Writing includes eight 90-minute classes and is being offered through the Johnson County Parks and Recreation 50+ Program at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty, OPKS 66204.

8 – 90 min. classes $40 residents/ $45 nonresidents

35313     MRCC           Session starts 9/6                 Tue 1:30 – 3

35314     MRCC           Session starts 11/8               Tue 1:30 – 3

To register online, go to www.JCPRD.com or call (913) 831-3359.

July 16 Border Crimes Mystery Writing Group Meeting

Her Royal SpynessTo get us ready for the August workshop with Rhys Bowen, this month’s Border Crimes Mystery Writing Group meeting will examine Bowen’s Her Royal Spyness, the book that kicked off the Her Royal Spyness series.

If you’re a dues-paying member of Sisters in Crime, join us for this fun and educational discussion on Saturday, July 16, 10:30 a.m. at Winstead’s, 8036 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas. Border Crimes member Diann Markley will lead the discussion.

For more information, contact Juliet Kincaid.

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