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November Meeting: The History of Your Home and the People Who’ve Lived There

Houses are full of mysteries (and maybe even a ghost or two). Every building and piece of land has a story. Whether you’re researching your own property or searching for places to hide clues in your latest mystery, understanding how to research homes, businesses, and land can be a fascinating hobby and helpful skill.

The Register of Deeds will become your friend.

In this fun and information-filled program, Diana Staresinic-Deane will walk you through how to use deeds, maps (Diana loves maps!), newspapers, photographs, legal documents, and anything else you can find online and on the hard-to-reach shelves of your local archives to build a narrative for your house and the people who called it home.

Although many of the examples will hail from Franklin County, Kansas, researchers will find similar documents available for properties anywhere in Kansas or Missouri.

Diana Staresinic-Deane is a writer, local history junkie, cemetery tourist, guinea pig fanatic, former library assistant, and county museum manager. She is the author of Shadow on the Hill: The True Story of a 1925 Kansas Murder and blogs about Kansas history and Kansas places.  Her own love for house history began when she and her husband discovered their Emporia home had once been owned by Marty and Lorna Anderson of Emporia’s famous Bird/Anderson murders. She is a member of the Border Crimes chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Join us Saturday, November 4, 11 a.m.! This program 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.

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August Meeting: Playwriting: Writing for the Stage

Novels are not the only form of storytelling! Earlier this year we discussed turning your novel into a screen play with Nancy Pickard, whose book Scent of Rain and Lightning has recently been made into a movie.
In August, we will learn about playwriting with local playwright Christie Kennard, who has had several scripts produced and staged.

Join us August 5, at 11 a.m. at Johnson County Library’s Central Resource Library, 9875 West 87th Street, Overland Park, Kansas. This meeting is free and open to the public! NOTE: This is a different location from our usual meeting spot at the Antioch Branch.

July Meeting: What Makes a Book Good?

As writers we are always learning our craft. During this month’s meeting, we’ll talk about books that do a great job teaching craft–both nonfiction how-to books as well as fiction works that are excellent examples of craft.

Please bring lists and ideas of books that you feel do an exceptionally good job in one or more particular areas of writing: character development, setting, dialogue and description, conflict, planting clues and excellent writing guides. Our goal is to compile the lists so everyone can have a research bibliography.

Join us Saturday, July 1, 11 a.m.! This program 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.

Book vs. Movie: Nancy Pickard and Scent of Rain and Lightning

This spring, Nancy Pickard’s Scent of Rain and Lightning leaped off the page and onto the big screen, debuting at the Atlanta Film Festival on March 24 and winning Best Narrative Feature at the Kansas City Film Fest in April.

During Border Crime’s May Meeting, SinC member Nancy Pickard will talk about the process of turning a book into a movie and discuss how the filmmakers maintained the essence of the story while changing other elements for cinematic purposes.

Watch a film clip here: http://video-cdn.indiewire.com/players/AVHEoKeD-esN1lzYh.html

Join us Saturday, May 6, 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.

April Meeting: Adapting Research to Different Types of Writing

Whether we’re writing mysteries, true crime, memoirs, or non-fiction, our writing always requires some level of research. During our May meeting, author Priscilla H. Wilson will discuss adapting our research skills to our projects.

Priscilla H. Wilson grew up in Arkansas City, Kansas, and now lives in the Kansas City area. Her writing credits cover a variety non-fiction genres, including short stories, instruction, memoir, and biography. Her titles include The Facilitative Way: Leadership That Makes a DifferenceA Pioneer Love Story: The Letters of Minnie HobartEveryday Wonder: From Kansas to Kenya from Ecuador to Ethiopia, and Zero Meridian, Five Degrees North.

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Join us on Saturday, April 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.

March Meeting: Linda Rodriguez on Plotting the Character-Driven Novel

plotting-the-character-driven-novelFollowing the success of three award-winning novels, poet and author Linda Rodriguez turns her sought-after writing course on using depth of character as a springboard to a strong plot into a book designed to help the aspiring writer who wants to tell a story made compelling by the truth and complexity of its characters.

During our March meeting, Linda Rodriguez will talk about her new book, Plotting the Character-Driven Noveland explore the questions we need to ask our characters in order to create an exciting and complex plot.

Rodriguez has received much praise for her Skeet Bannion mysteries. Every Last Secret won the St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition, was a Barnes & Noble Mystery Pick,  was featured by Las Comadres National Latino Book Club, and was a finalist for the International Latino Book Award. Every Broken Trust was named a Las Comadres National Latino Book Club selection. Her third novel, Every Hidden Fear, was named A Latina Book Club 2014 Best Book of the Year. Rodriguez is an active member of numerous writing organizations, including our own chapter of Sisters in Crime.

This program will be a hit with writers of any genre!

Linda Rodriguez will be selling and signing books at this event.

Join us on Saturday, March 4 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.

February Meeting: Annual Border Crimes Potluck Brunch

Each year, Border Crimes hosts an annual potluck brunch to celebrate another year together, vote on new officers, and brainstorm programming ideas for the upcoming months. Join us for this fun informal gathering!

Join us on February 4 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.