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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.

January Meeting: Still missing: The 1988 disappearance of Randy Leach

randy-leach-missingTwenty-eight years ago, Linwood (Kansas) High School student Randy Leach went to a party and never returned. For nearly three decades, his disappearance and the lack of answers have haunted his family and the small Leavenworth County community.

Our January 7 speaker is Channel 4’s Lisa Wade McCormick, who has continued to investigate Randy Leach’s disappearance and the efforts to determine what happened to him. You can watch video of her broadcast here: “Nearly 30 years after his disappearance, Randy Leach’s family still seeking answers and closure.”

For more information, here’s the 2014 Lawrence Journal-World piece, “Randy Leach still missing after 26 years, KBI file remains sealed.

This program will be an opportunity to understand how an unsolved missing persons case can affect both the family and an entire community. It will also provide insight into the challenges of investigating an old but still-open case.

Join us on January 7 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.

December Meeting: Welcome to Bloody, MO

Click on the image to learn more about Bloody, MO!

Our speakers on December 3 are coming to us from Flatland KC, which airs on KCPT, Kansas City’s PBS station. Investigative Reporter Mike McGraw and Vice President for Digital and Multi-Media Content Carla McCabe will be speaking to us about Flatland KC‘s digital series, “Bloody, MO,” a Civil War-through-modern day video peek into Kansas City’s bloody past–starring equally notorious and unknown gunslingers, fire-starters, and godfathers. The series, which airs on KCPT, has done programs on Willie “The Rat” Cammisano, Sharon “La Pistolera” Kinne, Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd, and Silas M. Gordon. They’ll be talking about how they selected and researched their subjects and how they chose to develop the stories about their subjects.

This will be a great program and one that will appeal to writers, readers, and fans of true crime movies/documentaries. Please spread the word!

Join us December 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Carmack Community Room at Johnson County Library’s Central Resource Library, 9875 West 87th Street, Overland Park, Kansas. This meeting is free and open to the public!

 

Source: Welcome to Bloody, MO

November 19 Mystery Writing Group Meeting

The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren WilligNovember’s book is The Mischief of the Mistletoe, a book in Lauren Willig‘s much-loved Pink Carnation series.

Arabella Dempsey’s dear friend Jane Austen warned her against teaching. But Miss Climpson’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies seems the perfect place for Arabella to claim her independence while keeping an eye on her younger sisters nearby. Just before Christmas, she accepts a position at the quiet girls’ school in Bath, expecting to face nothing more exciting than conducting the annual Christmas recital. She hardly imagines coming face to face with French aristocrats and international spies…

Will Arabella and her friends run into trouble? Border Crimes member Ann Friedman will lead a discussion on this historical mystery romance.

If you’re a dues-paying member of Sisters in Crime, join us for this fun and educational discussion on Saturday, November 19, 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.

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.