Tag Archives: Writing

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.

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.

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

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.