2020 Events

MI-SinC Critique Group: MONTHLY
Our members-only critique group is held on the third Saturday of every month. You don’t have to commit to attending or sharing your work every month, just when you can. A reminder email will be sent to you monthly. Questions? Send an email to michigansinc@gmail.com.

MI-SinC Online Writing Sprints
We meet online every other Sunday from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., and challenge each other to get the most words down in 25 minutes. Pop in and say hello, and surprise yourself with how many words you manage to write.
The Zoom video chat room opens at 11:45 a.m.; to join CLICK HERE! Password: Sprints2020

MI-SinC Deconstructing Mysteries
October 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us for a different kind of book club! We will read The Bootlegger’s Daughter (first book in a popular series) by Margaret Maron and “deconstruct” it using Larry Brooks’ 4-Part structure analysis. The goal is to learn better plotting by seeing how a successful writer has pulled it off. To join our group, send an email to Theresa Falzone at tfalzone@gmail.com and you will receive a blank template to fill out as you read.

Jane Cleland Writing Workshop: Foreshadowing: A Literary Workhorse,
October 17th at 1 p.m.; FREE. Learn how to use hints, innuendo, and repetition to foreshadow your plot and themes (crucial) and how to avoid coincidence and contrived endings (also crucial). You can find the flyer for the workshop here and sign up here to reserve your spot.

Michigan Poisons With The Poison Lady
October 20, 7-8:30 p.m., FREE for members, $5 for non-members. Luci Hannson Zahray, AKA The Poison Lady, is a retired pharmacist and poison expert. In this Zoom seminar she will focus on poisons found in Michigan nature. She will answer questions asked in advance from our members and MAY have time to answer questions presented in the seminar. Please send questions by October 10 to Theresa Falzone at tfalzone@gmail.com. To register for the seminar, click here. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link to access the seminar the day before the event.

Masked Murder, New England Crime Bake 2020!
November 7, 7-10 p.m.
This annual mystery love fest is going virtual, but the mission remains the same: Provide the opportunities you need to expand your knowledge of craft and commerce and to enjoy the special camaraderie that has distinguished this conference for nearly 20 years.
No matter what sub-genre you prefer or where you find yourself on your writer’s journey, there is something here for you. At Writing During the Pandemic Panel, a stellar group of writers will be asked to share their secrets and solutions to keeping the words flowing during good times and bad. And the book biz pros on  The Publishing Landscape: 2020 and Beyond will discuss the state of the business and debate the best emerging challenges and strategies targeted to carve out successes in a tough marketplace.
Plus: For a modest fee, you can sign up to have an agent or acquisitions editor review your query letter and/or the first page of your manuscript or have a crime author critique your first 20 pages.

Registration for the reviews and critiques is open now. Space is limited, so don’t delay. Information on attending the virtual November 7 event and panels is coming soon at crimebake.org.

How to Get and Maintain Writer Motivation with Author and SinC President Lori Rader-Day
November 17, 7-8:30 p.m.: In this FREE members-only Zoom workshop, Lori will dish on how to get and maintain writer motivation, writing during hard times, and share lots of productivity tools. To register, click here. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link to access the seminar the day before the event.

December: Holiday Party, details TBD

January 2021: Contracts Beware! A Zoom workshop with author L.A. Chandler, a small press editor (TBD) and an agent (TBD)

 

Write-In in Detroit Institute of Arts’ beautiful and inspiring Kresge Court

Sylvia Hubbard presenting 5 Ways to Rock Social Media Without Losing Your Mind

An informative and entertaining afternoon with L.A. Chandlar, author of "The Art Deco Mystery Series."

Michigan Sisters (and Misters) in Crime tour the Wayne County Jail

Amazing afternoon session with Karen Dionne, author of "The Marsh King's Daughter."

MEMBER NEWS

CONGRATS to member Laura Wolfe! She recently signed a three-book deal with Bookouture (Hachette UK) for three standalone suspense/mystery novels. The first of the three novels, Two Widows, releases on August 27th. The second novel, She Lies Alone, will release in November of this year. They are both set in Michigan. The Amazon link is here: https://www.amazon.com/Two-Widows-totally-gripping-suspense-ebook/dp/B0896392QX/

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

Lakota Grace

Elizabeth Heitner

Elizabeth Meyette