Mystery, murder and mayhem -- that's what our members are passionate about . . . at least in the books they read, write, and/or work with in their professional careers. SinC Atlanta is one of 51 chapter of Sisters in Crime, dedicated to the advancement of women crime fiction writers. We are readers, published authors, aspiring writers, publishing professionals, librarians, even a few subject matter experts from the crime field (our chapter includes a retired agent of the Secret Service!).
Our chapter offers our members monthly Meet-ups (2nd Saturday of every month, Smyrna Library and other Atlanta locations) with a fantastic speaker (e.g., forensics experts, law enforcement professionals, literary agents, editors) that entertain and inform us as crime fans and writers. Stick
Outside of meetings include:
-- Lunch Can Be Murder (2 author-reader luncheons per year, SinC authors book-selling event),
-- Webinars and workshops on write-craft, the business of writing (e.g., querying agents/publishers, website design, marketing), forensics and law enforcement.
-- Virtual book club (meet some of the biggest names in the business from the comfort of your home),
-- Book festivals (including a booth at the Decatur Book Festival -- SinC author book-selling event),
-- Private audiences with visiting best-selling authors in town for a book launch (past authors include Tess Gerritsen, Sara Paretsky, and Hank Phillippi Ryan,)
-- Critique groups,
-- Author publicity through our chapter website, Facebook, and Twitter,
-- Mystery-themed social events (e.g., Murder Mystery Dinner parties, escape room excursions, game nights),
-- Travel Buddy Program -- share rides and hotel rooms to Killer Nashville, Bouchercon, Murder in the Magic City, Murder on the Menu, and other writer and reader conferences,
-- Networking with writers, publishing professionals, and most importantly,
-- The chance to make good friends with men and women who share our passion for mysteries, thrillers, and suspense books you can't put down.
First two meeting visits are FREE! Local membership dues, $20; National membership dues, $40 readers, $50 professional. A great value all around for following your passion -- less than 20 cents per day or $6 per month!
Susan Crawford authored The Pocket Wife and The Other Widow. She also teaches workshops on writing psychologically challenged characters, suspense, and on getting published.
Susan grew up in Miami, Florida, where she spent her childhood reading mysteries in a hammock strung between two Banyan trees. She graduated from the University of Miami with a B.A. in English.
She later moved to New York City and then to Boston before settling in Atlanta to raise three amazing daughters and to teach in various adult education settings.