What we're about

Do you love mystery and crime fiction? Are you a mystery writer or want to be? Do you want to hang out with some authors?

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of writers, readers, booksellers, librarians, agents, editors, reviewers, and teachers. The organization was founded in 1986 by Sara Paretsky with other women mystery writers and enthusiasts the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.

Today, as a voice for excellence and diversity in crime writing, writers of all genders are welcome, as well as fans of the genre. Our meetings cover a mix of professional development, craft, author showcases and social gatherings.

The Northern California chapter meetings are free to non-members.

Upcoming events (2)

Crime Time: Selected Readings from Sisters in Crime

Looking for a new whodunit? Mystery solved! Join us as our chapter members read from their latest works, and we will also highlight the new SinC NorCal and Guppy Anthologies. The fun starts with our potluck, mingling and announcements, and our readers take the stage at 1:00. The reading is open to the public, so please invite friends to hear our members. Featuring: JoAnn Smith Ainsworth, Out of the Dark Ana Manwaring, The Hydra Effect Dana Fredsti, Blood Ink Maddy McEwan, Tied Up with Strings Heather Haven, Marriage Can Be Murder Alec Peche, The Girl from Diana Park Rick Homan, Dark Picasso Adam Plantinga, Police Craft Katherine Bolger Hyde, Cyanide with Christie Sharon St. George, Primary Source Kate Wyland, Forearmed

Jane K. Cleland Workshop: Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot

By integrating these 13 thinking, writing, and revising tips into their writing processes, participants will write tighter, more polished first drafts. They’ll improve their story’s pace, while ratcheting up suspense. These tips serve both as a checklist and a mandate. The tips relate to tightening a story’s structure, adding complexity to the plot, integrating backstory, enhancing character motivation, choosing words for sensual specificity, balancing narrative with action and dialogue, and improving both productivity and professionalism. Handouts will be provided. Jane K. Cleland writes the multiple award-winning and bestselling Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries [St. Martin’s Minotaur]. The 13th in the series, Hidden Treasure, will be published in spring 2020. Her short stories are published by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Jane also writes about the craft of writing, including Mastering Plot Twists and the Agatha Award-winning and bestselling Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot, both from Writer’s Digest Books. She is also a Contributing Editor for Writer’s Digest Magazine and chairs the Wolfe Pack’s Black Orchid Novella Award in partnership with AHMM. In addition, Jane is a lecturer at Lehman College where she is the director of the Program for Professional Communications. Attendees will have the opportunity to buy books and have Jane sign them. Mid-afternoon snacks provided. This event is free to members of the Northern California Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Our local chapter also requires membership in the national organization. To join Sisters in Crime-NorCal: http://www.sincnorcal.org/how-to-join/ Event limited to 100 participants. 2019 SinC-NorCal members: FREE. Non-members: $40 at the door Registration for SinC members and non-members: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jane-k-cleland-workshop-mastering-suspense-structure-plot-tickets-56060780303. Walk-in tickets will be available at the door. Parking: Location is close to several parking garages. Closest is the Japan Center Garage, 1670 Fillmore St. (underneath Kabuki AMC; venue is 2 blocks up at Fillmore & Bush (the opposite direction of Geary St.). There is also a city metered area on California St., across from Mollie Stone’s Market (2435 California St.). Japantown offers additional options on Buchanan St. Free 2-hour parking in front of the building is sometimes available. Public Transportation: If people are coming from the farther reaches of the Bay Area and do not want to drive in, they may take BART and a bus. Attendees may take BART or Muni to Powell St. Station, and then take the 38/38R toward Balboa & 33rd Ave (outbound) to Fillmore St. We are three blocks up Fillmore, located at Fillmore & Bush; attendees will notice our Victorian building with blue awnings. The 22 runs past venue and stops nearby.

Past events (2)

On Fire! with the Santa Clara County Crime Lab

Burlingame Public Library

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