Sisters in Crime Los Angeles is a chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our passion for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. We welcome mystery lovers from anywhere, who share an interest in the Los Angeles mystery community.
JOIN OR RENEW YOUR SISTERS IN CRIME MEMBERSHIP NOW!
To be a part of the Los Angeles chapter of Sisters in Crime, you must ALSO join the National chapter. Here’s some of the local benefits:
- Monthly meetings: Meet and greet fellow mystery readers and writers at our monthly meetings. Learn from guest speakers who are experts in their fields, including detectives, editors, best-selling authors, publicists and more. Each month we offer one member author the opportunity to read a short passage from his/her published work.
- Signings and Panels: Chapter members seeking speaking opportunities are invited to join the SinC/LA Speakers Bureau. Our Speakers Bureau Director arranges for published authors to speak and sign books at libraries and other venues.
- Seminars/Workshops: Discounted classes are presented on various aspects of writing.
- Anthologies: SinC/LA members as well as members from the Orange County and Hawaii chapters can submit short stories for LA’s biennial mystery anthology published by a traditional press. 2019 will see the release of the new anthology FATALLY HAUNTED.
- Monthly New Release emails: The 25th of each month, we email a list of new releases by published SinC/LA authors to our entire membership, past members, and all parties who expressed interest in chapter activities.
- For Your Consideration list: Only members of the SinC Los Angeles chapter can be listed on our website to let people know of their works eligible for awards consideration. THE NEW LIST OF 2018 TITLES FOR 2019 AWARDS CONSIDERATION IS AVAILABLE NOW.
- Ransom Notes: Our informative monthly members-only newsletter offers up-to-date information about members, events and tips of the trade.
- Book Festivals: The chapter offers our published author members the opportunity to sign books at our annual booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and other local area book festivals.
- Networking: Take advantage of opportunities to make new friends, network with other writers and create lasting ties within the mystery community through opportunities to meet locally, including monthly meetings and a “killer” holiday party.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR NEXT GENERAL MEETING ON FEBRUARY 3rd, 2019!
South Pasadena Library Community Room
1115 El Centro Street
South Pasadena CA 91030
2:00-2:30 p.m. Networking and Refreshments
2:30-4:00 p.m. Program
* CHAPTER MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC *
We’re always looking for new characters, so bring your friends!
This activity is not sponsored by the City of South Pasadena or the South Pasadena Library.
It’s a Funny Thing: Fifteen Ways to Add Humor to Your Writing
Guest Speaker: Ellen Byron
Ellen Byron has spent a good part of her life trying NOT to be funny. It hasn’t worked, which is why she’s built a career on comedy. Whether it’s a survival instinct or a defense mechanism, she winds up finding the humor in situations – sometimes inappropriately. And so, too, can your protagonist. In this presentation, Ellen shares many different strategies to inject humor into your mystery.
Ellen Byron’s bestselling Cajun Country Mysteries have won Best Humorous Mystery Lefty awards and been nominated for multiple Agatha’s. The newest addition, Mardi Gras Murder, was lauded as “a winner” by Publishers Weekly. Writing as Maria DiRico, she’ll debut a second series, The Catering Hall Mysteries, in 2020. Her TV credits include Wings, Just Shoot Me, and Fairly OddParents. Fun fact: she worked as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart.
Featured Reader: Nancy Cole Silverman
Nancy Cole Silverman spent nearly twenty-five in Los Angeles Talk Radio, beginning her career on the talent side as one for the first female voices on the air, to the business side, where she retired as one of two female general managers in the nation’s second largest radio market. After a successful career in the radio industry, Silverman turned to writing fiction. Her crime-focused novels and short stories have attracted readers throughout America.
Her Carol Childs Mysteries series (Henery Press) features a single-mom whose “day job” as a reporter at a busy Los Angeles radio station often leads to long nights as a crime-solver. Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a thoroughly pampered standard poodle.
Learn more at https://www.nancycolesilverman.com/
REGISTRATION FOR CALIFORNIA CRIME WRITERS CONFERENCE 2019 NOW OPEN!
The conference, jointly presented by Sisters in Crime/LA and Mystery Writers of America Southern California chapter, is June 8-9, 2019 in Culver City, California. Find out more at the Conference page!
Learn more about the authors and editors behind our upcoming 2019 anthology FATALLY HAUNTED! This month we add new features from authors A.P. Jamison and Peter Sexton!
We’re proud of the accomplishments of our members
and we want to spread the word!
Book Release Coming?
ANNOUNCE IT IN THE SinC/LA NEW RELEASE EMAIL!
Each month hundreds of InBoxes sizzle with the exciting new SinC/LA NEW RELEASE email. As part of our ongoing mission to add to the value of your membership, we compile information on the latest hot releases by our author members for an email to the hundreds of mystery lovers on our contact list. If you’re releasing a new crime fiction or mystery soon, go to the MEMBERS ONLY section and follow the instructions to fill out your submission form. Please note that the SinC/LA NEW RELEASE E-MAIL now goes out on THE 25TH OF EACH MONTH, so plan your submissions accordingly.