Welcome to Sisters in Crime Los Angeles

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.

Two incredible mystery/crime writing workshops on one special October weekend!

Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and the

Sisters in Crime National Speakers Bureau proudly present:

Jess Lourey

Jess Lourey (rhymes with “dowry”) is a Lefty- and Anthony-nominated author best known for her critically-acclaimed Murder-by-Month mysteries, which have earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, the latter calling her writing “a splendid mix of humor and suspense.” Jess also writes sword and sorcery fantasy, edge-of-your-seat YA adventure, and magical realism, literary fiction, and feminist thrillers. She is a tenured professor of creative writing and sociology, a recipient of The Loft’s Excellence in Teaching fellowship, a regular Psychology Today blogger, and a TEDx presenter. When not teaching, reading, or dorking out with her family, you can find her dreaming of her next story. Rewrite Your Life: Discover Your Truth Through the Healing Power of Fiction, the only book to walk readers through the healing process of transforming personal experience into bestselling fiction, released May 2017.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1-3 p.m.: 

Patio Room—Faith Presbyterian Church, 5000 Colfax Avenue, North Hollywood

Write a Novel Using 7 Simple Steps

Participants will be shown how to go from idea to completed novel using the seven-step POP Method in addition to receiving detailed information on cracking the world of publishing. Bring something to write with and on, as well as some potential ideas you’d like to fictionalize. Register on the WORKSHOP page. SinC/LA members $10; non-members $25.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2-4 p.m.:

SinC/LA Chapter Meeting, South Pasadena Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena 91030

Easy Editing:

Quick Hacks to Supercharge Your Writing

This game-changing one-hour session covers meta editing (“re-seeing” your work to deepen and strengthen the writing) as well as nuts and bolts line editing, including introducing the ARISE (action, romance and humor, information, suspense, and emotion) method for evaluating the strength of your scenes. In addition, author and writing professor Jess Lourey covers the importance of: reading your work out loud to evaluate grammar, consistency, voice, and word choice; ending each chapter with a hook; replacing dialogue tags with movement; and a discussion of whether or not to hire a professional freelance editor. Bring 10 pages of your manuscript for practice. *Sunday, Oct. 8, chapter meeting is free and open to the public.* 

Don’t miss these opportunities to take your writing to the next level!

2017 is SinC/LA Election Year!


Write yourself into the story and help lead SinC/LA into an amazing future by joining our board. All positions are open for nomination for the November election.

Visit the BOARD page for descriptions of each position and nomination instructions. Candidates must be Sisters in Crime/LA and Sisters in Crime national members. *Candidates must be Sisters in Crime/LA and Sisters in Crime national members.

Get your voice heard  and give back to the mystery/crime writing community. 

We’re proud of the accomplishments of our members and want to spread the word!

Book Release Coming?


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.

◊ 2017 Halftime SinC/LA Membership Deal! ◊

New or renewing SinC/LA members who join now at the reduced membership rate of $15, receive full member benefits—including our monthly members-only newsletter, Speakers Bureau membership, and discounted workshop rates—through the rest of 2017. Info and application here.


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