Saturday, Sept 13 | Short Story Workshop

Join us from 10-3 for a short story workshop taught by Nancy Cole Silverman.

The class agenda will include:

1.     Tips for getting to the heart of short story quickly.   

2.     Crafting characters

3.     The element of surprise

4.     Keep it simple – short and sweet

5.     Titles that tease

6.     Live critiques of each student’s opening paragraphs

Class will be held at the Grace Lutheran Church, 73 N. Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA.

Workshop is $30 for SinC-LA chapter members, $40 for non-members. Payment can be made via PayPal (button below) or by check brought to the September 7 chapter meeting. Lunch will not be provided, so bring your own or plan to buy in the area. Water will be provided. Class size is limited to 20 students, so sign up soon!

Click here to sign up 


Nancy Cole Silverman

Nancy Cole Silverman believes her twenty-five years in radio helped her to develop an ear for storytelling. In 2001 she retired from news and copywriting to write fiction full time. Much of what she writes she admits is pulled from behind the headlines of actual events that were reported on from some of Los Angeles’s busiest radio newsrooms where she spent the bulk of her career. In the last ten years she has written numerous short stories and novelettes, some of which have won awards &/or been picked up for publication. Currently she has three audio books with MindWings Audio. Her first novel, The Centaur’s Promise, was published by Eloquent Press in 2010.  In December, Henery Press will roll out the first of Silverman’s new Carol Childs Mysteries, Shadow of Doubt. 

List of Published Works:


The Centaur’s Promise, Eloquent Press, 2010

When in Doubt, Don’t! 2013

Shadow of Doubt, Henery Press, 2014

Short Stories:

“The Sunshine Sisters Move Home” – Publisher: Rainstorm Press, No Rest for the Wicked Anthology – Release date: May 2012

“Red Handed”, Publisher: – January 2012

“The Centaur’s Revenge”, Publisher: – August 2012

“Ode to Kokopelli”, Publisher:  (Audio File) – Release date: March 14, 2012

“Ode to Kokopelli”, Publisher: Frontier – Release date: April 2012

“A Much Married Woman”, Publisher: Mind Wings Audio – Release date: Spring 2012

“The Salvationist”, Publisher: Mind Wings Audio – Release date Spring 2012

“The Blood Drive”, Mind Wings Audio – Release date Summer: 2012

“Weaver’s Needle”, The WiFiles, Release date November 2012

“Lost Daughter’s Saloon”, Grey Wolf Publishing, 2013


Next Meeting: October 5 | Cozy Up to a Mystery


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Connie Archer (Moderating)
Connie di Marco, writing as Connie Archer, is the author of the national bestselling Soup Lovers Mystery series set in the imaginary village of Snowflake, Vermont:  A Spoonful of Murder, A Broth of Betrayal and A Roux of Revenge.  The fourth book in the series, Ladle to the Grave, will be released in April 2015. Visit Connie at her website and blog at or

Twitter:  @SnowflakeVT


M.M. Gornell


Madeline (M.M.) Gornell has five published mystery novels—including PSWA awarding winners Uncle Si’s Secret and Lies of Convenience(also a Hollywood Book Festival honorable Mention),Death of a Perfect Man, and Reticence of Ravens (a finalist for the Eric Hoffer 2011 fiction Prize, the da Vinci Eye for cover art, and the Montaigne Medal for most thought provoking book). Her latest, Counsel of Ravens (a London Book Festival Honorary Mention and LA Book Festival Runner-Up) is her first sequel, and a continuation of Hubert Champion’s Mojave saga. She continues to be inspired by historic Route 66, and expects to release Rhodes, another standalone in 2014; and on the horizon for 2015 are Le Bric-à-Brac and Serenity of Ravens.

Madeline is a lifetime lover of mysteries, and besides reading and writing, she is also a potter with a fondness for stoneware and reduction firing. She lives with her husband and assorted canines in the Mojave High Desert near the internationally revered Route 66.

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Linda O. Johnston


Linda O. Johnston’s first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year.   Since then, Linda, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 37 romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne.


Her latest cozy mystery series, the Superstition Mysteries from Midnight Ink, kicks off in October with LOST UNDER A LADDER.  Linda believes that reading the Superstition Mysteries will bring good luck!  And also watch for Linda’s upcoming dog bakery mysteries from Midnight Ink.


Dr. Joan Blacher


Joan Blacher

Award winning author Dr. Joan Blacher, a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, is a Cal Lutheran Professor Emerita and former Director of its Counseling and Guidance Program. She is the author of Difficult Teens:  A Parents Guide for Coping and  mystery novels Murder Canyon and Lethal Lake. The California Association of Marriage Family Therapists has honored her with the Carl Vincent Award for her literary contribution to mental health. She has   given talks and workshops on writing and psychological topics throughout the country, is a member of the American Psychological Association, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, and has served on community boards that provide services to troubled children and families.


Featured Reader: Paul D. Marks

Paul D. Marks
Paul D. Marks’ novel WHITE HEAT is a 2013 SHAMUS AWARD WINNER. Publishers Weekly calls WHITE HEAT a “taut crime yarn.” And Midwest Book Review says “WHITE HEAT is a riveting read of mystery, much recommended.” Paul is also the author of over thirty published short stories in a variety of genres, including several award winners – and LA LATE @ NIGHT, a collection of five of his mystery and noir tales. His story HOWLING AT THE MOON will be in an upcoming edition of Ellery Queen. And he has the distinction, dubious though it might be, of being the last person to have shot a film on the fabled MGM backlot before it bit the dust to make way for condos. According to Steven Bingen, one of the authors of the recent, well-received book MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot: “That 40 page chronological list I mentioned of films shot at the studio ends with his [Paul D. Marks'] name on it.” Find out more at: &


Chapter meetings held at:

South Pasadena Library Community Room
1115 El Centro Street
South Pasadena CA 91030
2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Networking and Refreshments
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Program


This activity is not sponsored by the City of South Pasadena or the South Pasadena Public Library.


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