Jan 22: John DeDakis on “From Journalist to Novelist (Or How I Learned to Start Making It Up)

 

January 22, 2022  11 am Eastern.

(NOTE: This meeting is on the 4th Saturday rather than the usual 3rd Saturday of the month)  

The Mavens welcome former White House correspondent and Senior Copy Editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Bltzer”, JOHN DEDAKIS.

From Journalist to Novelist (Or How I Learned to Start Making it Up).

Novelist and writing coach John DeDakis will discuss how personal experience is the grist of fiction. His sister’s suicide, a car-train collision he witnessed as a kid, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, and his son’s fatal heroin overdose are all experiences that led to the publication of his five mystery-suspense novels. To show how real life influences fiction, he’ll also trace the arc of his nearly 45-year journalism career — from getting tear gassed covering an anti-Vietnam War riot in 1970 to his job as a Senior Copy Editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

Novelist and writing coach John DeDakis [pronounced: dee-DAY-kiss] is a former editor on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” DeDakis is the author of five mystery-suspense novels. His fourth novel, Bullet in the Chamber, is the winner of Reviewers Choice, Foreword INDIES, and Feathered Quill book awards. In his most recent novel, Fake, protagonist Lark Chadwick is a White House correspondent trying to walk the line between personal feelings and dispassionate objectivity in the era of “fake news” and #MeToo.  Fake earned Honorable Mention for the Reviewers Choice Award and was a Finalist for Killer Nashville’s Silver Falchion Award.  DeDakis, a former White House correspondent, is a manuscript editor, and regularly teaches novel writing online and at literary centers, writers’ conferences, and bookstores around the country and abroad. He is also a jazz drummer. Website: www.johndedakis.com  

Members-only Meeting 10:30

Followed by talk open to the public at 11am.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jan 22, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Holiday Party

The Mavens of Mayhem would like to invite all members to join us for our Holiday party on December 18th from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Pump Station, 19 Quackenbush Sq, Albany, NY 12207 .

We will order off the menu and have individual checks.

For those who wish to participate in a grab bag, please bring a wrapped mystery related gift worth $15-$20.

Guests are also welcome. Please respond to June Kosier at june.bug9@hotmail.com by 12/13.

October 16, 2021: Terrie Farley Moran

October 16 at 11 am Eastern 

Nationally bestselling mystery author Terrie Farley Moran will visit the Mavens to talk about her writing journey, writing solo and with a partner, and her exciting new project of  “writing with” Jessica Fletcher. Join us Saturday, October 16 at 11 am Eastern for a fascinating insight into the life of a writer. Register now to receive the Zoom link.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting:

10:30 am business meeting for members
11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) for the main event – open to anyone who registers

When: Oct 16, 2021 11AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

September 18, 2021 “A Visit from Our Neighbors”

“A Visit from Our Neighbors.” We’re looking forward to meeting the members of MURDER ON ICE, the Western NY chapter of SinC.

Join us Sept 18.  Members may sign in at 10:30 for the business meeting.  Everyone is welcomed at 11am for the speakers.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Sep 18, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) for business meeting (members only) and
11am for presentation (everyone welcomed)

Register in advance for this meeting:
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

 

August 21, 2021: Laurie Lowenstein on Research for Mystery Writers

August 21 at 11 am Eastern 
Laurie Loewenstein will present a workshop on Research for Mystery Writers. Topics will include finding accurate information both on and offline on settings, dress, social norms, and mystery-specific research.
Laurie is on the fiction faculty of the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., of which she is a 2007 graduate. At Wilkes, she also teaches a module, Research for Writers, twice a year. She studied history at Colgate and Syracuse Universities.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting:

10:30 am business meeting for members
11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) for the main event

Presentation: Aug 21, 2021 11 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Open to all who 

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpc-CqrzItGNLy4bqqEd7Zq8X7NzDDSdKw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

June 19, 2021: Connie Berry and Grace Topping

JUNE 19 at 11 am Eastern – 
Join mystery writers Connie Berry, author of the Kate Hamilton Mysteries set in England, and Grace Topping, creator of the Laura Bishop Mystery series, as they talk about their writing journeys, their writing styles and processes, and their series. This free, virtual conversation will be followed by a Q & A and is sponsored by The Mavens of Mayhem. Register now to get the link.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting: 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) for the main event

When: Jun 19, 2021 11 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIscOqoqTIrHNLVoeFU21IuMg_YwjraTGcH

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Members of the chapter will have a business meeting at 10:30am. Everyone who is registered can come to the talk at 11am.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE FOR MEETINGS

Please join us on the following dates:

May — NO MEETING

June 19, 2021: Connie Berry and Grace Topping

July — NO MEETING

August 21, 2021: Laurie Lowenstein on Research for Mystery Writers

Sept 18 — “A Visit from Our Neighbors.” We’re looking forward to meeting the members of MURDER ON ICE, the Western NY chapter of SinC.

October 16, 2021: Terrie Farley Moran

April 17, 2021: Sleuths & Sidekicks

APRIL 17 AT 11:00AM Eastern – REGISTER BELOW  (JOIN US AT 10:30 for BUSINESS MEETING)

“Sleuths & Sidekicks” is an interactive virtual event featuring the authors of four mystery series: The Batavia-on-Hudson Mysteries, The Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mysteries, The Maggie White Mysteries and The Southern California Mysteries

A great mystery series is about more than a puzzling crime. It’s the sleuths and their sidekicks who make us fall in love with a book. Join Tina deBellegarde, Jen Collins Moore, Carol Pouliot, and Lida Sideris for an interactive conversation about their detectives and their sidekicks.

Praise for the panelists:

Tina deBellegarde, Agatha-nominated Author of Winter Witness, Batavia-on-Hudson Mystery #1 (ISBN: 978-1-947915-76-3)

“Intelligent, touching, wise and evocative – fans of Louise Penny will adore this! Winter Witness is a wonderful book.”~ Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of The First to Lie/Agatha and Anthony Award Winner

Jen Collins Moore, Author of Murder in the Piazza, Maggie White Mystery #1 (ISBN: 78-1947915534)

“A dynamite new voice in cozy mysteries” ~ Abby Geni, award-winning author of The Wildlands, The Lightkeepers, and The Last Animal

Carol Pouliot, Author of Threshold of Deceit, Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mystery #2 (ISBN: 978-1-947915-15-2)

“How can a police procedural be so much fun? Clever and compelling, this intriguing time-traveling puzzle will keep you guessing…Nick & Nora meet Timeless in this entertaining mystery.” ~ Hank Philippi Ryan, Nationally best-selling author of The Murder List

Lida Sideris, Author of Slightly Murderous Intent, Southern California Mystery #4 (ISBN:978-1-947915-92-3)

 “…quirky, edgy and funny.” ~ Kerry Greenwood, Author of the Phryne Fisher Mystery Series

You are invited to a Zoom meeting: April 17.  10:30 am business meeting.  
11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) for the main event.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrdOGsqTksE9GJEMv2CHM-1gG-rVe2I8Nx

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Red Herrings and the Moonwalking Bear  with Annette Dashofy: Sept 2020

Red Herrings and the Moonwalking Bear :  Sept 19 2020

This fun and interactive workshop offers tips and tricks to create a puzzle that will keep your reader guessing until the end. From red herrings (suspects with motive) to the moonwalking bear (misdirection and hiding in plain sight), you’ll learn to craft a mystery to perplex even the most Sherlockian sleuth. Have a notebook and pen ready to play along.

USA Today best-selling author Annette Dashofy writes the multiple Agatha-nominated Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural southwestern Pennsylvania. Annette has been a member of Sisters in Crime since 2004 and currently serves as vice-president of the Pittsburgh Chapter. She’s also sits on the board of Pennwriters and is a member of ITW. A lifelong resident of Washington County, Annette, her husband, and their social-media-darling cat, Kensi live on what was once her grandfather’s dairy farm. TIL DEATH, the tenth in her series, was released on June 16.