March Writing Prompt


July Meeting

SINC Mavens Meeting

July 16, 2016

Bethlehem Public Library – Community Room

Steering committee meeting at 9:00 am at the Village Butcher

The prompts group will meet at 10, prior to the regular meeting. Here is the prompt as proposed by Susan Whaley. (Sorry – no picture this time.) My favorite dish –

Minutes – Susan

Treasurer’s Report – Carol


Old Business

Shirts, tote bags and more – We will be finishing up the orders so if you plan to purchase a tote bag, t-shirt or sweatshirt bring cash or a check book.

mavens items

Don’t they look great?


We will now begin preparing the list of new books by our members. If you want to be included, please send me titles and, if you have them, covers. I AM WORKING ON THIS NOW. PLEASE EMAIL ME TITLES AND COVERS.

New Business

This year is the Maven’s tenth anniversary and SINC’s thirtieth.

Sign up for the picnic.

Program – Amy from Open Door Book shop

List of upcoming programs as I know it now. (thanks Linda)


Aug 27 – Schodack Landing, Riverfront Pavilion. Please note change in date. 11 am start. Schodack Landing is on 9 J 16 minutes south of Albany. Please let me know if you are coming and what you will bring. I will have a signup sheet at the next meeting.

Sept 24th–Albany Paranormal Society

Oct 15th–Elaine Isaak

Nov 19th–Jenna Kendrick-Scrivener Workshop

Dec 17th–Holiday Party

Story Prompts

Starting this month we will have a chance to workshop writing at 10:00 am before the regular 10:30 am meetings (as usual 3rd Saturday of the month at the Bethlehem Library). This month’s prompt is courtesy of Donna, so write whatever this image suggests to you.

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Chapter Meeting Tomorrow!

Mavens of MayhemThe Mavens of Mayhem (Upper Hudson Chapter of Sisters in Crime) will meet on Saturday, February 15th at 10:30 am at the Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Ave., Delmar). The speaker this month is Stephen Koonz, MA, MSW, who will speak on Labeling Persons with Mental Illness as Violent: The Portrayal of Persons with Mental Illness in Literature.

With master’s degrees in both criminal justice and social work, Steve teaches at local colleges on topics such as forensic mental health and the mentally ill offender.

Recently retired after 33 years with the NYS Office of Mental Health, he spent 25 years in direct clinical practice with a forensic mental health population, including sex offenders.

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We hope you will join us to hear Stephen Koonz separate fiction from fact when it comes to the mentally ill and crime.

Writing Prompt – August 2013


It’s morning and you’re walking down the rain-soaked streets amid crowds of people who don’t hesitate to shove you out of the way to get where they are going. Suddenly you feel a tug on your arm and you’re pulled sideways until you come face-to-face with a man wearing a black hat and carrying an umbrella.

Why did he stop you?

Write a scene or story (500-750 words max.) and bring it with you to the meeting on August 17th. Be prepared to read it aloud (or have someone read it for you if you’re shy).


Writing Prompt for July 2013


According to the rumors, an old woman lives in the abandoned church down the road. They say she’s a witch, but you’d like to see for yourself. That why, on this bright and sunny day, you’ve decided to venture into the cool, damp building with a flashlight.


 What happens?

write a scene/story (500-750 words) and bring it to the meeting and be prepared to read it aloud.

Writing Prompt for June

Nelson Algren was an American writer. He may be best known for The Man with the Golden Arm, a 1949 novel that won the National Book Award and was adapted as a 1955 film of the same name.  Born in 1909, he had three life rules:“Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.”
Writing prompt: Write your protagonist’s three life rules.
Please bring your completed prompt to the June meeting and be prepared to read it aloud.
Nelson Algren