Sisters in Crime (SinC), Upper Hudson Chapter (Mavens of Mayhem) is seeking new “Sisters and Misters” to help our chapter grow. We’re seeking committee members for monthly programming and the Murderous March Writers & Readers Confab. We also seek a treasurer, which includes a surprisingly low time-commitment despite its importance, and a social media/web maven.
Enjoy the best camaraderie by participating actively.
NEXT MEETING: JUNE 15TH, Bethlehem Public Library, 10:30
Our lively chapter, one of three in NYS, includes fans and writers — women and men who enjoy meeting, learning, and engaging around the craft, business, characters and field of mystery writing. Learn more and find our meeting schedule at www.upperhudsonsinc.com. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, chapter president, to inquire about these volunteer roles.
Please share this with your writing and book club communities.
Monthly Program News
We’re adjusting monthly meeting times as follows, to allow for more engagement with each other and with each program’s content.
10:30-11:15 – Chapter meeting
11:15-11:30 – Overflow content and coffee break
11:30-12:30 – Featured Program (Always open to the public)
Special programs and field trips will be announced well in advance. Snow and other emergency cancellations will be posted on the website. It always pays to check the website before driving over: www.upperhudsoninc.com.
Murderous March participant feedback told us that there was too little time for each of the day’s events. We realized that we were rushing the monthly programs, too. So thank you, Confab commenters!
Coming up on May 19th: Researcher extraordinaire Michael Catoggio will offer us “Cleopatra’s Nose: Adventures in Research” starting at 11:30 am. Those of you at Murderous March will remember Michael as our panel’s delightful moderator and one of three workshop teachers. Michael felt that he had too much content for an hour, so Mavens President Frankie Bailey offered to solve his problem. Et voilà, we get to learn with Michael again! I suspect that this presentation will be sprinkled with engaging anecdotes. Don’t miss out.
Monthly program presentations are free and open to the public.
- Mystery writing group is starting up again. It will be led by Carol Pouliot (co-led by Frankie Bailey) on meeting-day Saturdays, immediately following the monthly program. Watch for description and dates/times from Carol.
- Mavens of Mayhem and East Greenbush Community Library are offering six free writing sessions this summer. These are non-critical opportunities for writers of any level to write in any genre, in supportive company. Rhonda Rosenheck (published poet and humorist; unpublished short story writer) will host the structured sessions: 15 minutes of settling in; 90 minutes of quiet writing; 30 minutes of appreciative sharing. Free and open to the public. Bring your own snack and drink. Pre-registration is strongly suggested to ensure a place. www.eastgrenbushlibrary.org (Registration may not be available until May.)
Fridays from 1:45-4 pm:
June 15, 29
July 13, 27
August 17, 31
East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way, East Greenbush. Come to any or all.
The Mavens of Mayhem Chapter of the Sisters in Crime will hold its next meeting at 11AM on September 23rd at the Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar. The speaker will be Eleanor Kuhns who is the 2011 winner of the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel competition. She received her master’s in Library Science from Columbia University, and is currently the Assistant Director at the Goshen Public Library in Orange County, New York. The topic is Genre Bending and will consist of an interactive program on popular genres answering the question:
Why do librarians put MY books in such crazy categories?
What is a genre? What is not?
How is a genre determined?
And what about the books that bend the genres?
The interactive aspect should appeal to librarians, writers and readers. Everyone is invited.
Join us for our monthly meeting to brain storm and share what we're reading.
Bethlehem Public Library
10:30 Business (Members Only)
11:00 Open Discussion
April 9, 2016
Bethlehem Public Library – Board Room
Because of space issues at the Library, this month’s meeting will take place one week early.
Steering Committee: there will be a meeting at the Village Butchers at 9:30 am.
Sisters in Crime, Upper Hudson Chapter
February 20, 2016
Bethlehem Public Library – Community Room
Join us for networking and discussion.
By Carol Pouliot:
The Mavens began the new year by welcoming back novelist K.A. Mitchell to our January 16th meeting. Mitchell presented a 2½ hour workshop packed with information on character creation and enrichment. She showed us how to use enneagrams to create believable and familiar, yet unique, types of people in our stories. Many thanks to Ms. Mitchell for the wealth of information she shared with us. We wish her great success with her latest novel Risk Everything On It.
Our next meeting is February 20th — be there!