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February Meeting

Mavens of MayhemATTENTION ALL MAVENS

• February 18th, 2017

• 10:30 AM Mavens of Mayhem Meeting

• 11:00 AM Program Presentation

• Community Room

• Bethlehem Public Library.

• NOTE: The Steering Committee Meeting will meet at the Village Butcher at 9:15 AM. We have a number of important Chapter issues to discuss.

The February meeting for Mavens of Mayhem Chapter of Sisters in Crime Mystery Writers will be held on February 18th, 10:30 AM with Program starting at 11:00 AM, Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar, NY.

Our speaker is Officer Brett McLaughlin of the NYS University Police at U/Albany. His topics will cover personal safety, 911 calls and risk reduction.

If you are considering using a disappearance as a launching pad for your next mystery story then you’ll want to hear Officer Brett McLaughlin give authentic details about these important issues His talk will outline how to make 911 call and cover the real steps to take when someone’s life is at risk.

Learn the most important action or actions to take when you discover the child you left in the car for just a second is missing, or your elderly father stricken with Alzheimer’s has disappeared for hours, or your girl friend who went jogging this morning has not returned. Is it true that the first 48 hours are the most crucial?

Bring in your best mystery scenarios with all your questions on how to set up a valid and accurate depiction of the real thing. Why spend hours on Google researching various possible situations when you can ask an experienced authority.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Geri Manchester

Also!

Special Program at the Main Central  Library:

5 Easy Pieces: Mystery Writing Workshop
Saturday, Feb 25  | 10:30-11:45 AM
Maven, Mystery Writer & Author M.E.Kemp talks about the five components of writing a mystery, whether fiction or nonfiction. If you think in terms of these components writing a mystery becomes much easier. Bring paper and pen for notes.
The author’s books will be available for sale and signing.
Register Here

October Meeting

Mavens of Mayhem Meeting

October 15, 2016

Bethlehem Public Library: Board Room

Program: Elaine Isaak – ten mistakes I made so you don’t have to!

[There will be a Steering Committee Meeting prior to the regular meeting at the Village Butcher at 9:30 am]

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Meeting dates for next year so far:

January 14, February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 10 and July 15.

Upcoming Programs

Nov 19th–Jenna Kendrick-Scrivener Workshop

Dec 17th–Holiday Party

Upcoming Member events:

Catherine Bruni – November 3, Book House 7 – 8

Carol Pouliot – November 10, Book House 7 – 8

Updated list of conferences – new additions asterisked

·      Creatures, Crimes and Creativity – Baltimore, MD – September 30 – Oct 2

·      Noircon – Philadelphia, PA October 26 – 30

·      Magna Cum Murder – Indianapolis, IN Oct 28 – 30

·      New England Crime bake – Goffstown, NH Nov 11-13

·      Iceland Noir – Reykjavik, Iceland Nov 17 – 20

2017

Berkshire Women’s Writers – March TBA

Upcoming events

•    Butterfly Leadership Circle – Cultivating Passion & Purpose 
April 10 @ 2:00 am – 5:00 pm

•    Made in the Berkshires BFWW Benefit Performance: Through the Looking Glass, written and directed by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims 
April 17 @ 3:00 pm

•    Lean In with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers 
April 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

•    Writing Out Loud:  A performance-based revision workshop 
May 7 @ 4:00 pm

•    Butterfly Leadership Circle for Teen Girls & Young Women 
May 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Rookwood Memoir Writing Retreat with Jennifer Browdy 
June 3 @ 5:30 pm – June 5 @ 12:00 pm

Sleuthfest – March 25, 2017 Purchase, New York *

Mavens Report

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.

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Our next meeting is February 20th — be there!

January Monthly Meeting

Mavens of MayhemJoin us for our monthly meeting at the usual time and place: Saturday January 16th, 10:30 am at the Bethlehem Public Library. We salute our brand new president Eleanor Kuhns!

Also, there has been some interest in reviving the writers group. If you have any interest in participating, be prepared to stick around after the normal business to offer your ideas and wishes.

Not a member? Drop by anyway to check out what we do and how you can be a part of it. Readers and writers both welcome (because where would writers be without readers?!)

We’re Invited: CR-RWA

The Capital Region chapter of Romance Writers of America has invited us to attend their next meeting at the East Greenbush Public Library:

August 8, 2015 – Writing and Technology 1:30-3:30pm

Sick of Microsoft Word? Looking for a program that is more writer friendly? In this workshop, writers will learn about various software programs for writers including Scapple, Inspiration, OneNote, Scrivener and WriteWay. We will preview each piece hands on. Please bring your laptops!  This workshop will be an overview rather than an in-depth class.

Thanks to Christine Dreidel, CR-RWA President, for the invitation. We hope you’ll take advantage of this networking opportunity.