2020 Events

To all our Sisters and Misters:

We hope you are staying well during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being quarantined hasn’t been easy, and we’ve all had to forego long-planned travel, family celebrations, milestone events and more.

It’s been a challenge as well for the MI-SinC board, as we’ve had to switch gears, learn new technology and move our in-person write-ins, workshops and meetings online. We’re happy to say that all our planned events will take place as planned, either online or in person, when that becomes a safe option again.

Below is our Event Roster-in-progress for 2020. As more events are planned, we will be sure to let you know via email, our monthly newsletter and this website. We look forward to “seeing” you soon! Stay well, stay safe.

Michigan Sisters in Crime Sponsored Events

• Thursday, May 7, 7-8 p.m.: Michigan Sisters in Crime online board meeting. Join us for this online meeting and give us your input for MI-SinC events. Help us grow into a chapter that will inspire and teach you to be a better writer and reach your publishing goals. About a week before the meeting, a link to an online meeting room will be emailed to you.

• Saturday, May 23, 12-2 p.m.: MI-SinC’s monthly critique group, led by Jan Rydzon, returns, in-person at The Hills City Grille in Troy, or if social distancing is still required, online via Zoom. The critique group will meet each month. Come to as many or few as you wish. Jan will send an email soon to all members with more information.

• Saturday, June 13: Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot, a workshop with best-selling author and writing coach Jane Cleland; details TBA. By integrating 13 thinking, writing, and revising tips into their writing processes, participants will write tighter, more polished first drafts. They’ll improve their story’s pace, while ratcheting up suspense. These tips serve both as a checklist and a mandate. The tips relate to tightening a story’s structure, adding complexity to the plot, integrating backstory, enhancing character motivation, choosing words for sensual specificity, balancing narrative with action and dialogue, and improving both productivity and professionalism.

• Saturday, August 30: Kerrytown Book Fest
Our chapter will reserve and pay for a table at Book Fest, to be staffed by published members who wish to sell their books. It will be up to those who volunteer to work out a schedule among themselves. Contact Theresa Falzone at tfalzone@gmail.com if you’d like to take part.

• Saturday, October 3: SinC Into Great Writing. National Sisters in Crime’s annual writing workshop will be online and FREE to all national SinC members. Details to be announced soon.

Other Events Not to Miss!

• Saturday, April 25 – Michigan Writing Day Conference Online: This is a special “How to Get Published” writing workshop. It’s a day full of online classes and advice designed to give you the best instruction concerning how to get your writing & books published. Topics include publishing opportunities, how to write queries & pitches, how to market yourself and your books, what makes an agent/editor stop reading your manuscript, and more. Writers of all genres are welcome. For more info, click HERE.

• Saturday, May 16, 1-2 p.m.: Writing With a Through-line Plot (or Storyline), a free online workshop hosted by SinC member, best-selling author and writing coach Jane Cleland. She’ll talk about through-line plotting (crucial) and how it relates to creating an irresistible opening (also crucial). You can find the flyer for her workshop HERE and sign-up here to reserve your spot.

Write-In in Detroit Institute of Arts’ beautiful and inspiring Kresge Court

Sylvia Hubbard presenting 5 Ways to Rock Social Media Without Losing Your Mind

An informative and entertaining afternoon with L.A. Chandlar, author of "The Art Deco Mystery Series."

Michigan Sisters (and Misters) in Crime tour the Wayne County Jail

Amazing afternoon session with Karen Dionne, author of "The Marsh King's Daughter."

Other Michigan Writers Events

Coming Soon!