Upcoming in 2022!

For 2022, meetings are scheduled via Zoom; however, some meetings may be moved to in-person as we learn more about COVID risks.

Chapter dues ($10 per person, both sisters and misters welcome) are covering the ZOOM membership for the chapter. Members will be sent an invitation to join the meetings. If you’d like to join us, please click on the About Us tab.

Stay safe, everyone!

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April 11, 2022, 7 PM EST
Blogging 101 for Authors, with Mystery Author Heather Weidner

Learn to build a successful blog as Heather shares how to create a blog, tips, and lessons learned from building her own successful blogs.

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May 9, 2022, 6:30 PM EST
“It would be so nice if you weren’t here!”

Join this fascinating session on personality-disordered types who inevitably get in trouble, get killed, or get even! Judith Fowler will present traits common to each personality-disordered type and examples drawn from TV, films, or books. Judith holds a master’s in forensic psychology and worked as a forensic discharge planner for defendants, judges, and lawyers. This interactive session will challenge participants to pick up their pens to invent characters using the list of traits guide.

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June 13, 2022, 6:30 PM EST
“Security Discussion”

Don’t miss this extraordinary session on security-related topics. Guest to be announced.

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No meetings in July and August. Enjoy your summer!

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September 12, 2022, 6:30 PM EST
Filter Words with Jayne Ormerod

As the term suggests, filter words create a veil or barrier between characters and their own actions or situations, other characters, and events. They add padding and wordiness that rarely adds value. You don’t want to miss this valuable session to learn how to recognize filter words in your own writing.

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October 10, 2022, 6:30 PM EST
Pitfalls of a Successful Newsletter with Allie Marie

Ever thought of creating a newsletter to build readership, but don’t know how? Join this beneficial session to learn the dos and don’ts of a successful newsletter and why it’s important to your writing.

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November meeting to be determined.

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December holiday gathering to be determined.

Virginia is for Mysteries III Book Launch

Thurs., Feb. 17, 2022, 7-8:30 PM EST
Author Chat & Giveaways – Via Zoom (link below)

Zoom Link Details

Virginia is for Mysteries III Book Launch & Author Chat

Feb 17, 2022, 07:00 PM Eastern Time (the US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting https://sistersincrime-org.zoom.us/j/94534050693

Meeting ID: 945 3405 0693

Dial by your location

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Find your local number: https://sistersincrime-org.zoom.us/u/ackhp9JyZ

2022 Chapter Meetings Announced

For 2022, meetings are scheduled via Zoom; however, some meetings may be moved to in-person as we learn more about COVID risks.

Chapter dues ($10 per person, both sisters and misters welcome) are covering the ZOOM membership for the chapter. Members will be sent an invitation to join the meetings. If you’d like to join us, please click on the About Us tab.

Stay safe, everyone!

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February 21, 2022, 6:30 PM EST
Elements of a Mystery & Save the Cat! Writes a Novel book highlights

You don’t want to miss this exciting session to learn about the parts of a mystery presented by Yvonne Quinn Saxon & Kim Blanchard Thorn.

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March 5, 2022, 9 AM to 6 PM EST
Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival

Virtual Live Panels are free to attend online. Don’t miss 41 bestselling mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, paranormal, historical, romance, and women’s fiction authors (includes chapter members Maria Hudgins, Teresa Inge, Jayne Ormerod, & Allie Marie!).

*Registration link will be available in the next two weeks. The festival will serve as our March chapter meeting.
https://www.suffolkmysteryauthorsfestival.com/

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April 11, 2022, 7 PM EST
Blogging 101 for Authors, with Mystery Author Heather Weidner

Learn to build a successful blog as Heather shares how to create a blog, tips, and lessons learned from building her own successful blogs.

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May 9, 2022, 6:30 PM EST
“It would be so nice if you weren’t here!”

Join this fascinating session on personality-disordered types who inevitably get in trouble, get killed, or get even! Judith Fowler will present traits common to each personality-disordered type and examples drawn from TV, films, or books. Judith holds a master’s in forensic psychology and worked as a forensic discharge planner for defendants, judges, and lawyers. This interactive session will challenge participants to pick up their pens to invent characters using the list of traits guide.

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June 13, 2022, 6:30 PM EST
“Security Discussion”

Don’t miss this extraordinary session on security-related topics. Guest to be announced.

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No meetings in July and August. Enjoy your summer!

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September 12, 2022, 6:30 PM EST
Filter Words with Jayne Ormerod

As the term suggests, filter words create a veil or barrier between characters and their own actions or situations, other characters, and events. They add padding and wordiness that rarely adds value. You don’t want to miss this valuable session to learn how to recognize filter words in your own writing.

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October 10, 2022, 6:30 PM EST
Pitfalls of a Successful Newsletter with Allie Marie

Ever thought of creating a newsletter to build readership, but don’t know how? Join this beneficial session to learn the dos and don’ts of a successful newsletter and why it’s important to your writing.

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November meeting to be determined.

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December holiday gathering to be determined.

Next meeting: January 15, 2022

We’ll be kicking off the New Year at the Chesapeake Barnes & Noble at Greenbrier Parkway near Greenbrier Mall on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 10 a.m. This month, our meeting will include both a write-in and a planning session in which we’ll discuss creative ideas about how to make our chapter fit your writing lifestyle better. So come on out, get a coffee, and let’s write!

“How to Create Vivid Settings in Your Writing” with Author Maria Hudgins, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021

Join the Mystery by the Sea Chapter of Sisters in Crime for “How to Create Vivid Settings in Your Writing” with Author Maria Hudgins!

When: Nov. 8, 2021, 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting: https://sistersincrime-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrfuCtpj8uH9FBw9B12m2LR72cyPT9Qjq9?fbclid=IwAR3MgDJtHfOuiihjASNv10UqvQpiANt-lZ-5Vc-hv44PNpWgG20RbmsFwAI

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

Maria Hudgins is the author of six Dotsy Lamb Travel Mysteries (https://mariahudgins.com/dotsy-lamb-travel-mysteries/): Death of an Obnoxious Tourist, Death of a Lovable Geek, Death on the Aegean Queen, Death of a Second Wife, Death in an Ivory Tower, and Death in Istanbul. These stories are set in Italy, Scotland, the Greek Islands, Switzerland, England, and Turkey. Before using a place as a setting, Hudgins visits and takes copious notes. These stories follow college history professor Dorothy Lamb and her friend Lettie Osgood.

Two mysteries in her Lacy Glass Series (https://mariahudgins.com/archaeology-mysteries/) are now available on Kindle and in paperback. Scorpion House centers around an expedition house in Luxor, Egypt. The Man on the Istanbul Train follows the young botanist from Istanbul to an archaeological dig in central Turkey in her pursuit of the archaeologist Paul Hannah.

Maria Hudgins lives in Hampton, Virginia.

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WE’RE GOING VIRTUAL

Lonely writer

We know, we know! No meetings since this whole crazy pandemic thing started! Hopefully you are using your quarantine time to write! But writing is a solitary profession and we are a social people. It’s time to “get out” and recharge your creative batteries…at least virtually.

So YEAH for the digital age, allowing us to “meet” without leaving the comforts of our homes–and without spreading the virus.

On your marks, Get ready to…ZOOM!

Your dues have gone to purchase a one year ZOOM membership for the chapter. Members will be sent an invitation to join the meetings. This is one of the many benefits of your $10 membership. If you’d like to join us, please click on the About Us tab.

This is great news not only for those who normally attend in-person meetings, but also for anyone unable to attend meetings due to work conflicts, travel issues, or health concerns. We will ZOOM every meeting, even after the libraries open and we start mingling again.

Stay safe, everyone!

There’s a Snowstorm a-Brewing…

Ever heard of the Snowflake Method of plotting?  You don’t want to miss our next meeting, Monday, March 9, 6-8 p.m. at the Greenbrier Library.

The Snowflake method: Turning a single idea into a novel, the easy way. Do you want to write a novel, but you’re stuck figuring out how to start? Or maybe you already have a great synopsis–but how do you convert that into ninety-thousand words? Join us as we explore a near-effortless way to take a simple idea and build it into a story of any length and genre, fiction or nonfiction. Whether you write novels, short stories, or screenplays, Snowflake is the best way to create the foundation for your work. With this easy method you can produce anything from an elevator pitch up to a spreadsheet of scenes/chapters showing the word counts needed, pivot points, act breaks, and more. If you’re a “pantser” this workshop will change your life! If you’re a plotter, there’s a 98.7% chance Snowflake will change your life! If you’re a veldic poet, results may vary.

 

Presenter Bio: Rick Eley is a Tidewater native, an IT professional, and an author of several fine sentences. He writes sci-fi, horror, fantasy, as well as creative and instructional nonfiction. His work is featured in the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, Issues in Science and Technology magazine, HRW newsletters, and he’ll be featured in an upcoming Fahrenheit Books sci-fi anthology and Owl Creek Press horror anthology. Four of his short stories have won prizes in multiple writing contests. Rick has also presented writing craft seminars for The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, at Hampton Roads Writers annual conferences, and for HRW’s Traveling Pen series. In his spare time, he organizes the Tidewater Writers critique group and is a member of Hampton Roads Writers board of directors. Sometimes he even finds a few minutes to work on his concurrent projects: a book on the craft of modern writing, a collection of memoir short stories, and multiple sci-fi novels.

Next Meeting January 11, 2020

Do You Have 20/20 Vision in Your Writing?

If your writing goals are blurry, your inspiration fuzzy, your eyes watery from staring at the blank screen with no words appearing, then dedicate 2020 to improving your writing vision  to 20/20. Join successfully published authors Heather Weidner and Jayne Ormerod for a two-hour workshop focused on helping you see clearly when it comes to working towards believable, achievable and specific objectives in the new year. Sponsored by the Mystery by the Sea chapter of Sisters in Crime, this event is free and open to writers of all levels and all genres. Saturday, January 11, 2020, 10:15 a.m. at the Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Rd, 1st floor conference room. Dutch-treat lunch to follow at a place TBD.

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:

Originally from Virginia Beach, HEATHER WEIDNER has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers. Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, and Deadly Southern Charm. Secret Lives and Private Eyes, The Tulip Shirt Murders, and Glitter, Glam, and Contraband are her novels in the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries, and her novellas appear in the Mutt Mysteries.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Guppies, James River Writers, and International Thriller Writers. Through the years, she has been a cop’s kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager. 

 Website: www.heatherweidner.com

 

JAYNE ORMEROD grew up in a small Ohio town then went on to a small-town Ohio college. Upon earning her degree in accountancy, she became a CIA (that’s not a sexy spy thing, but a Certified Internal Auditor.) She married a naval officer and off they sailed to see the world. After nineteen moves, they, along with their two rescue dogs Tiller and Scout, have settled into a cozy cottage by the sea. Jayne is the author of the Blonds at the Beach Mysteries, The Blond Leading the Blond, and Blond Luck. Her stand-alone anthology, Goin’ Coastal, is a collection of four short mysteries set along the shore. She has contributed seven short mysteries to various anthologies to include the Mutt Mysteries series, Virginia is for Mysteries, Volumes I and II, and 50 Shades of Cabernet.

 Website: www.JayneOrmerod.com