Upcoming Lectures Focus on Helping Writers Improve Their Craft

Murder We Write image, Source: Sisters in Crime Triad Chapter, Greensboro, NC.
Murder We Write image, Source: Sisters in Crime Triad Chapter, Greensboro, NC.

Contributed by Mary “Angie” Harmon, Sisters in Crime, Triad Chapter Secretary

**UPDATED June 11, 2016 with additional meeting information**

The Sisters in Crime writing group is holding lectures throughout the Spring and Summer in the Triad region of North Carolina. Each lecture focuses on a writing issue, and meetings are free to area writers.

Lectures are designed with the end in mind: helping local writers improve their writing.  Many of the Sisters in Crime writers work on mysteries; however, writers in any genre are made welcome at their events.

For amateur or professional writers interested in attending, the meetings are held on Sundays in the High Point NC area. Upcoming meetings for Spring/Summer 2016 are included below. All meetings listed below are held at the High Point Library,  located at 901 N Main Street, in High Point NC.

Becoming a member is optional, with the annual fee set at $15/writer.

More information on the Sisters in Crime Triad Chapter, upcoming programs, and membership details, may be found at www.murderwewrite.org.

Murder We Write typewriter image, Source: Sisters in Crime Triad Chapter, Greensboro, NC.
Murder We Write typewriter image, Source: Sisters in Crime Triad Chapter, Greensboro, NC.

White Collar Crime: The Psyche of the Scam Artist and the Victim

April 17, 2016 @ 2-4pm (doors open at 1:30pm)

Mark Mathosian, P.I., is a 30-year veteran investigator of financial fraud in Florida. Crime writers will want to know Mark’s analysis of how crooks commit the most popular economic scams, such as stock and advance fee loan swindles, as well as mortgage, bank, and business opportunity frauds. Learn who investigates, how the criminal justice system responds, and the language and methods specific to big-dollar financial fraud. This program is a very welcome gift offered to us by our Triad neighbors, Winston-Salem Writers, who join us at the High Point Library for this not-to-be-missed presentation.  Entry is free.

Co-sponsored by Sisters in Crime, Winston-Salem Writers, & High Point Library, this event is being held at the library.

Genre/Subgenre Nuances in Writing Mysteries

May 15, 2016 @ 2-4 pm (doors open at 1:3opm)

This free lecture is being presented by South Carolina’s David Burnsworth, author of Southern Heat and the forthcoming Burning Heat and Big City Heat, and Georgia’s Julia McDermott, author of Underwater. Show these out-of-town guests a warm welcome; and  learn tips that may help with any genre. As Chris Roerden, VP, often tells the group, “All good books need mystery.”

Co-sponsored by Sisters in Crime and the High Point Library.

Informal Circle Discussion

June 12, 2016 @ 2-4pm (doors open at 1:30pm)

This week, we’ll be having an informal circle discussion (and/or small group breakouts) to help you reach your writing goals — or come to simply listen. All writers welcome and the event is free.

Co-sponsored by Sisters in Crime and the  High Point Library, 901 N Main Street.

What Goes on in the NC Medical Examiner’s Office?

July 17, 2016 @ 2-4pm

Jacque Perkins, a forensic nurse working in the NC ME’s office, will focus on one or more of these topics: human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault exams, forensic nursing, or the state’s Medical Examiner.

If planning to attend this free meeting, email organizer Angie Harmon and list preference for which of these five areas Jacque could focus on that would help you in your writing.

Co-sponsored by Sisters in Crime and the High Point Library.

August Meeting TBD

More information on the August meeting will be released via the group’s website.

Psychopathic, psychotic, and sociopathic behaviors: Oh My!” 

September 18, 2016 @ 2-4pm (doors open at 1:30pm)

Dr. Melissa Floyd-Pickard will help fiction writers distinguish these terms from each other (often misused), and in sharing some interesting case examples she will also improve our ability to develop believable characters and plausible behaviors. With more than 20 years of experience in mental health, our speaker is a licensed clinical social worker and Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work, HHS, UNCG. She’s worked with multiple populations in inpatient mental health settings, been published in numerous academic journals, books, and technical reports, and is currently writing her first work of fiction, a Southern slice-of-life Gothic!

Be sure to bring questions relating to your own characters and their actions!

Co-sponsored by Sisters in Crime & High Point Library, 901 N Main Street. More information can be found at www.murderwewrite.org.

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