Sisters in Crime Chesapeake Chapter  

Future Meetings
All on Sat unless otherwise stated)

Jan 28, 2017 - Write-In - Northern VA Comm College,
                        Sterling VA

Feb      2017 - TBA

Mar 4, 2017 - Advanced Survival Train'g-Tim MacWelch,                          Northern VA (location embargoed except                               for registrants) * Cosponsored by MWA *

April 1, 2017 - Animal Fighting Issues - Emily Hovermale,
                         Maryland State Dir., Humane Society

May  2017     -  No Meeting

Upcoming Chapter Authors' Events
   (see details in lower left column)

Jan 12, 2017 -   The Writing Life - Beatley Central Lib,
      (Thu)            Alexandria VA

Jan 21, 2017 -   Mystery Publishing Demystified -
       (Sat)             Potomac Comm Lib, Woodbridge VA

Mar 8, 2017 -    Getting Started as a Mystery Writer -
       (Tue)             Details pending

Next Event:

JANUARY 28, 2017

2nd Annual "WRITE-IN"

Do you need to put in some quality writing time on your latest story or book? Looking for a chance to start something new? Interested in trying out this writing thing? Then join your fellow SinC members and start typing away.

And if you've never been to a writing marathon, just bring your laptop or your yellow legal pad and your muse. We'll provide tables, chairs, and a quiet space for you to work.

The whole idea of a writing marathon is for a group of writers to gather together to write--independently, but encouraged by each other. We'll provide writing prompts for anyone who wants to try them,
but they're optional.

And the best part--
(Though you'll have to provide your own
snacks and beverages.)
Chapter member Josh Pachter has arranged to host this second annual chapter marathon at NOVA's Loudoun Campus. The address is:

21200 Campus Drive
HEC Building, Room 204
Sterling, VA 20164

(Older GPS units may not show Campus Drive. If you have that problem, use 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway. See more detailed directions below.)

The marathon room will be open from 9 am to 5 pm, and you're welcome to come for the whole day or just a few hours. It has a number of power outlets, but we'd love for as many people as possible to bring power strips, to make sure we can all plug in. And there is free wifi on campus.

It's okay to eat and drink in the room, but please be prepared to clean up after yourself. Josh will provide a hot water heater and a coffee maker, but it's BYO mug, teabag, ground coffee and any snacks you need to feed the muse.

When lunchtime comes, you can try the campus cafeteria or one of the many nearby off-campus options. The wide variety of lunch options are right across Rt. 7 (Panera, 5 Guys, a Mexican restaurant, Wendy's, a Mongolian BBQ place, a steakhouse chain, Friendly's), and within a two-minute drive there are dozens of other options (Santini's deli, Chinese, Irish pub, Lebanese, Wing Stop, pizza, Dunkin' Donuts, and the hits just keep on coming.)

In addition to the big room, there are two smaller conference rooms for people who want more quiet--or for a small group that might want to help each other brainstorm.

We have space for a large number of writers, but if we get an overwhelming response, participation will be first come/first served.
So to make sure we have a place for you,
please RSVP to our secretary, Becky Hutchison: bookgaia [at] comcast [dot] net
and indicate whether you plan to come for the morning, the afternoon, or both.
If you'd like to volunteer to help with setup or cleanup, please notify Becky.

** In the event of inclement weather, the event will be on as long as the NoVA campus is open. If we're forced to cancel, we'll try to notify everyone
who signs up.
So when you RSVP, please make sure Becky has your current email and phone.**
From just about anywhere, the goal is to get onto Rt. 7, which is Harry Flood Byrd Highway.

From DC or MD, take the Dulles Toll Road to the
Rt. 7 exit and head towards Leesburg. We're about a mile or so past the intersection of Rt. 7 and
Dranesville Road on the right.

From Fairfax, take Fairfax County Parkway to
Rt. 7 and turn towards Leesburg, and then it's
the same thing.

From Leesburg, we're on the left, about a quarter of a mile or so past the Cascades Parkway turnoff.

Enter the campus either from Rt. 7 or from Potomac View Rd. (The main entrance from Rt. 7 is best.) Turn off Rt. 7, make an almost immediate right, then almost immediate right again into a parking lot.
Spaces are plenty, and parking is free.

Stand with your back to Rt. 7 to see a big glass-walled building very slightly off to your left. That's the HEC Building. Come in and up the steps. Turn right at the head of the steps, and Room 204 is to your right. 

Chesapeake Crimes

The sixth volume of the Chesapeake Crimes series, Homicidal Holidays, is now available for purchase.
The anthology, published by Wildside Press, features short stories by:

Donna Andrews
Timothy Bentler-Jungr
Shaun Taylor Bevins
Carla Coupe
E.B. Davis
Barb Goffman
Clyde Linsley
Linda Lombardi
Debbi Mack
Rosemary and Larry Mild
Meg Opperman
Shari Randall
Art Taylor
Cathy Wiley

Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, and Marcia Talley were the coordinating editors. The members of the editorial panel were Christina Freeburn, John Gilstrap, and Alan Orloff.

Available from the publisher, as well as from:
-- Mystery Loves Company Booksellers
-- Barnesandnoble.com
-- Amazon.com

Previous titles in the series are also available:
Chesapeake Crimes I
Chesapeake Crimes II
Chesapeake Crimes 3
Chesapeake Crimes 4: They Had It Comin'
Chesapeake Crimes 5: This Job Is Murder


Invite an Author to Your Book Club or Library

What's more fun than immersing yourself in a good mystery? Discussing it with the author! The Chesapeake Chapter's published authors are available to attend book discussion groups or to appear at library events. If you'd like to meet local writers and talk with them about their work, contact the chapter's Library Liaison, Sandra Parshall, for help in setting up an event.

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Upcoming Chapter Authors' Events

Thursday, January 12, 7:00 pm
Beatley Central Library
5005 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22304
The Writing Life:  
Panel and signing with E.A. Aymar, Diane Davidson, G.M. Malliet, Josh Pachter, and Lane Stone
Saturday, Jan 21, 2-3:30 pm
Potomac Community Library
2201 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Mystery Publishing Demystified:
Panel and Signing with Maya Corrigan, Sherry Harris, and Kathryn O'Sullivan
Tuesday, March 28
Time and Location TBA
Getting Started as a Mystery Writer: 
Panel and Signing with Barb Goffman, Tara Laskowski, Alan Orloff, and Laura Ellen Scott. Moderator is Sherry Harris.
These Chesapeake mystery writers will share their experiences and insights. Join us to hear excerpts from new and forthcoming works. Get your own questions answered about plotting and publishing YOUR work. Books available for sale. Adults. Teens.

The Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime, like its national parent organization, was created to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime fiction writers to achieve equality in the industry.

Membership is open to anyone with a love of mysteries - men and women, readers and writers - who would like to help promote the advancement of women mystery writers. Chapter members typically come from D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Chesapeake Chapter Officers for 2017

President: Sherry Harris
Vice President: Art Taylor
Secretary: Becky Hutchison
Treasurer: Donna Andrews

Committee Chairs

Program Chairs: Donna Andrews and Art Taylor
Membership Chairs: C. Ellett Logan and Donna Andrews
Field Trip Chair:  Donna Andrews
Publications Chair: Marcia Talley
Library Liaison:    Aubrey Hamilton
Member Liaison:  Susan O'Brien

Other Contacts

Website Coordinators: Donna Andrews & Becky Hutchison
Listserv Coordinator:  Donna Andrews
Authors' Events Coordinator: Aubrey Hamilton



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Last updated: 2 January 2017