Crimes and Criminals and the Writers Who Love Them

Crimes and Criminals and the Writers Who Love Them

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Special Event this November with Nancy Pickard

Low Country Sisters in Crime is pleased to announce that we're sponsoring the keynote speaker in this year's The Write Place conference in Statesboro on November 3rd and 4th—Nancy Pickard. We are able to bring Nancy to Georgia through a Speaker's Bureau grant from Sisters in Crime National, and we're very excited to have her here.

She'll be speaking Friday night November 3rd at the Write Place Festival in Statesboro (7:30 PM at the Averitt Center for the Arts in Statesboro) and presenting a Saturday morning workshop  at the Statesboro Library on the 4th starting at 9:00 AM. The cost for the mini-conference is $60 and includes Nancy's workshop plus two others and lunchLow Country Sisters in Crime members pay only $50, however.

To buy tickets to the Saturday workshop, click HERE.You will be reimbursed after the workshop.

Friday night will also feature an Author's Expo, which will take place on Main Street from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Register now for a booth to sell/sign your own books! Registration is free, but limited. You can find the Expo registration form HERE.


Plus Low County SinC members are invited to a lunchtime members-only Q&A with Nancy on Sunday, November 5th in Savannah (time and place TBA; the meeting is free, you pay only for your food and beverage).

Nancy Pickard is the award-winning and critically-acclaimed author of eighteen novels and dozens of short stories. She has won the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Barry, and Shamus awards for her short stories, She is a four-time Edgar nominee, having been a finalist three times for Best Novel and once for Best Short Story. She is also a Mary Higgins Clark award finalist and a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award for suspense fiction. She is the co-author, with Lynn Lott, of the non-fiction book for writers, 7 Steps on the Writer’s Path. Her most recent novel, The Scent of Rain and Lightning, has earned multiple honors and has been made into a feature motion picture currently touring film festivals all over the country. Nancy is a founding member and former president of Sisters In Crime, the international organization dedicated to the advancement of women mystery writers, and she is a former national board member of the Mystery Writers of America.

Nancy will be the headliner on Friday, November 3rd at the evening event where she will share how a paragraph from The Scent of Rain and Lightning, her bestselling novel, came to be. She will be joining these local writers on Saturday for the workshop series: 

Jonathan M. Bryant, Narrative History
Roland McElroy, Political Memoir

Johnathon Scott Barrett, Culinary Memoir
Tina Whittle, Short Story/Mystery Writer
William Timothy Murray, Fantasy
Mark Ezra Stokes, Screenwriter
Lawrence Green, Jr., Spoken Word Artist


Friday, September 15, 2017

Nancy Pickard is Coming!

We at Low Country Sisters in Crime are pleased to announce that renowned mystery writer Nancy Pickard will be our guest in November.

Nancy comes to use through a Sisters in Crime Speaker's Bureau grant, which enables top authors to share their knowledge and expertise with chapters all across the country.

Nancy will be reading the The Write Place conference on Friday, November 3rd beginning at 7:30 at the Averitt Center for the Arts in Statesboro, Georgiaa book signing will follow. For more information, visit The Write Place on Facebook.

Nancy will be the keynote presenter as a series of workshops the following Saturday morning, November 3rd, beginning at 9:00 AM. The entire workshop series features Nancy's session, plus a choice of two other sessions, plus lunch, for $60. Low Country Sisters in Crime members will receive a discounted price of $50 (register at the full price and then receive a refund after the event). You can buy your ticket for the workshop HERE.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Our October Meeting: Open Mic Morning


Please join us Saturday, October 14th from 10-12 noon for our October meeting. We'll be in the Morrison Room upstairs at Savannah Coffee Roasters.

This time we'll be having an "open mic" session—bring some of your work-in-progress (or finished work-—we're not picky!) to read aloud for the others. This is not a critique session; instead, it's a chance for us to get to know each other through what we write. We'll also have updates on our November event with Nancy Pickard.

After the meeting, we'll be eating lunch at Savannah Coffee Roasters for those interested in hanging out and talking further.

For more information, check out our Facebook Page.



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

May Meeting: May 13th

Please join us Saturday, May 13th from 10-12 noon for our May meeting. Instead of our usual meeting spot, we'll be gathering in the home of VP Donna Kortes (check your email for the address).

We are very excited to present a Q&A on Private Investigation with licensed PI Montie Rasure and his wife, mystery author Debbie Rasure.

Montie Rasure has been a private investigator in Georgia for the past 25 years. He is a 20 year veteran of the U.S Army. His Primary Military Occupational Skill was military police. Montie is the ownerof and senior investigator for Southern Loss Control Services in Rome. He handles a wide range of investigations including domestic, missing persons, murder, theft, skip traces, worker’s comp and records searches. He also provides investigative services for the Georgia Public Defender Council. Montie is going to talk with us about qualifications to become a private investigator, how to conduct investigations, tools he uses, and things an ordinary citizen can do to investigate a person or situation. 

After the meeting, we'll be enjoying a Low Country Boil and some socializing. We hope you can join us!



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Our March Meeting: Scrivener Basics


Please join us Saturday, March 11th from 10-12 noon for our March meeting. We'll be in the Morrison Room upstairs at Savannah Coffee Roasters.

Donna Kortes and Tina Whittle will be conducting a Q&A on Scrivener, a word processing program created especially for writers. There's a wealth of writerly features with Scrivener, but we'll be showing you some of our favorites in action and answering questions about how we use this software to draft, edit and format manuscripts; collect and use research; create mobi and epub files for e-book publishing; and much more.

After the meeting, we'll be eating lunch at Savannah Coffee Roasters for those interested in hanging out and talking further.

For more information -- including directions -- check out our Facebook Page.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Our February Meeting

Please join us Saturday, February 11th from 10-12 noon for our February meeting. We'll be in the Morrison Room upstairs at Savannah Coffee Roasters.

The topic is Attack of the Blurbs and Synopses!. Yes, we're taking on these twin evils of publication and vanquishing them with the help of Maggie Toussaint, wordsmith extraordinaire. Bring your own work-in-progress to share and critique -- get your words in shape for querying and submitting no matter what stage of your writing career you're in.

After the meeting, we'll be eating lunch at Savannah Coffee Roasters for those interested in hanging out and talking further.

For more information -- including directions -- check out our Facebook Page.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Our November Meeting: Saturday, November 12th


Please join us Saturday, November 12th from 10-12 noon for our November meeting. We'll be in the Morrison Room upstairs at Savannah Coffee Roasters.

The topic is Flash Fiction. Low Country SinC President Donna Kortes and VP Tina Whittle will lead a roundtable discussion on writing and publishing in this popular genre. We'll be sharing tips, reading some flash fiction, and trying our hand at writing some too. We'll also have news about our December social, and information from SinC National on some upcoming events here in the Savannah area.

After the meeting, we'll be eating lunch at Savannah Coffee Roasters for those interested in hanging out and talking further.

For more information -- including directions -- check out our Facebook Page.