I had the pleasure this weekend of participating in a mystery celebration at the Tredyffrin library in Strafford, Pennsylvania. The event was in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Sisters in Crime, a fabulous mystery writers and readers group. I spend a lot of time writing, reading, reading about writing, blogging, following blogs… you get the picture. But there is nothing quite like meeting with fellow mystery writers and mystery lovers.
Sisters in Crime was founded by Sara Paretsky and a group of women in 1986. It now has 3600 members in 50 chapters world-wide and offers networking, advice and support to mystery writers. Members are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians, all bound by an affection for the mystery genre. The mission of the Sisters in Crime is to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.
If you’re a mystery fan, I can’t recommend the Sisters in Crime enough. I’m a member of two different chapters.
Here in my local area (near Philadelphia), I attend the monthly meetings of the Delaware Valley Chapter. I’ve met some incredible writers through this group as well as some fun mystery fans who I love to share stories with.
I’m also a member of an online chapter of the Sisters in Crime, the Guppies. Originally created as the “Great Unpublished” (hence, Guppies), the group now includes not only unpublished writers but a few rock star writers as well. It offers a chance to virtually chat with fellow writers, to swap manuscripts, to take online courses, to share information and ideas.
Thanks to my involvement in these groups, I’ve participated in writers conferences, book signings, lectures, and more.
If you are a writer, an aspiring writer, or just a huge fan of mysteries, check out the Sisters in Crime! I’m sure there’s a chapter near you. And if the nearest chapter is farther than you want to drive, boot up the computer and check out the Guppies.
Writing can sometimes seem like a lonely pursuit, or at least something you do alone. But thanks to groups like the Sisters of Crime, I always have someone to support me, to keep me motivated and inspired.
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