January 22: State of the Union Meeting, updates on Rose Glen, discussion about Goals, Writing Process, and Planning for Your Writing Year
February 26: Robert Mangeot will speak on The Art of the Short Story at 1:30 PM. He is a National SinC member and past president of the Nashville chapter. His work has appeared in various anthologies and journals, including Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, The Forge Literary Magazine, Lowestoft Chronicle, Mystery Magazine, The Oddville Press, and in the print anthologies Die Laughing, Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War, Not So Fast, and the Anthony-winning Murder Under the Oaks. His work has been named a finalist for the Derringer Awards three times and has also won contests sponsored by the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild, On The Premises, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.
March 26: Cindy Sample will be speaking to us about book marketing, "Fifty Shades of Marketing," at 1PM. Short business meeting to follow her talk. Her national bestselling mystery series, described as Erma Bombeck meets Agatha Christie, features single soccer mom, Laurel McKay. The series, set in the California Gold Country, includes Dying for a Date, Dying for a Dance, Dying for a Daiquiri, Dying for a Dude, Dying for a Donut, Dying for a Diamond, Dying for a Deal and Dying for a Double. Cindy loves her research!
Cindy is a five-time nominee for the LEFTY Award for Best Humorous Mystery, a two-time SILVER FALCHION Finalist for Best Traditional Mystery, a 2015 NEXT GENERATION Finalist in Humor and Mystery, and the winner of the 2011 Northern California Publishers & Authors’ Fiction Award. She is active in Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America.
April 23: Panel of published authors on "Tricks of the Trade" : "TRICKS OF THE TRADE" - Four of our own will discuss their personal writing practices and the rules of and tips for writing in their particular genres in this panel moderated by VP Erika Engelhaupt. Kay George will represent Cozy Mystery, Leanne Tyler will discuss Romantic Suspense, Ernie Lancaster will talk about Crime Fiction, and Elle Andrews Patt will deliberate Paranormal Mystery.
May 28: SMOKING GUNS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION! "The Role of Food in Mystery Fiction" - Linda Griffiths-Gish will be discussing how food in fiction conveys character, culture, setting, and can be used to move the story forward in a myriad of ways. Bourbon balls will be served at our first in-person meeting since 2020 at the Community Center in Townsend, TN
June 25: Dinner in downtown Knoxville (TBA) followed by a 90 minute guided Ghost Walk tour from 8-9:30. Details to follow. Come for one or the other or both!
July 23: "Smoking Guns and Other Weapons in a Mystery Writer's Arsenal" - Joshua and Olivia Griffiths will discuss weapons for our protagonists and villains and demonstrate self-defense moves. We'll be at Townsend Community Center.
August 27: M.A. Lee, our very own Emily Dunn, will be taking to us about writing short stories. She is the author of over forty titles, including historical fiction with a dash of romance and manuals on writing, plus she hosts a podcast, The Write Focus. We'll be at Townsend Community Center.
September 24: Kathryn Harkup, British author of "A is for Arsenic: the Poisons of Agatha Christie," among other literary themed science books, will be discussing her book with us. We'll be on ZOOM.
October 22: FIELD TRIP! BRUSHY MOUNTAIN STATE PENITENTIARY - 1PM til ??? Meet for self-guided tour as a group and then a spin through the gift shop/distillery. $20 plus tax/person/on site
November: No meeting! Happy Thanksgiving!
December: Holiday Murder Mystery LUNCHEON: SATURDAY DECEMBER 3 - 12:30-3:00 PM CLUB WILL SUPPLY MAIN MEAT, please bring sides, salads, desserts.
January 2023: Former IRS Auditor Gary Bemm will talk to us about Taxes for Writers.
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