Upcoming Meetings

Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly to support the work of women crime fiction writers. Readers and writers, male and female–all are welcome.

What’s in Your Toolbox?


Laura Bush Community Library
9411 Bee Cave Road
Austin, Texas 78733

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.


Due to Covid-19, all meetings are currently being held virtually via Zoom

July 11, 2021

Via ZOOM at 2 PM

“PUblishing/Marketing in a pandemic”

Panel Discussion Moderated by Kelly Manfredini

Join us for a lively discussion about the challenges encountered when publishing and marketing a book during a pandemic.  Learn what strategies our panel authors used to get their new releases to the readers! Our panel includes authors Dave Ciambrone, Helen Currie Foster, Patrick Kelly, and Susan Toalson.

August 8, 2021

Via ZOOM at 2 PM

“Plotting 101”

Presented by L. R. Ryan

lori-ryan-smallL.R. Ryan, is a NY Times Bestselling Author of romantic suspense (writing under the name Lori Ryan) and she will share with us her secrets to plotting a blockbuster novel.

Are you bogged down by planning your novel? Is keeping track of your story details a major pain? Wish you could boost both your organization and your word count? New York Times Best-selling author L.R. Ryan has perfected the art of storytelling. And now she’s coming to our chapter to share her time-saving approach to help you make sure your first spark of inspiration becomes a happily completed book.

Lori is also the author of The Writer’s Plotting Workbook that spells out all the steps she’s learned as well helpful hints that she’s discovered. The workbook contains handy examples for outlining characters, locations, and scenes is your all-in-one resource for exploring the essential elements of your fictional universe. Her workbook is available on Amazon.

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose mission is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. 

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