2019 Meetings

Sisters in Crime – Heart of Texas Chapter strives to bring interesting and educational presentations to our members. Our meetings are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Below is a list of past meetings. If you would like to attend a current meeting check out our Upcoming Meetings page.


Twisted Villains & Wounded Heroes – Presenter, Bill Woodburn, MEd, LPC-S, LMFT-S WA 

Counselors Insights into Troubled Minds – We often write about extremes of human behavior and its aftermath. To be believable, it helps to understand desperate motives and how extreme events shape our lives. Join Bill Woodburn, MEd, LPC-S, LMFT-S, author and counselor, for a Q&A session about your characters’ actions and reactions.


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jan Burke.

Jan has won the Edgar for Best Novel, and the Agatha, the Macavity, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Award for Best Short Story, among other honors.

Her books have been published internationally and have been optioned or film and television. She is the author of over thirty short stories.

Her work in nonfiction includes serving as the associate editor (with Sue Grafton) for MWA’s Handbook, Writing Mysteries. Her forensic science and criminal justice columns appear in Sisters in Crime’sInSinC Quarterly.


MARCH 2019

COPS, ROBBERS, and the WEAPONS THEY SHOULD USE, Presenter Charlie Dismore

Charlie DismoreCharlie Dismore, native Texas, Marine Veteran, Military designated Rifle and Piston Expert is certified as an NRA Instructor in pistol, rife and shotguns.  Charlie served in the Marines as a Combat Engineer, and his duty assignments took him around the world, some locations including Hawaii, Japan, Mediterranean Europe, as well as combat duty in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. Charlie and his wife have made their in Austin since 2004. Besides his civilian career, Charlie is the principle operator of Texas FFL LLC-a business serving all levels of firearms shooters. See more info at http://www.texas.ffl.org.  If you want to learn something about the weapons you’re writing into your story, Charlie’s the guy to ask.

For example. Your protagonist is a cop. What firearms would he/she use in your plot situation?  If your cop needs to penetrate a certain substance at a certain distance, what weapon should you as the author put in your hero’s hand? What ammunition? Charlie is a military expert in rifles and pistols, and he is certified to teach people how to use them.



APRIL 2019


Colleen Devine Ellis is a bookseller and literary publicist who has worked in publishing and sales for nearly 20 years. She was previously a community relations manager for Barnes & Noble in Austin, the Publicity & Communications Manager for the University of Texas Press, and now is working with the owners of Lark & Owl Booksellers in Georgetown to establish a new bookstore in Central Texas. Some of her favorite writers include Margaret Atwood, Jesmyn Ward, and Jasper Fforde.

Colleen will talk about the basics of putting together a Marketing Plan specifically tailored for authors. This is an opportunity to learn about what the publishing and publicity world expects from us, and the steps we need to follow to be as professional as possible in presenting ourselves and our books to the world.


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December 2019



January 8: What Happens When You Shoot Someone?, presented by Dave Ciambrone

February 12: Interdiction – A Way of Keeping Children Safe, presented by Sgt. Cody Mitchell, Texas Rangers

March 12: Drones, presented by Andrew Maximov

April 9: Cyber Security, presented by Richard Taylor

May 21: Audiobooks, Marketing, & Short Story Submissions, presented by Helen Currie Foster

June 11: Hypnosis, presented by Dr. Douglas Derrer

July 9: The Military Justice System, presented by CPT Mike Winn

August 13: Austin Police Department Bomb Squad

September 10: The U. S. Marshals Service, presented by Supervisory U. S. Marshal Hector Gomez

What are you writing? Readings by HoTXSinC Members

November 12:  Texas Highway Patrol, presented by Staff SGT Robbie Barrera

December 10: Holiday Party, and Original Radio Play by KP Gresham

**We will also have a booth at the TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL on November 4-5.