The Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime is dedicated to helping every writer achieve the dream of publication. It is a place for men and women to find camaraderie and encouragement. Our main goal is to create an active, non-competitive atmosphere for writers, readers, and other lovers of the mystery genre.

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 Self-Editing Tips, Tricks and Techniques With Mandy Schoen

This meeting will be held at Thornhill LIbrary, 12863 Willowyck, St. Louis, MO 63146 (314-994-3300). West of 270 on Page, exit at Bennington and drive south. Turn right on Fee Fee and right on Willowyck.  At the library, go past the auditorium into the library proper. The meeting room is on the far right.

During this program, freelance editor Mandy Schoen will share tips, tricks and techniques for revising your manuscript into a tighter, more engaging story. Topics will include point of view, characterization, showing and telling, proportion, pacing, dialogue, tension and more.

 Mandy Schoen is a freelance editor and a senior acquisitions editor with Georgia McBride Media Group (home of Month9Books, Swoon Romance and Tantrum Books).  She has edited over 50 books in a variety of genres including contemporary, romance, fantasy, thriller and horror.  She earned a BA in History from St. Louis University (a major she chose for the stories, of course), and her JD from St. Louis University School of Law.  She lives in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and Boxer in a house full of books.





Sisters in Crime will not be meeting until September, but don't miss these great local events for writers.


All Day - Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Road.
August is vacation month for SinC STL, so there will be no official meeting.  However, we don't want you to miss a terrific FREE event sponsored by St. Louis Writers' Guild. Writers in the Park is a one day extravaganza of stimulating workshops with activities for children too.  This year, for the first time , participants won't have to swelter outdoors. The event will be in air-conditioned comfort at the Kirkwood Community Center.  The entire second floor will be dedicated to the event where nationally known speakers will be giving workshops.  In addition, speakers will be teaching master classes (a fee is required to participate in a master class).  Watch for more information.


St. Charles - September 10-13.  The Law Enforcement Training for the Arts (LETA) workshop which will be held at Lindenwood College, September 10-13 LETA |. And to learn more about the LETA conference you can attend the St. Louis Writers Guild workshop/meeting on August 1 and hear some of the LETA speakers give an overview of the LETA workshop. 
About The LETA Conference
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About Chapter Meetings 

Our meetings feature guest speakers who provide information on interesting topics. On those evenings where there is not a guest speaker or where the speaker finishes early, we have open readings, discussions on writing issues, networking, or a book discussion.  Past meetings have included presentations on marketing, how to conduct interviews, K-9 police, the world of indie publishing, and more.

We hope to see everyone at our Upcoming 2015 meetings.  Unless otherwise noted on the website, our meetings are held

The third Wednesday of every month except August, starting at 6:45pm
Sachs Library (exceptions listed below)
off Highway 40, west of Chesterfield Mall 
16400 Burkhardt Place
Meetings are free and open to the public. Check our meeting schedule for full information on the folloiwng topics to be presented at our meetings.
August - No SinC meeting, but be sure to attend the FREE Saturday workshop held by the St. Louis Writers' Guild at the Kirkwood Community Center from 10 a.m. on August 29.
September 16 - Deep Editing with Mandy Schoen   *This meeting will be held at Thornhill LIbrary
October 21 -  Do-it-yourself audio books with Matt McGraw and T.W. Findley *This meeting will be held at Thornhill LIbrary
November 18 - Greatest mystery scenes *This meeting will be held at mid-county library in Clayton
December 16 - Holiday Gala
January 20, 2016- Forensic investigation