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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.  Read more about us.

Here's hoping to see everyone at our Upcoming 2014 meetings on September 17 (at Daniel Boone Library), October 15, November 19 and our Holiday Party in December.

Congratulations to our Lit in the Lou "Make Mine Mystery" T-Shirt winner Harrison Young of St. Louis. 

Lit in the Lou on October 11 in U City was great fun with members Claire Applewhite, Pam DeVoe, Fedora Amis and special guest Elaine Viets. We presented "How to Write the Perfect Crime Novel."

November 8 from 1-3 at the Bookhouse in Maplewood, drop by as five SinC members will be signing mysteries. Come chat with Claire Applewhite, Candace Carrabus, Kelly Cochran, Eleanor Sullivan and Fedora Amis.

Benefits of Membership

Members of the St. Louis chapter receive discounted admission to special events and conferences, access to our Professional Writer's Library, invitations to member's only social events and contests, the opportunity to learn from sisters and misters with real world experience, a monthly electronic newsletter and e-mail alerts with up to date information of chapter happenings, and most of all when you join Sisters in Crime St. Louis, you make friends with people who share your passion. How do I join?

Professional Writers' Library

As a member you have access to a variety of resources in the SincSTL Library. The resources cover everything from writing, to editing to publishing and beyond. What's in the library?

Author Websites

Interested in viewing the websites of SINC STL authors?

Four for Forty Contest
Announcing a brand new contest--exclusively for members of Greater St. Louis Sisters in Crime! This contest is guaranteed to help members ramp up those all important beginnings. 

Contest closed. Many thanks to entrants and judges.

We will toast the winners of Greater St. Louis’s First 4 for 40 Contest with wine, cheese and good cheer at our gala grand literary salon on July 16.

Congratulations to our finalists:

Gena Ellis

Harriet Lander

Gary Miller

Berta Rosenberg



All are invited to read excerpts from their entries at the salon.The first place winner will receive a full edit of the first 40 pages of a mystery manuscript.

Entries must include the following:
    The first 1000 words (4 pages) of a mystery manuscript previously not submitted to this contest.
    Your entry must be double-spaced, 25 text lines maximum per page. Use a standard 12-pt font. Your name should not appear anywhere on the entry. Save the entry as a .rtf or .doc file.
    On the title line, place "Contest 2014." In the body of the email, state your name (and pen name if applicable), address, phone number, email address and title of entry. 

There is a five dollar entry fee for each entry.
Pay to Greater St. Louis SinC at a meeting or mail to
Carol Ellerman, Treasurer
2518 Lakeshore Drive
Columbia, IL 62236

Eligibility and restrictions
The contest is open only to Greater St. Louis Sisters in Crime members in good standing who are unpublished in book-length mystery fiction. Only two entries per person are allowed. The previous year's First Place winner in ineligible for this year's contest but may enter next year's contest if still unpublished.

Deadline for entry
Entry and payment must be received no later than 9:00 p.m. CT on May 21, 2014 (the date of the May SinC meeting.) Any entry date-stamped after the cut-off will not be accepted. To ensure your entry is received on time, please summit early by email to Victorianwhodunit@att.net

First, second and third place will receive certificates. The entries will also be announced and read at the July Literary Salon. The first place winner will receive a full edit of the first 10,000 words (40 pages) from a published author.

Each entry will be judged by and receive a critique from three published authors. The judges will not know the names of the writers. Results will be tabulated by the contest coordinator. Submissions will not be returned to the entrants, but all will receive brief written critiques.

Questions: Contact Fedora Amis at Fedora@fedoraamis.com

Items of Interest

Links to organizations, writer resources, conferences, forensics, and articles of interest from past meetings and conferences.
Special Events Fall 2014

Special Event for published authors with Joanna Slan September 25

 This is a super invitation from former President of Greater St. Louis Sisters in Crime Joanna Slan. Don't miss it--and DO NOT HIT REPLY TO JOIN IN THE CELEBRATION. Follow instructions at the end of the invitation. Our own SinC member Claudia Shelton will coordinate--many thanks, Claudia. I know the event will be a great success.


Hi, Everyone,


Joanna Campbell Slan (published in mystery--both contemporary and historical) will be bringing 30 of her biggest fans to St. Louis in September. Yes, it’s Joanna’s party, but she’s invited Sisters in Crime members to come and sell their books, too, as part of the celebration!


When: Thursday, Sept. 25, from 6-9 p.m.

What: A welcome party for fans of Joanna’s Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series, set in St. Louis

Where:  Steinway Piano Gallery, 12033 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, MO

Who: Avid readers from California, New York, Florida, Minnesota, Colorado, and other states.

Bookseller: Emily Hall, new owner of Main Street Books of St. Charles, 636-949-0105

Deadline to RSVP with Emily Hall: September 8

Deadline to RSVP with Claudia Shelton (so we have enough table room for your books!): September 8


Particulars: If you are a published author interested in having your books for sale that evening, please contact owner Emily Hall at Main Street Books no later than September 8. Her phone number is 636-949-0105. Emily will be handling book sales, so please ask her any questions you have in that regard.


Refreshments: Although Joanna will be providing non-alcoholic drinks and snacks, you are welcome to bring more!


Questions? Please email me (Claudia) off-line at cswriting@yahoo.com if you have contacted Main Street Books about having your books available that evening. That way I can make sure there is room at the SinC book table.


We would love to see you there!


Claudia Shelton


PS You’re also welcome to invite your own readers to come join us. This is a fun way for all of us to cross-promote our work.


Special St. Louis Festival Lit in the Lou October 11

We are planning SinC’s participation at Lit in the Lou, October 11 from 9 am to 6 pm. Lit in the Lou is a local literary festival for both readers and writers. 

 Our primary goal is to promote the chapter and reach out to local writers to let them know who we are and what programs and support we offer. Of
 course, one of the best ways to promote the chapter is through our members.

 Published authors will be allowed to sell their books. We need members to hand out bookmarks and meet and greet the public. We are also planning a presentation, but don’t know the particulars ye.t

Who's interested in participating? You can reply to our stalwart point person Marsha DeClue at nothercrazedvet@aol.com



Chapter Meeting Schedule
Guests are always welcome!

Usually, chapter meetings are held
-- on the third Wednesday of every month
-- at the Sachs Library off Highway 40, west of Chesterfield Mall 16400 Burkhardt Place in Chesterfield  314-994-3300.
Check the calendar for details and special events.
 At 6:45 pm the evening program begins and generally runs until 9:00. Following the guest speaker, there may be readings by members of their works-in-progress, a discussion of writing issues, networking, or a book discussion. Meetings are open to members. The public is welcome.

January 15, 2014
At our first meeting of the year, Jim Cali teaches us how to "Think Like a Thief." The meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. at our new meeting location: Sachs Library off Highway 40, near Chesterfield Mall. Also, beginning in January, we will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, NOT the 2nd Wednesday of the month. So, mark your calendars for every 3rd Wednesday at 6:45 p.m.

February 19, 2014
Please note that this meeting will be held in the auditorium on the lower level of the Daniel Boone Branch at 300 Clarkson Road in Ballwin. (From 64-40 go south at the Clarkson-Olive exit. The library is on the right past Clayton Road. )
 “Digging up the Dirt—Media Resources to Bring Believability to Crime Fiction and Non-Fiction.”

     Nicholas J. C. Pistor is a reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and former consultant for CBS’s 48 Hours true-crime series. Nick has broken stories on some of the biggest crimes in the Midwest including the triple murder case of Christopher Coleman, bodyguard for Joyce Meyers Ministry.

     He has appeared on nearly every major television news network, including NBC’s Today Show, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC, and was a guest reporter for CNN’s Nancy Grace.                        

     What’s more, St. Louis Magazine dubbed Pistor the city's best Twitterer





March 19, 2014
by Bonnie L. Applewhite, M.D.
        Ever wonder what it's like to meet Hannibal Lector up close and personal? Is he fact or fiction? Hollywood portrays many stereotypes of the "serial" killer--but how much is fact and how much is fiction? Please join us for a presentation by a psychiatrist who knows the answers—answers which may surprise you.
    Dr. Bonnie Applewhite is a graduate of Washington University and St. Louis University Medical School. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at Barnes-Jewish Medical Center and is currently employed as a staff psychiatrist at the VA Hospital, Jefferson Barracks. Want to ask the Doctor questions?  Send them to Claire@claireapplewhite.com
 Bonnie Applewhite, MD

April 16, 2014 - Anne Perry, famous writer of        Historical Mysteries!!! at St. Louis County Library Headquarters 

    None of Anne Perry’s 69 published books has ever been out of print, and they have received critical acclaim and huge popular success: over 26 million books are in print world-wide. Her books have appeared on bestseller lists in a number of foreign countries, where she has also had excellent reviews.       

    The Times selected her as one of the 20th Century’s "100 Masters of Crime.” This is a “Can’t miss” opportunity to hear a top icon of historical mysteries at St. Louis County Library HQ at 1640 South Lindbergh at 7 PM on Wednesday April 16.

     AND, we plan on food, networking and fun beforehand. Just across Lindbergh is Flemings Steakhouse at 1855 S. Lindbergh.  Meet at 5 for Flemings happy hour. Drinks and great appetizers, including a luscious burger, are just $6 each. 

May 21, 2014--A Double Header!
Dr. Nancy Allen, Member of SinC from Springfield and instructor at Missouri State University, has a new legal thriller release from Harper Collins. Former Greene County assistant prosecutor and assistant Missouri Attorney General, Dr. Allen will offer insight on crime from a prosecutor’s point of view.  She’ll share how her trial experience helped her write The Code of the Hills.
Greater St. Louis SinC member Elaine Abramson, author with many published works in several genres to her credit will help us write “Press Releases that Sizzle.” Elaine has used press releases to promote everything from mystery to children’s books to diet books. She has many secrets to share.

July  16, 2014
Literary Salons are all the rage in today's writing community. Join us for wine, cheese and readings from the winners of our brand new 4 for 40 Contest--a contest for SinC members only.
No meeting, but members Fedora Amis, Pam DeVoe and Claire Applewhite will be presenting Triple the Mystery, a workshop for the St. Louis Writers' Guild at the Kirkwood Community Center from 10 until noon on August 2. $5 for non-members of the guild.

Please Note that the September meeting will be held in the Blue Room at the Daniel Boone Branch 300 Clarkson Road (just south of Clayton Road)
September 17, 2014
Washington University Professor John Baugh has published award-winning books in the fields of Anthropology, Education, Legal Affairs, Linguistics, Sociology and Urban Studies. Dr. Baugh is a past president of the American Dialect Society and often serves as expert witness in court cases where matters of voice recognition and language attitudes have been central. He will speak on “The Linguistic Evolution of the United States.” If you’re tired of thinking up dialog tags, Dr. Baugh can provide new insight.

October 15, 2014

Want to know what it’s like to attend the Writer’s Police Academy?

This year, the hugely popular event sold out within days. SinC member and author Kelly Cochran was lucky enough to be among those who secured a slot.  Kelly will talk about what it was like to attend the 4-day event held September 4-7, 2014.

The Writer’s Police Academy offers a truly unique educational experience and features training at an actual police academy.  The program offers writer’s insight into subjects such as bloodstain pattern investigations, cyber crime, building searches, microbial forensics, prostitution stings, and even an opportunity to assume the role of a firefighter.

November 19, 2014
Interview Secrets—How to Get them and What to Do if You Do.
DJ "Hack" Wilson was staff writer for The Riverfront Times for eight years. He also writes for www.stlmag.com and hosts a radio show each Monday night on KDHX 88.1. Catch on of the 100 shows on line at www.kdhx.org/ondemand/

December Holiday Party TBA

January 21, 2015
Keep up in a World that Spins Faster with Every Passing Moment
Shirley Kennett AKA Dakota Banks writes everything from Dark thrillers to Young Adult Science Fiction Fantasy. Shirley knows how to put readers on the edge of their seats in many genres. She promises to share a few of her secrets of suspense.

Deliverance: Mortal Path Book 3

 USA Best Book Award Winner for 2012

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