Friday, June 15, 2007

MWA, Sisters in Crime anyone?

Hey ... is anyone in MWA? Do they have local chapters like RWA? What are they like?

And what is Sisters in Crime like?

8 bonus scribbles:

Lori G. Armstrong,  6/15/2007 10:44:00 AM  

I belong to MWA. They assign you a chapter based on your location...so I'm in the Rocky Mountain Chapter. (Yes, we really do have lots of mt. lions, in town, even)

I don't make it to meetings because the meetings are in Colorado Springs, which is 7 hours from here.

That said, I think MWA does more for me than RWA - which is why I'm not renewing my dues for RWA.

Sisters in Crime is a great organization - but I don't have a local chapter either, and I don't need another online group to belong to, oy.

Susan Helene Gottfried 6/15/2007 11:15:00 AM  

Join SinC. That way, we can be sisters.

It's a neat organization. My local group is cool; mostly writers.

Liz Wolfe 6/15/2007 12:11:00 PM  

Great minds...
I've been thinking about joining SinC and MWA as well.
Now I have to go write Loria nd ask her more details about MWA. I belong to ITW but since I also write cozy mysteries, I thought I should belong to MWA as well.

spyscribbler 6/15/2007 12:34:00 PM  

Yeah, Lori, I'm beginning to think RWA is not a healthy organization. It wants to take money from 6-8,000 unpublished members, and tell them they are not worthy to go near PANs. It's just wrong.

I found myself with the possible option of joining PAN, and thought ... this is against my principles! So what to do?

I'm not joining PAN, and I'm going to complain every single year about not being able to do the PAN workshops. We're all paying the same money, we should all get the same choices.

My music organization has levels of workshops, but not levels of people. The leaders of the conference go OUT OF THEIR WAY to ensure that we ALL treat each other with equal opportunities and equal respect.

They're actually a bit cheesy about it, really. I had no idea what a blessing that was, until now.

spyscribbler 6/15/2007 12:49:00 PM  

That's cool, Susan! I love my local chapter of RWA, but not the National attitude.

Liz, my second novella was a romantic thriller, and might qualify for ITW (I forgot the qualifications), but I don't want anyone to know I wrote it, it's so bad! I'm so glad it's sitting out there, hiding under a pseudonym!

Karen Olson 6/15/2007 02:53:00 PM  

I'm a member of MWA. The New York chapter has monthly dinner meetings and sometimes I actually take the hour and a half train ride in for them.

Sisters in Crime...Here in New England we've got a good speakers' bureau, where libraries can get in touch and ask for authors to come speak. Most of the meetings are in Boston, though, and that's too far to go.

Aimless Writer 6/16/2007 09:52:00 PM  

Spy? What are the titles of your books? I don't see them listed here.
I've been thinking of MWA too but havent' gotten to it yet. The RWA in NJ is great. I'm more suspence then romance but I still get alot out of the meetings.
I don't understand what the national is doing for me....

Susan Helene Gottfried 6/17/2007 08:37:00 PM  

Let's start our own group.

I'm serious!