Welcome to Speed City Sisters in Crime
Speed City Sisters in Crime is the Indiana chapter of the world-wide mystery/crime writers' association Sisters in Crime. The Speed City chapter was founded in 2005. Find out more about our organization.
Saturday July 25 Online Meeting
11:00 a.m. business meeting
12:00 noon - Speaker Dan Wakefield
My Hollywood Madness
Indianapolis’ own danwakefield.com/Dan Wakefield—novelist, journalist and screenwriter—joins us at noon, July 25 as our speaker. Dan’s presentation is titled “My Hollywood Madness,” and he will talk about some of his experiences during his years as a Hollywood screenwriter and TV series writer and story editor.
Dan began his writing career as a columnist for his high school newspaper, The Shortridge Daily Echo, and a sports correspondent for The Indianapolis Star. After graduating from Columbia College in 1955, he wrote for numerous national magazines, among them The Nation, Harpers, and The Atlantic Monthly, and published his first book, “Island in the City: The World of Spanish Harlem.” Many more—listed below—followed. Dan’s best-selling novels, “Starting Over” and “Going All the Way,” were produced as feature films, and his memoir, “New York in the Fifties,” was produced as a documentary. He also was the creator of the NBC prime time TV series, “James at 15.”
He is the recipient of a Neiman Fellowship in Journalism, the Bernard DeVoto Fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Rockefeller Grant for Creative Writing, and a National Endowment for the Arts award. He has taught in the writing programs at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, Emerson College, The Iowa Writers Workshop, and the Indiana Writers Center.
Dan has requested that program attendees submit questions about his writing and related ventures in advance by sending them to our program director (Janis Thornton) at email@example.com prior to his program starting at noon, Saturday, July 25.
Please join us that day and help welcome Dan Wakefield, an Indiana treasure!
Non-Fiction Books by Dan Wakefield
Island in the City (Houghton Mifflin, 1959)
Revolt in the South (Grove Press, 1962)
The Addict: An Anthology (Fawcett, 1963)
Between The Lines (New American Library, 1965)
Supernation at Peace and War (Atlantic-Little, Brown, 1968)
All Her Children: The Making of a Soap Opera (Doubleday, 1975)
Returning: A Spiritual Journey (Doubleday, 1988)
New York in the Fifties (Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1992)
Expect a Miracle (Harper Collins, 1995)
Creating from the Spirit (Ballantine, 1996)
How Do We Know When It’s God ? (Little, Brown, 1999)
And Dan’s Novels
Going All The Way (Delacorte/Seymour Lawrence, 1970)
Starting Over (Delacorte/Seymour Lawrence, 1973)
Home Free (Delacorto/Seymour Lawrence, 1977)
Under The Apple Tree (Delacorte/Seymour Lawrence, 1982)
Selling Out (Little, Brown, 1985)
Saturday August 22 Meeting
11:00 a.m. business meeting
12:00 noon - Speaker Julie Young
Author of The Burger Chef Murders in Indiana
JULIE YOUNG is the multi-award nominated author of 10 nonfiction books, including her latest, “The Burger Chef Murders in Indiana,” released late last year by History Press. She also is an award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared in numerous local, regional, and national publications, among them The Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis Monthly. She is a featured columnist for Michiana House & Home Magazine, Glo Magazine for Women and CNN.com. In addition, she has been a regular, on-air guest for such radio programs as Hoosier History Live! and First Day, and in 2000, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Julie will be the Sisters’ featured presenter for the August 22nd meeting. Her program will focus on her research, discovery, and writing for the production of her true crime book on the still-unsolved, 1978 murders at the Burger Chef fast-food restaurant at 5725 Crawfordsville Road, Speedway.
About the author: http://www.julieyoungfreelance.com
Saturday September 26 Meeting
11:00 a.m. business meeting
12:00 noon - Speaker Jaden Terrell
Story-Weaving and Takeaways
Some authors, like Secretariat, shoot out of the gate and rocket past the finish line without breaking a sweat. Others, like Hidalgo, must overcome challenges, obstacles, and missteps on their road to success. In "Story-Weaving and Takeaways," Jaden Terrell will discuss staying the course, honing the craft, and building a life as a writer.
Jaden Terrell is a Shamus Award finalist and the internationally published author of the Nashville-based Jared McKean private detective series. At the other end of the spectrum is Trouble Most Faire, a cozy black cat detective romantic mystery set at a Renaissance Faire . Terrell’s short stories have appeared in several anthologies, and she is a contributor to International Thriller Writers’ Big Thrill magazine and Now Write! Mysteries, a collection of exercises published by Tarcher/Penguin for writers of crime fiction. She is the recipient of the Killer Nashville Builder Award, as well as the Magnolia Award and the Silver Quill Award for service to the Southeast Mystery Writers of America. Terrell offers live and online workshops, coaching, and courses for writers.
Saturday October 24 Meeting
11:00 a.m. business meeting
12:00 noon - Speaker Nina Sadowsky
A New York City native, Nina R. Sadowsky is an entertainment lawyer who has worked as a film and television producer and writer for most of her career.
Her debut thriller, Just Fall, was published by Ballantine in March 2016. Her second novel, The Burial Society, was published in 2018, and is the first of a series, with The Empty Bed released January 28th, 2020. Her fourth novel Convince Me, will be out in August 2020. Her books have been translated into German, Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Turkish and Serbian. Both published novels are in development for television.
She has written numerous original screenplays and adaptations and done rewrites for such companies as The Walt Disney Company, Working Title Films, and Lifetime Television.
Sadowsky also wrote, directed and produced the short film, “The First Year’s A Bitch,” a darkly funny take on the first year of marriage, starring Christine Taylor and John Livingston, which was featured in numerous film festivals, and which won the award for best editing at the New York Short Film Festival.
Sadowsky is a member of International Thrillers Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Humanitas’ Prize’s Woolfpack, (an organization of women writers, directors, producers and showrunners) and Creative Future’s Leadership Committee. She also serves as Director of Educational outreach for The Humanitas Prize and co-leads the Woolfpack sponsored screenwriting lab at Hedgebrook.
Nina Sadowsky is author of Convince Me, The Empty Bed, The Burial Society, and Just Fall
Read more about Nina at: www.ninasadowsky.com
Murder 20/20 Is here!
Our newest Anthology Murder 20/20 is launching now! The ebook was released June 23, and the paperback will be available June 30.
Read more about the anthology here!
Published June 2020.
Edited by MB Dabney, Lillie Evans, and Shari Held.
Introduction by Susan Furlong
Inheritance by Andrea Smith
One Hundred Years a Widow by Janet E. Williams
Mister 20 by J. Paul Burroughs
I See What You’re Sayin’ by Ross Carley
The Ear Witness by Elizabeth Perona
One Dead Politico by D.B. Reddick
In the Deepest Darkness by Stephen Terrell
Deception at the Double D Convention by Shari Held
Arcana 20/20 by T.C. Winters
The 20/20 Club by Mary Ann Koontz
Tailor-Made for Murder by C.L. Shore
MD 20/20 by Hawthorn Mineart
Dingo Dan by B.K. Hart
Cipher by Elizabeth San Miguel
It’s All Relative by S. Ashley Couts
The Release by Ramona G. Henderson
The Hundred-Year Time Capsule by Diana Catt
Listen to Speed City Sisters in Crime members Lillie Evans, Tony Perona, C.L. Shore and Janet E. Williams talk about our newest and seventh anthology, Murder 20/20, with Robert Kent on the Middle Grade Ninja Podcast.
Checkout the guidelines for Speed City Sisters in Crime's 8th anthology, coming in October 2021. All Speed City Indiana Chapter members are eligible to submit stories to this spooky Halloween themed edition.
Member author MB Dabney’s short story “Black on Black in Black” was accepted for publication in the upcoming GUPPY anthology The Fish That Got Away. (The theme of the anthology is criminal plans gone awry or criminals who slipped through the net.) Congratulations, Michael!! Publication will be in March or April just before Malice Domestic in 2021. GUPPY is the online chapter of Sisters in Crime for new and aspiring writers.
Coming in September from Speed City's own Janis Thornton:
No Place Like Murder
True Crime in the Midwest
A modern retelling of 20 sensational true crimes, No Place Like Murder reveals the inside details behind nefarious acts that shocked the Midwest between 1869 and 1950. The stories chronicle the misdeeds, examining the perpetrators' mindsets, motives, lives, apprehensions, and trials, as well as what became of them long after.
An enthralling and chilling collection, No Place Like Murder is sure to thrill true crime lovers.
Speed City SinC Author Bios
Many Speed City Sisters in Crime members are talented writers and published authors and playwrights. Check out their author pages for information about their books, short stories, plays and other creative works.
Speed City Sisters in Crime meets monthly on the fourth Saturday of each month from January to November. There is a critique group meeting at 10:00, followed by the regular business meeting at 11:00 and a guest speaker at 12:00.