Speed City SiC July 2019 Newsletter
Monthly Meeting Info
July Meeting Documents:
Saturday, July 27th
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Tour of the Indiana State Archives
July Meeting location:
The State Archives facility is located at 6440 E. 30th Street, Indianapolis, between Arlington and Shadeland Avenues. To access the parking lot from 30th Street, turn north onto Ridgeview Drive and make a right turn almost immediately. The entrance we’ll use is the one off the parking lot. We’ll be watching for you.
For Mapquest directions to the Archives, click here: https://tinyurl.com/y5sqzqc6
The day’s schedule:
10:00 a.m. — Critique group at the Archives
11:00 a.m. — Business meeting at the Archives
11:30 a.m. — Tour led by Archivist Michael Vetman
1:00 p.m. (approximately) — Lunch at His Place Eatery at 30th and Shadeland
Meet Our Guide, Archivist Michael Vetman
Archivist and Records Manager Michael Vetman has been with the Indiana State Archives since 2007, assisting customers, and researching, and fulfilling their requests for a wide range of records. Prior to joining the Indiana Archives, Michael was an Army Intelligence Officer, serving as the squadron’s historical officer and documents security officer. He holds a master’s of library and information science degree from Kent State University. He was born in Odessa, USSR (now Ukraine) and emigrated to USA as a political refuge, escaping Communism.
Saturday, August 24 - Speaker: Author Phil Dunlap
Post-meeting LUNCH: LePeep (8487 Union Chapel Rd #240 across 86 from B&N)
Phil Dunlap, who calls himself a “cowboy at heart,” is the critically acclaimed author of 14 historical Western-mystery novels, which include the critically acclaimed Sheriff Cotton Burke series — Cotton’s Inferno, Cotton’s Devil, and Cotton’s Law.
A native Hoosier, Phil grew up in Lebanon and today lives in Carmel with his wife, Judy. He started his career as an illustrator for magazines and comic strips, later teaching cartooning at Herron School of Art in the 1970s. After a stint in advertising, he honed his writing skills as a correspondent for the Indianapolis Star and freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications. He published his first novel, The Death of Desert Belle, in 2004.
The love of Westerns extends back to Phil’s youth, when he spent his Saturday afternoons at the movies, taking in the latest flicks starring the likes of Hopalong Cassidy, Wild Bill Elliott, Lash La Rue, and his favorite (even today), John Wayne. And on other days, he spent every spare minute reading books and watching TV shows that depicted American life on the western frontier.
Phil believes his latest novel, Crimson Harvest, is his most historically significant work to date because of its relevance to Indiana. The story is set amid a tragic and brutal incident in 1812 perpetrated by a Shawnee chief against the peaceful settlers in Scottsburg. Crimson Harvest will be at the center of Phil’s presentation when he speaks to the Speed City Sisters on August 24.
Saturday, September 28 - Speaker: Wes Gehring, Ball State professor & Biographer
Speaking on his newest biography subject - Alfred Hitchcock
Post-meeting LUNCH: District Tap (3720 E 82nd St)
Saturday October 19** - Speaker: John Kelley, Forensics Investigator
Post-meeting LUNCH: Luciana's (3716 E 82nd St.)
** Dates changed from fourth Saturday due to conflicts with other events
Saturday, November 23
Speaker: Sisters in Crime National President Lori Rader-Day
Location: College Park Clubhouse
Meeting will take place at 9am, followed by a workshop by Lori Rader-Day. Topics may include workshop on craft, group story workshop, Career Talk and Q&A with Lori.
December - No meeting
Upcoming Special Events
Sunday, July 28th - 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Indiana Writer's Center Event - Jane Friedman
How to Get Published: Traditional, Self, and Everything in Between
Instructor: Jane Friedman
Date: Sunday, July 28
Time: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Marian University, Marian Hall/Room #251
Visit the Indiana Writer's Center page for more info on this event.
Tuesday, August 27th - 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
L. A. Chandlar
Re-write the Rules to be a Balanced Writer
Barnes & Noble at River Crossing
8675 River Crossing Blvd
Indianapolis, IN 46240
The Workshop will be at 6 p.m. followed by author signing, and then dinner at Maggiano's with the author. Please contact Brigitte Kephart for dinner reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, August 1 - Deadline for 2020 Anthology Submissions
See the Complete Anthology Guidelines for all information on themes and short story submission requirements.
Blind submissions handler: Elizabeth San Miguel - email@example.com
August 1-4th - 2019 Writers' Police Academy's MurderCon
MurderCon, presented by the Writers’ Police Academy, is a special hands-on training event for writers of all genres, with a specific focus on solving the crime of murder. Special guests Dr. Craig Nelson (Medical Examiner/Pathologist) and Justin Brower, PhD (Toxicology)
August 22-29th - Killer Nashville’s 14th Annual Writers’ Conference
Learn, present, meet agents & editors, sign books, mingle with forensic experts, network. Guests of Honor: David Morrell, Joyce Carol Oates, Alexandra Ivy
Saturday, September 21
Spaces Still Open for Will Higgins’ Crime Tour
Former Indianapolis Star feature writer Will Higgins, who spoke at our January meeting, is now conducting walking tours of historic crime sites around the downtown Indianapolis area. A Saturday, Sept. 21 tour is forming, and we think some of our Speed City Sisters members might be interested.
Will visits at least eight locations related to some of Indy's most notorious crimes, perpetrated by the likes of Tony Kiritsis, Jim Jones, D.C. Stephenson, kind-hearted gangster Morris Lyn Johnson, and body-snatchers pursued by a U.S. President. The 2-1/2 tour covers about a mile and ends with refreshments and debriefing at the City Market.
The tour starts at 3:00 p.m. at the Pam statue in University Park (300 block of North Meridian near the Central Library) — RAIN or SHINE (barring lightning or a typhoon).
If you would like to join the Sept. 21 tour, please call Will at (317) 966-3680 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. The tour costs $30 per person, and payment by cash or check may be made at the start of the tour. Spaces are limited to 14 on a first-come, first-served basis.
October 25-27, 2019 - Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival
The Columbia Club, Indianapolis, IN
Registration for the 25th year of Magna cum Murder is now open.
Guest of Honor -- Joe R. Lansdale
International Guest of Honor -- Ruth Dudley Edwards
Speed City Sisters in Crime will be represented at the Festival and plans to host the Flash Fiction Writing contest again this year.
April 2020 Guest Speaker Jaden Terrell
Author Beth (Jaden) Terrell will be our guest speaker in April 2020.
We are looking for committee volunteers to help organize. Contact a board member to volunteer.
April 2020 Middlebury Literary Carousel
Middlebury Community Public Library in Middlebury, IN is planning their third literary festival for Saturday April 25, 2020. They are looking for Indiana mystery writers that might like to do presentations or speaking at the festival. Contact Media/Programming Librarian Victoria Gutschenritter at the library for more information.
Middlebury Community Public Library
101 E. Winslow St.
PO Box 192
Middlebury, IN 46540
Mystery Podcast from California
Mysteryrat’s Maze Podcast
Kings River Life Magazine has a new mystery podcast called Mysteryrat's Maze. Episodes consist of mystery short stories, and first chapters of mystery novels, read by local actors. To listen to the episodes, and subscribe to the podcast, you can go to https://mysteryratsmaze.podbean.com/, and find us on iTunes and Google Play. Featured authors include Cleo Coyle, Elaine Viets, Jeri Westerson, Dennis Palumbo, and many more! We are also always looking for short stories and first chapters for the podcast.