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How gender roles, class, sex, and murder are dealt with in hit TV show, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries


I'm moderating a panel on Social Issues in Crime Fiction with Susanna Calkins, Libby Klein, Kathy Krevat/Kathy Aarons, and Travis Richardson.


Hands-on Workshop Lead by Authors Cheryl Head and Mia P. Manansala

Attendees will walk away with practical tips, useful resources, and increased competence in:

1) writing diverse characters who are authentic, whole, and three-dimensional;
2) being intentional and thoughtful when writing about marginalized communities; and
3) knowing how, and when, to use sensitivity readers and advisors.

Click title to register for workshop. Limited space, so reserve now!


I'm moderating a panel on "Kinder, Gentler Murder" featuring novelists Susanna Calkins, Sherry Harris, Cheryl Head, Edith Maxwell, and Carlene O'Connor.


The Hugh Holton Award is named for a former member of MWA Midwest. Hugh Holton was a Chicago mystery writer and a pioneer African American writer of crime fiction. He wrote eight books about Chicago Police Detective Larry Cole, all of which drew on his experiences as a Chicago police officer. When Holton died in 2001, MWA Midwest launched a critique program within the chapter to remember Holton’s contribution to the writing community and to MWA Midwest.


​SinC Chicagoland is hosting a full-day workshop with sessions on the craft of suspense and the business of crime writing. Speakers include literary agent Joanna MacKenzie, and authors Libby Hellmann and Susanna Calkins teaching suspense and character/voice. We'll also introduce you to a panel of our up-and-coming Sisters going through the first-book experience: Tracy Clark, Layne Fargo, and Mia Manansala!


MWA Midwest Multi-State Murder at the Mic

Authors Nina Barrett, Michael Barsa, Raymond Benson, Tracy Clark, Julia Hyzy, Mia P. Manansala, and Carlene O'Connor/Mary Carter read from their work in this cozy and unique downtown Evanston bookstore! Book signing to follow. 


The award, which honors the memory of pioneering African-American crime fiction author Eleanor Taylor Bland with a $1,500 grant to an emerging writer of color, was created in 2014 to support SinC’s vision statement that the organization should serve as the voice for excellence and diversity in crime writing. 


Banyan Asian-American Writers Collective

Come celebrate Banyan's first birthday with an afternoon of food, music, crafts, and readings! I'll be reading the first chapter of one of my WIPs.

Announced as 2018 Pitch Wars Mentor

I'm co-mentoring in the Adult category with Kellye Garrett, my mentor from 2017.

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