What Can You Expect from Kristina Stanley at the Summer Writers Retreat?

Session 2 of our Writers Retreat will be presented by Kristina Stanley at 10:15am

Self-Editing for Writers with Kristina Stanley

Sharing a draft of your novel for the first time can be scary. So, why would you share your work before you’ve revised your first draft, making sure it’s as good as you can make it before anyone else reads it?

You wouldn’t. That’s why you perform a story edit.

To make sharing easier, this workshop will teach you how to edit your own story on a scene-by-scene basis. We’ll focus on character, plot, and setting.

To get the most out of the workshop, please bring one scene from a story you’re working on.


Kristina Stanley is the best-selling author of the Stone Mountain Mystery Series, the stand-alone mystery Look The Other Way, and The Author’s Guide to Selling Books To Non-Bookstores. Her publishers are Imajin Books and Luzifer-Verlag. Crime Writers of Canada nominated Descent for the Unhanged Arthur Award. The U.K. Crime Writers’ Association nominated Blaze for the Debut Dagger. She is the CEO of Fictionary.co, a company started to help writers tell better stories.

What Can You Expect from Janice MacDonald at the Summer Writers Retreat?

Session 1 at our Summer Writers Retreat will be with Janice MacDonald at 9:00am

Inclusion Rider: Populating the 21st Century Novel with Janice MacDonald

A mystery novelist has a duty to her readers to be stimulating, entertaining and accurate—delivering a fascinating puzzle wrought by complex and intriguing people within a closed society the reader is eager to explore. Within all those strictures, is it possible to be part of the wave to bring about art that mirrors the reality of today? And if so, how does one write diverse characters without stumbling into traps of appropriation or pitfalls of inaccuracies?

Janice explores the ways in which secondary and tertiary characters can provide a more diverse and multicultural background, especially here in Canada.”


Janice MacDonald is the creator of the Randy Craig Mysteries, the first detective series set in Edmonton, Alberta. Her reluctant heroine was born as Janice was working on her MA thesis titled “Parody and Detective Fiction.” Janice’s career has been one of writing and reading – and lecturing about both. She has been a book reviewer, university lecturer, radio interviewer and editor, as well as writing 12 books, numerous short stories and articles, several plays and the songs for two musicals.

Education Grant Money Available to Members

With so many demands on our pocketbooks and our time, it can be difficult to justify participation everywhere there is a call. This is one of the things your executive is keeping sharply in mind as we negotiate the waters around our young chapter. How do we bring the highest possible value to our members? And how do we make our organization relevant to our membership: present and future?

One of the ways is to share the opportunities available only to members of Sisters in Crime. For example, each year our parent (mother!) organization gives out money to members looking to enhance their profile and their knowledge in the form of an Education Grant fund.

All it takes to begin the process is a simple application. All it takes to qualify is attendance at an approved workshop/class/or conference and three previous years of continuous SinC membership.

You can see a list of approved educational opportunities here. Submit your application for a grant of up to $150 here.

We think this is a wonderful membership benefit, and we hope you will take advantage of it. If you have any questions, you can e-mail the grant team at EdGrantTeam@sistersincrime.org.