Wednesday, July 22, 2015

August SinC Program: “Create Your Own Path”

Cathy Pickens, author and former president of our national Sisters in Crime organization, will be our guest speaker at the August 6 meeting of our Upstate SinC chapter.

Pickens’ interactive program is titled “Create Your Path.” Here’s what she has to say about the program.

Creativity is not a mysterious muse-bestowed gift but a discipline that can be developed.

Writers know they are creative.  This workshop will introduce techniques and a process for developing and predictably tapping into that creativity. 
  • To develop each individual’s creative process, we’ll explore:
  • Creativity myths and misunderstandings,
  • Discoveries in brain science,
  • The importance of both play and mastery,
  •  The secret of the notebook, and
  • Techniques for capturing and refining our ideas and our writing.”

The monthly Sisters in Crime meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 6, at The Runway Café, 21 Airport Rd, Greenville, S.C.  Be there at 6:15 p.m. to meet Pickens and enjoy chapter fellowship. Supper should be served at 6:30. The presentation will begin right after new and old business at 7 p.m. Both the dinner and the meeting are open to the public.

In order for the Runway Café to speed service, dinner orders must be emailed to Ellis Vidler by noon the day of the meeting. If you can't dine with us, we would still like to know you plan to attend so we can be sure you have a seat. To see the special menu for our group, please visit our website —  — and click on the Advance Order Menu tab at right.  If you place an order and do not attend or fail to cancel by noon, you will be charged for the meal. And like always, we'll enjoy it.

Cathy Pickens’ first mystery, SOUTHERN FRIED, won St. Martin’s Press Malice Domestic Award for Best Traditional Mystery.  In her other lives, Cathy has been a lawyer and business professor at Queens University of Charlotte, former president of Sisters in Crime, on the MWA national board, and president of the regional Forensic Medicine Program.  She now consults with businesses and artists on developing their own creative process and teaches both entrepreneurship and creative writing at the Mecklenburg County Jail.