Category: Write-Ins

Sisters in Crime/LA Hosting Write-Ins For NaNoWriMo 2020!

Sisters in Crime/LA will be hosting ZoomWrite-Ins for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2020 in conjunction with sponsorship from our National organization, Sisters in Crime, Inc.

Write-Ins will be open to members and non-members, but please that since the Zoom rooms have a 100 person capacity limit, RSVPs will be required. There should be room for anyone who is interested.


Thanks to all who attended our write-ins for November 2020!

MEMBER ARTICLE – The Benefits of Taking Time to Write With Others

The Benefits of Taking Time to Write With Others

by Shannon Muir Broden


In November of 2019, Sisters in Crime/LA organized several meet-ups for authors to get together and work on their individual manuscripts in a supportive atmosphere. These write-ins took place in a variety of locations. Here are a few examples:


I organized one of these at the Toasted Bun in Van Nuys, CA, on November 16, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The owners and staff of the location were friendly and supportive to the eight of us who showed up, purchased food from them, and actually took the time to learn more about us and what we were doing.  Personally, I loved the experience and would be happy to try it again in any venue or format. Not only did I feel support from the people I worked with, I learned more about the other authors I spent time with.

Sisters in Crime/LA Offers “Write-Ins” for NaNoWriMo!

Sisters in Crime/LA, for the first time ever, offers “write-ins” throughout November to help support other authors who want to participate in National Novel Writing Month, or work on their own projects in a group setting. Here’s a list of all the “write-ins” offered for November 2019.






If you attend a “write-in,” we’d love to hear your feedback in the Community.

Please note these events are in no way directly affiliated with National Novel Writing Month, but happen to occur in this time frame as a source of potential support.

Let’s All NaNo!

Let’s All NaNo!

by Laura Brennan


What the deuce is NaNoWriMo?


National Novel Writing Month is an annual challenge to write the first draft (50K words) of a book in one month. In November every year, writers get together to support each other on this tremendous quest.

This year, Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles is getting into the act. And you don’t even have to be participating in NaNoWriMo to join in the fun.


Different members will be hosting “write-ins,” where fellow SinC members and other writers can get together and write together for an hour or two. Diners, wine bars, coffee shops — all are the perfect venue for sustenance, fellowship, and Words, Words, Words!


Here’s what it will look like:


* At the time and place of the write-in, people will show up. No RSVP needed.

* Everyone introduces themselves with their name and what genre they write in.

* Start writing!


One great way to keep focus is to set a phone timer for 20 minutes. Turns out that 20 minutes is a good chunk of time for the human brain to focus intently, and then you get a little break to stretch, chat, and maybe refill your coffee (or wine). Rinse, repeat.


Bring pens, paper, laptops, whatever you need to get your muse on. Invite friends and fellow writers. When we all write together, we all make it to The End!


We’ll keep an updated list of dates and venues here on the website and also on our Facebook Page. If you want to host a write in, it could not be easier: just pick a public location near you that has snacks and a bathroom, pick a date and time that works for you, and e-mail Laura at [email protected] to get out the word.


So join your fellow writers! Invite your friends! There is no wrong way to write!





November 2nd:

Where: Copper Still Grill (SinC-LA has the restaurant’s loft space reserved)

610 S. Myrtle Avenue

Monrovia, CA 91016

Free public parking is available on Myrtle Avenue and on the side streets and its adjoining lots.

When: Saturday, November 2 (DAY 2 of NaNoWriMo), 11am to 2pm

Who’s leading: Kathryn Z Hutson


November 7th:

Where: Black Bear Diner

18355 Ventura Blvd

Tarzana, CA 91356 (Reseda and Ventura Blvd)

When: Thursday, November 7, 6pm – 8pm

Who’s leading: Laura Brennan


November 16th:

Where: The Toasted Bun (Van Nuys location)

14445 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91405

When: Saturday, November 16, 2pm – 4pm

Who’s leading: Shannon Muir Broden


November 17th:

Where: Harvest Moon Kitchen and Marketplace

12456 Magnolia Blvd.
Valley Village, CA 91607

When: Sunday, November 17, 2pm – 4pm

Who’s leading: Shea Butler

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