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We meet at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Southwood Community Center on Rock Prairie Road in College Station. First-time visitors are invited to attend for free. Others are asked to become members ($36 per calendar year, prorated) or pay $5 to attend an individual meeting. We are supported in part by the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley.

Questions? Contact President Ramona Paetzold at brazoswriters2015(at)gmail.com.

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September 5: Women and Crime Workshop 

Register at Meetup.com under “Brazos Writers of Bryan/College Station”
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 5
Southwood Community Center , CS
See the post below this for details.

September Monthly Meeting
7 p.m. Wednesday, September 9
Southwood Community Center, College Station

Open Readings with the theme of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” If your work touches on the theme (however loosely), you will be eligible for a door prize.

Women and Crime Workshop

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, September 5, 2015
Southwood Community Center, College Station ● $50

9:00-9:30 Registration

9:30-10:30 Life as a PI: Mary Ringo                                                                After two decades in law enforcement, Mary Ringo got her PI license and opened Gumshoe Investigative Services. She will discuss topics and trends in the PI business, especially as they relate to women in the field.

10:30-11:30 Life in The Houston Forensic Science Center: Amy Castillo
Amy Castillo, a supervisor in Forensic Biology at the Houston Forensic Science Center (formerly the Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory), will discuss how her team shipped close to 10,000 cases and how a new, interdisciplinary task force will help solve the problem of backlogged, untested kits.

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-1:15 Lunch and Jeopardy! Style Game about Women and Crime: Mark Troy
Put your knowledge to the test with Shamus-nominated author Mark Troy, whose latest novel in the Hawaii-based Ava Rome series is The Splintered Paddle.

1:15-2:15 Life in the PD: Lesley Hicks
Lieutenant Lesley Hicks with the College Station Police Department oversees the entire CID group of detectives, special agents, and the crime scene unit. She will discuss her experiences as a woman in a primarily male profession.

2:15-3:15 Panel on How to Create a Strong Female Detective, Professional or Amateur
nolenRebecca Nolen lives in Houston with her husband, a cat, and a large hound. She grew up with a mother who loved all things English and that love rubbed off. Rebecca loves to read mysteries and suspense novels set in England. Her novel Deadly Thyme is set in Cornwall, England.

paganPatricia Flaherty Pagan writes award-winning mystery and literary short stories and novellas. Her collection of literary and mystery tales, Trail Ways Pilgrims: Stories, was published in March 2015. Her fiction has appeared in Eve’s Requiem: Tales of Women, Mystery and Horror and Spry Literary Journal. She edited Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers.

kendallKay Kendall writes the Austin Starr mystery series set in the turbulent 1960s. She lives in Houston with her husband, three rabbits and spaniel, Wills. She worked as a director of communications in The Texas A&M University System for 17 years.

yellenGay Yellen was an actress, then moved behind the camera at The American Film Institute, then to magazine editing, journalism and corporate PR. She writes the Samantha Newman mysteries series and was the contributing book editor for Five Minutes to Midnight.

3:15-3:30 Break

3:30-4:30 Social Hour/Networking Reception/Book Signings

To register, sign up or log in at Meetup.com and join or log in to the group “Brazos Writers of Bryan/College Station,” then RSVP

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