October meeting

FBI: True or False? – Jerri Williams
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
6:30 pm on Zoom to socialize
The meeting proper begins at 7:00

Retired FBI agent and author Jerri Williams is on a mission to show the public who the FBI is and what the FBI does. Through her books, blog, and true crime podcast, FBI Retired Case File Review, she debunks myths and misconceptions about the FBI found in books, TV, and movies.

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September meeting

The Innocence Project – Robyn Trent Jefferson
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
6:30 pm on Zoom to socialize
The meeting proper begins at 7:00

Founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project works to free the innocent, prevent wrongful convictions, and create fair, compassionate, and equitable systems of justice for everyone. Their work is guided by science and grounded in antiracism.
https://innocenceproject.org/

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June meeting

Celebrate!
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
6:30 pm on Zoom to socialize
The meeting proper begins at 7:00

It’s our last meeting before the summer break. Come share what you’re writing with the other members.

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May meeting

Author Idol
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
6:30 pm on Zoom to socialize
The meeting proper begins at 7:00

Send the first two pages of your double-spaced manuscript with your name removed as an attachment for a chance to have your words read aloud by a professional reader and critiqued by our panel of agents:

Katharine Sands, Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency
Paula Munier, Talcott Notch
Michelle Richter, Fuse Literary

Reading will continue until two of the three agents indicate that they would stop reading, after which the agents will discuss their reaction to the pages.

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March meeting

Engineering Surprise: How Stories Conspire with Our Minds and What Happens in Second (or Seventeenth) Readings – Vera Tobin
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
6:30 pm on Zoom to socialize
The meeting proper begins at 7:00

Vera Tobin, the author of Elements of Surprise: Our Mental Limits and the Satisfactions of Plot, will present an exploration of the cognitive science of the difference between plot twists that surprise and delight, and ones that fall flat. She’ll discuss findings on the interaction between surprise and memory, the relationship between ease of processing and the experience of insight, and how social psychology helps explain why unsuccessful twists can feel not just disappointing, but like violations of the social contract — plus, we’ll talk about what mystery and surprise even mean when we’re reading (for example) Some Buried Caesar for the umpteenth time.

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February meeting

Research Methods for Historical Fiction – John F. Gallagher
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
6:30 pm on Zoom to socialize
The meeting proper begins at 7:00

Learn how to use research to bring your historical fiction to life.

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January meeting

Forensic Genetic Genealogy – Anthony Redgrave
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
6:30 pm on Zoom to socialize
The meeting proper begins at 7:00

Anthony Redgrave, lead forensic genetic genealogist of Redgrave Research Forensic Services in Massachusetts, will explain the process of forensic genetic genealogy in criminal investigations. Anthony has been a forensic genetic genealogist for nearly four years and has participated in solving over thirty cases in that time. He has a background in creative writing, instructional design, and educational leadership. Forensic genetic genealogy is primarily used to identify unidentified John and Jane Does, and perpetrators of violent crime who have left DNA evidence at a crime scene. Anthony will describe what kinds of samples are used, how they are collected, the chain of custody for all the evidence, and the genealogical research process. A Q&A session will follow.

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