2020 EVENTS 

Many events are being rescheduled, canceled, or going to web-based as we adapt our lives to a new normal. As hard as I try, I don't always keep this page current. I'm better at keeping my Facebook page and my blog up to date, so check there for more information.

Please stay safe.

Thursday, August 20, 2020, 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM

Host: Wilmington Memorial Library, Wilmington, Massachusetts

This is a virtual event. Link will be given upon request to the library or use contact link on this website.


Your Ideas. Our crime.

In the fun, fast-paced improv virtual event, authors, Connie Hambley, Edith Maxwell, Dale T. Phillips, and Lorraine Sharma Nelson, will brain storm to create a brand new mystery, using suggestions from the audience.

Contact any host for information and a link to the event.

Thursday, September 17, 2020, 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM

Host: Leominster Public Library


This is a virtual event. Link will be given upon request to the library or use contact link on this website.

Join current past presidents of Sisters in Crime New England Kate Flora, Sharon Daynard and Ruth McCarty and current president Connie Johnson Hambley for an insiders view of writing crime and managing a herd of creative minds. Easier said than done!

April 25, 2020, 3:00 pm via ZOOM

Pre-Register here

Mystery Making with Sisters in Crime New England

Newburyport Literary Festival, Newburyport, MA

Give a panel of talented authors names, setting, motives, weapon and more, then sit back and enjoy the fun as they create a brand new murder mystery on the spot! Join authors Joanna Schaffhausen, Bruce Robert Coffin, Carolyn Wilkins and Connie Johnson Hambley as they build a story while pulling back the curtain on the writing process! Special Note: This will be the first time our popular Mystery Making panel will be presented via video, no doubt adding to the fun for all!


October 17, 2020, 8:30 - 4:30

603 Writers Conference/New Hampshire Writers Project 

In this 90 minute video workshop, participants will be introduced to the many paths of a successful writing life. Far from being done after writing “The End,” a successful career in writing requires outreach and promotion, two things many writers find difficult. From building an author platform, to understanding your author brand, to the tools available for promotion, participants will explore free and fee-based platforms and services all designed to amplify your message and reach your core readers. Any single aspect of promotion could merit a day-long workshop in itself. From blogging to social media, to data mining via Amazon, participants will sample from an array of tools to determine which will work best for them.

The 603 Writers Conference is an event sponsored by the New Hampshire Writers Project.


Event Cancelled: May 9, 2020, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Wendy Corsi Staub Workshop with Sisters in Crime New England

Publick House, Sturbridge MA


Sadly, due to COVID-19, this event may be rescheduled in the future. Please keep your eye here or on my Facebook page for updates. Better yet..."like" my page for immediate updates!


New York Times best-selling author Wendy Corsi Staub will present a day-long workshop to members and friends. Wendy created an exclusive workshop for our regional authors on "We Never Saw That Coming." This workshop will offer tools you can use right away in your own writing to craft solid suspense fiction that keeps the reader guessing. 


Event Rescheduled so sometime in 2020

Mystery Making with Sisters in Crime New England

Langley Adams Library, Groveland, MA


What happens when you put five creative and accomplished authors together on a panel and throw motives and weapons at them? You'll have to come to this event to find out! Authors Edith Maxwell, Amy Ray, Robin Hazard Ray, Sarah Smith, Connie Johnson Hambley will take clues, names, settings and more from the audience and improvise a new murder mystery on the spot!


June 12, 2020, 8:30am - 3:30 pm ... hopefully...

Hudson Valley/New York State Elder Abuse Conference

New Windsor, New York

Please refer back to this page for updates.


Sadly, as America's population ages, the incidences of elder abuse rise. I'll be speaking on the ugly realities of elder financial abuse and why our aging friends are the perfect victims for a range of crimes.

January 13, 2020, 6:30

Langley Adams Library, Groveland, MA

Don't you just love talking about that great book you just read with a handful of friends? Join the avid readers of the Langley-Adams book club as we talk about my books. Explore Northern Ireland, family secrets, misguided love and so much more!


2019 EVENTS 

New England Crime Bake Writers Conference

November 8 - 10, 2019

Woburn Hilton

I'll be moderating a panel on the "Book Business Insider: Trends and
Tactics for Today’s Marketplace," with an independent publisher, an experienced book marketer, and two popular book bloggers. We'll engage in a wide-ranging discussion of what’s hot, what’s not, what’s working, what’s not—and what that means for you and your work.

Who are my panelists? Amy Collins, Ed Vincent, Dru Ann Love, and Kris Zgorksi! I know! Amazing, right? The panel is Saturday at 11:20 AM

The New England Crime Bake is the premier conference for writers and lovers of crime writing in New England. Jointly sponsored by the New England chapters of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, Crime Bake is a learning experience, a networking opportunity, and a wonderful time. Attendees include writers at all stages of their careers, representing every genre in crime writing, including mystery, thriller, suspense, YA, historical, and true crime. In addition to writers, the conference appeals to all lovers of reading and crime, including librarians, booksellers, agents, editors, publishers, and fans.

As president of the New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime, I want to meet as many readers and writers in our beautiful six states as possible! Will I be close by? I'd love to meet you! Still too far to travel? Ask your local library or book store to invite me! I promise to bring some author pals!

July 10, 7 - 9 pm, Maynard Public Library, Maynard, MA

Mystery Making: In this interactive workshop, mystery authors representing different sub-genres, including cozy/traditional and thriller/suspense, will brainstorm on their feet to create a brand new mystery using suggestions provided by the audience. Fun, fast-paced, and fascinating, this improv game offers important insights into mystery writers’ minds and the conventions of the genre.

Authors Kate Flora, Connie Johnson Hambley, and Clea Simon will commit and solve a crime all while weaving together clues, motives, and characters supplied by the audience.

July 17, West Hartford, CT, private Road Trip event

July 26-28, Bookstock Literary Festival, Woodstock, VT: Sisters in Crime New England will be at the Bookstock Literary Festival, Vermont's premier festival of words! See you there!

August 5, Windsor, VT, private Road Trip event

September 10, 7 - 9 pm, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, ME: Mystery Making! Authors Connie Johnson Hambley, Edith Maxwell, and Dick Cass will commit and solve a crime all while weaving a story with clues and characters given to them by the audience!


April 6, 2019 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Concord Colonial Inn, Concord, MA

More information: www.sincne.org

Whoo Hoo! Our New England chapter of Sisters in Crime will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gala luncheon and workshop on taking control of your writing career! I'm so proud to be the president of this amazing organization.


Come! Learn! Network! Eat! Laugh!


May 18, 2019

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

This annual event in Connecticut is a crime fan favorite. The day long conference brings together fans and writers of the best crime fiction. I'll be speaking on a panel with other lawyers who write with Anthony Franze and Charles Salzberg. Richie Narvaez, past president of MWA NYC chapter, is moderating what is sure to be a lively discussion!


May 11, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Freethinkers Corner Bookstore, Dover, NH


Murder and mayhem on the spur of the moment! Audience members provide characters, setting, motives, and more and the authors create the crimes! Joining me as panelists for this fun, fast-placed interactive work shop in which authors from different mystery sub-genres create plots using information supplied by the audience, will be Charlene D’Avanzo, Toni Kelner, and Dale Phillips.


May 31 - June 2

Glickman Library, Portland, ME

More information here.

A daylong writer’s conference at the University of Southern Maine’s Glickman Library in Portland includes panel discussions, theme-specific craft sessions, and more

WHERE: Ipswich Public Library

           25 North Main Street

           Ipswich, MA 01938

DATE:   Sunday, March 10, 2019

TIME:    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mystery Making: In this interactive workshop, four Sisters in Crime mystery authors representing different sub-genres, including cozy/traditional and thriller/suspense, will brainstorm on their feet to create a brand new mystery using suggestions provided by the audience. Fun, fast-paced, and fascinating, this improv game offers important insights into mystery writers’ minds and the conventions of the genre.

Panelists for Mystery Making will be:
Elisabeth Elo: Elisabeth's suspense novel, North of Boston, was named one of Booklist's Best Crime Novels, 2014 and was published in six countries. Elisabeth’s new thriller, Finding Irina M, will be released in March 2019 from Polis Books. Elisabeth has worked as an editor, an advertising copywriter, a high-tech project manager, and a halfway house counselor before earning a PhD in American Literature at Brandeis University. Since then, she's taught writing and literature at colleges in the Boston area. Her essays and short stories have appeared in a variety of publications, and a comic novel, Save Your Own, was published in 2006 under the name Elisabeth Brink. Elisabeth lived near the ocean for many years and now resides in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Connie Johnson Hambley: A former lawyer, Connie has been a featured columnist for Bloomberg BusinessWeek and an invited contributor to Nature, MassHighTech and other journals, but her passion is writing great suspense. Two of Connie’s independently published novels in The Jessica Trilogy won the Best English Fiction literary award at the EQUUS International Film Festival in New York City. Her short stories appear in New England’s Best Crime Stories: Windward and Snowbound, published by Level Best Books in 2016 and 2017, and in an upcoming issue of Mystery Weekly magazine. Connie is a Featured Speaker and Vice President of Sisters in Crime New England and a member of Mystery Writers of America.

Edith Maxwell: Macavity- and Agatha-nominated Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries. As Maddie Day she writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. Her award-winning short crime fiction has appeared in many juried anthologies, and she is honored to serve as President of Sisters in Crime New England. A fourth-generation Californian and former tech writer, farmer, and doula, Maxwell now writes, cooks, gardens, and wastes time as a Facebook addict north of Boston with her beau and three cats. She blogs at WickedCozyAuthors.com, Killer Characters, and at Under Cover of Midnight.

Toni L.P. Kelner: As Toni L.P. Kelner, she's the author of the eight Laura Fleming mysteries and the three books in the "Where are they now?" series. She also co-edits urban fantasy anthologies with Charlaine Harris. Their most recent is AN APPLE FOR THE CREATURE, and GAMES CREATURES PLAY will be released in April 2014. Kelner will be solo editing her first anthology with DEAD BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, stories set in Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse world. In between novels and short stories, she sneaks in short stories about pirates, PIs, zombies, and demonic phone calls. As Leigh Perry, she writes the Family Skeleton series featuring a walking talking skeleton named Sid. The series debuted with A SKELETON IN THE FAMILY in September 2013, and THE SKELETON TAKES A BOW is due out in September 2014.

November 9 - 11

Woburn Hilton

Woburn, Massachusetts

November 9 - 11

Woburn Hilton

Woburn, Massachusetts

Annual Writers' Conference sponsored by the New England chapters of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. Guest of Honor this year is the award-winning and iconic author Walter Mosley.

For fans of mysteries, it's an incredible event to meet favorite authors.

For authors, there is no better place than to be among your tribe!

November 8 - 11

The Big E

Springfield, Massachusetts

This annual event is a MUST for all horse lovers. I'll be meeting and greeting fans all day on Thursday at Taborton Books. 

July 27 - 29

On the Green

Woodstock, Vermont



Meet and greet your favorite mystery and thriller authors on the green in front of the Woodstock Inn! The lit fest starts on Friday with a full program of events through the weekend. Poets, essayists, journalists and, of course, fiction writers will mix, mingle and connect with readers.


Sisters in Crime New England will have a bevy of authors there. Stop by and load up on your late summer reading with a few signed books.

Sisters in Crime New England authors will be signing their books at an exclusive event hosted by Barnes & Noble. Meet the authors of your favorite mysteries and thrillers, chat, and stock up on your summer reading with books that keep working even when encrusted with sand! 

Saturday,  JUNE 30, 2018

Time Noon-4 P.M.

Place: Barnes and Noble UConn Hartford Bookstore           

18 FRONT STREET, Hartford, Ct. 06103  

Marian Lanouette

Coralie Jensen

Ursula Wang

Steve Liskow

Katy Lee

Robin Ray

Sharon Yang

Mark Dressler

Penny Goetjen

Kathy Orzech

Connie Johnson Hambley

Jane Haertel

Maureen Boyle

Lisa Lieberman 

Women authors of Best New England Crime Stories discuss why they enjoy writing female protagonists as murderers. Join Sharon Daynard and Connie Johnson Hambley, with Christine Bagley as Moderator, as they make you laugh - and your skin crawl…

When: Friday, February 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Where: Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

Want some insight into the authors' evil minds? Read Christine's "On a Winter's Night", Sharon's "Ghosting Mrs. Muir," and Connie's "Black Ice" in Level Best Books' newest anthology, SNOWBOUND.

Also, treat yourself to WINDWARD featuring Christine's "The Burren," and Connie's "Giving Voice."




Join me at the League of Vermont Writers meeting as I talk about the Legal Constructs of a Great Mystery.

Writing a legal thriller or creating a tight mystery have more in common than you think. Attorney and author Connie Johnson Hambley will talk about constructing a great thriller using a legal mindset where the discerning reader is treated like carnivorous opposing counsel–each word counts and pacing matters. Oh, and are you going to write a legal thriller? Connie will give tips and insights into making sure you get your law right and sharpening the suspense through the use of facts and precedent. Don’t worry about not going to law school, short cuts and resources will be provided to make sure you’re writing the best stories possible.


Connie Johnson Hambley

- Author of tense twisting thrillers with a strong moral code -

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