Meetings and Events

Not yet a member? Walk-ins are always free at our in-person venue, Murder by the Book bookstore, Houston. If you would like more information about our organization, please visit our Join/Renew section or contact us at for information about other options. All writers, no matter their genre or gender, are welcome.

Most meetings run from 2:00-3:30 PM Central Standard Time.


Tasha Storfer

Sunday, July 17
2-3:30 PM Central Time, at Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005, and on Zoom (hybrid)
Speaker: Tasha Storfer on Fun with Flash Fiction

Let’s play with words to see how short we can go and still preserve the structure, setting, characters, plot, and surprise of a story. 

Tasha Storfer is a story junkie. Her addiction to reading led her to a life of dealing in words and illustration. Her writing includes fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, and flash fiction. When she isn’t indulging in her favorite pastime, she’ll occasionally update her blog on the subject.

Sunday, July 24
2-3:30 CST on Zoom only
Workshop: “How Mysterious,” featuring Josie Brown, Michelle Cox, and Saralyn Richard

The Attraction of Mystery… what makes the mystery genre one of the top two most popular? Expert panelists from the Author Talk Network reveal the secrets to reading and writing the best mystery novels. Some insights include understanding and using tension, conflict, setting, character motivation, irony, foreshadowing, and pacing in the mystery novel.

Almost three million copies of Josie Brown’s novels are in readers’ hands. Josie is the author of the 21-novel Housewife Assassin’s Handbook series; the 8-novel Totlandia episodic series; the 3-novel Extracurricular episodic series; and the 2-novel True Hollywood Lies series; as well as The Candidate and The Baby Planner. Her novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, was optioned by producer Jerry Bruckheimer for television.

Josie also moderates the Author Provocateur podcast. Listen to her interviews with such authors as Lee Child, Robert Dugoni, Lee Goldberg, Tess Gerritsen, Kristen Higgins, Hank Phillippi Ryan and others.

Josie Brown

Michelle Cox is the author of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series, a mystery/romance saga set in the 1930s Chicago often described as “Downton Abbey Meets Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.”  To date, the series has won over sixty international awards and has received positive reviews from Library Journal (starred), Booklist (starred), Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and various media outlets, such as Popsugar, Buzzfeed, RedbookElle, Brit&Co., Bustle, Culturalist, Working Mother, and many others.

Cox also pens the wildly popular “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a weekly blog chronicling the lives of Chicago’s forgotten residents.  She lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago with her husband and three children and is hard at work on her next novel. 

Michelle Cox

Saralyn Richard is the award-winning author of the Detective Parrott Mystery Series, Murder in the One Percent and A Palette for Love and Murder; and two standalone mysteries, A Murder of Principal, and Bad Blood Sisters. She’s also written the children’s book, Naughty Nana, and she’s been a contributing author to the Bacopa Literary Review and the upcoming anthology of short stories from Encircle Publications. She served as chief editor of Burn Survivors’ Journey.

When not reading, writing, cooking, or gardening, Saralyn teaches creative writing and literature at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She’s a big supporter of the arts, local businesses, public libraries, and historic theaters. She lives in Texas with her husband, her person-in-a-dog-suit sheepdog Nana, and her Bichon Archie.

Saralyn Richard