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Through the Speakers Bureau program, Sisters in Crime National will provide a highly qualified speaker or workshop leader to your local SinC chapter. National will pay the speaker costs, including travel and hotel expenses, for the appearance.

The upcoming application period matches chapters with speakers for events to take place in 2021.

  • Chapter applications begin April 1, 2020 at 12 noon EDT
  • Chapter applications close April 7, 2020 at midnight EDT
  • We will have speaker slots available for 2021 events


Who is eligible?

Any chapter in good standing with SinC National may apply. Any chapter applying to receive a speaker must be approved by the Chapter Liaison before the match is made final.

Because of the nature of the funding source, all Speakers Bureau events must be open to the general public in addition to chapter members.

Note: It is acceptable to also apply for a Chapter Event Grant to cover expenses related to a Speaker Bureau event. Examples of expenses would be venue rental and promotion. Please read the Chapter Event Grant guidelines carefully.


How it works

  1. Your chapter reviews the roster of available authors and experts.
  2. During the designated period, chapter presidents or program chairs use the application linked below to submit your five speaker choices and your available event dates.
  3. The Speakers Bureau coordinates with the requested speakers and matches them with chapters based on availability. Applications are processed in the order in which they were received.
  4. Once all 24 speaker slots are filled, applications are put into the next year's queue in the order in which they were received.
  5. Once a chapter and speaker are matched, the Speakers Bureau connects you and your speaker so you can work out logistics together.
  6. Speakers make their own travel arrangements.
  7. The chapter provides the venue for the event, as well as the publicity. It is helpful if chapters provide local transportation for the speaker.


Hints and tips for successful applications

  • Submit your application as soon after the open date as possible.
  • Early applications will not be accepted or processed.
  • If you are flexible on dates it increases your chances of a match.
  • You must sign into this website as a member in order to complete this application. It is a good idea to sign in to the website prior to the application period to make sure everything works as it should. If you have trouble signing on, contact Beth Wasson  


Click Here to Apply


Contact Tina Whittle, Speakers Bureau Coordinator.

The Speakers Bureau roster for 2020 events

Click here for full biographies along with suggested presentation and workshop topics.


  • Kevin Anderson (New speaker for 2020)
  • Rhys Bowen
  • Allison Brennan
  • Leslie Budewitz (New speaker for 2020)
  • Jan Burke
  • Ellen Byron (New Speaker for 2020)
  • L. A. Chandler
  • Jane K. Cleland
  • Vicki Delaney
  • Laura DiSilverio
  • Mary Anna Evans
  • Christine M. Fairchild
  • Amanda Flower (New speaker for 2020)
  • Michael Havelin
  • Libby Fischer Hellman
  • K. J. (Kimberley) Howe (New speaker for 2020)
  • Jessica Lourey
  • Mary Beth Magee
  • Sujata Massey (New speaker for 2020)
  • Jenny Milchman
  • DiAnn Mills (New speaker for 2020)
  • Carrie Stuart Parks (New speaker for 2020)
  • Peggy O’Neal Peden (New speaker for 2020)
  • Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • Wendy Corsi Staub
  • Marcia Talley
  • Beth (Jaden) Terrell
  • Elaine Viets
  • Lynn C. Willis
  • Lisa Wysocky (New speaker for 2020)

Speaker application

Would you like to be considered for the Sisters in Crime Speakers Bureau roster? Click here to access the requirements and application. The application cutoff is September 1st.


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