Refer a Friend   |   Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Join Now
Speakers Bureau - Home
Share |

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 18 speaker slots available for 2021 events


Who is eligible?

Any chapter in good standing with SinC National that wasn't assigned a speaker last matching session is eligible to participate this year—chapters that have not yet held a Speakers Bureau event are especially encouraged to 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 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.
  8. The Speaker submits for reimbursement after the event.


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.


Contact Tina Whittle, Speakers Bureau Coordinator.

The Speakers Bureau roster for 2021 events


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


  • Kevin Anderson
  • Terri Bischoff (New Speaker for 2021)
  • Allison Brennan
  • Leslie Budewitz
  • Jan Burke
  • Ellen Byron
  • L. A. Chandler
  • Suzanne Chazin (New Speaker for 2021)
  • Jane K. Cleland
  • Vicki Delany
  • Laura DiSilverio
  • Amanda Flower
  • Jamie Freveletti (New Speaker for 2021)
  • L.C. Hayden (New Speaker for 2021)
  • Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • K. J. (Kimberley) Howe
  • Georgia Jeffries (New Speaker for 2021)
  • Mary Beth Magee
  • Sujata Massey
  • DiAnn Mills
  • Carrie Stuart Parks
  • Peggy O’Neal Peden
  • Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • Cathy Pickens (New Speaker for 2021)
  • Marcia Talley
  • Beth (Jaden) Terrell
  • Diane Vallere (New Speaker for 2021)
  • Abby L. Vandiver (New Speaker for 2021)
  • Elaine Viets
  • Kate White (New Speaker for 2021)
  • Lynn C. Willis
  • Simon Wood (New Speaker for 2021)
  • Lisa Wysocky

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.


All Content © Sisters in Crime, All Rights Reserved Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal