Sisters in Crime Central Jersey

139 Stevens Ave., Jamesburg, NJ 08831-0274

Publicity Contact: Feb. 6, 2020

E. F. Watkins (609) 395-6851


Author Carol Gyzander will offer a program for writers, “Public Reading 101,” during the February 22 meeting of Sisters in Crime Central Jersey, at the Jamesburg Senior Center, 139 Stevens Ave., Jamesburg. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Gyzander notes that reading your work aloud is a great way to engage with readers, but often makes writers nervous. “I’ll talk about the basics,” she said, “including how to choose a short story or novel excerpt, practice beforehand, sound professional, deal with a microphone, make dialogue sound lively, engage the audience, and deal with Q&A.”

Gyzander is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Liberty States Fiction Writers and the Horror Writers Association. She curates and emcees the HWA-NY Chapter’s public readings for Women in Horror Month, and helps to emcee quarterly HWA-NY readings. She coaches presenters for adult training sessions in both the business and volunteer worlds. She has read her own work at various conventions, the New York Review of Science Fiction, KGB Bar with MWA, Lovecraft Bar in NYC, and multiple venues for the HWA-NY Chapter.

Gyzander writes and edits for Writerpunk Press, which creates anthologies of punk genre stories. Her own horror, fantasy and science fiction short stories have appeared in “Stories We Tell After Midnight” from Crone Girls Press; “Hell’s Highways,” edited by April Grey; and “Across the Universe,” an alternate Beatles anthology from Fantastic Books. Her website is

She will speak at 11 a.m., time approximate, following SinCCJ’s 10 a.m. business meeting. For more information on the day’s agenda, visit or email

SinCCJ is a chapter of national Sisters in Crime, which supports women mystery writers and recently marked its 30th Anniversary. Sisters in Crime combats discrimination against women in the mystery field, educates publishers and the general public as to inequities in the treatment of female authors, raises the level of awareness of their contributions to the field, and promotes the professional advancement of women who write mysteries. It is open to members of all genders.

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