Sisters in Crime-Iowa is a chapter of Sisters in Crime. Sisters in Crime is an international organization of readers and writers whose mission is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers.

The organization was founded in 1986 by Sara Paretsky and other women mystery writers and enthusiasts and has now grown to over 50 chapters around the world. 


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Who Are we?


Membership is available to all sisters and misters who have an interest in crime, mystery and suspense works.  We welcome writers, readers, fans, librarians, booksellers, publishing professionals, reviewers, and all others who love the genre.

Membership Dues

Dues are $20 a calendar year and membership runs January to December.

Membership Requirements

If you're not already, you must first be a members of the national organization of Sisters in Crime. It's easy to join. Just visit the Sisters in Crime website for the details:

To join the Iowa chapter, you can always join in person at a meeting or send us your information and dues. The address is Sisters in Crime - Iowa, PO Box 21272, Des Moines, Iowa 50321

You can also join or renew your membership online here: Join or Renew via PayPal

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions!

What do we do?

Sisters in Crime was founded on the core values of advocacy, equity, inclusion, and community.

All meetings and events are conducted with those values in mind and are governed by the Sisters in Crime Code of Conduct. 

Read more here: Values and Code of Conduct Details.

monthly meetings


We meet monthly and have a general business meeting and then a program on a specific topic related to crime, crime fiction, mystery/suspense writing or on writing in general. Some months we have guest speakers but we also utilize the expertise of our members.

Who can join?

Sisters in Crime - Iowa

Code of Conduct

Special events


We also sponsor special events such as all day workshops with nationally known authors/speakers and we also participate in events and festivals around books and writing.