This category contains 11 posts

Site will no longer be updated

Hi Everyone,

As the writing community in the Phoenix area has grown and flourished, I have personally moved in another direction.  I have stepped away from my other responsibilities in the community, and placed them in other capable hands.  This site is no longer a necessary tool to connect the disparate groups and projects together as I am no longer a community leader.  I do not have as easy access to the information that was so readily available to me before, and will no longer update the site.

I hope you found this a useful resource in the past, and wish the best in the future.

Best Regards.


Poetry Reading Events! February 1st, 2nd, and 5th

  • Spillers 3 Mon 2/1 at 8 pm at Crescent Ballroom (308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003) featuring Leah Newsom, Troy Farah, Patrick Michale Finn et al (fb event here)
  • Kim Kyung Ju Tue 2/2 at 6:30 pm at Valley Bar (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004), an internationally acclaimed poet from South Korea making his US debut, reading with translator Jake Levine (fb event here)
  • Terrance Hayes Fri 2/5 at 7 pm at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) presented by the University of Arizona Poetry Center (fb event here)

Writing the Breakout Novel with Literary Agent Donald Maass – Saturday, May 14, 2016

Location: Stonecreek Golf Club, Phoenix, Az
Price: $99-$135
Website: http://desertsleuths.com/events/donald-maass-workshop

This full-day, hands-on workshop will help you hone your writing skills, regardless of your writing experience.

Maass details the elements that all breakout novels share—regardless of genre—and presents writing techniques that make books stand out and succeed in a crowded marketplace.

Learn to captivate readers, publishers, and editors, so that your work can break out of the pack and hit the bestseller’s list!

Hosted by Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter, this event is open to the public. Writers of all genres and levels are welcome.

Four Chambers and Eye Lounge – Ekphrastic Collaboration – Collaboration Submissions

(Please note – I am not Jake, nor am I affiliated with four chambers. -Webmaster 🙂
Hi everybody!
Four Chambers will be partnering with the downtown Phoenix contemporary art space and collective eye lounge to pair eleven local authors with their current members to produce original ekphrastic work for a show during Art Detour (opening March 18th, 2016) and, if you or anyone else you know might be interested–friends, partners, writers, teachers, students, peers, etc–please feel free to apply / pass along the attached information / send them our way.
Just let me know if you have any questions? Applying is basically as easy as sending us an e-mail, the deadline for applications is Wednesday December 9th. Hope you all have a happy holidays if you are into that sort of thing, looking forward to seeing everyone around soon!

Write that Novel Seminar with Dave Farland- May 20th and 21st

Name of the Event: Write that Novel Seminar
Location: Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix-Metro Center  2536 West Beryl Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, 85021
Price: $199

David Farland is a New York Times bestselling author and a writing mentor. He will be holding a writing workshop in Phoenix, May 20th and 21st. You can find the info here: https://mystorydoctor.com/live-workshops-2/

He has taught many writers who have gone on to be New York Times bestsellers also, like Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn, Wheel of Time), James Dasher (The Maze Runner), Shannon Hale (Austenland), and Brandon Mull (Fablehaven).

The seminar will include:

  • How to Make a Great Living as a Top Fiction Writer—Find Out Why Some Authors Are Always Broke While Others Live Out Their Dreams
  • Secrets to Writing a Best Seller Through Wide Audience Appeal
  • Personal Insights Into “Why Your Readers Read” that Will Almost Magically Sell More Books
  • A Simple Diagram which Reveals Exactly Why and When to Step on the Gas in Your Plot
  • Dozens of Other Amazing Plot Power Tools You’ll Find Nowhere Else
  • How to Avoid the Deadly Opening Flaws which Prevent Most Authors From Getting Published
  • Virtually Unrevealed Techniques for Guiding Your Readers “Into the Rabbit Hole” as You Explore Your Story’s Mysteries
  • Of All the Ways Your Story Could End, Learn Which Grand Finales Are the Most Powerful, Satisfying and will Keep Your Readers Coming Back For More
  • Why Publishers Don’t Have Time to Edit Books Anymore and How to Make Sure Your Manuscript Shows Up at the Publisher Virtually Flawless
  • Having Worked as a Hollywood Producer, David will Walk You Through Secrets to Selling Your Film Rights and How to Maximize Your Income on Any Movie
  • Tips for Eliminating Writer’s Block and Other Obstacles so You Can Keep Turning Out those Golden Eggs
  • Nearly a Dozen Inner Circle Secrets to Make Sure Your Books Hit on Best Sellers’ Lists
  • How to Make Sure that Every Book Comes Out Better than the One Before
  • The Four Most Vital Keys to Writing a Bestselling Book or Movie
  • Five Techniques to Exploit an Intellectual Property in Hollywood and Around the World
  • The Right Way to Introduce Yourself to Editors, Agents, and Movie Producers and How to Get Yourself in Front of Them
  • Is Writing Really Your Easy Path to Wealth and Fame? The Truth About the T.V. Image of the Lavish Lifestyle of a Successful Author—Here’s How Success Can Be Achieved, But Don’t Buy Into Some Pipe Dream. It’s Real Work
  • Writing Tricks that have Turned Struggling New Writers Like J.K. Rowling Into Global Sensations
  • Why 98% of Wanna-Be Authors Fail . . . and much more!

Santa Fe Writing Retreat with Susan Pohlman – June 21 to 26

Writing Retreat – Santa Fe!
Susan Pohlman
Author, Writing Coach, Travel Enthusiast


2nd Annual Arizona Writer’s Conference – Wilkes University

On Meetup – http://www.meetup.com/write-mesa/events/226167766/

Four Chambers 03 Launch Event

Feel free to join the facebook event!

It’s been a year. Please join us as we celebrate the release of our third issue with readings from local authors and general merry-making at Changing Hands Phoenix (300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013) on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 6:30 pm. It’s free!

With readings from Kelly Nelson, Christopher Danowski, Eric Wertheimer, Edward Kearns, Reese Conner, Melissa Tramuta, Gary Joshua Garrison, Kitt Keller and more

Four Chambers 03 is 166 pages long and features 55 poems and 18 prose works from 55 authors (over 50% local) with 4 illustrations.

For more information and sample work please visit http://fourchamberspress.com/issue03

Wilkes University’s Creative Writing Program

I want to introduce Wilkes University’s Creative Writing Program. We are celebrating our 10th year at our home campus in PA and recently launched a M.A. in Creative Writing in AZ. In addition, we desire to be a resource to other writers in the valley. This past spring we ran a series of non-credit courses which New York Times Bestselling author, Nate Evans, called, “incredibly helpful.” Our fall season begins on Tues. Sept 8 with non-fiction and we are offering the discounted rate of $40 per course (non-fiction and fiction) to Meetup writers. For more information: http://www.wilkes.edu/mesa/academics/creative-writing-ma-mfa/writing-workshops.aspx

August 14 and 15 – WriteNow! 2015 Writers Conference – Invitation from Denise Ganley

The Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter is hosting the WriteNow! 2015 Writers Conference. (You do not need to be a member of the organization to attend.)

LOCKED AND LOADED: Set Your Sights on Writing Success

August 14-15

Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale

Featuring authors Sara Paretsky, Simon Woods, Hilary Davidson, Deborah J Ledford, plus actress/screenwriter Christina Cox, and acquiring editor Terri Bischoff.

You can use this link to directly access the WriteNow! Conference website with all the details: http://desertsleuths.com/conference

I saw Sara Paretsky (creator of VI Warshawski) speak at Bouchercon last year and she is a great writer activist and speaker, and I also saw Simon Wood there too, and he was hilarious and very entertaining. I expect this to be a very good conference. The authors mostly write in the crime/mystery/thriller genres, but the topics for the conference are broader and would benefit writers of all genres. And certainly all writers are welcome!

Topics Include:

Writing an Exceptional Novel or Short Story – So It Will Sell; How to Stand Apart and Attract an Agent or Publisher; Effectively Promoting Your Work for Maximum Sales; Writing and Adapting Screenplays; Building a Career as a Successful Author; & Many more timely subject designed to help writers in all facets of their careers

There’s a discounted youth program too, for 14-20 year olds. The youths get to attend the main conference with the adults, but they also gain a writing mentor for a longer time frame to assist on their writing projects.

I will be volunteering at the event as a member of the Sisters in Crime, Desert Sleuths Chapter. I hope you will join us! And please share this with anyone you think might be interested.

Happy Writing!

~Denise Ganley

Organizational Background:

Desert Sleuths, the Phoenix Chapter of Sisters in Crime, is an international organization that exists to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry, and raise professionalism and equity among crime writers. Today there are nearly 50 chapters across the country and there are thousands of members, both female and male. The Desert Sleuths Chapter is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization of published and unpublished authors, retired law enforcement, academics and fans of crime fiction. Desert Sleuths is committed to expanding and fostering young writers through a new youth program.