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.
Location: Stonecreek Golf Club, Phoenix, Az
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.
Name of the Event: Write that Novel Seminar
Location: Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix-Metro Center 2536 West Beryl Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, 85021
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:
Writing Retreat – Santa Fe!
Author, Writing Coach, Travel Enthusiast
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.