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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.


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

Location: Stonecreek Golf Club, Phoenix, Az
Price: $99-$135

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.

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:

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


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:

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:

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.

Press Publish – WordPress blogging conference

(We use WordPress for this site.  How meta 🙂  From Andrea Middleton Below:

Hi there! I’m Andrea Middleton, and I work for

I’d like to invite you and the members of your group to the blogging conference we’re organizing — it’s called Press Publish, and it will be held in Phoenix on April 18:

We have an amazing, diverse lineup of speakers that includes bloggers who have published books, including one who got his book deals through blogging. We’ll also have a host of and Jetpack experts teaching tutorials and workshops, including a couple of writing workshops. All the sessions and workshops are listed on the schedule:

Tickets are $150 and come with a one-year Premium upgrade that you can apply to your site, or a 1-year subscription to the VaultPress Backup Bundle after you register — either plan is worth $99 — and we’d love to offer your writing group (we love writers!) a special 40% discount to the conference, if you’d be willing to let them know about it. They can get the discount with this coupon code: PHXWRITERS40

Register here:

We’d love to see you on April 18 at Press Publish!

Andrea Middleton
Co-organizer of Press Publish at
Location: Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Price: $90 with the use of coupon code PHXWRITERS40

Grand Canyon Writer’s Retreat – Thea Gavin – June 23-26


  • Late June in the forests of the North Rim means mild weather and wildflowers, with miles of easy, empty trails that reveal all kinds of hidden vantage points from which to view the Grand Canyon’s ever-changing landscape of light and rock. For three weeks in June of 2011, I was privileged to serve as Artist-in-residence at the North Rim; I’ve returned as often as possible since then to continue to wander the trails and write. This year, from June 23-26, I will be leading a creative writing workshop at the North Rim for the nonprofit Grand Canyon Field Institute; I’d like to invite writers in your group to join me as we practice the fine art of paying attention to what the plants, creatures, rocks, and places of the North Rim have to tell us . . . and then enjoy sharing our words with each other. I’d be happy to answer any questions folks have via email; for more information about the workshop visit Thanks!  Thea


Kauai Writers Conference – May 1-3

Aloha! From Lovely Kaua’i. I’m Camille Copeland a fellow writer, writing to invite your group to our amazing, scintillating, beach front Kauai Writers Conference coming up May 1-3, 2015, and to inform you of our group discount. The conference focuses on fiction and memoir, with bestselling authors (Colson Whitehead, Laura Moriarty, Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Lynn Cox, Jill Landis, Kristin Hannah), editors Silissa Kenney, and agents Elizabeth Kracht and Julie Barrer. We also offer a self-publishing track. We create an intimate, nurturing atmosphere by limiting attendees to 150 which allows for an easy mix with presenters and each other. We’d be most grateful if you’d help us to spread the word. We’re entirely volunteer run, trying to publicize the conference with limited marketing resources, so hope you don’t mind us reaching out to you in this way. If three or more people from your group attend, the $429 price drops to $389 each. Also, we’ve secured hotel rooms in oceanfront locations starting at $99/night. Please call with any questions. Contact Dave Rosenberg Director at 808-639-4638 for details, Our website is

2-Day Class with Jeff Schimmel – March 21st and 22nd

L.A. Writer/Producer Jeff Schimmel is coming to Phoenix for a very special 2-day, all day, class specifically designed for writers who intend to sell their work, whether you are focusing on an original movie screenplay, TV sitcom or dramatic series, or the creation of an unscripted reality show. When you attend the “Professional Class” you will work under the same conditions as a TV series staff writer, or as part of a rewrite team on a feature script, receiving notes from a head writer or development executive. That means you will work in live writing sessions under the supervision of a veteran writer/producer and receive instant feedback with a chance to rewrite with immediate hands-on guidance. This is a luxury rarely conferred upon new(er) screenwriters and the kind of feedback you will not get from a network or studio executive when you try to sell your script. The “Professional Class” will be held for all level writers on Saturday, March 21st and Sunday, March 22nd, 9 to 5 each day. Jeff’s affinity for Phoenix screenwriters has him providing 16 hours of hands-on writing and instant feedback for only $199! There is no better deal and no other city is getting this class offering! Because of the intense personalized attention, seating in this class is extremely limited. Click on the Phoenix seminar info on the website link below for more information and to save your seat before the class fills! Register now!!register/c1kcz