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
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.
(We use WordPress for this site. How meta 🙂 From Andrea Middleton Below:
Hi there! I’m Andrea Middleton, and I work for WordPress.com.
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: http://presspublish.events/
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 WordPress.com and Jetpack experts teaching tutorials and workshops, including a couple of writing workshops. All the sessions and workshops are listed on the schedule: http://presspublish.events/events/phoenix/
Tickets are $150 and come with a one-year WordPress.com 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: http://presspublish.events/register/
We’d love to see you on April 18 at Press Publish!
Co-organizer of Press Publish at WordPress.com
Location: Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Price: $90 with the use of coupon code PHXWRITERS40
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 www.kauaiwritersconference.com
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! http://www.maximumscreenwriting.com/#!register/c1kcz