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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.


Reedsy.com – Editors, Designers, and Marketers

Reedsy (www.reedsy.com) is young company that aids all authors with the ambition to craft a bestselling book. I was wondering if the aspiring writers in your community would be interested in what we are up too?

Reedsy has handpicked the industry’s top professional editors, designers and marketers – making it easy to connect with them and request quotes. We only work with a select group of the best freelancers, the ones who know the publishing landscape better than a writer knows the taste of hot coffee.

Some of our editors:

… and designers

Youtube writer’s video class with Carolyn McCray

This is Carolyn McCray, I am a Meetup Organizer based in Olympia Washington, but I am also an international bestselling author, closing in on 1 million ebooks sold. Beyond my indie publishing career I also had a 7 book deal with Amazon imprint Thomas & Mercer and was a professional story/content editor.

I have a series of YouTube workshop tutorials and for a limited time they are all free. I think they might help any writers in your group that are serious about their craft but need a little help.

The premise is for an author to listen to each day’s tutorial before their writing session to help keep them accountable and on-track structure-wise. The goal is to finish a book in 60 days with a leg up from me ☺

Take a look here…

Four Chambers Press has launched a Kickstarter!‏

We wanted to let you know that Four Chambers just launched a Kickstarter to raise $5,000 to fund the printing of our projects through the rest of the year – Four Chambers 03 and a special project that we partnered with Welcome Diner and Welcome Chicken+Donuts on entitled Welcome Home. Here’s a link to the campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/633503070/keep-the-heart-of-literature-beating
Needless to say, any support you can provide is extremely helpful and appreciated, and please feel free to share the Kickstarter with your friends and followers to help get the word out! See the attached press release for more information.
Thank you so much for your time!

— Four Chambers

Four Chambers
The Heart of Literature
(website; facebook; twitter; order; submit)

Keep the Heart of Literature Beating: Four Chambers Launches Kickstarter

Phoenix, AZ (August 18th, 2015)… Independent community literary magazine and small press Four Chambers has launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising $5,000 by Thursday, September 10th, 2015. The money will be used to bring their current projects to print—Four Chambers 03 and a special project in collaboration with local businesses Welcome Diner and Welcome Chicken + Donuts entitled Welcome Home—seed their operations for next year, and stay in business.

Four Chambers was founded in the Summer of 2013 with the goal of giving greater visibility to the literary arts and encouraging their larger participation in the cultural scene. In keeping that mission, Four Chambers has published a yearly journal, released special projects / thematic anthologies, and organized numerous events and programs—writing groups, salons, featured readings and interviews—in order to serve as a nexus for local literature in the Valley and generally build a stronger community. This Fall, the press intends to expand programming and outreach as it continues production, with plans to begin releasing single author works next Spring.

As Four Chambers continues to grow, challenges with a sales model have required the magazine to seek additional sources of revenue. “Right now, our print runs are just too small to enter into distribution or generate a meaningful profit,” explains Jake Friedman, the press’s Founder and Editor in Chief. “Basically, we’re just asking for additional support from the community as we continue to grow our business.”

More to the point, Four Chambers believes it encompasses more than a product or publication. “Publishing is the nucleus of our organization, but it’s just one of many services we provide,” continues Friedman. “And in certain respects, we believe a fundraiser is able to articulate that relationship in a clearer and more accurate way.”

From the moment I held my first copy, I knew I had purchased something special,” states Samantha Jackson, Director of Operations for Downtown Phoenix Inc. “It’s important to foster our voices and be able to share the creative process. Four Chambers is opening a door to Phoenix’s little-known literary scene coupled with works of art that make each volume a collector’s item.”

Gail Browne, Executive Director for the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, echoes the critical role Four Chambers plays in creative placemaking and public engagement. “Not only does Four Chambers provide a platform for local writers to see their creative work in print, it builds and sustains an exciting literary conversation for Phoenix writers and readers alike. I’m also impressed with the degree to which Four Chambers creates artistic partnerships with arts institutions and local business: this is community building at its best.”

The Kickstarter (which went live Tuesday, August 11th) has already raised over $3,000 in little under a week, reaching nearly 60% of its $5,000 goal. “It’s been so humbling to see the community care about Four Chambers as much as we do,” explains Assistant Director Kelsey Pinckney. “They responded so quickly and vehemently, it renews my belief in it again. It’s made me just take a deep breath and realize how strong we all are—the community—when we move together.” The campaign has also been chosen by Kickstarter as a staff pick.

Fundraising ends Thursday, September 10th. If Four Chambers does not meet its goal, the magazine will be forced to more or less suspend operations. To learn more about the Four Chambers Kickstarter, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/633503070/keep-the-heart-of-literature-beating.

Welcome Home is a special project featuring 12 poems and 8 prose works by 20 local authors inspired by the local businesses Welcome Diner and Welcome Chicken + Donuts and is planned to be released with a launch party at Welcome Diner Saturday evening, September 19th.

Four Chambers 03 features 57 poems and 15 prose works from 55 authors (nearly 50% local) and is planned to be released in mid to late October. While the magazine is unsure whether the fundraising campaign will generate enough money to commission local artists to produce illustrations for winning work (as it has in the past), Jeff Slim, Monica Aissa Martinez, and Andrew ‘Soldierleisure’ Brown are tentatively on board.

About Four Chambers Press Local-National

Four Chambers Press is an independent community press based in Phoenix, AZ whose mission is to give greater visibility to the literary arts and encourage their larger participation in the cultural scene. For more information please visit http://fourchamberspress.com.

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.

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 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!

Andrea Middleton
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

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  https://www.grandcanyon.org/learn/grand-canyon-field-institute/classes-tours/writing-edge Thanks!  Thea thea.gavin@cui.edu


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 www.kauaiwritersconference.com

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! http://www.maximumscreenwriting.com/#!register/c1kcz

Writing Facebook Group – Literal Monkeys

I would like to share this new Writing Workshop group with you all. All genres are welcome! I set up and admin for the page but it is essentially a free-for-all forum to share writing and connect with people who would like remote feedback on their work. Can you please share it so we build up a strong network of online readers and writers? Thanks!