Category: Events

August 12th meeting: Will Battles; Fitz!

Death can be a rough business, not only for the victim, but for the survivors. Squabbles between beneficiaries over property of all sorts can end up in the court system….and possibly be a motive for murder. Join us in welcoming attorney Robert B. Fleming, whose practice includes trusts, estate planning, and probate. We’ve asked him to bring some good stories about disputes over wills (or lack thereof), but be sure to bring your questions too!

We’ll have a delicious lunch, and a fun book drawing.

In our afternoon session, back by popular demand….David Fitzsimmons, humor columnist and editorial cartoonist for the Arizona Daily Star.  Always entertaining, Fitz will bring his unique perspective on life and writing.

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, August 9th to save your place. $30 non-members includes lunch. $25 RSVP’d AMW (not Meetup) members. Pay at the door. RSVP by clicking the button on http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Mystery-Writers-of-Tucson/ or email amwmembershipchair@gmail.com. See you there!

July 8th meeting: Pima Regional Bomb Squad; Writers Read

Bombs are a complicated business – both dealing with live ones, and trying to investigate their aftermath. Please join us in welcoming Deputy Ryan Inglett, Pima Regional Bomb Squad Investigator, and Sgt. Christopher Rogers, Commander of the Pima Regional Bomb Squad. Although they encourage the asking of lots of questions, be aware that they may not be able to answer them – for obvious reasons.

We’ll have a delicious lunch, and a fun book drawing.

In our afternoon session, we’ll be listening to some of our authors read. Wanna participate? This is your chance to shine. Come prepared with a 5-minute reading to present to the group. It can be fiction, a poem, a personal essay or something else you are willing to share. The only stipulations are:

1) It should your own work.

2) It should be no longer than five minutes.

It will be fun. You can hone your presentation skills. You’ll have an enthusiastic audience to cheer you on. What’s not to like?

If you are interested in participating, please contact the workshop chair (Kay Lesh at klesh1@mindspring.com) prior to the meeting.

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, July 5th to save your place. $30 non-members includes lunch. $25 RSVP’d AMW (not Meetup) members. Pay at the door. RSVP by clicking the button on http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Mystery-Writers-of-Tucson/ or email amwmembershipchair@gmail.com. See you there!

Reminder: Our prices are $25 for RSVP’d AMW members, $30 non-members.

June 10th meeting: Mental Health Support Team; How to Tell a Good Story

Last month we heard how they deal with mental health issues in the jail, but the care for those with such issues starts with officers’ street contact. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department’s Mental Health Investigative Support Team (MHST) was created to insure individuals with mental health challenges are receiving necessary treatment and support through a collaborative effort with behavioral health professionals, law enforcement, medical practitioners and the public.  Join us in welcoming Sgt. Jill Isely and Det. Maria Stengel from the PCSD MHST unit, who will be discussing the unique makeup and mission of the unit, the challenges involved with identifying those individuals who may present a danger to others, and collaborating with behavioral health partners to ensure they receive the appropriate care.

We’ll have a delicious lunch, and a fun book drawing.

In our afternoon session, Penelope Starr, founder of Odyssey Storytelling, presents “How to Tell a Good Story.” In this interactive workshop, you will learn how oral storytelling can support your writing, become aware of your potential as storytellers, learn important elements of organization and presentation, and gain confidence in telling your story.

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, June 7th to save your place. $30 non-members includes lunch. $25 RSVP’d AMW (not Meetup) members. Pay at the door. RSVP by clicking the button on http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Mystery-Writers-of-Tucson/ or email amwmembershipchair@gmail.com. See you there!

 

May 13th meeting: Mental Health Issues in Jail; Dialog, Dialect and Voice

Some of those who enter jail facilities need mental health assessments and treatment. How is this accomplished? What is the process? Join us in welcoming Mary Scott, a Sergeant with the Medical/Mental Health units at the Pima County jail, who will discuss how the Pima County Adult Detention Complex deals with these cases. Pima’s facility is one of the few that immediately start identifying those that have a mental illness and start a treatment program for them upon booking.

We’ll have a delicious lunch, and a fun book drawing.

In our afternoon session, Donis Casey will present “Dialog, Dialect and Voice.” Dialog is one of the best ways to bring character to life, both for the reader and the author. The way a person speaks can tell you much about him: where he comes from, his background, family life, education, desires, wishes, prejudices, attitude, even his worldview. Donis will present several techniques for creating dialog that sounds natural, fits into the setting of the novel, affects the pace of the story, and most importantly, makes your characters come to life. She will also share some helpful tips on the effective use of point of view, dialect, and voice.

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, May 10th to save your place. $30 non-members includes lunch. $25 RSVP’d AMW (not Meetup) members. Pay at the door. RSVP by clicking the button on http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Mystery-Writers-of-Tucson/ or email amwmembershipchair@gmail.com. See you there!

Reminder: The annual short story contest is closing June 1! Prep your stories and send them in! See details here.

Reminder: Our prices are $25 for RSVP’d AMW members, $30 non-members.

April 8th meeting: Private Eye; Viable Pitches

The private investigator is a darling of the mystery genre. But what kind of cases do they really cover? Join us in welcoming Shelly Cloud, a PI who works out of Cochise County, who will tell us what her job encompasses. Cloud has investigated child pornography cases, sexual abuse cases, child support cases, adoption cases, drug cases, divorce cases, domestic relations, social media investigations, asset location and recovery, missing persons cases, skip tracing, background checks and more.

We’ll have a delicious lunch, and a fun book drawing.

In our afternoon session, AMW Presiding Chair Bill Adams will talk about pitches. What makes some mystery novels salable and some others just not commercially viable? Bill recently attended a pitch conference in New York to learn how to describe a novel to an agent or editor and then get feedback on whether that idea was commercially viable. Find out what they look for and what you must be able to answer when someone asks, “What’s your book about?”

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, April 5th to save your place. $30 non-members includes lunch. $25 RSVP’d AMW (not Meetup) members. Pay at the door. RSVP by clicking the button on http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Mystery-Writers-of-Tucson/ or email amwmembershipchair@gmail.com. See you there!

Reminder: Our prices are $25 for RSVP’d AMW members, $30 non-members.

Reminder: The annual short story contest is open! Prep your stories and send them in! This year, we also have a youth contest for ages 9-14. See details in the contest section here on our website.

February 11th meeting: Oro Valley PD; Audiobooks A-Z

CHANGE IN MEETING LOCATION FOR FEBRUARY: Because of the Gem Show, we are meeting at U-Like Buffet, which is just north of River Road on Oracle (where the Hometown Buffet used to be).

Announcement 1: If you have not paid your dues ($25), pay them at the February meeting – otherwise you will be paying the non-member price for February.

Announcement 2: We are having a PI for our April meeting. You are encouraged to submit questions beforehand! Send them to amwmembershipchair@gmail.com with “PI question” in the subject line.

Reminder: Our prices are $25 for RSVP’d AMW members, $30 non-members.

Policing differs not only by region but by department; each has different operating procedures. Join us in welcoming Lt. Kara Riley from the Oro Valley Police Department, who will offer us an overview of the OVPD, including community policing efforts and different programs in Oro Valley. Lt. Riley has been a police officer since 1992, including more than nine years at OVPD. For the past five years, she has served as the Chief’s Executive Officer, who holds the responsibilities of training, the office of professional standards and the public information officer.

We’ll have a delicious lunch, and a fun drawing.

In our afternoon session, ACX Masterclass graduate Kalisha Fleischmann will speak to us about how to get an audiobook produced. Did you know that audiobooks sales have now surpassed regular book sales? Learn what to expect in the process, royalty share vs. per finished hour, appropriate scripts to post, a VO’s point of view and more.

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, February 8th to save your place. $30 non-members includes lunch. $25 RSVP’d AMW (not Meetup) members. Pay at the door. RSVP by clicking the button on http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Mystery-Writers-of-Tucson/ or email amwmembershipchair@gmail.com. See you there!

January 14th meeting: Facial Reconstruction; Facts vs. a Good Story

Happy New Year!

Facial reconstruction has been in the news quite a bit – from its use in cold cases to examination of historical figures such as Robert the Bruce and King Tut. How is it done? Join us in welcoming forensic artist Catyana Skory Falsetti, who will discuss not only facial reconstructions, but all aspects of forensic art, including composite sketches (and how they are affected by perception and memory), post-mortem images and image clarification. Learn about the foundations for forensic art, where it’s going, and what a forensic artist is and is not able to do.

We’ll have a delicious lunch, and a fun book drawing.

In our afternoon session, Becky Masterman will present “Never Let the Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story.” You’ve done your research, have gathered all your information, and you’re determined not to let it go to waste. But when are details useful to your narrative, and when do they bog it down? Masterman will discuss the art of the detail, and when making stuff up is the best way to delight the reader.

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, January 11th to save your place. $30 non-members includes lunch. $25 RSVP’d AMW (not Meetup) members. Pay at the door. RSVP by clicking the button on http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Mystery-Writers-of-Tucson/ or email amwmembershipchair@gmail.com. See you there!

Reminder: Our prices are $25 for RSVP’d AMW members, $30 non-members.

Notice: January is membership renewal time! Bring your dues ($25) to the meeting, or drop it in the mail (see our website for address).

December 10th meeting: Celebrating the Written Word

December is a month of celebrations and Mystery Writers will be celebrating the written word! A select group of our members will be reading from their own work. Join us for this excellent opportunity to learn more about your colleagues and hear what they are writing. Come and cheer them on for their work, as well as their courage in sharing.

We’ll have a delicious lunch, and then our door prize drawings! All attendees get a ticket for a chance to win. Who knows what unique prize you might win: A scarf? A Downton Abbey mug? Handmade soap? A new journal? These items and other cool stuff could be yours if you have one of the lucky tickets. There could even be a prize for the most festive holiday garb, so plan your wardrobe accordingly.

After the drawing, you can hang out a while to socialize and get to know your fellow AMW attendees.

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, December 7th to save your place. $30 non-members includes lunch. $25 RSVP’d AMW (not Meetup) members. Pay at the door. RSVP by clicking the button on http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Mystery-Writers-of-Tucson/ or email amwmembershipchair@gmail.com. See you there!

Reminder: Our prices are now $25 for RSVP’d AMW members, $30 non-members.

Notice: January is membership renewal time! Want to get a jump on your dues? You can pay early in December.

November 12th meeting: Wild Life Wields Death; Planting Clues

Reminder: Our prices are now $25 for RSVP’d AMW members, $30 non-members.

A few notices:

  1. Our morning speaker will be bringing some scaly/slithery “friends” (who will stay in their cages), so if you are snake- or reptile-phobic, this is your warning notice.
  2. Our December meeting will feature a Writers Read segment, where authors can read (5 minute slot) for our attendees. Interested in reading? Contact Kay, our Workshop Chair.
  3. January is membership renewal time! Want to get a jump on your dues? You can pay early in November or December.

Our November meeting:

As Arizona residents, we all know there’s some dangerous wildlife creeping around our environment. But can you center a murder mystery around it? Dr. Cecil Schwalbe, ecologist emeritus with the U.S. Geological Survey and affiliate faculty member at the University of Arizona, will delve into how to commit herpetological homicide and get away with it. He will also address using other animals and plants to eliminate adversaries. You will be familiar with some of these agents of death, but we will look at novel ways to use them, based on new knowledge.

We’ll have a delicious lunch, and a fun book drawing.

Our afternoon session will be Planting Clues: A Panel Discussion, with Bonnie Edwards, Elizabeth Gunn and Kathy McIntosh. When you write your mystery, be it a thriller, caper, police procedural, or cozy, your sleuth investigates the crime by gathering clues. Some of the clues found by your sleuth can point toward the killer, others may misdirect. If you want your reader to stay involved, you need to be able to plant clues effectively. Our panelists will explain how they work with clues in their own writing, and give examples from their work to demonstrate the good, bad and ugly of planting clues.

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, November 9th to save your place. $30 non-members includes lunch. $25 RSVP’d AMW members. Pay at the door. RSVP by clicking the button on http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Mystery-Writers-of-Tucson/ or email amwmembershipchair@gmail.com. See you there!