Category: Events

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!

October 8th meeting: Mirandized Nation

Note: We will be in a different room this time — the doors to the left of the room we’re usually in. Look for the signage!

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

We have all heard the famous Miranda Rights. But how did they come to be? Join us in welcoming Timothy Moore, recently retired after nearly 30 years as a Phoenix Police Detective, and author Clark Lohr, who collaborated on the book Mirandized Nation. Moore and Lohr will detail how the book was researched and written, and offer the actual account of the Phoenix Police Department’s investigation and the activities of suspect Ernesto Miranda. This walk through history begins in 1963, and includes the U.S. Supreme Court decision made in 1966, and the murder of Ernesto Miranda in 1976.

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

In our afternoon session, we’ll walk through a mock crime scene and determine what crimes occurred, which is the best evidence that leads to a suspect and what the motivation was for these crimes.  Detective Moore will show how the police process a crime scene and then explain how these procedures translate into a chapter for crime scene for writers.

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, October 5th 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!

 

September 10th meeting: Serial Killers; Creating Believable, Compelling Characters

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

Serial killers are a staple of mystery and thriller writing. But what part of the popular conception of serial killers is genuine, and what are just creative liberties? Join us in welcoming Marsheila Rockwell and Jeffrey J. Mariotte, long-time authors with more than 60 books between them, who will discuss the psychology and neuroscience behind serial killers and mass murderers. Their recent collaborative novel, 7 SYKOS, deals with advances in neuroscience — science fiction that’s rapidly becoming science fact — and how brain structure contributes to criminal violence. They’ll share the research they did, what they learned, and more from decades of studying crime and criminals.

We’ll have a delicious lunch, and the announcement of our short story contest winners!

In our afternoon session, author and writing coach Ethel Lee-Miller will present “Don’t Shoot the Messenger: Unless you are a Mystery Writer.” Create characters who are believable, compelling, and have what it takes to carry the message, move your story forward, and are unforgettable.  Ethel Lee-Miller uses her training in counseling and experiences in life to cull those quirky, intriguing, likable and not so likable traits in characters that capture the attention of readers. Walk away with surefire ideas that will get your characters talking.

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, September 7th 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!

August 13th meeting: CSI; Book Sales and Promotion

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

Nowadays, everyone knows what a CSI is. But what do they really do? Please join us in welcoming Bill Brantley, currently with the TPD Property & Evidence Section but who previously worked as a crime scene specialist. (You may remember Brantley from his presentation on evidence in February.)  Brantley will take us through an overview of the Identification Section (crime scene unit), how the work has changed over time, and a few case studies.

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

In our afternoon session, marketing consultant Robin Peel will present “Clues to Author Success: Solving The Mystery of Book Sales and Promotion.” Successful authors excel not only at creating a compelling plot or convincing characters, they also master another kind of writing: “Practical Prose,” the writing that first introduces you or your book to prospective book reviewers, readers and buyers. This presentation will cover tips for writing a concise book synopsis, a book launch news release, event calendar notices, an author bio, social media profiles, and more.

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, August 10th 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!

July 9th meeting: Border Doctor; Writing the Paranormal

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

One would imagine life in a small town would be peaceful and relaxing, but the reality can be something entirely different. Join us in welcoming AMW’s own Rhema Sayers, who will speak on “A Doctor’s Life on the Border.”  Having imagined that life would be slow paced and relaxing in a small town, Rhema found out reality was far from that image. She will discuss her experiences with “life, death, politicians, corruption, drug smuggling, cowboys, Indians and the Hispanic culture” in the town of Douglas.

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

In our afternoon session, Carol Costa will share her research and personal experience with psychic dreams, ghosts, séances, past life regressions and more. She will also share samples from a few of her paranormal mysteries to show how the psychic elements can be woven into character and plots.

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, July 6th 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!