Category: Events

December 9th meeting: Holiday Party!

This month, we’ll forgo our usual informational programs and workshops to celebrate the season with fun, food and friends. There will be games and quizzes to test your knowledge. You can’t lose. Everyone will leave with at least a door prize.  If that isn’t incentive enough, we’ll hold a raffle for a beautiful inlaid wooden box, hand crafted just for us by AMW member Mike Henry. And we’ll have our usual delicious lunch and time for socializing. If you have an ugly sweater, wear it. Who knows what your lack of fashion sense could do for you?

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, December 6th 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 11th meeting: Victim Advocate; Great Beginnings

When a crime occurs, who provides help and support to the victims?  Victim advocates, available through the Pima County Attorney’s Office, provide support for crime victims from the initial crisis call through court appearances and trials.  Our own Lisa Sternberg will share stories about her work as a volunteer Victim Services Advocate, and use role-play to take us inside a typical case.

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

In our afternoon session, we’ll be having a group discussion on Great Beginnings.  Have a favorite book with a great beginning? Or have you written one of your own? Bring it in! We’ll share these and discuss what makes a great beginning great.

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, November 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!

Note: It’s time to start thinking about membership dues!  Officially you need to renew in January, but early renewal at our November or December meetings is encouraged.

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

October 14th meeting: Prosecuting Homicides; Investigative Reporting

In spite of the image presented on crime shows, a case isn’t done at arrest. The accused still has to be convicted. Join us in welcoming Chief Trial Counsel Jonathan Mosher of the Pima County Attorney’s Office, who will give us a look inside specific, high-profile homicide trials to illustrate common challenges faced in homicide cases and how to overcome them. Specifically, he will talk about the disappearance and murder of Kay Read and the cold case murder trial of her killer.

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

In our afternoon session, Arizona Daily Star reporter Tim Steller will discuss investigative reporting.  How do reporters choose their topics to investigate? What are the challenges? How have changes in news media affected the ability to do investigative reporting? Bring your questions for him!

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, October 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.

Note: AMW will have a table at the All-Zona Book Fest! It’s Sunday October 15th, 11-3, at the Jewish Community Center. Want to sell your books at our table? Contact Jane (Publicity Chair) through our website’s contact page at http://www.arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=64. You can find out more about the All-Zona Book Fest at http://geckogalsink.wixsite.com/all-zonabookfest.

Also, our contest winners were announced at the September meeting. You can find their stories here: http://www.arizonamysterywriters.com/?page_id=1245

 

September 9th meeting: UAPD; Plotting Via Motivation

A college campus is the size of a small city, with many of the same problems, but packed into a small space. Join us in welcoming Chief Brian Seastone of the UAPD, who will tell us what it’s like to work as law enforcement in that environment, the special challenges it presents and how it differs (or doesn’t) from a city or county police force.

We’ll have a delicious lunch, and we will also be announcing the winners of the 2017 Short Story Contest!

In our afternoon session, author and teacher Laurie Schnebly will discuss “plotting via motivation.”  Any of us could write a book in which the characters set out for a three-hour tour and get shipwrecked on an uncharted desert isle. But if you nail down a character’s motivation, it doesn’t matter whether the ship capsizes or lands safely three hours later. Your characters will create a plot from WHATEVER happens, because you’ve got their motivation built in from the very beginning…and Schnebly will show you how to do it.

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

Note: The “Winner Dinner” to honor everyone who entered our short story contest will take place Friday, September 8 (the evening before the next meeting) at 5:30 p.m. at the Claim Jumper Restaurant, 3761 E Broadway Blvd (near El Con Mall). Everyone is welcome and we would be delighted to have you join us. Note that this is a no-host event (everyone is responsible for their own bill). Please RSVP to amwcontest@gmail.com so we can let the restaurant know how many people will attend.

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

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.