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.