January 13th meeting: Mental Illness in Fiction; Historical Writing

Good fiction shows characters’ mental states so we can understand them, but sometimes that mental state is beyond our everyday understanding. Join us in welcoming cognitive psychologist (and AMW Presiding Chair) Bill Adams, Ph.D., as he presents “Mental Disorders in Fiction: Writing it Real.” He will cover the main categories of mental disorder and show how they have been portrayed in novels and movies – sometimes accurately, sometimes not. You’ll get tips on how to make your characters accurate, believable, extreme, and dramatically compelling.

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

In our afternoon session, Tucson journalist and historical mystery author Alan M. Petrillo will cover the process of writing an historical mystery/thriller. He will touch on outlining, plotting, characterization, setting, action and story.

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, January 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!

Note: Membership dues are up for renewal this month! If you haven’t paid yet, please bring your fee ($25) to the January meeting.

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