Monday, April 18, 2016

Sisters in Crime - Desert Sleuths Writing Workshop

by M. J. Joachim

I received this press release over the weekend, and thought there might be a few writers out there who would like to go. Easy buttons R Us, as I copy and paste the details below.

Sisters in Crime - Desert Sleuths Chapter 7349 N. Via Paseo del Sur
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

March 22, 2016

Contact: Maegan Beaumont, 623-695-3203, Roni Olson, 602-740-9936,

Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter


Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter Presents Program to Assist Writers of All Ages

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors, Alex Kava and Jan Burke, along with New York literary agent Victoria Lowes, will kick off the 13th Annual Write Now! Conference, sponsored by the Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter on August 12th and 13th.

“Our Write Now! Conference is open to established authors, aspiring writers and readers of all genres,” explained chapter President Roni Olson. “We have designed a conference that assists writers with every aspect of their career. Our goal, as a chapter of Sisters in Crime, is to help as many writers as possible achieve their dreams of a successful career. We have extended that goal to include aspiring teen and college-age writers, and have opened our conference to them. The response has been incredible. We are thrilled to have Ms. Burke and Ms. Kava, who are role models for writers of all ages, leading this year’s conference.”

Burke, best known for her internationally-acclaimed Irene Kelly series, has received the most prestigious awards in fiction, including the Edgar Award, the Anthony Award, the Macavity Award and the Agatha Award. Kava is the author of the critically acclaimed Maggie O’Dell series and a new series featuring former Marine Ryder Creed and his K9 dogs. Her award-winning novels have made the best-seller lists in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Japan, Italy, Poland and the United States.

“We have an amazing lineup of professionals, who will all be here to help conference attendees attain success,” continued Maegan Beaumont, Write Now! Publicity Chairman. “Editor and literary agent, Holly L√∂rincz of the McGregor Agency and publisher Cynthia Hickey will address conference attendees and offer guidance in developing their careers. The conference will include information on how to write an exceptional story—regardless of the genre, how to stand apart in today’s marketplace and attract an agent or publisher, how to properly approach an editor, agent or publisher, how to effectively promote your books for maximum sales and more.”

“We are fortunate to have many award-winning authors in our own chapter, and they will also be at the conference to aid attendees and answer questions. We are all committed to helping young, aspiring writers achieve their goals. This is an opportunity that rarely presents itself in the publishing world, but our Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter has made assisting these high school and college students a priority,” said Olson.
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WHAT: The 2016 Write Now! Conference
Presented by the Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter

WHEN: Friday, August 12, 2016 Reception* 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(*Must be 21
-years-old to attend the reception)
Saturday, August 13, 2016 Registration 7:30
Conference 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Embassy Suites by Hilton – Phoenix/Scottsdale
4415 E. Paradise Village Parkway
South Phoenix, Arizona

COST: Sisters in Crime Members Early Bird (until April 12th) $99.00 Non-Members Early Bird (until April 12th) $125.000
Special Student Price for Ages 14 to 20—$85.00, Restrictions Apply
Standard Registration $125.00 Standard Registration $140.00

RSVP: For more information or to register for this event, please go to OR

For More Information: Contact Maegan Beaumont Email:

The Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime is a writers' organization and serves members throughout the State of Arizona. The chapter was founded in 1994 and currently has more than 100 men and women as members. For more information:

Sisters in Crime is an international writers' organization with over 3600 men and women as members. There are 50- plus chapters world-wide, offering networking, advice and support to crime fiction and mystery authors. Sisters in Crime was founded by award-winning novelist Sara Paretsky and a group of women at the 1986 Bouchercon in Balti- more. For more information: