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Events Calendar

Here is a list of all the upcoming events in and around the state as well as virtual events on Zoom. If you are an Arizona Authors Association member with an author-related event that you'd like to advertise, please contact the Webmistress HERE.

Online and Arizona Events
If you are an Arizona Authors Association member and have an event to list, please contact the webmistress HERE


Sat May 7


Arizona Authors Association members Mark D. Walker and Karen Odden will be two of the speakers at the For the Love of Story event at the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy Street, Carefree, Arizona. The event begins at 3pm and is free to the public. 

Ten local writers will share their personal short stories. Enjoy autobiographical excerpts written and read by each author. Meet writers of all genres and levels of experience. You may also be a part of this new storytelling experience. All true stories welcome. If interested please submit a 500-1500 word true story in PDF or Word to:

Sat May 21


Saturday  May 21, from1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Donis Casey presents a free virtual writing workshop entitled Dialog, Dialect, and Voice - How to Make Your Characters Ring True. The way a person speaks can tell you much about him. Listening to his speech can tell you where he comes from, his background, family life, education, desires, wishes, prejudices, attitude, even his worldview. Just like it is one of the best ways to learn about anyone you meet, natural and well-crafted dialog is one of the best ways to learn about characters, both for the reader and for the author. Donis will share examples and techniques for revealing character through dialog, as well as ways to find your authentic voice to set the entire tone of your novel or story. Sponsored by Tempe Public Library. QUESTIONS? 480-350-5500  REGISTRATION: This is an online workshop; Please go to to register and receive the URL.

Wed May 25


The Scottsdale Society of Women Writers welcomes Susan Wingate, #1 Amazon bestselling author and multiple award-winning novelist. Susan Wingate writes about big trouble in small towns. She lives with her husband on an island off the coast of Washington State where, against State laws, she feeds the wildlife because she wants them to follow her. Her ukulele playing is, "Coming along," as her Sitto used to say. Susan is a #1 Amazon bestselling and eight-time award-winner for How the Deer Moon Hungers—a coming of age novel. How the Deer Moon Hungers was chosen by The International Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Club as their October 2022 Official Book Selection of the Month.


  1. Our stories as writers.

  2. Why we write—what keeps us writing and not giving up?

  3. How we grow as writers once we allow ourselves to identify as writers—ways to improve.

  4. How (and why) we write when times get tough.

  5. Where do you see yourself in five years, ten years, twenty years—know that and you will know your future.


WHEN: MAY 25th at 6:00 pm - RSVP NOW for the monthly ZOOM Meeting   Please use Patricia’s text 480-250-5556 or email her at for ID and PC to join us.


GUESTS:  If you have a guest, please notify Patricia, the host, in advance and have them contact her directly. SSWW does not want to have an intruder disrupt the meeting. Guests may visit on two occasions, and then we ask them to join as a full-time member. ($50 annual membership.)


PRICING:  Patricia pays the Zoom call monthly, there is no charge for members or their guests to attend. Please consider purchasing a book from the speaker or a member of SSWW as a gesture of payment. 


CHECK-IN:  Please be on time and check-in to Zoom by 5:50 pm. This allows the host time to setup before the meeting begins, and you time to chat with members and guests. The meeting starts promptly at 6:00 pm AZ Time (currently MST) For a Zoom link to the meeting, RSVP to Brooks at or text 480-250-5556. For details about SSWW, visit

Sat June 4


Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 4, 2022 for the inaugural Desert Foothills Book Festival presented by the Holland Community Center and the Desert Foothills Library! The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holland Community Center, 34250 N 60th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85266. Fifty-plus tables will be available for you to meet and greet, sell, and sign your books. The Holland Center draws crowds from Cave Creek, Carefree, North Phoenix, and North Scottsdale. It will be the first book festival held in this area, and we’re expecting great attendance.


Arizona Authors Association members Patricia L. Brooks, author of three successful memoirs, and her author-husband, Earl L. Goldmann, will join approximately 50 other authors as they display/sell/sign their books. The Desert Foothills Book Festival is a celebration of the importance of reading in our community. Offered free to the public, the festival exists to promote literacy and a love of reading among adults and children by creating an interactive and inclusive venue for readers and authors to connect. Net proceeds from the festival go to support local literacy programs.


Visit the festival website HERE, or for more information email Caren Cantrell, Desert Foothills Book Festival Committee Chair, at, with Desert Foothills Book Festival in the subject line. We hope to see you all there!

Sat. June 11


Readers Envy Phoenix Book Bash is an author-signing event that is free to attendees. Authors may purchase a table at the event in order to promote and sell their books ($200 for a full table and $100 for a half table). The event will take place on June 11th, 2020 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W. Dunlap AV Phoenix AZ 85021.

For updated info, please visit the event's Facebook page HERE.


Sat. June 11


Arizona Authors Association member Patricia L. Brooks will be conducting an online Zoom workshop entitled, "Write a Memoir to Remember." The Zoom workshop will take place Saturday, June 11th, 2022 10am-Noon MST online. From the workshop flyer: 


We are experiencing an unprecedented time in our history. Our lives have changed in so many ways. In an encouraging and insightful presentation, Patricia will help you capture your untold story. Through her highly regarded presentation, she will share with you how to produce this memoir to your own satisfaction, face your fears and conquer your story’s emotional essence.


With tips and techniques from her own daring memoirs, (Gifts of Sisterhood, Three Husbands and a Thousand Boyfriends, and Sick as My Secrets), Patricia will inspire you to take the necessary steps to complete your manuscript. She will also discuss why you should: keep a writing journal, do the necessary research, write goals and make no excuses about your writing.

Patricia is an award-winning author, publisher, and the founder of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers.


To participate in this free workshop, contact Toby Heathcotte

To find out more about Patricia, click HERE

Sat. July 9


Arizona Authors Association member Penny Orloff will be conducting an online Zoom workshop entitled, "Let Them Talk!" The Zoom workshop will take place Saturday, July 9th, 2022 10am-Noon MST online. From the workshop flyer: 


Writing Compelling Character Dialogue: Examples, discussion, and exercises to help participants hear what their characters have to say, expressed in their characters' own voices.


Penny Orloff was a working actor and dancer in Los Angeles when a Juilliard scholarship took her to New York. She sang more than 20 Principal Soprano roles for New York City Opera, and played featured roles on Broadway under directors Harold Prince and Joseph Papp. Theater, concert, and opera engagements took her all over the US, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Her solo show, “JEWISH THIGHS ON BROADWAY" –based on her novel of the same name—toured the US for a decade, including a successful run off-Broadway in 2005. 


To participate in this free workshop, contact Toby Heathcotte

To find out more about Penny, click HERE

Sat. Aug 13


Arizona Authors Association member Donis Casey will be conducting an online Zoom workshop entitled, "Writing Mysteries" The Zoom workshop will take place Saturday, August 13th, 2022 10am-Noon MST online. From the workshop flyer: 


What makes a mystery novel? How do you put the puzzle together?

A mystery novel is like a hero quest, a medieval myth. Evil is done.

The hero goes on a quest to right the wrong. The hero confronts the villain and does battle.

Justice is done in the end – and justice may not be what you expected!


No matter what genre you're writing, there are elements of mystery in the story. You must draw the reader into the world you’ve created. She has to believe what you’re telling her. She has to care what happens to the characters like they’re real people. It doesn’t matter if you have a wonderful puzzle to solve if the reader doesn’t care.


Donis Casey is the author of Valentino Will Die (Feb. 2021) the second episode (following The Wrong Girl, 2019) in a fresh new series featuring Bianca LaBelle, star of the silent screen action serial The Adventures of Bianca Dangereuse. In addition to this series about a beautiful, headstrong, and wildly lucky girl in glamorous 1920s Hollywood, Donis is also the author of ten Alafair Tucker Mysteries, an award-winning series featuring the sleuthing mother of ten children, set in Oklahoma during the booming 1910s. Donis is a former teacher, academic librarian, and entrepreneur. She lives in Tempe, AZ. Read the first chapter of each of her books at her website,

To participate in this free workshop, contact Toby Heathcotte

To find out more about Donis, click HERE

The Arizona Authors Association is a nonprofit organization that assumes no liability for any accidents or injuries that may occur while attending these events.