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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

Events


Sun.
Aug 28
2022

ONLINE:

The Society of Southwestern Authors, Valley of the Sun Chapter, is pleased to present on Sunday, August 28, 2022 via Zoom at 2:30 pm, a workshop from author Patricia L. Brooks titled, "Your the Expert: Create Memoir/Nonfiction."

In this two-hour workshop, attendees will learn to choose a compelling topic, write a content plan, understand their goal, develop a winning writing plan, develop a writing schedule, and more. Participants should be prepared for questions such as:

 

"What is the vision for your book?"

"What is your book's purpose?"

"What incident in your life prompted your writing?"  

"What do you feel passionately about when you write?"

 

Patricia L. Brooks is enthusiastic about storytelling in her three memoirs: Gifts of Sisterhood: Journey from Grief to Gratitude; Sick as My Secrets, and Three Husbands and a Thousand Boyfriends. Her nonfiction book on how to write a memoir will be available soon. Patricia is president and founder of Brooks Goldmann Publishing Company, LLC, serving as a publishing consultant to aspiring authors. She also created the phenomenally successful Scottsdale Society of Women Writers and continues to serve as its president. The mission of this group is to help other women share their truth and tell their stories.

 

 Contact Patricia L. Brooks at: 480-250-5556 cell/text

·      patricia@plbrooks.com 

·      www.brooksgoldmannpublishing.com   


Wed.
Aug 31
2022

ONLINE:

The Scottsdale Society of Women Writers welcome award-winning novelist and humorist Brad Graber on Wednesday, August 31 at 6:00pm MST. The meeting will take place on Zoom. August Speaker Brad Graber presents his talk How to add Humor to your Author Toolkit. Brad grew up in a family where no one listened to him – so he made up stories about them. He’s the award-winning author of The Intersect, After the Fall and What’s that Growing in my Sour Cream? His latest novel, Boca by Moonlight, is the story of a widower coming to grips with his mortality and the complications of human relationships. Brad also writes a humor blog: There I said it! For more information on Brad, go to www.bradgraber.com

 

If you have a guest, please notify Patricia, the host, in advance and have them contact her directly. Guests may visit on two occasions, and then we ask them to join as a full-time member.

 

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 as a gesture of payment. We thank you! Dues are $50 annually. You will receive a copy of the directory, and other benefits. Thank you for moving forward with SSWW into 2022.

 

RSVP NOW by contacting Patricia L. Brooks at: 480-250-5556 cell/text

·      patricia@plbrooks.com 

·      www.brooksgoldmannpublishing.com   


Fri/Sat.
Sept 16-17
2022

ONLINE:

September 16-17, Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime presents the annual 2-day conference WriteNow!  September 16 will feature online sessions in pitching, marketing, and editing, plus an evening in-person event for networking. September 17 is the all-day virtual conference presenting publishers, agents, and authors who will speak on the themes of Craft + Publish + Market. Presenters include Sandra S. G. Wong, Donis Casey, David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Betty Webb, Halie Ephron, Kellye Garrett and Gigi Pandian. To learn more, go to https://desertsleuths.com/ and select “WriteNow! Conference.”


Sat.
Sept 17
2022

ONLINE:

The Arizona Authors Association presents The Snowflake Method, a writer's workshop presented by award-winning author Jane Frances Ruby. The workshop will take place on Saturday, Sept 17 at 10:00 am MST. It is free and open to the public. 

 

No matter what you’re writing—a novel, short story, or letter—it ought to have a storyline. The reader ought not have to search for it. You need to start it and progress it to the finish line in an organized path, or else your work will be slam dunked in the trash bin faster than LeBron James on a fast break. You’d rather have your work read, right? So, start it, develop conflicts, work them out, and end the story. Sounds too easy, right? Yep, so long as your storyline has structure.

 

To use a classic nursery rhyme as an example, Jack and Jill are thirsty. To get water they need to go up a hill. Along the way Jack falls, fracturing his skull. Gravity gets the best of Jill and…you know how it ends.

 

Though tragic, the story is still a great read because of solid organization; major characters have a problem, they go on a mission to fix it, things go wrong, and they fail at the story’s end. Brilliant—why can’t we all write that well? Because most of us lack structure. How do we get that without the cursed outlining? By using the SNOWFLAKE METHOD, instead! Jane Ruby will discuss what it is and how to use it, with a few examples. She will also give the attendees a quick writing exercise.

Jane Frances Ruby is the author of two YA Arizona Adventures,
The Azurite Encounter (2010) and its sequel, Voiceless Whispers (2017). She’s also written several award-winning short works. 

To participate in this free workshop, contact Toby Heathcotte

To find out more about Jane, click HERE.


Thurs.
Sept 22
2022

ONLINE:

September 22,  6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Phoenix Writers Network presents Matthew Goodman, author of four non-fiction books, who will discuss the techniques of narrative history. $20 fee. To attend, go to:  https://www.phoenixwritersnetwork.com/


Sat.
October 15
2022

ONLINE:

The Arizona Authors Association presents GETTING YOUR WORK OUT THERE, a two-part workshop presented by published author/playwright/ performer Penny Orloff. The first workshop will take place on October 15 at 10am-Noon MST on Zoom.

THE GOALS of the two workshops are to give participants an overview of the publishing industry—including traditional avenues, Internet, self-publishing, and Print on Demand publishing; to encourage writers to present their work to a broader public; and to inspire writers to proactively promote their work in public with open mics, interviews, author events, Meet the Artist programs, etc.

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 the 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. Her current show, “SONGS AND STORIES FROM A NOT-QUITE-KOSHER LIFE,” will reopen November 19 at the Kerr Theater, Scottsdale, AZ. Find out more about Penny HERE.

To sign up for either the October or the November workshop, email Toby Heathcotte HERE.  


Sat- Sun.
Oct. 29-30
2022

ONLINE:

The Self-Publishing Advice Conference will take place ONLINE on October 29-30, 2022. You may register for your free pass by clicking the link below.  

From the Website: 
The Self-Publishing Advice Conference (#SelfPubCon) is an online author conference that runs free of charge once a year in association with the Alliance of Independent Authors. #SelfPubCon offers 24 sessions over 24 hours of excellent self-publishing webinars and presentations, so you can watch the conference unfold live from wherever you are in the world. Presentations, interviews, panel sessions, debates and more. Join the chat on Twitter to connect directly with our experts and ask them your self-publishing questions. Enter the great competitions and giveaways. 

To find out more about this online conference, click HERE


Sat.
Nov. 12
2022

ONLINE:

The Arizona Authors Association presents GETTING YOUR WORK OUT THERE, a two-part workshop presented by published author/playwright/ performer Penny Orloff. The second workshop will take place on November 12 at 10am-Noon MST on Zoom.

THE GOALS of the two workshops are to give participants an overview of the publishing industry—including traditional avenues, Internet, self-publishing, and Print on Demand publishing; to encourage writers to present their work to a broader public; and to inspire writers to proactively promote their work in public with open mics, interviews, author events, Meet the Artist programs, etc.

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 the 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. Her current show, “SONGS AND STORIES FROM A NOT-QUITE-KOSHER LIFE,” will reopen November 19 at the Kerr Theater, Scottsdale, AZ. Find out more about Penny HERE.

To sign up for either the October or the November workshop, email Toby Heathcotte 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.