Sunday, Jan. 31, 2:30–4:30 p.m.: Donis Casey will discuss “How to Commit Murder,” on paper that is, at the Tempe Public Library, SW corner of Rural & Southern, Tempe, Arizona. The event is one of a series of writing workshops presented by the Valley of the Sun chapter of the Society of Southwestern Authors. Attendees will learn techniques for writing an effective mystery. Casey is the author of a series of Alafair Tucker mystery novels set prior to the onset of World War I. Admission is free for members, $10 for nonmembers.
Thursday, Feb. 11, 7–8 p.m.: Author Jim West will sign “The Phoenix Sound: A History of Twang and Rockabilly Music in Arizona” at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore, 4014 N. Goldwater Boulevard #101, Scottsdale, Arizona. West grew up in Tucson, Arizona, with a love for music. In his nearly 40-year broadcasting career, he honed his skills as an on-air DJ and also served as program and operations director of numerous radio and satellite radio networks nationwide. He spent eight years at KNIX in Phoenix, Arizona, a station owned by country music star Buck Owens. “The Phoenix Sound” gives an in-depth history of the early years of the Phoenix music scene and its major players, including Duane Eddy, Marty Robbins, Lee Hazlewood and more. It also features a history of venues, clubs and recording studios that no longer exist.
Friday, Feb. 5, 1–3 p.m.: Writers Connection presents Choosing or Creating Your Own Critique Group at the Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek, Arizona. Patricia L. Brooks, founder and president of the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers, will feature her new book, “Three Husbands and a Thousand Boyfriends,” and tell how her critique group was critically important to its completion. She will also guide attendees through the necessary steps to choose or start their own critique group. Advance registration is required. Call 480-488-2286 to register.
Saturday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. –2 p.m.: P.E.O. Chapter EO presents Authors and Appetites. Three Arizona authors will donate their time at a benefit luncheon to raise money for women’s scholarships. The event takes place at Desert Palms Presbyterian Church, 13459 W. Stardust Boulevard, Sun City West. Tickets are $25 and tables for eight guests can be reserved by calling Paula Parkel at 623-537-5852 or Carolyn Smith at 623-518-2442. Speaking will be Eveline Horelle Dailey, Sylvia Nobel and Patricia L. Brooks. Dailey is the author of “The Drum Made from the Skin of My Sisters,” “The Canvas: A Secret from the Holocaust” and “Lessons from the Lakeside,” all of which testify to the human spirit and the power of love to transform. Nobel is the author of the Kendall O’Dell mystery series, including the newly released “Forbidden Entry.” “Deadly Sanctuary,” the first in the series, has been made into a movie, and “The Devil’s Cradle” is in preproduction. In addition to being a publishing consultant, Brooks is an inspirational speaker and conducts workshops on writing memoirs. “Gifts of Sisterhood,” her first memoir, won the Arizona Authors Association Literary Contest in the nonfiction category.
Friday, March 4, 1–3 p.m.: Writers Connection presents How to Write Creative Nonfiction at the Desert Foothills Library, 38443 N. Schoolhouse Road, Cave Creek, Arizona. Award-winning freelance writer, transformational retreat leader and writing instructor/coach Susan Pohlman will explore the genre of creative nonfiction and explain how to tell true stories in a way that will attract both readers and publishers. Pohlman is the author of “Halfway to Each Other,” a true story of how a year in Italy saved her marriage. Advance registration required. To register, call 480-488-2286.