Welcome to the
Sisters in Crime
Desert Sleuths Chapter!

An Organization for Writers, Readers, and Fans of Crime Fiction and Mystery 

Our Chapter is a proud member of Sisters in Crime, an international organization that promotes the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry, raising professionalism, serving as the voice for excellence and achieving diversity in crime writing.

Our Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter is located in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and serves members throughout the State of Arizona.  Our members include best-selling authors as well as emerging writers, and fans of mysteries and crime stories, and other genres. Whatever your level of experience, you are welcome to join us.

Monthly Meetings

The third Wednesday of each month Desert Sleuths convenes in the Wall Street Room at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria (4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251) in Old Town Scottsdale. Member-authors are welcome to bring their books to sell at meetings. No RSVPs needed. Attendees pay for their own meals.

Every month we meet to hone our skills, learn how to get published, promote our work, and network with other crime fiction writers. Our speakers include law enforcement officers, publishers, editors, and other authors.

6p-6:30p Dinner, Networking
6:30p-7p Business Meeting
7p-8p Speaker

Next Member Meeting:

April 19, 2017

Susan Pohlman

How to Develop Your Writer’s Voice

Craft can be taught, editors can be hired, but voice is the real deal.

As a freelance writer and writing coach Susan Pohlman has learned that agents are looking for a solid sense of voice. A command of voice and style proclaims to the reader that you can be trusted and you will lead them on a worthwhile journey to a place of truth.

Join us for an interactive workshop that will clarify the definition of voice. Come ready to write and have some fun as we explore a variety of exercises to help you develop your authentic voice.

Susan Pohlman is also a retreat leader based in Phoenix, Arizona. She is the author of the memoir, Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home.