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.

The Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter is located in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and serves members throughout the State of Arizona. Our members include bestselling, award-winning authors as well as emerging writers, 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:

February 21, 2018

Marylee McDonald

You’ve mapped out the plot, planned the climax, and developed your characters, but is your story tense? Could you make it even more tense? Our February speaker will show you how to step around the low tension quicksand. You’ll learn five ways to boost tension in passages of dialogue, action, and exposition, and you’ll take home a handout that will help you get started on revision.

Acclaimed author and educator Marylee MacDonald was the Writer-in-Residence for the City of Mesa Public Library. She has published widely in literary magazines and won many literary prizes, including the Barry Hannah Prize, and she has taught for the Piper Center at ASU.