WriteNow! 2014


WriteNow! 2014 will be held 

6-9 p.m. Friday, August 15

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, August 16, 2014

NEW LOCATION:  Embassy Suites Phoenix – North

2577 West Greenway Road,  Phoenix, Arizona,  85023


Catriona McPherson (catrionamcpherson.com)

DS Catriona McPherson photo by Cathi Stoler

 Timothy Hallinan (timothyhallinan.com)
DS Timothy Hallinan

Mark Sullivan (marksullivanbooks.com)DS Mark Sullivan

                             Graham Brown (grahambrownthrillers.com)DS GRAHAM BROWN





One-on-one critique by a published author: Bring the first 15 pages and a synopsis of current work you’d like to have critiqued by a Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths member and published author to the Fri., Aug. 15 evening event. Meet the DS member author, and a written critique will be sent to you within two weeks following the conference. $20

When you register, you will have the opportunity to sign up for the critique as well. Limited to first 15 writers.

Also, a plated lunch will be served, and when you register, you can select from:

Chicken Caesar Salad

London Broil

Gluten-free, Chef’s choice

Vegetarian, Chef’s choice


Want to stay at the hotel? Call the  Embassy Suites Hotel Phoenix North Reservations Department at 1-800-EMBASSY and ask for the Desert Sleuths group or “SDS” discount rate of $79, which include free parking and free internet.  Guests may also book a reservation by visiting the Desert Sleuths reservations page at http://bit.ly/UKLsGl  Reservations should be made by July 16, 2014. 




Fri., Aug. 15, 2014

6-9 p.m.  Meet and greet with author speakers, members, guests

Sat., Aug. 16, 2014

8-9 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast

9-9:15 – Welcome, Anthology 2015 Promotion:

Laurie Fagen, 2014 President, Merle McCann, Programs

9:15-10:15 a.m. – Creating Characters WHO Breathe: Catriona MacPherson

10:30-11:30 a.m. – WHAT Really Works? Optimize Writing Time, Increase Productivity: Mark Sullivan

11:45-1 p.m. – Lunch, awards, raffles

1-2 p.m. – WHY? Your Plot, the Heart of the Story: Graham Brown

2:15-3 – WHERE Do I Go From Here? Getting to the Finish Line: Tim Hallinan

3:15- 4 – HOW To Make it Happen - a Q & A with  Graham, Tim and Mark, moderated by Catriona

4 – Final raffles