Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Chapter Meeting: 6:30 – Speaker: 7:00
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria (Wall Street Room)
4000 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
“From a reporter’s perspective” – Learn more about how journalists cover crime stories when Desert Sleuths member Laurie Fagen talks about her career as a radio, commercial television and print reporter covering the “cop shop,” sheriff’s department, courts and more. She’ll include how journalists – and mystery writers – can get good information and details, whether it’s for the lead story at 10 or a novel.
Bio: Laurie Fagen is a long-time print and broadcast journalist whose career started at KTAR NewsRadio in Phoenix as traffic reporter, editor and assistant producer. She worked at an NBC affiliate TV station in her home state of Iowa where she was a reporter, photographer, editor and anchor among other jobs while in Waterloo.
She returned to the Valley to work for the City of Phoenix Public Information Office and founded and managed the Phoenix Channel, the city’s government access channel. After six years there, she started her first company, Word Painting, where she wrote, produced and directed corporate videos for 12 years.
Lauire was publisher of the SanTan Sun News, a 38,000 circulation, twice-monthly community newspaper serving Chandler for 13 years. She is also a fiber and jewelry artist and jazz singer.
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May, 2013: Award-winning author Kris Neri presented the workshop, “Making Them Laugh.”
PREVIOUS WORKSHOP: Febraury 9, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The SinC Desert Sleuths Chapter 3rd Annual Mystery Writers Workshop “NUTS & BOLTS: Fine-Tuning Your Mystery for Publication”
Scottsdale Civic Center Library - 3839 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale
Featured workshops by members of the Desert Sleuths:
Plots That Kill” – Kate Herbert
“The Writer’s Voice” – Nancy McCurry
“Creating Memorable Characters” – Kris Neri
“Scene of the Crime” – Connie Flynn
“Hostage Negotiating” – Isabella Maldonado
“First Lines, Queries and Synopsis” – Deborah J Ledford &Pascal Marco
PREVIOUS EVENTS – Guest Speakers at SinC Desert Sleuths Meetings:
April, 2013 Chief Sherry Kiyler of the Chandler police force presented the workshop, “Police Work From a Police Chief’s Perspective.”
March, 2013: Detective Sergi Droban presented the ins and outs of the investigation of the murder that took place in Hillcrest Ranch, a/k/a the Langrall vs Keefer case.
February, 2013: Criminalist Lisa Peloza presented “A Comprehensive Firearms Workshop” Firearms Identification as a discipline of Forensic Science.
January, 2013: Kris Tualla presented the workshop “The 4 (and-a-half) Paths to Publishing”
November, 2012: Award-winning author, Marcia Fine, presented the workshop, “Manuscript Mystery: What to Do in a Tough Market or How I Survived Publishing Mania!”
October, 2012: Desert Sleuths member, Arthur Kerns, former FBI and CIA agent presented the workshop, “Just the facts, Ma’am – On Writing About the FBI and CIA”
September, 2012: Psychotherapist, JoAnn Richi presented the workshop, “Psychology for Writers: The Myths, The Truths and Why Schizophrenics Are Some of My Favorite People”
July, 2012 monthly meeting was devoted to our annual “Roundtable Discussion.” A record 30 attendees shared their WIP progress, addressed writing/publication questions and concerns, and to got to know each other a little better.
June, 2012 David Chorlton spoke about and read from his fictional book The Taste of Fog which is based on a true murder inVienna in the 1960s.
May, 2012 Kris Neri presented “The Whole Truth About Being a Published Author” – Kris Neri shares a real, behind-the-scenes look at the promotional demands on authors today. She’ll talk about touring and book signings, mystery conventions and conferences, awards, online promotion and other points of interest to aspiring authors. She will also share with pre-published writers how they can begin preparing now for the promotional demands they’ll have once their books are accepted for publication, and start establishing a following even before acceptance
The April 2012 speaker was Officer Michael Seemiller of the Scottsdale Police Department. He’s been an ISO (Investigative Services Officer), OIC (Officer in Charge), a CIT (Crisis Intervntion Trained), DT (Defensive Tactics Instructor), IMPACT (Community Policing Program, and recently SWAT.