Sisters in Crime
Desert Sleuths Chapter

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


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

Desert Sleuths is located in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and serves members throughout the State of Arizona and beyond! Our members include bestselling, award-winning authors, emerging writers, fans of mysteries and crime stories, and other writers of other genres. We are an inclusive organization. Whatever your gender, level of experience, or genre, you are welcome to join us!


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WriteNOW! Conference

Current Events

Desert Sleuths is remaining virtual only throughout 2024. Presentations are virtual unless the speaker is in the Greater Phoenix area. Then we may announce an in-person location and have a hybrid meeting.

We appreciate the use of the Tempe Public Library for the past year-and-a-half (through March 2024) for hybrid meetings and encourage our members to keep their local libraries in mind when scheduling book tour and launch events.

Member Meeting: 6:00 p.m.; Presentation: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The current month program is highlighted below. See our entire month-by-month programming under the 2024 Events page.


Wednesday, August 21st, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Chapter Meeting at 6:00 p.m.; Presentation from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
(East Coast, add 3 hours; Central, add 2; MT, add 1; Pacific, subtract 0)

Writing Historical Settings and Characters, with Clare Broyles

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Clare Broyles

Reading a historical novel transports us back to another time and place where the rules of society can pose intriguing limitations, risks, and opportunities for the protagonists.

As writers we want to immerse the reader in the past. How do we create a sense of place and time when writing historical novels? Clare Broyles will discuss ways we can bring the time period into every scene without slowing the action or giving our readers a boring history lesson.

Clare Broyles was a researcher for Rhys Bowen’s Molly Murphy series and became a co-writer four years ago. It’s a mother/daughter collaboration that has worked well. Rhys admits that even she cannot tell which scenes she writes versus those Clare writes. Broyles loves research, and she’ll share how her process provides authenticity to the time period of these books.



March 2024 Interview:


Preregistration required. Presentations are virtual unless the speaker is in the Greater Phoenix area. Then we may announce an in-person location and have a hybrid meeting. You will receive a confirmation message with the information for attending in person or to register on Zoom.

Please register on Zoom before the event.

Members, please come to the chapter member meeting at 6:00 p.m.

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All 2024 Events

Click the link above to view all 2024 scheduled events, past and forthcoming.

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WriteNOW! Conference

WriteNow! 2024, September 20-21, 2024

Named Best Writers Conference in Arizona (2020, The Writer magazine)

Arizona’s premiere mystery/crime writers conference for authors, readers, and enthusiasts welcomes writers from all genres. WriteNow! 2024 will again be virtual, with an in-person social event.

With a focus on Craft ♦ Publish ♦ Market, there’s something for writers at all stages. Crowdcast will be our online platform for everything except the agent pitches (on Zoom) and manuscript assessment (via email).


Cactus that ends in a fountain pen head with red ink dripping off the point.Michael Bracken | Elizabeth Bracht | Ellen Byron | Jane Cleland
John Connor | Jennifer Dornbush | Christina Estes
Barb Goffman | Jay Hartman | Naomi Hirahara
Shane Hawk | Stephen Mack Jones | Cole Lanahan
Deborah J. Ledford | Anna Michaels | Wanda Morris
Anne Rainbow | Melissa Rechter | Jaden Terrell

Save the dates! Friday and Saturday, September 20-21, 2024.

See the WriteNOW! 2024 page for full details. Friday and Saturday each have their own page with the backgrounds on our guest faculty.

All our 2023 events are listed in event. order on the 2023 events page.

Did You Miss WriteNow! 2023?

See the WriteNOW! 2023 page for last year’s event. The Saturday program is available for purchase and/or replay.


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All 2022 Events


Covid-19 Guidelines from SinC National and AZ DHS

SinC National has published their meeting guidelines for this stage of the Covid-19 pandemic:

2021 In-Person Meetings Guidelines

The AZ DHS has as well:

Arizona Department of Health Services recommendations


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