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!


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.

May 2024

You can purchase this replay through Friday, May 31st! 

Workshop $25 Desert Sleuths and TSinC members, $35 all others

Four or Five Key Points on the Short Story
A virtual workshop with Art Taylor

Register at: The workshop is on Crowdcast. You will register on our site and receive a confirmation message after you complete your payment. We’ll upload your email to Crowdcast which will send you the link. Replay available for one year.

If you already have a Crowdcast account, please register with us using the same address you use on Crowdcast. That will remove one step from your being ready to attend. If you do not have a Crowdcast account (it’s free), you will be asked by Crowdcast to create one after we upload the registrations to their platform. You must follow through with that to get into the workshop and to view the workshop again after the event has concluded.

Desert Sleuths and Tucson SinC members, we will confirm your membership before submitting your registration to Crowdcast.

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Wednesday, June 19th, 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)

Life on the Streets as an LAPD Cop—The Details, with James Bultema

Image of a white man with short silver hair, piercing blue eyes, serious expression looking directly into the camera.
James Bultema

Are you writing a book and need to know more about police procedures? How are initial investigations conducted? The camaraderie between officers? How are radio calls handled? Detectives and street cops’ relations?

Award-winning author James Bultema, a former 26-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, brings his expertise to share with Desert Sleuths. Through Q & A in this session, you can learn that and, most importantly, the details you want answered for your book.

Bultema’s first novel, Sea of Red, a military thriller, won awards from, American Fiction Awards, and the Independent Press Awards. Bultema has written several books related to law enforcement history, including Guardians of Angels: A History of the Los Angeles Police Department


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.

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

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All 2024 Events

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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. Friday’s Pre-conference program includes one-on-ones with agents, manuscript assessments by an editor, and a writing craft workshop. Saturday’s Main Conference has panels, an interview, presentations, and a marketing workshop.

Details will be released soon on speakers, agents and editors, and more.

2023 Events 

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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