Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter- WriteNow! 2017 Conference “Writer Quest: Conquer the Publishing Jungle”

The Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter invites you to our annual WriteNow! 2017 Conference “Writer Quest: Conquer the Publishing Jungle”


Featuring Keynote Speaker, International Bestselling author




CLIVE CUSSLER will share his techniques, secrets and strategies for conquering the literary jungle. The conference will also feature New York Times Bestselling author LEE GOLDBERG, and ROBIN BURCELL, who co-writes a book series with Mr. Cussler.


Publicist, social media pro and brand manager, DANA KAYE, specializes in coaching clients on how to establish their personal brand.


Also on hand, literary agent JILL MARR from the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency will take pitches. Developmental editor HOLLY LORINCZ will provide editing sessions. [The pitch and editing sessions are an additional fee and you must register for WriteNow! to be eligible to submit materials.]




Friday Evening Reception: August 11, 2017, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013


Full Day Conference: Saturday, August 12, 2017, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Embassy Suites, 4415 E. Paradise Valley Parkway South, Phoenix, 85032


The conference is open to the public and suitable for all genres of interest, will include the aforementioned speakers, panel discussions, as well as the opportunity for attendees to buy the speakers’ books and have them signed. Lunch and snacks are included. A silent auction will be held, plus a free drawing for a loaded Kindle.


For COMPLETE DETAILS and to REGISTER, please click HERE.

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The National Writers Union Tucson- Open Mic Monday July 17, 2017

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The Playwrights Foundation- The 40th Anniversary Bay Area Playwrights Festival July 13-23, 2017


The 40th Anniversary Festival Opens Thursday with a Kick-Off Celebration,
Followed by Six 
New Plays through 7/23

Experience new plays. Hear new voices. Meet the next generation of theater trailblazers.


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Do you have your tickets yet?  Opening Night is this Friday – get ready for two weekends of new plays, parties and panels!

Take a front seat to the development of six must-see new plays complemented by fascinating in-depth discussions and social events.
Good seats are still available for the first weekend, but act now: week two is selling out fast.

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If you ever needed a reason to catch plays on the festival …

“Mueller attributes the festival’s success and national renown…in part to the excitement it generates among Bay Area audiences hoping they might happen upon a work-in-progress by the next great American dramatic voice.

‘I remember a friend called me right after hearing George Brant’s ‘Grounded’ (BAPF 2012), which later ended up on Broadway (starring Anne Hathaway, directed by Julie Taymor). She’s not a theater person, but she was beside herself that she’d heard something [in development] she knew would be big. And it was.’

“…playwright Marcus Gardley, ‘Amy [Mueller, Playwrights Foundation artistic director] embraced my work [on the festival], and then everything started coming together.’  

– Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle

Will this be the year for YOUR discovery moment?

DON’T MISS Our 40th Anniversary Festival Kick-off CELEBRATION!
Thursday, July 13 6:30 – 8:30pm    A SF Rooftop Terrace


Help us kick-off our 40th on an
enchanted rooftop terrace in San Francisco!

Toast with guest of honor, Obie award-winner and PF alum
Chris Chen, the 2017 Festival playwrights, PF resident playwrights, alumni, and artists.

Program includes a sneak peak festival plays, and the opening monolgue of Marcus Gardley’s …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi special guests, small bites, cocktails, music, and lively conversation.

Celebrate our forty-year legacy of launching the next generation of new voices for the theater.


                                                                                            Thank You to our Event Sponsor!
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Patron       $100  Includes private reception with the playwrights                                                                                   

Supporter    $40 

Artist            $20

Admission is limited, but it’s not too late to get your ticket.   Just added: a chance to win a Theater Staycation Package!

 Festival Special Events
Join us between shows for some brainy fun – panel discussions and moderated conversations
with experts, parties and networking

Loyalty, Patriotism & Homeland: An Exploration of Two Plays, Two Perspectives
Between shows hear field experts unpack some of the questions raised by Damascus and We Swim, We Talk, We Go to WarLearn More!
Sunday, July 16  3:30 – 5PM  FREE!

More Panels Weekend Two – Learn More!

For Emerging Theater Professionals:

A Night of New Short Plays & Networking
Thursday, July 20 7PM  FREE!

Join the Bay Area Playwrights Festival summer cohort of emerging theater makers from universities in cities as far flung as Edinburgh, Boston, Denver, San Diego and the Bay Area as they present a night of new short plays – entirely written and produced by the groupLearn More


New plays. New voices. The next generation of theater.

Playwrights Foundation uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Playwrights Foundation – 1616 16th st, Ste 350, San Francisco, CA, 94103, (415) 626-2176
Vendini, Inc. – 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173

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The University of Arizona Poetry Center 2017- Check out our events for the rest of the summer

Check out our events for the rest of the summer.
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Selections from the Permanent Collection: Unique Editions: June 5 – Aug. 11/ A unique edition is a one-of-kind book (produced in an “edition of one”); these rare volumes form a small but treasured part of the Poetry Center’s library holdings.

Breezeway Screening of Kid-Friendly Short Films: July 12, Wednesday at 7:30 PM / Join us for a free screening in the Poetry Center Breezeway using the Loft Cinema’s inflatable screen!  Co-presented with The Loft Cinema, who will provide complimentary popcorn. This event is free and open to the public.

Summer Reading: Noah Baldino & Valerie Hsiung: July 27, Thursday at 7:30 PM / 2017 UA Poetry Center Summer Resident Noah Baldino will read from their work alongside writerValerie  Hsiung. To be followed by a Q&A.

Screening of Welcome to this House: Aug. 9, Wednesday at 5:30 / Welcome To This House is iconic director Barbara Hammer’s feature documentary film on the homes and loves of poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), about life in the shadows, and the anxiety of art making without full self-disclosure. This event is free and open to the public, and takes place at The Loft Cinema.

Main Library Poetry Circle: Haiku and Other Japanese Poetry: Aug. 19, Saturday at 10:30 AM / Led by UA Poetry Center docents, Poetry Circle is a program to expand participants’ knowledge and appreciation of poetry. No prior poetry experience necessary. This event takes place at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

Screening of A Late Style of Fire: Aug. 23, Wednesday at 5:30 / Director Michele Poulos’ feature documentary on the life of poet Larry Levis.  The brilliant writing and troubled life of Californian Larry Levis came to an abrupt halt when he died at age 49. This event is free and open to the public, and takes place at The Loft Cinema.

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TucsonAZ 85721

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Odyssey Storytelling- Presents EMERGENCY

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   Odyssey Storytelling Presents!


Thursday, July 6th
(Doors Open at 6:30)

Screams and shouts!… Fight or flight!… Lights and sirens!… Embarrassing autocorrects! …Diaper explosions! …Wardrobe malfunctions!… Emergencies take many forms and we’ve ALL been there. Whether hideous, horrendous, or hilarious, they often make for great stories. Folks who’ve lived to tell their tales will share them with us at Odyssey’s next show. If this is a medical emergency, please hang up and dial 911. If not, join us at The Screening Room on July 6th!

Curated by Tracey Kurtzman
Thursday, July 6, 2017 Doors at 6:30, show at 7
The Screening Room 127 E. Congress St
$8 Adults, $6 Students

Storytellers include:
Avai d’Amico, writer and filmmaker
Lara Howard Smith, avid reader, blogger, and mother
Todd Nardi, wilderness EMT and Infantry Marine
Andy Pfannenstiel, teacher
Joe Silins, contractor and natural builder
Rachel Cramton, pediatric hospital physician

For more info and storyteller Bios, visit our website.

Buy tickets here!

Show @ 7pm, Doors open at 6:30
The Screening Room: 127 E. Congress St.

Tickets $8
Students $6!! (with valid ID at door)

*Advance ticketing is open seating (not a specific seat). Be sure to PRINT YOUR TICKETS at home and show them at the door.

Where do I park downtown?

Subscribe to our Podcast!

Listen to past Odyssey Storytelling shows wherever you go!  Subscribe through iTunes or listen here:

Our debut episode is, appropriately, the “Only in Tucson” show. Enjoy!!

Got Stories? We want them.

To submit your story for consideration, send us a one-paragraph synopsis of your story and a brief bio about you.  Or Submit your story online here.

Don’t worry! We have a rehearsal and offer lots of guidance. 

Need more info?

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Call: 520-730-4112

Make a Donation!

Storytelling is important.  Please consider giving a tax deductible donation.  You can mail your check or you can use this link:

StoryArts Group Inc.
P.O. Box 40422
Tucson AZ 85717

Odyssey is a program of STORYARTS GROUP, INC., a tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and they are gratefully accepted.

Upcoming Shows

August 3 Pot Luck
September 7 Transformation
October 5 Haunted
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THE WRITERS STUDIO @ 30- Writing Classes Survive the heat and the politics, and celebrate the excruciating beauty and delights of summer.

Survive the heat and the politics, and celebrate the excruciating beauty and delights of summer.
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“Libidinous, impulsive, sarcastic, bitter, casually suicidal, and committed to his art…”
This is a description of Rich, the engaging anti-hero of Matthew Klam’s new novel, Who Is Rich?, due out on July 4, in a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Congratulations, Matt, valuable member of The Writers Studio Advisory Board, on a great review.  We were lucky to get an advance copy, we couldn’t put it down. Read the full review here. Buy it here.

Matthew Klam, named one of the best 25 fiction writers under 40 by The New Yorker, Guggenheim fellow, and Whiting Award winner, will talk about his writing process in what’s sure to be an entertaining and enlightening conversation with Philip Schultz in the Craft Class this fall. To attend or download this class, register for the Fall Craft Class now, before the price goes up. If you are not taking a Fall writing class, register here. If you are taking a Fall writing class, register here.

Interesting New Book About How Exercises And Quality Feedback Can Lead To Excellence

Focus, The Hidden Driver of Excellence, debunks the myth that a mere 10,000 hours of practice leads to excellence, whether you’re an athlete, doctor, or writer. Daniel Goleman, the celebrated psychologist and journalist, best-known for his influential 1995 book Emotional Intelligence, explains that the quality of practice, along with other factors, including expert feedback and focus on your craft are essential to producing your best work. This is a good description of how we help writers achieve full creative expression. Read more about Focus here. Read more about our unique technique for bringing out the best in writers here.

 Your Summer Writing Practice

Online Level I starts July 1,  July 25

Online Level 2 with Joel Hinman starts June 27

Online Level 3 starts July 5

*Online Level 4 starts June 21

Online Maintaining Your Creative Spirit starts July 13

Spend your summer reading and listening to podcasts, learning how to read as a writer. Summer Craft Class is available for download. Register here.
Or here if you are also taking a Summer writing class (discounted price).

Register Now for Fall Craft Class, before prices go up.
With a workshop. Without a workshop.

* NYC Level I starts June 21, July 10

NYC Level 2 starts July 10

NYC Maintaining Your Creative Spirit starts  July 11


* Hudson Valley Workshop starts June 20

Hudson Valley Intermediate starts July 11


Tucson Workshop starts June 29,  July 1

Tucson Intermediate starts June 29

Tucson Master starts June 27


* San Francisco Workshop starts June 14June 17

* San Francisco Intermediate starts June 15, June 17

* San Francisco Advanced starts June 13

* You may enter a class up to two weeks late; the teacher will help you catch up.

We now offer registration through PayPal as well as all major credit cards. Register now Online or by phone 1-(212) 255-7075.

A Whole New Endeavor

Maintaining Your Creative Spirit:
Writing Through Constant Disruptions From The Outside World

How to tolerate the constant badgering of one’s inner life, to safe-keep the preciousness of one’s very thoughts?

How to deal with the constant disruptions of this present political climate? Writers have always dealt with these questions, in the best and worst of times, and these, as many would agree, are certainly among the most challenging.

Introducing a new, six-week course in self-preservation through creative writing, open to everyone–writers new to The Writers Studio, current and former students in The Writers Studio, and people curious about writing to survive that will help you address:

  • Writing in the pressure cooker
  • Writing when you feel like screaming
  • Writing when the political / cultural conflict we are in makes it seem a) impossible to write or b) necessary to write and you don’t know how to start
  • Writing when you ask yourself whether it is worth while to even try to write in these times


You may enroll in a 10-week workshop and Maintaining Your Creative Spirit concurrently, but you may not submit the same work to two different classes.
This course is offered Online: Read More  and in New York City: Read More

30 Submission Calls and Competitions for Poetry and Other Writing
Long poems, haiku, stories, novels, writing for young adults. Whatever you’ve written, there are opportunities to publish and win awards, with deadlines in the near future. A great list here.
Matthew Klam on Writing

“It helps to have people around who are smart. They can work in your office or at school. It doesn’t matter as long as you have a good reader. You need people to help shape what you write. Everything I’ve written has gotten so much better by working with people. I learned that flashbacks are by nature static. Don’t end a story with a dream. You have to follow through and evolve as much as you can. You have to make the old thing new. That’s what we do to keep people engaged. You can do all these “No no’s” in fiction, but you have to make it new.” Read the full interview here.

Do Not Miss Out on events, publishing opportunities, and discounts offered on our Facebook page.
Questions? Comments? Reply to this email. Or give us a call: 212-255-7075. Or write to
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Meet the cast of A TALE OF AUTUMN
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Cast Announcement:
When you manage to convince internationally renowned playwright Christopher Chen to write an absurd play for you about the absurd national climate, he makes a few absurd demands:
1) An unlimited supply of Red Vines and Diet Mr. Pibb
2) A weekly game of Settlers of Catan using multiple expansion packs
3) A stellar cast that speaks Chen and knows how to congeal

We are here to deliver on these demands.

Ed Berkeley
Skyler Cooper 
Sarah Nina Hayon+
Lawrence Radecker*
Maria Candelaria+
Nora el Samahy+
Michele Apriña Leavy*+
Christopher W. White
*Crowded Fire Resident Artist
+Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Potrero Stage

The World Premiere of A TALE OF AUTUMN by Christopher Chen
directed by Mina Morita
September 14 – October 7, 2017


Potrero Stage

Formerly known as Thick House), 1695 18th Street, SF

Set in a parallel world, A TALE OF AUTUMN is a psychological rise-to-power fable. When the popular founder of the benevolent but formidable Farm Company dies, the struggle to find his successor unfolds in an absurd and eerily familiar landscape. With each twist and turn, Christopher Chen creates a perilous ‘House of Mirrors,’ in which intentions are blurred and convictions are shattered.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets!

Ignite Fund

Launched in 2016, Crowded Fire’s Ignite Fund seeks to support the growth of and enhance the working lives of theater designers and technicians in the Bay Area with an eye towards supporting the plurality of race, culture, class, gender, and age in our local design and technical community.

Whether they are hanging from scaffolding with a hand full of gels, programming surround sound from under the seats, sourcing a crate of fresh persimmons in February, or giving directions with embroidery needles sticking out of their mouths, our theater designers and technicians build the worlds you see on our stage. They transform the visceral into the tangible. In short, they make the magic happen.

If you’re one of these incredible makers in the theater community, we want to support you! We understand that growth in and innovation of design comes from designer’s and technician’s investment in tools and training. We believe in your vision! Crowded Fire’s Ignite Fund provides grants for professional development workshops and training opportunities, to purchase design tools and equipment, and to strengthen the economic sustainability of an arts practice.

Each year a total of up to $10,000 will be granted through the Ignite Fund. Grants range between $1,000 and $5,000 to support theater designers and technicians who have worked on a minimum of one Crowded Fire production.

Submission deadline: July 15th, 2017 by 11:59pm P.S.T.
Devon LaBelle, properties designer and recipient of a 2016 Ignite Fund grant, says,
“The Ignite Fund allowed me to get the most important tool in my tool kit that helps me do what I do best. Everyone has that one thing, but not everyone has access to it.”

Devon’s most important tool is the pickup truck she purchased with her Ignite Fund grant to help transport materials, tools and her award-winning props. Since acquiring this big orange beauty, Devon has mastered props for 24 productions and counting. We love spotting Clementine parked outside of theaters around the Bay Area!

“It’s definitely a unique opportunity to be a tech person and to be able to apply for a grant that furthers your career in some way.”
JUNE MONKEY PICK: Chris Chen, yet again
San Francisco Playhouse
Presents the World Premiere of
You Mean to Do Me Harm

In this world premiere by 2017 Obie Award winner Christopher Chen, an innocuous comment at a dinner of two interracial couples leads to a surreal escalation of Cold War-style paranoia. You Mean to Do Me Harm is a psychological exploration of Chinese and American foreign relations, and of the personal relations we hold most dear. Crowded Fire patrons can save $5 off tickets by using the code CFSAVE5. 


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