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The Society of Southwestern Authors- Forum Happy New Year Ya’ll  Jan. 21st,2018 “World Building-It’s in Every Novel”   So What Is It? Come and Learn From Keith Shaw

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Happy New Year Ya’ll

 Jan. 21st,2018

At the Hotel Tucson (Inn Suites)

From 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hotel Tucson

475 N. Granada, Tucson, AZ 85701

Coming from the north or south on I-10, take the St. Marys/Speedway exit. Go East to Granada St. traffic light. Turn right on Granada. Second driveway is the Hotel Tucson. OR traveling west on Speedway, cross Stone Ave.  Next left is Main St. Turn left, cross RR tracks. Go straight. Main becomes Granada at traffic light, and second right driveway is The Hotel Tucson.

“World Building-It’s in Every Novel”  

So What Is It?

Come and Learn From

Keith Shaw

You can do it too.

This is a Forum with a delicious dinner

 Forum Reservations: Please RSVP

**Email macarman6@gmail.com or

 Phone# 520-444-8253 leave a message for Mary Ann Carman

(SSA’s Secretary)

by Wednesday January 17th,2018

Cost: $25.00 w/ RSVP $30.00 at the door

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The Society of Southwestern Authors- February 2017 Writers Forum Hosts John Newport HEROES OF THE SHOOTING OF GABRIELLE GIFFORDS AND LESSONS TO BE LEARNED

The Society of Southwestern Authors- February 2017 Writers Forum Hosts John Newport HEROES OF THE SHOOTING OF GABRIELLE GIFFORDS AND LESSONS TO BE LEARNED

This past January 8 marked the sixth anniversary of the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, which claimed six lives and seriously injured 19 other innocent people.  John Newport, author THE TUCSON TRAGEDY: LESSONS FROM THE SENSELESS SHOOTING OF GABRIELLE GIFFORDS. will share his observations of the heroic deeds on the day of the shooting and the months that followed, together with key lessons to be learne from this horrific event.

John was relitively new to Tucson the day of the shooting and lived a few blocks south of the Safeway where the shooting took place.  He slept in that morning and would have attended the Congresswoman’s “Congress on your corner” event if he’d known it was taking place.

He is a prolific author and socio-political commentator with four books under his belt and 400 published articles and opinion pieces.  Following release of THE TUCSON TRAGEDY he appeared on several local TV stations and initiated a column in THE TUCSON CITIZEN titled “Healing Tucson and Our Nation.  He frequently contributes letters and columns addressing pressing social to the ARIZONA DAILY STAR, ARIZONA CAPITAL TIMES. SEATTLE POSTINTELLIGENCER and other publications and a regular guest on the JOHN C. SCOTT SHOW on radio KEVT 1210 AM.

John will sign copies of THE TUCSON TRAGEDY for interest attendees following his talk.  He will make the book available at a special price $15.00 (including tax) and $12.50 for two or more copies.

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The Society of Southwestern Authors- October 2016 Forum WRITING ABOUT DEATH? Without depressing your readers “Crossing The Final Frontier”

WRITING ABOUT DEATH? Without depressing your readers “Crossing The Final Frontier”

The Society of Southwestern Authors Hosts Jeff Babcock at October 2016Writer’s Forum

All my life I knew I would one day go back and write about the time I nearly died on the icy slopes of Alaska’s Denali (aka Mount McKinley) in 1967.  As is often the case, an obsessive addictive behavior was the cause which triggered the event tht nearly did me in.  But it ws not an addiction to drugs, alcohol, food, workaholism; adventure … more specifically to the danger of pitting myself against Mother Nature, at her worst …and with the reality of coming face to face with the Grim Reaper” himself.  Even today, I am fascinated by the mystery of death … that final frontier we must each cross when our times comes.

For nearly thirty years, I ws an avid muntain climber … caught in an ego driven sport … week in and week out, 12 months a year.  Like most addicts, my goal was to feel better, more important, and more exceptional.  Yet I could never see that this need for recognition was being fueled primarily by a wounded ego and my low sense of self esteem.  In 2010, my wife and left Alaska, and moved to Green Valley to care for her aging father who was approaching his final years in the usual way … by growing old.

Living with my father-in-law’s slow demise, I soon discovered I now had the time … and yes the inclination to take a good look at my lifelong relationship with danger … and it’s inherent attraction to cheat death.

So I wrote a book about it in 2012 entitled SHOULD I NOT RETURN, which is not your typical mountain climbing story.  My book goes back into all the variables that nurtured and enabled my poor self-concept.

My book SHOULD I NOT RETURN reveals facets from my early childhood as well as my parents failings and strengths.  The challenges of adulthood were followed by my first failed marriage.  Then came the raising of our four children in today’s “blended family” and the trails and tribulations of marriage to Peg … my loving wife of thirty years.  I also discovered a passion for looking at some of the backgrounds of the early pioneer climbers on Denali … in an attempt to draw parallels to my own experience.

In 2014, I continued to address my cnfrontation with DEATH ON DENALI, (the title of a DVD I created), which delved further into my story, and into my desire to more fully understand and explore the concept of writing about death.

I graduated in 1969, with a BA in Secondary Education and then taught two years in Croton, Connecticut.  In 1972, I returned to Alaska, where I received an M.A. in Special Education and worked as a Special Ed resource teacher in the Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitina school districts.  During this time my brother and I oversaw the mountineering program at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  Together, we introduced countless students to the joys of climbing with expeditins to Denali and many of Alaska’s surrounding peaks.  I have written articles for the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska Magazine.  My wife and I are retired and work part time at the ACE Hardware in Green Valley, Arizona.  I am also working on a second novel which continues to explore the concepts of death and dying. My book will perhaps be entitled … THE FINAL FRONTIER … and it will have nothing to do with STAR TREK.

Jeff Babcock

FORUMS ARE AT THE HOTEL TUCSON CITY CENTER

(Granada & Saint Mary’s) 11 am-2 pm, every third Sunday

Please R.S.V.P by Wednesday before the Forum

Danette Young 520-809-5008 or ssabrunches@gmail.com

$25 w/registration  $30 at the door … includes lunch & speaker

(No credit cards … processing fees are too high)

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The Society of Southwestern Authors- Jul7, 2016 Writers Forum Hosts David Robrock

The Society of Southwestern Authors
 Forum
July 17th,2016
At the Hotel Tucson (Inn Suites)
From 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hotel Tucson
475 N. Granada, Tucson, AZ 85701
Coming from the north or south on I-10, take the St. Marys/Speedway exit. Go East to Granada St. traffic light. Turn right on Granada. Second driveway is the Hotel Tucson. OR traveling west on Speedway, cross Stone Ave.  Next left is Main St. Turn left, cross RR tracks. Go straight. Main becomes Granada at traffic light, and second right driveway is The Hotel Tucson.
The Literary Apprenticeship
of Mark Twain
as presented by David Robrock
How did Twain get so Good?
**Please save March 4th, 2017 for our soon to be revealed NEW SSA Conference**
(details soon )
Reservations:
Email: ssabrunches@gmail.com or Telephone: 546-9382
by Wednesday July 13th,2016
Cost: $25.00 w/ RSVP $30.00 at the door

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The Society of Southwestern Authors- June 19, 2016 Authors Forum PresentsBehind The Bars: Prison stories from someone who has been

The Society of Southwestern Authors Forum
June 19th,2016
At the Tucson City Center Inn Suites
From 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tucson City Center InnSuites Resort
475 N. Granada, Tucson, AZ 85701
Coming from the north or south on I-10, take the St. Marys/Speedway exit. Go East to Granada St. traffic light. Turn right on Granada. Second driveway is the Inn Suites. OR traveling west on Speedway, cross Stone Ave.  Next left is Main St. Turn left, cross RR tracks. Go straight. Main becomes Granada at traffic light, and second right driveway is The Inn Suites.
Behind The Bars:
Prison stories from someone who has been there to listen and hear.
Rajendra Srivastava (Kumar) better known to SSA as Raj will tell us about his work as a psychologist in the AZ prison system and how it grew to become his written work as well.
Reservations: 
Email: ssabrunches@gmail.com or Telephone: 546-9382
by Wednesday June 15th,2016
Cost: $25.00 w/ RSVP $30.00 at the door

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The Society of Southwestern Authors- May 15, 2016 Forum

The Society of Southwestern Authors Forum
May 15th,2016
At the Tucson City Center Inn Suites
From 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tucson City Center InnSuites Resort
475 N. Granada, Tucson, AZ 85701
Coming from the north or south on I-10, take the St. Marys/Speedway exit. Go East to Granada St. traffic light. Turn right on Granada. Second driveway is the Inn Suites. OR traveling west on Speedway, cross Stone Ave.  Next left is Main St. Turn left, cross RR tracks. Go straight. Main becomes Granada at traffic light, and second right driveway is The Inn Suites.
 Five Stories a Day, Every Day
Betty Webb has a new mystery series based on her work at the Phoenix Zoo. She will discuss how to jump start the creative process. Find out more on her website www.bettywebb-mystery.com 
Reservations:
Email: ssabrunches@gmail.com or Telephone: 546-9382
by Wednesday May 11th,2016
Cost: $25.00 w/ RSVP $30.00 at the door

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The Society of Southwestern Authors – Writing Forum March 20, 2016 Presenting Mabel Leo

The Society of Southwestern Authors Forum
March 20,2016
Back At the Tucson City Center Inn Suites
From 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tucson City Center InnSuites Resort
475 N. Granada, Tucson, AZ 85701
Coming from the north or south on I-10, take the St. Marys/Speedway exit. Go East to Granada St. traffic light. Turn right on Granada. Second driveway is the Inn Suites. OR traveling west on Speedway, cross Stone Ave.  Next left is Main St. Turn left, cross RR tracks. Go straight. Main becomes Granada at traffic light, and second right driveway is The Inn Suites.
When a Door Opens,Walk Through It
Presenting Mabel Leo & her hero Jack Durant, the good friend of gangster Bugsy Siegel.
She also has a new movie out “Durant’s Never Closes.”
Reservations:
Email: ssabrunches@gmail.com or Telephone: 546-9382
by Wednesday 16th,2016
Cost: $25.00 w/ RSVP $30.00 at the door

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