Tucson Sisters in Crime October 15 Program
Fantastic Meeting planned for October – be sure to RSVP by October 13 at tucsonsistersincrime.org.
10: 00 to 2:00 Viscount Hotel 4855 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85711
Morning Speaker: Priscilla Barton: The First Page—Raising the Curtain on Your Story
Among the writer’s most challenging tasks is to create an opening page that sparkles. Those first paragraphs must place us in the world of the story, introduce an intriguing character, set the tone and pace, and pose a strong story question—all in an exciting and visual way. This complex terrain is where readers decide whether to put down your book or turn the page.
We’ll examine opening pages from several well-known crime novelists to see how they invite us into their stories.
Biography: Priscilla Barton began her editorial career in New York City’s traditional publishing world, at a time when the industry was much more concerned with editorial excellence than it is today. Back then, she had the good fortune to work with great editors and learn her craft from them. For the past twenty-five years, she has worked as an independent editor and ghostwriter, specializing in fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction, with a particular interest in crime fiction. She divides her time between southern Arizona and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Afternoon speaker: Carmen Duarte, “Digging, listening and using all your senses”
Speaker’s Bio: Carmen Duarte is a native Tucsonan who grew up and still lives in the Old Pueblo’s south side. She comes from a farm worker family, and as a child picked cotton and pecans on fertile land that now houses subdivisions. Her mother, Leonarda “Nala” Bejarano Duarte, stressed the importance of attaining an education because she wanted better for her children. Carmen attended St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, Pueblo High School, Pima Community College, and graduated from the UA in 1980 majoring in journalism, and minoring in political science. She was hired by the Arizona Daily Star full-time in 1981, and has worked as a reporter for the paper for 35 years. Carmen has covered immigration, education, crime, social services, federal courts and traveled in Mexico reporting stories for the Star. She also has done feature writing, and reported for La Estrella de Tucson, the Star’s Spanish-language publication. In 1999, the Star asked Carmen to write a book about the Mexican and Mexican-American experience in the Southwest through stories about her family. The result was “Mama’s Santos: An Arizona Life”, which ran for 36 days in the Star in 2000, and is now an ebook through Amazon and a book that is available at the University of Arizona Main Bookstore. The work earned Carmen 11 awards, including the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Public Service Award and the Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award for Overall Excellence, the Inter-American Press Association First Place Award for Feature Writing, the Let’s Do It Better Honoree for Race and Ethnic Reporting from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Woman of the Year from the Hispanic Professional Action Committee, the Individual Achievement Award from Chicanos por la Causa, and awards from the League of United Latin American Citizens.
Description of speaker’s talk: I will talk about the importance of gathering facts and listening to victims, relatives and investigators. I also will touch upon using your senses at a crime scene to help incorporate color into a story. Now with a cell phone, a writer can record, shoot video and take photographs.