Category Archives: Upcoming Meetings

Meeting Date:  Saturday, November 16th

Betty Webb

Talk Title:

Unique, Productive Sources for Mystery Stories — and How NOT to Write Your Book!

Betty Webb is the author of the naltionally best-selling Lena Jones mystery series  (Desert Vengeance, Desert Rage, Desert Wives, Desert Noir, Desert Wind…) and the humorous Gunn Zoo mysteries (The Llama of Death, the Puffin of Death, The Panda of Death..). Before beginning to write full time, Betty worked as a journalist, interviewing everyone from U S Presidents, astronauts who walked on the moon, Nobel Prize-winners, and polygamy runaways. She has taught creative writing classes and workshops at Arizona State University and Phoenix College, and been a nationally-syndicated literary critic for more than 20 years. She was designated as Writer-in-Residence by the Arizona Library Association and is currently a columnist and reviewer for Mystery Scene Magazine. Betty is a memeber of the National Federation of Press Women, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.


October 2019 Conference Program


Conference Date: October 19, 2019
Workshop hours are 9 am to 3 pm

Firearms Facts for Mystery Writers

Doug MacKinlay, owner, and Kevin Kingsley, gunsmith at Diamondback Shooting Sports, will explain how guns are manufactured and why forensic scientists are sometimes unable to identify firearms using ballistic evidence found at crime scenes.   Doug MacKinlay is passionate about firearms and firearm safety; he and his staff are well known for sharing their expertise in firearms, body armor, ammunition and shooting sports for law enforcement, military personnel and civilians alike.   MacKinlay and Kingsley will cite common errors writers make about weapons and ammunition, firearm identification and ballistics, and why the scenes we see in the movies, on TV and in books reveal how well a writer has done her research.

The Fine Art of Interviewing: Who Lies, Who Tells the Truth and Why

TSIC David Fruchtman of the Walden Group

David Fruchtman, PhD, is the director of The Walden Group, LLC, a firm of private investigators, forensic scientists, behavioral scientists and polygraph examiners who address industrial espionage, sabotage, arson, fraud, theft, homicide, embezzlement and other felonious acts.   Dr. Fruchtman teaches Criminal Justice and Forensic Science and Forensic Psycho-physiology at the university level in the US and Canada. He will discuss questioning techniques and explain how skilled interviewers discern from the patterns of a subject’s answers whether he or she is innocent, possibly or probably lying, and how follow-up questions are crafted using the results of initial interviews.  

Medical Information for Mystery Writers

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Bruce Davis is a Mesa AZ based general and trauma surgeon. He finished medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago way back in the 1970’s and did his surgical residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital. After 14 years on active duty that included overseas duty with the Seabees, time on large gray boats and a tour with the Marines during the First Gulf War, he went into private practice near Phoenix. He is part of that dying breed of dinosaurs, the solo general surgeon. He also is a writer of science fiction and fantasy novels. His independently published works include the YA novel Queen Mab Courtesy, and his military science fiction novel That Which Is Human. His nonfiction memoir, Dancing in the Operating Room, is a glimpse into the life and training of a Trauma Surgeon. Glowgems for Profit and Thieves Profit are parts of a continuing series of stand-alone novels about Zach Mbele, former Republic of Mars commando and captain of the fast freighter, Profit. They and his latest work, Platinum Magic, his first foray into the world of fantasy, are published by Brick Cave Media. Platinum Magic represents the start of an exciting new series set in a surprising modern world, like our own, only different.

August 17, 2019

Speaker:  Terry Filipowicz

Presentation: Tom Hanks, Kate Winslet, and Lady Gaga. They are all purported to be method actors. Similar to method acting, creative nonfiction and writing about other places to develop a realistic portrayal is a technique and an art. We’ll look at what it means to used lived experiences to fuse fiction with fact and develop a sense of place, especially when writing or talking about cities or countries not our own. We’ll talk about creative nonfiction (also called literary nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, and more), share tips and tricks, and practice it ourselves.

Bio: Teresa (Terry) Filipowicz has worked as a television writer and producer in Tucson and Sacramento, served as a writer for University of Arizona School of Law and for Sacramento State, and teaches digital arts (writing for film and TV, advanced screenwriting), journalism, and communication fulltime at Pima Community College. She travels around the country for presentations and workshops about writing, communication, education, journalism, or media and provides assistance to those involved in education and the creative industries. She recently left a position as Vice President and interim President of Tucson-based publisher Great Potential Press.

Morning/Afternoon Speaker:


Linda Strader, a landscape architect, certified arborist and watercolor artist, was one of the first women hired as a wildland firefighter by the U S Forest Service. Managing the challenges of being the only woman member of a crew of ten firefighters circa 1976, while actually engaging in the harrowing business of fighting fires in the wilderness of the Santa Rita Mountains was a major influence on both her professional and personal life. Seeing the consequences for every member of her crew, then and in retrospect, of miscommunications among/carelessness of the men in charge led to her first book Summers of Fire: A Memoir of Adventure, Love, and Courage, released May 2018 by Bedazzled Ink Publishing. Her book was a finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.  

Morning and Afternoon Sessions: 

Facts Writers Need to Know about Money Laundering

Terry Hoyt, Compliance Officer at Vantage West Credit Union for the past fifteen years, will explain money laundering. What, exactly, is money laundering? Why do criminals bother with banks instead of just spending the cash? How do sophisticated criminals try to hide their illegal money laundering from banks? How do banks spot and investigate the criminals trying to disguise the origin of the dirty money? Which government agencies want to know who is laundering money, and what are the penalties for the guilty parties?