Chapter Meeting Schedule-ARCHIVE


The primary objective of the Sisters in Crime Grand Canyon Writers is emphasized in the chapter’s slogan: “Write ~ Publish ~ Sell”.  We’re dedicated to helping our members achieve those three goals and develop their careers as published authors, to reach the highest possible levels of success.

In keeping with that commitment, we introduce the “Build Your Career in a Year” program to assist all chapter members with the necessary “building blocks” to either enhance their current careers as published authors, or to put the necessary “bricks” in place to begin a career as an author.

With an emphasis on craft, and marketing and promotions, our chapter presents outstanding Special Events, our signature Fireside Chats series and the following exceptional programs during our monthly chapter meetings.


The Secret to Writing Great Dialogue

Susan Pohlman, Award-winning Author, Editor and Writing Coach

Great dialogue captures the reader’s attention and holds it. It must be dynamic, realistic and reflect the character speaking. Join Susan when she shares how to illuminate characters and bring them to life through dialogue, and how to avoid the pitfalls that weaken the story. Effective dialogue controls pacing and moves the plot forward. Character voice is key to unforgettable protagonists, villains and secondary personalities—and must be fully developed. Learn the secret to writing dialogue that rings true, transfixes the reader and enhances the entire story.  An Exceptional Workshop!

Saturday, May 8, 2021 10:30 AM – 12 Noon Arizona Time
(1:30 PM Eastern Time/10:30 AM Pacific Time)

What is the Why: Building A Backstory for Nuanced Characters and Authentic Conflict

Karen Odden, USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning Author

A riveting character is shaped by a meaningful, substantial past. Developing your character’s backstory takes time, but it pays huge dividends. Backstory provides the quirky, unique elements of personalities that make them come alive on the page, and the events that cause characters trouble—with others and for themselves. Don’t miss this dynamic and essential workshop!

Saturday, April 10, 2021 10:30 AM – 12 Noon AZ (1:30 – 3 PM ET)

Elevating Your Work: The Art of Active Writing and the Key to Showing, Not Telling

Sally J. Smith, USA Today Bestselling Author and Editor

How do stories burst to life for readers? Active writing is crucial for any book, regardless of genre, but how do we consistently craft it? Why does passive writing weaken the plot? What are the keys to an engrossing tale? Join Sally for a publishing industry pro’s tips to writing engaging stories, “showing-not-telling” made simple and seducing your readers’ imaginations for their ultimate reading experience!

Saturday, March 13, 2021 10:30 AM – 12 Noon AZ (12:30 – 2 PM ET)

Creating Captivating Characters

Susan Pohlman, Award-winning Author, Editor and Writing Coach

What makes a character jump off the page and keep an agent, publisher or reader hooked all the way to the end of the book? Understanding characterization is crucial to effective storytelling. In this workshop Susan will share the most important techniques for creating characters that your readers won’t forget!

Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:30 AM – 12 Noon AZ (12:30 – 2 PM ET)

How to Plot a Crime

Dianne Freeman, Agatha Award and Lefty Award-winning Author

Why are some novels intriguing page-turners? A mesmerizing mystery revolves around a cleverly calculated crime. Add plot twists and red herrings, skillfully weave in clues and conflict for a fascinating tale. How do you interlace all of these, offer evidence of the real solution and still obscure it? Join Dianne as she shares her secrets to plotting a crime (and its solution) so effectively that readers can’t wait for your next book!

Saturday, January 9, 2021 10:30 AM – 12 Noon AZ (12:30 – 2 PM ET)

Please Note: Chapter meetings will take place via Zoom for the first few months of 2021. We will monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and make plans accordingly after that.

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