Best selling author headlines conference for authors, writers

New York Times bestselling author, Sara Paretsky will kick off the 12th annual “Write Now!” conference, sponsored by the Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Aug. 14-15.

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Sara Paretsky

Ms. Paretsky, best known for her internationally acclaimed V.I. Warshawski series, has received the most prestigious awards in fiction, including the Golden Dagger Award, the Anthony Award, the Grand Master Award and the British Cartier Diamond Dagger Award.

Her books appear in thirty languages, according to a press release.

“Our Write Now! conference is open to established authors, aspiring writers and readers of all genres,” stated Desert Sleuths President Isabella Maldonado, in the release. “We have designed a conference that assists writers in every aspect of their career. Our goal as a chapter of Sisters in Crime is to help as many writers as possible achieve their dreams of a successful career. This year, we have extended that goal to include aspiring teen and college-age writers in our conference; their response has been incredible. We are thrilled to have Ms. Paretsky, who is such an advocate for young people, as the keynote speaker for our conference.”

The conference will be at the Hotel Valley Ho, 8650 E. Main St. in Scottsdale. The reception will be 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, and the conference begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15.

For Sisters in Crime members, the cost is $115. For non-members the cost is $125. There is also a student price for ages 14-20, for $75, according to the release.

To register for this event, go to

The Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime is a writers’ organization and serves members throughout Arizona. Desert Sleuths was founded in 1994 and currently has more than 100 men and women as members, according to the release.

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