Calling all aspiring mystery writers: conference to be Aug. 13

Desert Sleuths, the Valley area chapter of Sisters in Crime, a national organization of mystery and crime writers, will hold their day-long annual conference at the Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale on Saturday, Aug. 13.

The theme this year is “Polish, Pitch, Publish: Mystery SOLVED.”

Award winning and best selling mystery writers Alex Kava, Jan Burke and Jennifer Ashley will be featured, according to a press release. Writers, aspiring writers, and fans will learn how to author mystery novels and get them published.

Victoria Lowes a literary agent for the Bent Agency in New York City will take pitches, Cynthia Hickey will talk about publishing options and Holly Lorincz will offer editing sessions.

Noir at the Bar, a pre-conference reception will be held Friday night, Aug. 12, at Stonecreek Golf Club, next door to Embassy Suites. The reception on Friday evening begins at 7 p.m., the conference on Saturday runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Embassy Suites is at 4415 E. Paradise Village Parkway South, in Phoenix. Pre-registration runs from $130 to $140 depending on attendees Sisters in Crime membership status. At-the-door registration is $145. Lunch and snacks are included.

Books written by the speakers and various members of Desert Sleuths will be available for purchase. For information and registration visit

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