December: The Santa Cruz Valley Chapter of SSA will host Elizabeth Gunn for its monthly speaker meeting on December 4, 2017. The topic will be: "A Crime Novelist Must Go With The Flow." Ms. Gunn is a lover of adventure, and has incorporated those experiences into the composition of 16 mystery novels. Don't miss this opportunity to learn new writing tricks, tips and helpful publishing and marketing trend insights.

January: On Saturday, January 20, 2018, The Santa Cruz Valley Chapter of SSA will present its 11th Annual Authors Showcase event. This year it will take place at Grill on the Green at Canoa Ranch Golf Club. This is an event you don't want to miss! It showcases eight local authors and includes a scrumptious lunch and the opportunity to win amazing door prizes donated by local Green Valley restaurants and businesses. Tickets are $20 (before Dec. 30) and can be purchased by contacting Duke Southard at 603-520-9695 or

February: For the February 5th speaker meeting, Ethel Lee-Miller will delve into the topic of "Memoir and Social Media." Given the recent explosion of memoir popularity, Ms. Lee-Miller will give examples of how to market your work to offset the competition.

March: March 5th will bring the expertise of a 30-year police detective as the group welcomes Roger Hinterthuer, author of Justice Delayed is Justice Denied. He will describe how to turn personal experiences into a publisher-worthy manuscript.

April: Publishing and marketing will be the topic of the April 2nd speaker meeting as D.L. Dennis will give a 45-minute program highlighting some of the main topics associated with publishing and getting your work out to the reading public.

May: The season will come to a close on May 7th with Deborah Quintana, Document and Production Services at the U of A Libraries. She will give an overview of the University Press printing/self-publishing services.

All SCV Chapter speaker meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at the Green Valley Joyner Library from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Bonnie Papenfuss at 520-625-3764 or

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