March Sisters in Crime Mystery Writers Meeting

We have an exciting new location for our March meeting – The Viscount Suites on East Broadway and an exciting program as well.

Please RSVP through the web site, through, or directly to me. As always, space is liimited, so please RSVP early. Payment through PayPal is always appreciated, and we will accept payment at the door.

Sisters in Crime, Tucson Chapter.
Sat. March 17th 10 a.m.-2p.m.
Viscount Suites, 4855 E. Broadway (betw Swan and Rosemont) Tucson, AZ 85711 (520) 584-5813
Seating is limited. Please go to our website for reservations:

Our morning speaker, Howard Allen, plans to teach us ‘A Covert Skill for Killer Suspense.”

What is the secret weapon of thrillers? It’s dramatic irony, which can hook our readers and create page-turning anticipation in their hearts. At our March meeting, Howard Allen, a professional actor/director/writer, will teach us how to use this amazing writer’s tool to make story suspense fire on all cylinders. Using the story subtext structure of “Silence Of The Lambs” and “The Fugitive,” he will illustrate ways to use this device on grateful readers — and even more grateful actors and directors when our books become movies.

Howard Allen has worked for years as a professional actor, playwright, director, screenwriter and literary manager/dramaturg — as well as a reporter, reviewer and editor in his journalistic career. Again a star speaker at this year’s L.A. Screenwriters Expo, Howard’s skills at led to the site’s rating as a No. 1 “Cream of the Crop” in a 2010 Survey of Analysts and Consultants by “Creative Screenwriting” magazine. His CoyoteMoon Films production company has released its first film, “Se Habla Espanol,” and it has just finished shooting a comedy, “The 3 O”Clock.”

Lunch: Noon to 1p.m.

Afternoon speaker:

Movies and television, even reality TV, have given us a distorted picture of what happens in a court room and a jury room. Using a practice case of a jewel heist, Helen will show what could really occur in a court hearing.

Helen Strand was a trial lawyer for nineteen years before retiring to Tucson to write mysteries and romances full time. Before studying law, she taught at California universities such varied courses as college composition, world literature and twentieth century Chinese politics. She has published academic studies and poetry.


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