The Society of Southwestern Authors – Valley of the Sun chapter is dedicated to bringing together professional writers and those interested in writing. Each of SSA-VS’s monthly meetings is actually a writing class, each class covering a specialized topic, such as writing mainstream novels, memoirs, mysteries, romance, speculative fiction, fantasy, historical novels, magazine writing, screenplays, etc. Some of our instructors delve into the actual mechanics of writing, such as story structure, creating multi-faceted characters, plotting, and the challenges of writing a series.


The Society of Southwestern Authors – Valley of the Sun chapter hosted a workshop on January 29th, featuring Poison Pen’s Editor Barbara Peters. Barbara moderated a panel of the Valley of the Sun chapter authors whom she currently edits. They discussed editing challenges has they apply to various author’s work. The panel included Poisoned Pen authors Donis Casey, Eileen Brady, and Betty Webb.

Featured Book Award Winner!

Arizona – New Mexico Book Awards

Dan’s book “They Are Not Yet Lost” won first place in the Arizona – New Mexico Book Awards competition this year.

Arizona – New Mexico Book Awards

Dan also, earned a finalist certificate for his western novel “Bock’s Canyon”.

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