October: On Monday, October 2, 2017, the Santa Cruz Valley Chapter of SSA—in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in honor of our good friend and colleague Denise Roessle—will host Kathryn Kennel, a Palliative Care Nurse who provides patient consultations through Arizona Oncology's Green Valley office. Ms. Kennel's presentation will focus on end-of-life issues such as Advance Care Planning and will stress the importance of living well throughout the aging process.

November: On November 6th, the Chapter will host mystery writer Michael Alvarez who will delight and inform his audience with an investigation into the genre of mystery writing covering topics such as origins, necessary elements and differentiating between mystery and thriller writing.

December: For the December 4th program, the Chapter will host Elizabeth Gunn, well known for her Sarah Burke series of fascinating mystery novels using carefully-researched police techniques.

January: On January 20th, 2018, (a Saturday) the group will host its 11th Annual Authors Showcase event at Grill on the Green at Canoa Ranch Golf Course. Several local authors will read from their original works.There will be a wonderful lunch and terrific door prizes donated by local restaurants and businesses.

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 speaker meetings occur the first Monday of each month at the Joyner Library from 1:00 to 2:45 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

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

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