October 1 entry deadline
Women Writing The West Confernce
Loew's Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson,
October 26-28.
(enroll here)

   Oct.-Dec. 2017
ASU's Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing Events
See their calendar at https://piper.asu.edu/events

   October 1
SSA Santa Cruz Valley Chapter @ 1p—2:45pm
Green Valley Library
Kathryn Kennel— "Advanced Directives & Palliative Care"
(see article here)

   October 21
SSA Workshop @ 1 pm—3pm
Hotel Tucson City Center
Dan Baldwin— "Do as I Say, Not as I Did"
(see article this page)

   November 9
SSA Santa Cruz Valley Chapter @ 1p—2:45pm
Green Valley Library
Michael Alvarez— "Round Up the Usual Suspects!"
(see article here)

   November 19
SSA Forum @ 11am—2pm
Hotel Tucson City Center
Writing Contest Results— "Are You a Winner?
(see article this page)

To R.S.V.P. SSA Forum
Leave Phone Message
at 520-444-8253
or e-mail: macarman6@gmail.com WEDNESDAY before the Forum
Forums are $25 with reservation/$30 at the door
Workshops will be $5

   Dan Baldwin's non-fiction work, How Find Me Lost Me—A Breach of Trust Told by the Psychic Who Didn't See It Coming, is the basis of his presentation on the danger of verbal agreements in literary works. How Find Me—The Casebook by Dan Baldwin and Kelly Snyder became the award winning They Are Not Yet Lost by Dan Baldwin isn't a lecture on copyright or intellectual property law. It's a warning. The book in question was a tribute to the 501c3 non-profit Find Me organization. Yet, the officers and board of directors of Find Me claimed that Baldwin: 1) did not write the chapters he wrote, 2) appropriated copyrighted audio recordings, and 3) stated he threatened to copyright the book in his own name. Those claims (and others) were false.

   How he addressed those unfounded and unprovable claims holds lessons for all writers considering co-authoring a work. The presentation includes details on an inexpensive, simple, effective, and grossly underused option for author self-defense in such cases. Baldwin says, "At some time virtually every writer will have the opportunity to co-author, ghostwrite, or work in some way with another author. As the cover blurb on my book says, "Do As I Say, Not As I Did," and you'll be all right.

   Dan Baldwin is the author of the westerns Trapp Canyon, Bock's Canyon, and the Caldera trilogy; the mysteries Desecration, Heresy, and Vengeance; the thriller Sparky and the King; two short story collections, Vampire Bimbos on Spring Break (pen name Michael Baudoin) and Dank Summit and Other Stories; and the photo book series Wildflower Stew.

   He is the winner of numerous local, regional, and national awards for writing and directing film and video projects. He earned an Honorable Mention from the Society of Southwestern Authors writing competition for his short story "Flat Busted," and earned a finalist designation from the National Indie Excellence Awards for Trapp Canyon and for Caldera III—A Man of Blood and a finalist designation in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for Sparky and the King. He is the ghostwriter or co-author of more than 60 books on business and is a resident of the Phoenix-Mesa area of Arizona.

   Dan's October 21st workshop is part of SSA's outreach to provide a reasonably-priced educational experience. Every 3rd Saturday in even months we will have $5 workshops.

   Of course you are! You are a member of SSA! But the question those who entered the 2017 SSA Writing Contest want to know is, "Have I won?" Very soon, the suspense will be over and we will know who won, placed, and received commendations. All winners are invited ahead of time to attend the forum on Sunday, November 19, at the Hotel Tucson on Granada, from 11 am until 2 pm.

   If you won but are unable to attend, we will mail your award and prize. Those who have won awards will receive a copy of The StoryTeller, but everyone will have the opportunity to purchase their own copy to see the winning entries and read some quality stories and poems. If you didn't enter, you can still attend the forum. Come join us and be surrounded by winners!

$25 Paypal / Credit Card Forum payment link

(NOTE: if you are having trouble accessing the link, right click on it and open in a new window)


Dan Baldwin's non-fiction work, The Levine Project—Fighting Back Against a Campaign of Terror, co-written with Myles and Karen Levine was published in August.
A Decade of Terror—A Day of Triumph...
A contractor's promise of "a couple of days work" to repair a driveway becomes a nightmare of harassment, destruction of property, terror, and attempted murder. A basic construction job leads to destruction of private property, the personal lives, and peace of mind for Tucson residents Myles "Mick" and Karen Levine. Acts of personalized domestic terrorism culminate in a terror-filled flight to safety from a toxic cloud that forced the evacuation of an entire neighborhood. The Levine Project documents Mick and Karen's struggle against a man focused on a personal vendetta and then on a decade-long battle for justice in state and federal courts.
Available in hardback, paperback, and ebook from http://www.trafford.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?Book=765191# and all major distributors, including Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, CreateSpace.
Dan got a nice mention about The Levine Project in Chicago Scene Magazine. "Dan Baldwin SCENE Author Spot Light" – http://scene-chicago.com/scene/index.php/dan-levine-scene-author-spot-light/

Mary Ann Carman has published her eighth book Life's Eclipse, the second in her fantasy series.
The earth is crisscrossed with ley lines. Many believe their power comes through the mystical megaliths which sit at the vortexes. Will ancient spiritualism dictate the future or not?
1858 London: As the clouds swirl, the blood red moon covers the sun, plunging Kathryn into near darkness. She is standing on London Bridge with her betrothed, Thomas to watch an eclipse. Their betrothal ball is tonight and she wants to make an impression on the high society of London.
1994 Lake Havasu City: Jonstan leaves the office to walk home, unknowing that his world is about to turn into chaotic disarray. Finding Kathryn on London Bridge, he carries her to his condo. He is taken by her beauty, but her clothing, words, and defiance make for a confusing puzzle.
Together they must probe how she traveled nearly 140 years into the future. As Kathryn and Jonstan become closer, they wonder—Will Kathryn find a way to return her betrothed? Does she want to go back? What consequences will her unexpected trip make to the lives she left behind?
You can purchase copies of any of Mary Ann's novels on Kindle, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Nook, Smashwords, or any of your favorite online vendors. If you want an autographed copy purchase it at a forum/workshop, or go to her website http://MaryAnnCarman.info.

The Write Word
published bi-monthly by the Board of Directors
of The Society of Southwestern Authors
P.O. Box 30355, Tucson, AZ 85751

Board of Dirctors

Rajendra (Raj) Srivastava:

Vice President
Chris Stern: azwritten@gmail.com

Jay McCall: jmccall415@msn.com

Recording Secretary & Forum Registrations
Mary Ann Carman: macarman@centurylink.net
Forum Registrations:
520-444-8253 or macarman6@gmail.com

Sharon Lashinger: srlashinger@hotmail.com

Members at Large
Dan Baldwin: baldco@msn.com

Solomon Cantanio: scantanio@gmail.com

Ed Harter: edwardharter@cox.net

Natalie McGee: socrates.plato76@gmail.com

Danette Young: dmyoung3@gmail.com


Conference Chair
Sharon Lashinger: srlashinger@hotmail.com

Conference Co-Chairs
Mary Ann Carman: macarman@centurylink.net
Solomon Cantanio: scantanio@gmail.com

Writing Contest
Jay McCall & Mary Ann Carman: info@ssa-az.org
contest page

Speaker's Bureau Coordinator

Writing Group Coordinator
Write Word Editor
Mike Rom: writeword@ssa-az.org

SSA Home Page:


Mike Rom: writeword@ssa-az.org

NOTE: Deadline for next issue is the 15th day of November