November is National Novel Writing Month, but you don’t have to be a novel writer to find a writing activity of interest in the Phoenix area. Here are some November events:
Thursday, Nov. 1: Mujer Inc. will host Stella Pope Duarte for a night of reading and signing of her memoir, “Writing through Revelations, Visions and Dreams: The Memoir of a Writer’s Soul.” The signing will take place at Hob Nobs Cafe & Spirits, 149 W. McDowell Road in Phoenix, from 5:30-9 p.m. As Duarte shares her dreams, visions and stories, she will demonstrate how memories can be captured and used to bring joy to others. The event is free, but books will be available for purchase. R.S.V.P to email@example.com.
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4: Join the Día de Los Muertos celebration at the Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix. Saturday from 2-3 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Stella Pope Duarte will share her memoir and how to appreciate your life and the lives of loved ones you seek to remember. Cost is the entrance fee to the Botanical Garden. Contact Carmen Guerrero at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Monday, Nov. 5: Nationally recognized playwright, screenwriter and short fiction author Dennis Bush will conduct a workshop that is free and open to the public at Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Road in Phoenix from 5-7:30 p.m. To reserve a space, call (602) 285-7348 or email email@example.com. Bush will guide attendees through a series of exercises in flash fiction, one-minute plays, single-scene screenplays and more designed to get everyone writing. Bush’s romantic comedy screenplay “Love or Whatever” had its world premiere in June at Frameline’s International Film Festival in San Francisco. His plays have been performed in New York and throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia and South Africa, and his short fiction has been published in noted literary periodicals.
Thursday, Nov. 15: Christina Whitehawk will present “Boosting Creativity by Optimizing Your Brain” to the Arizona Press Women at the Doubletree Suites, 320 N. 44th Street in Phoenix. The author of “Doorways to Daily Soul Nurturance: A Book for Daily Inspirational Focus,” Whitehawk provides new perspectives for accessing multiple levels of intelligence. As a Brain Gym instructor/consultant who has been licensed since 1989, Whitehawk has been instrumental in teaching individuals, educators and organizations to access and harness previously untapped inner resources using the brain-specific movements and processes of Brain Gym. Admission to the event is free for APW members, and cost is $5 for nonmembers. The program starts at 11:30 a.m., and attendees purchase their own meals. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Nov. 17: Elizabeth Welles will speak at the monthly meeting of the Phoenix Writers Club held from noon-2 p.m. at the Bluewater Grill, 1720 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix. Cost is $15 for members, $20 for guests. Please contact Eileen Birin at email@example.com for reservations. Welles is the author of “Journaling for Well-Being & Peace,” a guide that provides tools to help heal from loss and discover new pathways to creativity. A creativity and relaxation expert, Welles is the founder of the Four Wisdoms of Creativity and the ISIS Method for Stress Reduction.
Wednesday, Nov. 28: Author, researcher and authority on women in politics in early Arizona history Heidi J. Osselaer will speak to the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the regular 5:30-7:30 p.m. meeting. R.S.V.P to founder/president Patricia L. Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org to attend the event, which will be held at the Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale. Cost is $22 for members, $25 for guests. Osselaer is the author of “Winning Their Place: Arizona Women in Politics, 1883-1950,” which won two Glyph Awards from the Arizona Book Publishing Association in 2010: Best History/Political and the Embodying Arizona Award. It was also a finalist for the Best Book Award. Osselaer received her undergraduate degree in history from the University of California at Berkley, and both her master’s and doctorate in U.S. history from Arizona State University. She will discuss some of Arizona’s most important early female politicians, such as state suffrage leader Frances Willard Munds, Congresswoman Isabella Greenway, state legislator Nellie Trent Bush and Justice Lorna Lockwood.
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