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Denise Ganley

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Sponsored Presenter 2020

About Denise Ganley

Denise Ganley is a graduate of the Your Novel Year program from Arizona State University’s Piper Center for Creative Writing and has a Certificate in Creative Writing from Phoenix College. Her supernatural short story THE RELIC EXPERT placed as a semifinalist in the 2011 Faulkner Wisdom Contest and with Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest 80th Annual Writing Competition (Mainstream/Literary Category). Denise writes inclusive, cross-genre stories. She is the host of The Heart-Shaped Books Podcast and the 2020 Board President of Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter. Find her at

Find Conference Sessions with Denise Ganley

Panel: Making a Mystery
Shannon Baker, Dianne Freeman, Denise Ganley, Deborah J. Ledford, Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths

Friday, February 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Location: Thoren, University Club
Type: Panel
Genre: Crime Fiction, Fiction, Mixed Genre, Mystery

What makes for a good mystery? How can perspective and character be used to create suspenseful scenes and great reveals? What can lyric essays, poetry, and literary fiction learn from the plot structures of crime fiction and noir? In this panel, join authors from the Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths for a practical discussion on the craft of mysteries.