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Learn legal and creative aspects of writing from Maria Crimi Speth and Kris Neri

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Saturday, April 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., join the Arizona Authors Writer’s Circle at Phoenix’s Saguaro Library, 2808 N. 46th St., to hear intellectual property attorney Maria Crimi Speth and author Kris Neri.

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Following a time set aside for networking, Speth, who says her job is to keep writers out of court, will speak on the topic “Protect Your Writings.” She’ll tell how to avoid making costly legal mistakes and will present a comprehensive yet easy-to-understand summary of applicable laws relating to blogs, articles and books.

A shareholder in the law firm of Jaburg & Wilk, P.C., Speth has been practicing law for 25 years and specializes in the areas of intellectual property, Internet law and commercial litigation. She is the author of “Protect Your Writings: A Legal Guide for Authors.”

At 11:45 a.m., Neri will speak on the topic “Building Your Fiction Book: The Structure You See and the Structure You Don’t.” The award-winning author, bookseller, and writing instructor will focus on the use of the three-act structure to provide strong plotting for all types of fiction. In addition, she will tell how to identify the hidden story within a storyline and how working with the hidden story will strengthen the novel.

Neri is the author of the Tracy Eaton mystery series and the Samantha Brennan and Annabelle Haggerty magical mysteries. She and her husband own The Well Red Coyote bookstore in Sedona, Ariz. Neri also teaches writing online for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, as well as presenting workshops at conferences and writers’ groups and classes through her bookstore. “Revenge on Route 66” is her most recent Tracy Eaton mystery, and her latest magical mystery, “Magical Alienation,” recently became a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award winner. Her novels have been finalists for such prestigious awards as the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity and Lefty Awards.

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