• Mercenary Creatives of Southern Arizona

    This is a monthly breakfast, lunch, or happy hour meeting for freelance or agency writers, editors, authors, artists, designers, photographers, web designers, programmers, instructors, and other creative professionals to share best practices and get out of the office. It’s free, except for the cost of your meal, and you’re welcome to invite others.

    Simply use the SignUpGenius platform to indicate your intentions to attend. It’s easy to cancel if something comes up. No more coordinating by email if you can’t come at the last minute!

    Come as you can and leave when you must. Simply add a comment to tell other attendees that you will be later than our “official” start time, if that applies to you.

    At our meetings, we’ll make suggestions for future meeting places. If you would like to volunteer to be a host or coordinator, contact me and I’ll post the details for you (easy peasy to set up a breakfast, lunch, or happy hour whenever you like).

    We don’t really have any “rules,” except to eat at locally-owned restaurants. (For more information about why we to do this, check out Local First Arizona. Some of us are proud members: StudioGraphia, Barbara NcNichol Editorial, Julie Originals…Your Name Here…:-))

    I created the Mercenary Creatives of Southern Arizona LinkedIn Group for us to share resources and have access to professional profiles. Please feel free to join us there between mealtime meetings.

    Hope to see you soon. In the meantime, be well, and use your powers for good!

    Heather Severson

    Mercenary Writer, Gypsy Scholar, Good Citizen.
    StudioGraphia, LLC.


    Want to host a gathering? Have Heather add it to the calendar. All you have to do is pick a time and place, show up, and greet other mercenary creatives. Easy peasy!

    • LUNCH: Food Truck Tuesdays Downtown. Tuesday, June 9, 12:00-1:00 PM. Meet in lobby of Main Library. One hour of free parking in the library parking garage.
    • HAPPY HOUR: 1072 Pizza and Beer. 1702 E Speedway Blvd. Friday, June 26, 4:30-5:30 PM.
    • BREAKFAST: Friday, September 11, 7:00-8:00 AM. The Good Egg, 5055 N Oracle Rd.

    We like to meet for breakfast at various Good Egg locations around town.

    We like to eat lunch at Fronimos Greek Restaurant. 3242 E. Speedway Blvd.

    We’re going to try Happy Hour scheduling this year.

    Let Heather know if you know of a great locally-owned place to meet!


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