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Sleuthfest

Orlando, Florida • February 27 - March 2

The Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America conference features Laura Lippman, Ace Atkins, and Hank Phillippi Ryan. Special spotlight speaker is Chris Grabenstein. Keynote speaker is Charlaine Harris. Sunday's breakfast will feature a conversation with Jeffrey Deaver, Charlaine Harris and Chris Grabenstein interviewed by Oline H. Cogdill. See the conference website for more information.

 

PLA 2014 Conference

Indianapolis, Indiana • March 11-15

The biennial PLA Conference holds a reputation for excellence as the largest conference devoted to public library professionals. The multi-day event continually offers more than 200 top-quality education programs, social events that include author luncheons and networking receptions, and a bustling exhibits hall featuring the latest in products and services.

 

Daddy's Girls' Weekend

Mobile, Alabama • April 3–6

Daddy's Girls' Weekend is a readers' and writers' event, including workshops, meeting authors, talking with an agent and an editor, and having a lot of fun. You can register for the entire weekend ($250), or for a day or specific session periods. Featured writers include Chris Grabenstein and Dean James, along with editor Mallory Kass of Scholastic, Benjamin LeRoy, Editor and Publisher of Tyrus Books, agent Debbie Carter, and many others. SinC Members get a $25 discount of the price of the whole weekend. See the website for more details, www.daddysgirlsweekend.com.

 

Left Coast Crime 2014

Monterey, California • March 20-23

Calamari Crime will feature Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini as lifetime achievement honorees, Cara Black as us guest of honor, Louise Penny as international guest of honor, Sue Grafton as “G” is for Guest, Brad Parks as toastmaster, Sue Trowbridge as guest of honor, and Collin Wilcox as ghost of honor. For more information, visit www.LeftCoastCrime.org/2014

 

2014 Edgar Symposium

New York, NY • May 1

Craft-oriented panels presented by leading crime writers and Edgar-award nominees. Grand master interview. www.mysterywriters.org

 

Malice Domestic 2014

Bethesda MD • May 2–4

The annual "fun fan" convention in metropolitan Washington, D.C. salutes the traditional mystery—books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The conference honoring the traditional mystery will feature Kathy Lynn Emerson, guest of honor; Earlene Fowler, toastmaster; Dorothy Cannell, Joan Hess, and Margaret Maron for lifetime achievement awards; Tom Schantz, Poirot Award; Audrey Reith, fan guest of honor; www.MaliceDomestic.org

 

Nancy Drew Conference

San Diego, CA  •  June 2-8

Calling all fans of our favorite girl sleuth, Nancy Drew. This year’s theme books are Files #19 Sisters in Crime and Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys SuperMystery #36 Process of Elimination. We will loosely base some of our activities and our Saturday mystery dinner on some classic Nancy Drew books: The Clue in the Diary, The Crooked Banister, and Mystery of the Glowing Eye. www.ndsleuths.com/ndsconventions.html

 

Crimefest

Bristol UK • May 15-18

The annual convention draws top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world and gives delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in an informal atmosphere. Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Simon Brett, Mark Billingham are featured guest authors. Also featured are  Ben Aaronovitch, Jasper Fforde, Nicci French, Lars Kepler and many more. www.CrimeFest.com 

 

High Country Festival of the Book

Boone, NC June 27-28

This third annual event will include authors for readers of all ages and interests. Events held at Watauga County Public Library and downtown Boone.www.highcountryfestivalofthebook.com

 

Thrillerfest VIII

New York NY • July 8–12

This year is the 10th Anniversary of ITW, and we are thrilled to be honoring 2014 ThrillerMaster Scott Turow and 2014 Silver Bullet Award recipient Brenda Novak. We’ll also be welcoming back 2013 ThrillerMaster Anne Rice and 2013 Silver Bullet Award recipient Steve Berry.  www.thrillerfest.com

 

Theaksons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, (AKA Harrogate)

Harrogate UK • July 17–20

Rowling/Galbraith, and McDermid join an already stellar list of names, which includes the likes of Ann Cleeves, Sophie Hannah, Lynda LaPlante, Laura Lippman, Peter May, Denise Mina, Steve Mosby and S.J.Watson. The Festival dates are 17-20 July 2014, so block out these dates and join us for one long criminally good weekend.  http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime/

 

Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference

Corte Madera, CA • July 24-27

Panels and classes offer mystery writers what they need to know to get published. Mystery writers learn all the clues to a successful writing career. Editors, agents, and publishers share with participants what they need to know to get published. Authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense and point of view. Panels of detectives, forensic experts, and other crime-fighting professionals provide invaluable information that allows writers to put realism into their work. We’re proud of the successful mystery writers who began their careers at this conference.vFor more information or to register, contact Kathryn Petrocelli at 800-999-7909, ext. 239, or email bpconferences@bookpassage.com. http://www.bookpassage.com/mystery-writers-conference. Details TBA. http://bookpassage.com/mystery-writers-conference

 

Deadly Ink

New Brunswick, NJ • August 1-3

Donald Bain and Renee Paley-Bain are Guests of Honor; Donna Andrews is Toastmaster. www.deadlyink.com

 

St Hilda’s Crime and Mystery Weekend

Oxford, UK • August 15-17

The 2014 theme marks the centenary of the start of World War 1: "War and Crime." There is no website, as generally this conference has flourished through simple word of mouth. To get added to the mailing list or to request a booking form, contact Eileen.Roberts@st-hildas.oxford.ac.uk

 

Killer Nashville

Nashville, TN • August 21-24

This conference offers over 60 sessions and 7 session tracks (general writing, genre specific writing, publishing, publicity & promotion, forensics, screenwriting, sessions for fans); manuscript critiques (fiction, nonfiction, short story, screenplay, marketing, query); a mock crime scene for you to solve; networking with bestselling authors, agents, editors, publishers, attorneys, publicists, and representatives from law and emergency services. www.killernashville.com

 

The Writers Police Academy

Jamestown, NC • September 4-7

Hands-on, interactive and educational experience writers can use to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement and forensics. This conference features real police, fire, and EMS training at an actual police academy. Top instructors and experts! In 2014, the registration fee will be partially underwritten for Sisters in Crime members. www.writerspoliceacademy.com

 

Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival

Stirling, Scotland • September 19-21

The best of Scottish crime fiction featuring fifty authors.www.bloodyscotland.com

 

Agatha Christie Festival

Torquay, UK • September 14-21

The English Riviera transforms itself into the murder mystery capital of the country, with ladies and gents in their period finery immersing themselves in tea parties, theatre, dinners on steam trains and vintage bus tours in honor of the Queen of Crime, who was born in Torquay on 15th September 1890. Garden parties to die for, lunches at Burgh Island, exclusive Twilight Tours of Christie’s home, Greenway, and plenty of Devon Cream Teas. http://www.englishriviera.co.uk/agathachristie/agatha-christie-festival

 

Creatures, Crimes & Creativity

Baltimore, MD • October 10-12

Our purpose is to gather readers and writers of mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal. The conference is scheduled for October 10, 11 and 12 of 2014 in the Hunt Valley Inn in Baltimore. It will present three days of panels and workshops of interest to both writers and fans. We will all dine together and hear presentations from two impressive key note speakers Eric Van Lustbader and Rebecca York and share interviews with two inspiring special guests. Our primary objective is to provide opportunities for authors and fans to meet and mingle, chat and network, and strengthen the bond between the creators of genre fiction and those who enjoy reading it. http://creaturescrimesandcreativity.com

 

Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival

Indianapolis, IN • October 24-26

This year, the conference will be held in Indianapolis (rather than Muncie) at the historic Columbia Club on Monument Circle. Guest of Honor, John Gilstrap. Dinner speaker, International Guest of Honor, Robert Wilson. http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/centersandinstitutes/ebball/magnacummurder

 

New England Crime Bake

Dedham, MA • November 7-9

Guest of Honor Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of ten mystery novels featuring Absaroka County, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire. His series about the book-loving, straight-talking former Marine turned lawman inspired the acclaimed A&E drama, Longmire, renewed for its third season.. www.crimebake.org/index.htm

 

SinC Into Great Writing! Workshop

Long Beach, CA • November 12

More information will be posted as we finalize the details.

 

Bouchercon 2014

Long Beach, CA • November 13-16

Honorees include Jeffery Deaver for lifetime achievement, Edward Marston as international guest of honor, J. A. Jance as American guest of honor, Simon Wood as toastmaster, and Al Abramson as fan guest of honor. www.bouchercon2014.com

 

 

 

 

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