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Conferences 2013 ARCHIVE
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Love Is Murder

Chicago, IL • February 1–3

This forum allows writers and readers to further their knowledge of writing, publishing, and the business of book production. David J. Walker will be local guest of honor; Lee Goldberg, Bob Mayer, and Michael Harvey are featured authors.


Sleuthfest on Saturday

Sarasota, FL • February 16

Rescue your manuscript, your book, your career. Hands-on workshop led by bestselling authors Elaine Viets and Kristy Montee (P.J. Parrish).?Craft-oriented panels, e-book presentation, agent/editor presentation and pitch sessions.


Book ‘Em North Carolina

Lumberton NC • February 23

The second writers conference and book fair at Robeson Community College will host more than 75 authors and publishers for book signings, panel discussions, and more.


Left Coast Crime

Colorado Springs CO • March 21–24

“Where murder is the last resort” is for readers, writers, librarians, and other mystery and thriller enthusiasts. Craig Johnson and Laura Lippman will be guests of honor; David Corbett, toastmaster; Parnell Hall, “Last Resort Troubadour”; Tom and Enid Schantz, fan guests of honor; Stephen J. Cannell, ghost of honor.


Journey Steps: No Frills Guide to Plotting

Online Workshop • April 1–28 (4 weeks, 2 lessons per week)
Ever wonder what you’re supposed to “put” in between those four or five turning points of your story? Susan Meier’s Journey Steps, No Frills Guide to Plotting, provides quick, easy solutions for any author who has ever wondered “now what?” Topics include the “magic formula” for plotting, the list of five, explanation of plot threads versus subplot and tricks for writing an “edge-of-the-seat” read. Learn to tell your story in one straight-forward paragraph that can be used for pitches! Plotters, pantsers, beginners, intermediate and experienced authors will benefit from this workshop. Cost: $15 members; $25 nonmembers. Click for more detailed workshop information and instructions on how to sign up.


Daddy's Girls' Weekend

Mobile, Alabama • April 5–7

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,


2013 Edgar Symposium

New York, NY • May 1

Craft-oriented panels presented by leading crime writers and Edgar-award nominees. Grand master interview. Details TBA.


Malice Domestic 25

Bethesda MD • May 3–5

The conference honoring the traditional mystery will feature Laurie R. King, guest of honor; Laura Lippman, toastmaster; Aaron Elkins, lifetime achievement; Carolyn Hart, Amelia Award; Peter Robinson, international guest of honor; Cindy Silberblatt, fan guest of honor; Dick Francis, Malice remembers.


Festival of Mystery at Oakmont

Oakmont, PA • May 6

Mystery Lovers Bookshop sponsors this popular annual multi-author event. Book signings and author interviews.


Nancy Drew Conference

Boston/Somerville, MA • May 28 – June 2

Calling all fans of our favorite girl sleuth, Nancy Drew. This year’s theme books are #27, The Secret of the Wooden Lady and #83, The Case of the Vanishing Veil. Field trips, ghost tours, parties, book exchanges and merchandise.



Bristol UK • May 30–June 2

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. Robert Goddard is the featured guest author/toastmaster. Also featured are Lindsey Davis, Jeffery Deaver, Sophie Hannah, David Hewson, Peter James, Simon Kernick, Denise Mina, Dana Stabenow and many more.


California Crime Writers

Pasadena CA • June 22–23

LA-SinC and Southern Chapter of Mystery Writers of America co-sponsor this biennial event geared to emerging and established mystery writers. Sue Grafton and Elizabeth George will be keynote speakers.


Thrillerfest VIII

New York NY • July 10–13

ThrillerMasters Anne Rice and R. L. Stine; Spotlight Guests Michael Connelly, T. Jefferson Parker, and Michael Palmer; and Silver Bullet Award Recipient Steve Berry will highlight the event.


Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference

Corte Madera, CA • July 25-28

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.

Details TBA.


Theaksons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, (AKA Harrogate)

Harrogate UK • July 18–21

Chair Val McDermid will be joined by Special Guests Kate Atkinson, Charlaine Harris, Susan Hill, and Ruth Rendell interviewed by Jeanette Winterson.


Deadly Ink

New Brunswick, NJ • August 2 -4

Hank Phillippi Ryan is Guest of Honor; Rosemary Harris is Toastmaster; Fan Guest of Honor is Bob Daniher.


St Hilda’s Crime and Mystery Weekend

Oxford, UK • August 16-18

“From Here to Eternity: The Present and Future of Crime Fiction.” Now in its twentieth year, this classic conference at St Hilda’s College in Oxford, England features Jill Paton Walsh as Guest of Honor/Conference Lecturer. Other speakers include P.D. James, Val McDermid, Peter Robinson, Andrew Taylor, Frances Fyfield, Martin Edwards, Penny Evans, and Tom Harper/Edwin Thomas. After dinner speakers are Bernard Knight and Priscilla Masters. Natasha Cooper will chair. 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


Scene of the Crime

Wolfe Island, Ontario, Canada • August 17

Wolfe Island — the largest of the Thousand Islands – hosts this mystery conference featuring author panels, readings, discussions, a writing workshop by Barbara Franklin, a coffee and muffin breakfast, full lunch (including church lady pie!) and their famous church supper. The 2013 Grant Allen award for contributions to Canadian crime and mystery writing will be awarded to Andrew Pyper, author of LOST GIRLS, THE GUARDIANS, and the forthcoming DEMONOLGIST. Other authors attending include Ian Hamilton, Janet Bolin, Linda Wiken/Erika Chase, and Gloria Ferris.


Killer Nashville

Nashville, TN • August 22-25

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.


The Writers Police Academy

Jamestown, NC • September 5-8

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 2013, the registration fee will be partially underwritten for Sisters in Crime members.


Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival

Stirling, Scotland • September 13-15

The best of Scottish crime fiction featuring fifty


Creatures, Crimes & Creativity

Baltimore, MD • September 13-15

A literary conference designed to gather readers and writers of mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and steam punk. It will present three days of panels and workshops of interest to both writers and fans. The main 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. There will be presentations from two impressive key note speakers (Jeffrey Deaver and Christopher Golden) and interviews with two inspiring local special guest authors (John Gilstrap and Trice Hickman).


Agatha Christie Festival

Torquay, UK • September 15-22

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.


SinC Into Great Writing! Workshop

Albany NY • September 18

"CREATE" Your Writing Career is the title of this year's pre-Bouchercon SinC into Great Writing Workshop. Cathy Pickens will lead the session on the creative process, including developing, learning to tap into creativity more deeply, and producing creative work more readily. Robert Dugoni will lead the session on selling your novel. More information and registration form coming in Spring.


Bouchercon 2013

Albany NY • September 19–22

Honorees at the world mystery conference include Sue Grafton for lifetime achievement, P. C. Doherty as international guest of honor, Tess Gerritsen as American guest of honor, Steve Hamilton as toastmaster, and Chris Aldrich and Lynn Kaczmarek as fan guests of honor.


Get into the Spirit of Writing! Annual Writer's Retreat

Greensburg PA • October 4-6

The Mary Roberts Rinehart Chapter of Sisters in Crime based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania announces the 2013 “Get into the Spirit of Writing” Annual Retreat at the Bishop Connare Center. Stay the weekend in either single or double accommodations, or attend Saturday’s workshops only for a Day Pass fee. This year we are pleased to announce that we have retained Timons Esaias, author, poet, and adjunct professor at Seton Hill University's Masters Program for Writing Popular Fiction. His publications are too numerous to count, but some of his recent contributions have been both essays and short stories, including “Don’t Be a Bobble Head, and Other Bits of Guidance,” Many Genres, One Craft, Michael A. Arnzen & Heidi Ruby Miller, Eds., Headline Books (2011). As is our tradition, we will be doing a work in progress critique session Friday evening prior to the workshops on Saturday, and don't forget to bring your walking shoes, as the BCC boasts beautiful grounds and trails to take in the beautiful Fall settings. How to Sign Up: If you are interested in attending, please contact Jennifer Little-Fleck, treasurer, at in order to make payment for the Workshop and/or the entire weekend stay.


Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival

Indianapolis, IN • October 25-27

This year, the conference will be held in Indianapolis (rather than Muncie) at the historic Columbia Club on Monument Circle. Guest of Honor, Steve Hamilton. Dinner speaker, Hank Phillipi Ryan.


New England Crime Bake

Dedham, MA • November 8-10

Details TBA.


Crime and Justice Festival

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia • November 15-17

The public, writers, social commentators, judicial luminaries and the legal profession come together to both celebrate and promote contemporary writings in the fields of justice and human rights, and to overlay these discussions with guest writers in the genre of crime fiction.


Many thanks to Marcia Talley, Sisters in Crime past president, for compiling this information for the 2013 year.

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