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ALA Mid-Winter 2019

 January 25-29, 2019 • Seattle WA

 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference are the premier global library events each year, bringing together the newsmakers, innovators, thought leaders, and influencers in the library field, from all over the world. News is made at these events, where important announcements are made, updates are shared, relevant legislation and policy are addressed, and discussions take place that have a major impact on libraries, their role, and their ongoing transformation. These events trend nationally on Twitter and are extensively covered in the media. https://2019.alamidwinter.org

 

Sleuthfest 2019*

March 14-17, 2019 ● Boca Raton, Florida 

The Florida Chapter of MWA’s annual conference for mystery, suspense, and thriller writers. 2018 Guests of Honor included: Keynote Andrew Gross, Forensic GoH Katherine Ramsland Ph.D., and guest authors Hallie Ephron, Hank Phillippi Ryan, P..J. Parrish and James R. Benn. http://sleuthfest.com

 

Virginia Festival of the Book: CrimeWave

March 20-24, 2019 • Charlottesville VA

More information: https://www.vabook.org/program_topics/crime-wave/

 

Murder and Mayhem in Chicago 2019*

March 23, 2019 • Chicago IL

MMC is a one-day event featuring some of Chicago’s top mystery/crime writers and a few of their friends, too. This event is perfect for crime readers and librarians hoping to find new books to read and aspiring crime writers hoping to learn about the mystery community and writing and publishing careers. http://murdermayhemchicago.com/

 

Left Coast Crime 2019

March 28-31, 2019 • Vancouver, British Columbia

"Whale of a Crime". American Guest of Honor C.J. Box, Canadian Guest of Honor Maureen Jennings, Toastmaster Cathy Ace, Ghost of Honor L.R. Wright. Lifetime Achievement Sue Grafton, For more information, visit http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/2019

 

2019 Edgar Symposium and Awards

April 24-25, 2019  •  New York NY • Grand Hyatt Hotel

Each spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar® Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre. The Edgar Awards will be presented on either Thursday, April 25 or May 2, 2019 (at the time of this update the date had not yet been announced).  The nominees for the 2019 Awards will be posted at: http://www.theedgars.com

 

Malice Domestic 2019

May 3-5, 2019  •  Bethesda MD

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 Lifetime Achievement Award Parnell Hall with Toastmaster Chris Grabenstein and Guest of Honor Donna Andrews. Visit www.MaliceDomestic.org

 

Crimefest 2019

May 9-12, 2019  •  Bristol UK

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. Featured and highlighted guest authors will be announced soon at www.CrimeFest.com

 

Maine Crime Wave 2019

May 31-June 1, 2019  •  Portland ME

Special guests and more details will be announced soon at http://mainewriters.org/maine-crime-wave/.

 

CrimeCon 2019

June 7-9, 2019  •  New Orleans LA

A conference for fans of true crime. CrimeCon brings the genre we love to life through immersive experiences, incredible guests, and nerdy deep-dives into tactics and cases. Add the world's best true crime podcasters and sprinkle in some surprise mystery and intrigue--and you've got CrimeCon weekend.

 

California Crime Writers 2019

June 8-9, 2019 ● Culver City, California 

CCWC offers four tracks of curriculum for the mystery writer: writing craft, industry/business, law enforcement, forensics and marketing. Each track features eight panels and/or workshops. Attendees can attend any combination of sessions. www.ccwconference.org

 

Nancy Drew Haunted Maine Convention

June 19-22, 2019  •  Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Our mission is to walk in Nancy Drew's footsteps each year at our conventions. We select a theme book--one of the classic 56 hardcover Nancy Drew books printed from 1930 to 1979--that is set in a real location and we do things that Nancy Drew and her chums did in the books. This adds that nostalgic flair to our conventions so they're much more special than a generic location! While we may not chase villains down dark alleys or sleuth for secret passageways (yet!), we do manage to mix real-life locations with book hunting and activities based on the mystery in the theme book(s) for a fabulous event of mystery and "mayhem." Visit www.ndsleuths.com

 

Thrillerfest

July 9-13, 2019 ● New York, NY

Thrillerfest is the premiere conference for thriller enthusiasts, bringing together famous authors and new ones along with industry professionals, agents, and fans. It’s a vibrant hub of literary networking and social interaction. Featuring 2019 ThrillerMaster John Sandford, along with 2019 Thriller Legend Margaret Marbury. Writers should check out CraftFest and Master CraftFest. For more information, visit www.thrillerfest.com

 

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, (AKA Harrogate)

July 18-21, 2019  ●  Harrogate UK

Taking place over four-days each July, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival presents an accessible, challenging and entertaining long-weekend of live literature events, engaging 13,000 people each year in lively thought-provoking debates about the written word, the changing roles of writers and readers, and literature’s response to, and effect upon, wider society. Visit http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime-writing-festival

 

The Writers Police Academy*

August 1-4, 2019 • Green Bay, WI 

 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! www.writerspoliceacademy.com

 

Deadly Ink

August 2-4, 2019 ●  Parsippany NJ

New Jersey’s biggest little mystery conference, Deadly Ink. Sheraton Parsippany Hotel. Website: https://deadly-ink.com

 

Edinburgh Book Festival

August 10-26, 2019  •  Edinburgh Scotland

We are the largest public celebration of the written word in the world. Every August we bring around 1000 writers and thinkers from across the planet together to rub shoulders with you, the audience. https://www.edbookfest.co.uk

 

Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival

August 10, 2019  ●  Suffolk VA   

Held at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, this one-day festival will showcase multiple bestselling mystery, suspense, romance, paranormal, horror and women's fiction authors who will participate in book signings, fan meet & greets and readings. Additional activities will include multiple workshops, a New Author Expo, and author panel discussions. Visit http://www.suffolkmysteryauthorsfestival.com/

 

PulpFest 2019

August 15-18, 2019 • Pittsburgh PA

The summertime destination for fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials, PulpFest seeks to honor the pulps by drawing attention to the many ways these throwaway magazines have inspired writers, artists, film directors, software developers, and other creators over the decades. Visit http://www.pulpfest.com

 

Killer Nashville 2019*

August 22-25, 2019 • Franklin TN

Killer Nashville features nine breakout sessions for intense smaller group interaction, an authors’ bar (free for hotel guests), a moonshine and wine tasting, free agent/editor roundtable pitch sessions, a mock crime scene designed by special agents and other law enforcement professionals, cocktail receptions, the Guest of Honor Dinner and Awards Banquet, film previews, and live music performances. www.killernashville.com

 

Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference*

August 22-25, 2019  •  Corte Madera CA

This conference has a strong tradition of great authors and teachers. 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. http://bookpassage.com/mystery-writers-conference

 

Agatha Christie Festival 2019

September 11-15, 2019  •  Torre Abbey, Torquay UK

Working with artists, writers and the extraordinary people and histories of Torbay and South Devon, International Agatha Christie Festival is an arts organisation dedicated both to promoting new stories and connecting to the voices of artists across the world. Inspired from the ingenuity and curiosities of Dame Agatha Christie Mallowan, it celebrates creativity and works to nurture and support artistic innovation, well-being and enjoyment across all ages. www.iacf-uk.org

 

Creatures, Crimes & Creativity 2019

September 13-15, 2019  •  Columbia MD

Our purpose is to gather readers and writers of mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal.  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 our key note speakers.  http://creaturescrimesandcreativity.com

 

Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival

September, 20-22, 2019  •  Stirling, Scotland

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

 

Novelists Inc*

September 25-29, 2019  •  St. Petersburg FL

The Novelists, Inc. conference is a unique experience that brings together multi-published, multi-genre authors who publish traditionally, independently, or both. The speakers are selected from the top echelons of the industry and the conversations rise far and above what you'll experience anywhere else. Come discover the latest tools, maximize your publishing relationships, hone effective strategies, exploit opportunities, and rocket your career to the next level! Information at https://ninc.com/conferences/about-the-ninc-conference/

 

SinC Into Great Writing! Workshop 2019

October 30, 2019  •  Dallas TX

Wednesday, October 30th - one day prior to Bouchercon. Fly in early and join us for an afternoon workshop.

 

Bouchercon 2019

October 31-November 3, 2019  •  Dallas TX

Guests of Honor: Karin Slaughter and Sean Chercover; International Guests of Honor: Sara Blaedel, Mark Billingham; Toastmaster: Lisa Unger, Florida Guest of Honor: Tim Dorsey, Lifetime Achievement: Ian Rankin; Fan Guests of Honor: Judy Bobalik and Ayo Onatade.  Ghost of Honor John D. MacDonald . http://bouchercon2019.com/

 

New England Crime Bake*

November 8-10, 2019  •  Location TBD

The New England Crime Bake is the premier conference for writers and lovers of crime writing in New England, held every Veteran’s Day weekend, Friday through Sunday. Jointly sponsored by the New England chapters of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, Crime Bake is a learning experience and a networking opportunity. Attendees include writers at all stages of their careers, representing every genre in crime writing, including mystery, thriller, suspense, YA, historical, and true crime. www.crimebake.org

  

 

 

 

 

+++++ Still Need to Confirm 2019 Dates for the Following Conferences +++++

Mystery Writers Key West Fest

June 2019 (Dates Not Yet Announced - last year was June 22-24, 2018)  ●  Key West FL

Join your favorite mystery writers, aspiring writers, and mystery fans in America’s southernmost city! From South Florida's favorite storytellers to writers of international renown, this is a meet-and-greet where authors can catch up with old friends and readers can chat with their favorite mystery writers, collect signed books -- and participate in workshops, panels, and presentations where bestselling authors explain how and why they do it. More information is at the website, http://mysteryfestkeywest.com/

  

St Hilda’s Crime and Mystery Weekend

August 2019 (Dates not yet announced, but maybe 8/16-18/2019 is a guess based on 2018 dates)  •  Oxford UK

 In the past, this conference has flourished through simple word of mouth, although it is featured on the events and reunions page of St. Hilda's College this year with links to the booking -- https://www.sthildas.ox.ac.uk/Hildascrime2018

 

BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival

August 31 - September 1, 2019 (guess based on 2018 dates. No 2019 dates posted yet, maybe 8/31-9/1 or 9/7-8)) • Sydney Australia

This is an annual event held to explore what crime can tell us about humanity, both contemporary and historical. The speakers include writers, reporters and film-makers, and professionals from the justice system such as detectives, judges and psychologists. http://www.badsydney.com

 

Book 'Em North Carolina

September 21, 2019 (guess based on September 22, 2018) •  Robeson Community College, Lumberton NC

An Award-Winning Book Fair and Writer's Conference. Free and Open to the Public!

  

Script DC 2019*

October 25-27, 2019 (guess based on last year's dates October 26-28)  •  Washington DC

ScriptDC supports the work of directors, producers, actors, and writers via seminars that provide access to talented media professionals willing to share their expertise. No information yet posted about the 2019 conference 

 

Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival XXV

October 18-20, 2019 (guess based on last year's dates of October 19-21)  •  Indianapolis, IN

This year, the conference will be held in Indianapolis (rather than Muncie) at the historic Columbia Club on Monument Circle. http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/centersandinstitutes/ebball/magnacummurder

 

 

High Country Festival of the Book

Boone, NC  • September 12

This 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

High Country Festival of the Book

Boone, NC  • September 12

This 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

High Country Festival of the Book

Boone, NC  • September 12

This 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

High Country Festival of the Book

Boone, NC  • September 12

This 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

SinC Into Great Writing! Workshop 

November

More information will be posted as we finalize the details.

SinC Into Great Writing! Workshop 

November

More information will be posted as we finalize the details.

SinC Into Great Writing! Workshop

New Orleans LA  • September 14

Wednesday, September 14 from 1:00–6:00 one day prior to Bouchercon. 

SinC Into Great Writing! Workshop

New Orleans LA  • September 14

Wednesday, September 14 from 1:00–6:00 one day prior to Bouchercon. 

SinC Into Great Writing! Workshop

New Orleans LA  • September 14

Wednesday, September 14 from 1:00–6:00 one day prior to Bouchercon. 

SinC Into Great Writing! Workshop

New Orleans LA  • September 14

Wednesday, September 14 from 1:00–6:00 one day prior to Bouchercon. 

 

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