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Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen is the New York Times bestselling author of two historical mystery series as well as the #1 Kindle bestselling stand-alone In Farleigh Field. The Molly Murphy mysteries are set in early 1900s New York and the lighter Royal Spyness novels take place in 1930s London. Both series have won multiple awards including both Agatha and Anthony and Rhys has been nominated for the Edgar best novel. Rhys's books are translated into many languages and have received praise from around the world. Rhys is a native Brit who now divides her time between California and Arizona.

Rhys has conducted workshops on research, setting, the historical novel, as well as an intensive writing workshop in Tuscany (which she will repeat next year) She has been on the faculty at the Book Passage Mystery Conference for many years and will teach at this year's Surrey Writers Conference in Canada.

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Allison Brennan

Allison Brennan believes life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, Allison is now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen thrillers and numerous short stories. Reviewers have called her “a master of suspense” and RT Book Reviews said her books are “mesmerizing” and “complex.” She’s been nominated for multiple awards, including the Thriller, RWA’s Best Romantic Suspense (five times), and twice won the Daphne du Maurier award. She currently writes two series—the Lucy Kincaid/Sean Rogan thrillers and the Maxine Revere cold case mysteries.

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Jan Burke

Jan Burke is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She has won the Edgar, the Agatha, the Macavity, the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Award, and other awards.

Her fourteen books include Flight, Bloodlines, and a supernatural thriller, The Messenger. Her novel Bones won the Edgar for Best Novel. Her books have been published internationally and have been optioned for film and television. She is the author of over thirty short stories.

She is a nationally recognized advocate for the improvement of forensic science. She is a member of the advisory board of the California Forensic Science Institute. She co-hosted the podcast Crime and Science Radio with Doug Lyle.

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L.A. Chandlar

L. A. Chandlar is a national bestselling author and has written non-fiction on the psychology of creativity in Brass, her Fight to Keep Creativity Alive project; a historical fiction novel on the holiday traditions, The Christmas Journalist; and her latest series, The Art Deco Mysteries with Kensington Publishing. Laurie is a motivational speaker and her encouraging, lively lectures stem from her diverse background, which ranges from working in PR with General Motors, fund-raising for a global non-profit, raising two boys in New York City, to touring and managing a rock band. She has lectured and led workshops nationally for a wide variety of audiences including executives, students, social entrepreneurs, historical societies, and U.N. Diplomats. She offers a variety of talks.

She can tailor talks to the preferences of her audience, but some possibilities are:

  • The Psychology of Creativity: 1) An overview of understanding the nature of creativity and how we are wired to create. 2) How to become a student of yourself and how you uniquely write, there is room for all of us, only you can tell your story, overcoming obstacles, differentiating between self-awareness and self-doubt. 3) Creativity Boot Camp: a hands-on workshop to learn how you uniquely create, what inspires you, what bores you, and how to reignite a stalled engine.
  • Marketing you and your books – creatively – and how to not die doing it
  • Finding an agent, writing a good query, keeping an eye on the future and having a positive outlook
  • For the November/December season, a talk on the history of holiday traditions. It’s an inspiring departure on writer’s self-help talks that reminds the audience of why we write. We are part of a bigger story of creativity. Laurie’s Creativity Talks and Holiday Traditions talk have optional with colorful PowerPoint photographs and videos.

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Jane K. Cleland

Jane K. Cleland writes the multiple award-winning, IMBA-bestselling, and long-running Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series. Library Journal named the first in the series, Consigned to Death, a “core title” for librarians looking to build a cozy collection, one of only 22 titles listed, along with books by Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers.

Jane also writes about the craft of writing, including articles for Writer’s Digest Magazine and the bestselling and Agatha Award-winning how-to book, Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot, published by Writer’s Digest Books. Her next how-to book, also for Writer’s Digest Books, is called Mastering Plot Twists.

Jane chairs the Black Orchid Novella Award, one of the Wolfe Pack’s literary awards; she is also a past chapter president of the Mystery Writers of America/New York Chapter and has served on the MWA national board. She has both an MFA (in professional and creative writing) and an MBA (in marketing and management) and is a member of the fulltime faculty at Lehman College, part of the City University of New York, where she is also the director of the Program for Professional Communications. She also mentors MFA students in Western Connecticut State University’s MFA in Creative & Professional Writing program.

Jane speaks frequently at writing conferences, association meetings, and universities. One of her most popular topics is Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot, a workshop presenting thirteen thinking, writing, and revising tips that participants can use to write tighter, more polished first drafts, improving their story’s pace while ratcheting up suspense. She also teaches The Art of Distraction: Using Red Herrings to Create Suspense and The Perception Gap: How to Use Your Characters' Views of the World to Create Compelling and Twisty Plots. She also teaches The Art of Distraction: Using Red Herrings to Create Suspense,  The Perception Gap: How to Use Your Characters' Views of the World to Create Compelling and Twisty Plots, and Mastering Plot Twists

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Vicki Delany

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the United States. She is the author of more than twenty-five published books (so far): everything from clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy.

Under the pen name Eva Gates, she writes the Lighthouse Library mystery series set in a historic lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and as Vicki Delany, the Year Round Christmas mysteries, both for Penguin Random House, and the new Sherlock Holmes bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books.

Vicki lives in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is a retired computer programmer and systems analyst and is the past-board chair of Crime Writers of Canada. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, The Ontario Library Associations Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards.

Vicki is a popular luncheon speaker and workshop presenter. She has taught an eight-week course titled Writing Popular Fiction in conjunction with her local library. She was the guest of honor at the Bloody Words convention in 2014 and at Deadly Ink in 2017. Vicki travels extensively throughout North America and around the word, both for pleasure and to attend mystery and writers’ conventions and speak at book venues.

She can speak on the joys and perils of the writing life, on why she writes so many different sub-genres of crime novels, even the fun of creating a Sherlock Holmes bookshop. For beginning writers, Vicki’s most popular workshop is Page One, Chapter One: Starting your Novel with Impact. Other workshops include Writing Effective Dialogue, Creating Compelling Characters, Writing the Villain in a Crime Novel.

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Laura DiSilverio

A retired Air Force intelligence officer, Laura DiSilverio is the national bestselling and award-winning author of 21 mystery, suspense and youngadult sci-fi novels. She has written four cozy series for various Penguin imprints, and the Swift Investigations books, a humorous private investigator series, for St. Martin's Minotaur. Library Journal named her most recent book, Close Call, one of the Top Five mysteries of 2016, and The Reckoning Stones (2015) won the Colorado Book Award for Mystery in 2016. Incubation, the first book of her self-pubbed young adult dystopian trilogy, is an Amazon bestseller and will be published in France (and other French speaking countries) by City Editions later this year. Her upcoming release is the suspense novel That Last Weekend (Sep 2017). A Past President of Sisters in Crime, she taught for Mystery Writers of America's Mystery University, and teaches writing at Writer's Digest conferences and in other venues.

Some of her popular workshops include No Pain, No Gain: Increasing Conflict in Your Novels; Revealing Character through Setting; Getting Serious about Series Writing; Plot and Conflict: A Match Made for Murder; Antagonists: Six Ways to Make the Bad Better, and more. Please email her if you are interested in more details about any of these workshops, or to talk about other options.

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Mary Anna Evans

Mary Anna Evans is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches fiction and nonfiction writing, including a graduate class in writing mystery and suspense. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers-Camden, as well as an MS in chemical engineering that comes in handy more often than you'd think.

She's won a national award--the Benjamin Franklin Award for best mystery from an independent press--and was chosen to be a writer-in-residence at The Studios of Key West from a national pool of applicants. She has received the Mississippi Author Award, three Florida Book Awards bronze medals, the Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, and was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. Evans is an active speaker, with recent events including a televised talk on the intersection of fiction and science at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and an invited talk at the annual conference of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association.  Her tenth crime novel, Burials, will be published by Poisoned Pen Press in March. 

She can tailor talks to the preferences of her audience, but some possibilities are:

  • The One-Thing-At-A-Time Approach to Editing
  • They're Not Chess Pieces: Creating Characters Who Don't Let You Push Them Around
  • Creating Realistic Settings: Sometimes You Have To Go Outside and Take A Look
  • You Don't Have to Use All the Words: Strip Your Prose of Unnecessary Weight
  • Be Gentle with Your Muse: What to Do When You Feel Blocked

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Christine M. Fairchild

Christine Fairchild (aka The Editor Devil) has 35+ years of experience as a writer, editor and speaker. She currently works as a book doctor to help writers take their stories from good to great. Originally trained as a journalist, she went on to work in entertainment (XFiles,, Paramount), write for fortune 500 companies (Microsoft, AT&T, Hitachi), and provide consulting for consumer product companies (Airborne Express, DHL, Cingular). She combines psychology, brain science, readability, film and bestseller storytelling techniques to teach workshops for writing organizations and conferences. She is regularly called a "powerful" and "dynamic speaker" and her classes typically have standing room only. She delivers fresh tips, tricks and exercises to her audiences, but her main goal is to encourage writers have more fun while honing their craft. 

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Michael Havelin

Michael Havelin has written nine novels (as well as several how-to books) and is hard at work on another in his Ben Bones genealogical sleuth series. He is most proud of Mystery Mastery – Creating a Believable Mystery Novel, a book detailing what writers need to know to write mysteries.

Over the course of his creative life, he has had a varied career. Michael's been a solo blues performer all his life and, most recently, a rhythm guitarist in a revival big band. He's been a photographer of motorcycle road-racing, has authored how-to photography books and articles, and has been the publisher/editor of two national magazines Dialed In! – For Roadracers Only, and Shooter’s Rag, a nature photography magazine. Michael has taught computers to the U.S. Army, and taught nature photography and writing at the college level. He's even practiced law for several years.

Unable to find a critique group that suited his writing interests, Michael established in 2009. A successful critique group for mystery/thriller/suspense writers, it’s been going strong ever since. Our writing has improved and many of our authors have been published. A northerner by birth, he lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, where he also does woodworking and works as a sign language interpreter.

Possible workshop and presentation topics include

  • finding ideas/research
  • mystery-specific writing craft
  • editing/self-editing (macro & micro)
  • writing habits/organization
  • writing & critique groups (including how to start a group)

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Libby Fischer Hellmann

Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago over 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Fourteen novels and twenty short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few.

Libby has been conducting presentations and workshops for nearly forty years. She created her “Building Suspense” workshop after publishing three novels, mostly to teach herself why readers stay up way too late to finish her stories. She also created the full-day “Anatomy of a Crime Novel” workshop, designed to teach the effective use of plot, narrative, voice, setting, character, dialogue. Those elements can be streamlined or combined into two-hour workshops as well; for example: “Dialogue, plot, and setting.” Finally, as a hybrid author, she conducts workshops on how to self-publish the way traditional publishers do it.

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Jessica Lourey

Jessica Lourey (rhymes with "dowry") is a Lefty- and Anthony-nominated author best known for her critically-acclaimed Murder-by-Month mysteries, which have earned multiple starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, the latter calling her writing "a splendid mix of humor and suspense." Jess also writes sword and sorcery fantasy, edge-of-your-seat YA adventure, and magical realism, literary fiction, and feminist thrillers. She is a tenured professor of creative writing and sociology, a recipient of The Loft's Excellence in Teaching fellowship, a regular Psychology Today blogger, and a TEDx presenter. She’s also written Rewrite Your Life, the only book which shows writers how to transform their personal experiences into bestselling fiction.

She has a wide range of teaching expertise and is able to tailor a writing workshop based on your chapter’s needs. Here’s a sampling of her more popular workshops:

  • Writing a Book: From Idea to ISBN (Full-day Workshop)
  • Rewrite Your Life: Transform Your Experiences into Bestselling Fiction(Full-day Workshop)
  • Successful Self-publishing (Full-day Workshop)
  • Cracking the World of Publishing (Half-day Workshop)
  • How to Write a Novel in 7 Steps (50-minute Workshop)
  • Editing Your Novel: Quick and Dirty Tips to Superboost Your Writing(50-minute Workshop)
  • Make 'Em Laugh (50-minute Workshop)
  • Overcoming Writer’s Block (50-minute Workshop)
  • Voices Carry: Mastering Dialogue (50-minute Workshop)

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Alice Loweecey

Alice Loweecey is the author of three books with Midnight Ink, four with Henery Press (with six more to come) and one standalone horror novel. She can make her audience both listen and understand her topic, and make them laugh while learning. At her day job, she is a speaker and trainer, speaking in front of groups large and small. As an actor, she can make herself heard in the balcony. She is also a professional copyeditor.

Possible Presentation Topics:

  • How to write a query letter that grabs an agent’s attention
  • The elements of copyediting for writers who want to self-publish
  • “Breaking the Tape”: a session focusing on the sometimes-elusive elements in good manuscripts, elements that may need just a tweak, or stakes that need one step up, or a voice that isn't quite consistent. These details make the difference between a good book and one that an agent must have no matter what. This class includes study in proposals, first chapters, and outlines in the effort to make the manuscripts into the ones that break the tape and win the race. While typically a day-long course, it can be cherry-picked.
  • Self-publishing your backlist

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Laurie R. King

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 25 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories (from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, named one of the 20th century’s best crime novels by the IMBA, to 2016’s The Murder of Mary Russell). She has won an alphabet of prizes from Agatha to Wolfe, been chosen as guest of honor at several crime conventions, and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar and an honorary doctorate in theology. She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010, as “The Red Circle.”

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Mary Beth Magee

Mary Beth Magee was infected with the murder and mystery bug at an early age. Beginning with The Happy Hollisters and progressing through Nancy Drew, Alfred Hitchcock, Ellery Queen and Agatha Christie, she’s incurable.

She first saw her name in print as a juvenile book reviewer in her hometown paper and hasn’t stopped writing since. Her checkered past includes stints as a telephone operator, substitute school teacher, cosmetic salesperson, home health aide, government contractor, kitchen helper in a deli, real estate agent, office manager and corporate trainer, any of which can show up in a novel. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, focusing on adult learning. Death in the Daylilies, her debut novel, was nominated for a Mississippi Library Award. The sequel, Ambush at the Arboretum, went to print in 2017.

Her public speaking has taken her across the country as a member of Speakers’ Bureaus for Toastmasters International and Habitat for Humanity. She’s added workshops and writing conferences to the list with topics such as Marketing Your Book on a Budget, Bringing Nature to Life in Your Writing and Harnessing the Power of “What If...?” Magee belongs to the Sisters in Crime-NOLA chapter and Louisiana Ladies of Mystery.

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Nancy Martin

Nancy Martin is the author of over fifty popular fiction novels in four genres. Her award-winning Blackbird Sisters mystery series, published by Penguin, has been a bestseller since How to Murder A Millionaire. Nancy is adept at re-inventing herself to best make a living at writing. She has served on the board of Sisters in Crime and is the founding member of Pennwriters, a multi-genre writing organization in her home state of Pennsylvania. Her most recent title, Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything, a standalone cozy mystery, was published by Minotaur.

The workshop she did for the Boston SinC group was a game show format-- Let’s Make a (Publishing) Deal in which participants play the roles of agents, editors, publishers and writers. It covers the subjects of fine-tuning the elevator pitch for query letters to best conceptualize a manuscript for the commercial market. She also teaches a workshop about plotting the mystery novel that’s a pretty good one.

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Jenny Milchman

Jenny Milchman is the USA Today bestselling and Mary Higgins Clark award winning author of three psychological thrillers, and the forthcoming novel, Wicked River. Jenny's novels take place in a fictional Adirondack setting that marries wilderness with small town life. Jenny is a board member of International Thriller Writers, and the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which is celebrated in all fifty states and on five continents. After spending a total of fifteen months and over 70,000 miles on the road on what Shelf Awareness called "the world's longest book tour," Jenny now speaks nationally for SinC and other organizations about the craft and business of writing, and the importance of sticking to your dreams.

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Katherine Hall Page

Katherine Hall Page writes a long-running series featuring amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild. The 24th, The Body in the Casket (Morrow) goes on sale in early December. Faith is a caterer, clerical spouse and a transplant to New England from New York City. Page has also published for middle grade and YA readers as well as a collection of short stories, Small Plates (Morrow), and a series cookbook, Have Faith in your Kitchen (Orchises Press). She has been awarded Agathas for Best First, Best Novel, and Best SS and also was nominated for additional Agathas, an Edgar, Macavity, Mary Higgins Clark and the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance Literary Award for Crime Fiction. She is the recipient of Malice Domestic 28th’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in Maine and Massachusetts.

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Nancy Pickard

Nancy Pickard is the award-winning and critically-acclaimed author of eighteen novels and dozens of short stories. She is the co-author, with Lynn Lott, of the beloved non-fiction book for writers, 7 Steps on the Writer’s Path. She is a 4-time Edgar nominee for her novels, I.O.U., The Whole Truth, and The Virgin of Small Plains, and for her unforgettable short story, “Afraid All the Time.” She won the first-ever Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original Mystery for her second book, Say No to Murder. She has won multiple Agatha Awards and Macavity Awards for her novels and short stories. Her last novel, The Virgin of Small Plains, won the Agatha and Macavity awards, was a finalist for both the Edgar and the Dilys awards, and was named a Killer Book by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. It was a Kansas Notable Book in 2008, and it was the Kansas Reads book of the year for 2009. Her most recent novel, The Scent of Rain and Lightning, has been made into a feature film.

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Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV. She's won 34 EMMYs, 14 Murrows, and dozens more honors for her ground-breaking journalism. The bestselling author of ten mysteries, Ryan's also an award-winner in her second profession—with five Agathas, two Anthonys, two Macavitys, the Daphne, and for The Other Woman, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. Critics call her "a superb and gifted storyteller" and "a master of suspense." She is the only author to have won the Agatha in four different categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction. Her novels have been named Library Journal's Best of 2014 and 2015—and Ryan's 2016 thriller, Say No More, is a Library Journal Best of 2016. It is also honored as a Mary Higgins Clark, Daphne and Agatha Award nominee. Hank’s much-anticipated standalone, Trust Me, is coming in August 2018. Hank is a former president of National Sisters in Crime and a founding teacher at MWA University. She is a gifted and sought-after speaker, as well as a riveting and inspirational teacher.

Visit Hank online at, on Twitter @HankPRyan and Facebook at HankPhillippiRyanAuthor.

Wendy Corsi Staub

New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than ninety novels, best known for the single title psychological suspense novels she writes under her own name. Those books and the women's fiction she writes under the pseudonym Wendy Markham have also appeared on the USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Bookscan bestseller lists.

Wendy’s fifth suspense trilogy for William Morrow launches in 2018. This year, she concluded her Mundy’s Landing trilogy with Bone White (April, William Morrow), and will release Dead of Winter (November, Crooked Lane), the third title in her Lily Dale traditional mystery series.

Her novel Hello, It's Me was a recent Hallmark television movie starring Kellie Martin. Her short story "Cat Got Your Tongue" will appear in R.L. Stine’s upcoming MWA middle grade anthology Scream and Scream Again (HarperCollins, 2018).

A three-time finalist for the Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award, she’s won an RWA Rita Award, an RT Award for Career Achievement in Suspense, the 2007 RWA-NYC Golden Apple Award for Lifetime Achievement, and five WLA Washington Irving Prizes for Fiction.

She previously published a dozen adult suspense novels with Kensington Books and the critically-acclaimed young adult paranormal series "Lily Dale" (Walker/Bloomsbury). Earlier in her career, she published a broad range of genres under her own name and pseudonyms, and was co-author/ghostwriter for celebrities.

Raised in Dunkirk, NY, Wendy graduated from SUNY Fredonia. She was Associate Editor at Silhouette Books in Manhattan before selling her first novel in 1992. Married with two sons, she lives in the NYC suburbs and has fostered for various animal rescue organizations. An active supporter of the American Cancer Society, she was a featured speaker at Northern Westchester’s 2015 Relay for Life and 2012 National Spokesperson for the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

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Marcia Talley

Marcia Talley is the Agatha and Anthony award-winning author of Mile High Murder and fifteen previous mysteries featuring survivor and sleuth Hannah Ives. She is editor/author of two star-studded collaborative serial novels, Naked Came the Phoenix and I'd Kill For That, set in a fashionable health spa and an upscale gated community, respectively. Her short stories appear in more than a dozen collections including “With Love, Marjorie Ann” and “Safety First,” both Agatha award nominees, and the multi-award-winning “Too Many Cooks” from Much Ado About Murder, edited by Anne Perry. Her story “Driven to Distraction” won the Agatha Award, nominated for an Anthony, and selected for reprint in two major “Year’s Best” compilations. Another story, “Can You Hear Me Now,” appeared in Two of the Deadliest: New Tales of Lust, Greed and Murder from Outstanding Women of Mystery, edited by Elizabeth George.

Marcia is a past national President of Sisters in Crime, serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is a member of the Crime Writers Association (U.K.) Marcia offers presentations on craft (Demystifying the Mystery: Tips on Writing Crime Fiction and Look Ma! I’ve Been Kindled); the writer’s life (The Mind of a Mystery Writer and Maryland Can Be Murder); as well as entertaining talks on the mystery genre (Comic Relief: Or, What’s So Funny About Murder; Dante, Dorothy and Disney: the 7 Deadly Sins in Crime Fiction; and Murder Least Foul: Teapots and Craft Shops and Cats); and the genre’s history (Early Female Sleuths: From L____ to Nancy Drew; Tommy and Tuppence: Partners for Life; Confessions of a Serial Novelist; and After the Golden Age in America: Women Mystery Writers of the 50s and 60s.)

Most talks are richly illustrated with PowerPoint slides.

Marcia and her husband, Barry, divide their time between Annapolis, Maryland and a quaint Loyalist-style cottage in the Bahamas. 

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Beth (Jaden) Terrell

As Jaden Terrell, Beth Terrell is the internationally published author of the Nashville-based Jared McKean mysteries. She’s a contributor to the Killer Nashville Noir: Coldblooded anthology, the collaborative anthology Eight Mystery Writers You Should be Reading Now, and to Now Write! Mysteries, a collection of writing exercises published by Tarcher/Penguin for writers of crime fiction. Her first book, Racing the Devil, was shortlisted for a Shamus award.

She has been teaching in one capacity or another for more than thirty years, first as a special education teacher, then as a teacher/trainer at an educational assessment company, and currently as a workshop instructor and writing coach. Her workbook for beginning crime writers, Question Me a Novel, was published in December.

She is active in the mystery community, serving as president of her local Sisters in Crime chapter and regional Mystery Writers of America chapter. She is active in Private Eye Writers of America and interviews other authors for The Big Thrill, the online magazine of International Thriller Writers.

She has a series of full-day workshops on the craft and business of writing, and has recently offered two-hour versions of her writing-your-first-draft workshop for the Knoxville Writers Guild and the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Some of the other topics she’s covered are:

  • Revision and Editing
  • Point of View
  • Character Development
  • Dialogue
  • Marketing for Writers Who Hate Marketing
  • Structure of a Scene
  • Beginnings
  • Endings
  • Subplots
  • Unleashing Your Creativity

She also has a motivational talk on perseverance. She’s always open to new topics—in fact, that's how most of her workshops are created--when clients ask for them.

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Elaine Viets

Elaine Viets has written 32 mysteries in four series: the bestselling Dead-End Job series with South Florida PI Helen Hawthorne, the cozy Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper mysteries, and the dark Francesca Vierling mysteries. With the Angela Richman Death Investigator series, Elaine returns to her hardboiled roots and uses her experience as a stroke survivor and her studies at the Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Course. Elaine was a director at large for the Mystery Writers of America.

She is a popular speaker, and has been invited as a special guest of Lit in the Lou, a program to celebrate St. Louis’ literary achievements for its 250th birthday celebration in October, 2014. She was also a guest at the Vegas Valley Book Festival, Las Vegas, NV. She’s given two commencement addresses at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and is on the faculty of the Florida Writers Academy. She has taught writing seminars at Sleuthfest on Saturday in Sarasota, Florida; to Sisters in Crime chapters in Jacksonville, Florida, and Nashville, Tennessee. She's appeared on numerous panels at Malice Domestic, Bouchercon, the American Library Association, and Sleuthfest. She was Toastmaster at Malice Domestic, Left Coast Crime and the Missouri Writers’ Guild. Elaine was named one of the top One Hundred Women in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Lynn C. Willis

Lynn C. Willis is the author of best-selling true crime, Unholy Covenant (Addicus Books 2000), inspirational mystery/suspense novel The Rising, (Pelican Book Group 2013) and private eye novel Wink of an Eye, releasing Nov. 18, 2014 from Minotaur Books. Wink was chosen as the winner of the 2013 Minotaur Books/Private Eye Writers of America Best First PI Novel Competition. She is the first woman in 10 years to win the contest. Wink of an Eye was also nominated for the prestigious Shamus Award and was named a finalist. Her newest series, The Ava Logan Mystery Series, debuted February 2017 with Henery Press. The first title is Tell Me No Lies. The second is Tell Me No Secrets and will be out 2018. I am a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW), Mystery Writers of America (MWA), Southeast Chapter of MWA, and Sisters in Crime (SinC).

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