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Annual Mystery Conventions

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This is where you'll find listings & links for current and up-coming mystery conferences. Click on the conference's logo to go to its website.


Murder and Mayhem in Chicago 2018 graphic

This is the sophmore year for Murder and Mayhem in Chicago! And I know we're ready for Round Two. Let's help make them successful -- and have fun too!

It 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. One of the main organizers is our friend Lori Rader-Day. We'll blog more information on this as we get it.  Registration is now $65.00 + a $4.57 fee (through March 15th)


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Left Coast Crime 2019 will be held in Vancouver, Canada from Thursday, March 28nd - Sunday, March 31st.
Featured Authors will be: American Guest of Honor will be C.J. Box & Canadian Guest of Honor will be Maureen Jennings
Cahty Ace is Toastmaster, Fan Guests of Honor are Don & Jen Longmuir (Scene of the Crime Books) and Lifetime Achievement honouree is Sue Grafton [1940-2017]

One of Mystery's most acclaimed conferences:
MALICE DOMESTIC 30 : April 27 - 29, 2018
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel, Bethesda, MD    

Guest of Honor:
Louise Penny
Catriona McPherson
Fan Guest of Honor:
Janet Blizard
Lifetime Achievement Award:
Nancy Pickard
Malice Remembers:
Robin Hathaway
Poirot Award:
Brenda Blethyn
Amelia Award:
David Suchet


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Welcome to ThrillerFest XIII. We’re excited to present a blockbuster line-up featuring 2018 ThrillerMaster George R.R. Martin, 2018 Silver Bullet Award recipient James Rollins, 2017 ThrillerMaster Lee Child, 2017 Silver Bullet Award recipient Lisa Gardner, with many more to come! Join us for the ATF workshop, Master CraftFest, CraftFest, PitchFest, ThrillerFest, and more. We encourage all thriller enthusiasts to join the ThrillerFest family. The 2018 Thrillerfest is from July 10 - 14, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

ATF Workshop: 

Presented by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

Add authenticity to your thrillers! The pre-conference ATF Workshop is a limited attendance event on the day before the main elements of the ThrillerFest conference. The cost is $150 which includes morning coffee service. Lunch is on your own during a 1.5 hour break. Space is limited and has previously sold out quickly. The workshop will be held at the Grand Hyatt.

Master CraftFest: 

Join our stellar group of teachers on Tuesday July 10, 2017 at ITW’s Master CraftFest, a hands-on workshop for writers of all levels. It’s an intense but extremely helpful day. Each class, which is limited to 10 students, will allow you to work with a bestselling author on your manuscript in progress.

Our instructors this year include: Steve BerryGrant BlackwoodRobert DugoniMeg GardinerAndrew GrossSteven JamesD.P. LyleGayle LyndsDonald Maass and F. Paul Wilson.


The original vision of CraftFest and Master CraftFest was to create exceptional, one-of a-kind schools for teaching the craft of thriller writing. Our mission was to provide students with the tools needed to take their writing to the next level and to help each reach their individual career goals. For over a decade now we have worked to fulfill this vision. 2017 was yet again a great success. Now, we are preparing our 2018 line up of teachers and classes.

As always, CraftFest will have 4 tracks that will run all day Wednesday July 11th and for two hours on the morning of Thursday July 12th. Many of your favorites will return and other exceptional teachers will be added as we continue to evolve and improve.

PitchFest: PitchFest is designed to put authors and agents together for the purpose of pitching projects. This will be an unprecedented opportunity for those writers looking to get or change agents. And where better to have this event than in the heart of publishing, New York City?  PitchFest is set up like a speed-dating event. You pitch your novel to an agent for a few minutes, get the agent’s reaction, and then move on to a different agent. Please note: PitchFest is available only in a package with ThrillerFest and/or CraftFest. Registering for ThrillerFest alone does not qualify you to attend PitchFest.


Bouchercon 2018 - St. Petersburg   

Bouchercon is the world’s finest annual crime fiction event, bringing together more than 1,000 authors,fans, publishers, reviewers, booksellers, editors, and every other part of the community for a fantastic four-day event.  We’re fan-based, and our fans attract more than 400 authors, from the biggest names to those who will be big tomorrow.

Bouchercon 2018 will be in St. Petersburg, Florida. Thursday, October 6, 2018  - Sunday, October 9, 2018 

Guests of Honor:
Karen Slaughter
Guest of Honor:
Sean Chercover
Lifetime Achievement:
Ian Rankin 
Lisa Unger
Florida Guest of Honor:
Tim Dorsey
Fan Guest of Honor:
Judy Bobalik
Fan Guest of Honor:
Ayo Onatade
Ghost of Honor:
John D. McDonald
  International Guest of Honor:
Sara Blaedel
International Guest of Honor:
Mark Billingham

Programming will be at the gorgeous Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort.

Special events will be held at the Vinoy and locations nearby.

Reservations for these hotels at special conference rates are open. You will get the details and links to make reservations at the conference rates when you register for Bouchercon.

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Magna Cum Murder logo October 19 - 21, 2018
Magna cum Murder XXIII
October 19 -21  2018
The Columbia Club - Indianapolis, Indiana

Why attend Magna? Let our readers and writers tell you why they come year after year! "There are many elements that make Magna Cum Murder special, but if I had to pick just one, it would be how well writers, aspirants, and readers interact." – Jeffery Deaver (More on the Magna Cum Murder web site!)

Guest of Honor: Reavis Z. Wortham

International Guest of Honor:  Peter Lovesey

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