Get away from the house, the spouse, the kids, the cats (and dogs), the job, the neighbors, well-meaning friends and relatives and the mile-long to-do list and do what you really want to do – improve your mystery writing skills and mingle with others who share your passion.
This is a free, two-day event open to the public. You may register for both days or for either Saturday or Sunday. To attend both days, please register for each day individually.
**PARKING also available at Notre Dame College, directly across from the library. Uniformed personnel will be available during library hours to help pedestrians cross South Green Road.**
Saturday, June 9
9:00 – Registration
9:30 – Opening Remarks, NEOSinC President Jane Ann Turzillo
9:45 – “Inside the Criminal Mind," Forensic Psychiatrist Megan Testa, M.D.
10:45 – Break
11:00 – Keynote: "Mystery Writing and Publishing: The Guts and the Glory," Laura DiSilverio.
Laura DiSilverio, a retired Air Force intelligence officer, is the national best-selling and award-winning author of 21 mystery, suspense and young adult sci-fi novels. She has written four cozy series for various Penguin imprints as well as the Swift Investigations books -- a humorous private investigator series -- for St. Martin's Minotaur. Her newest release is That Last Weekend, a suspense novel. A national past president of Sisters in Crime, DiSilverio taught for Mystery Writers of America's Mystery University, and teaches writing at Writer's Digest conferences and in other venues. Her appearance at “Killer Heat” is sponsored by national Sisters in Crime.
Noon - 1:15 – Lunch (on your own at local restaurants or brown bag).
1:15 – Panel: “Solving the Mystery of Writing Mysteries" with Vivien Chien, Shelley Costa, Amanda Flower/Isabella Alan, Annie Hogsett, and Kathryn Long.
2:00 – Panel: “After the Manuscript Is Done - Confessing to What Comes Next” with Casey Daniels/Kylie Logan, Mary Ellis, Julie Anne Lindsey/Julie Chase/Jacqueline Frost, and Jane Ann Turzillo.
2:45 – Panel: “Indie Publishing: We Did It!” with Gloria Alden, IreAnne Chambers, Cari Dubiel, Michael Haas, M. S. Verish, and Abby L. Vandiver.
3:30 – Authors signing & Break
4:00 – Interview: Laura DiSilverio
4:45 – Closing Remarks
Sunday, June 10
1:15 – Opening Remarks, NEOSinC President Jane Ann Turzillo.
1:30 – Workshop: "Conflict: No Pain, No Gain: Increasing the Conflict in Your Stories," Laura DiSilverio.
2:45 – Break.
3:00 – “The Editors Clue You In," Lydia Sharp, Editor and Acquisitions Manager for Entangled Publishing, and Rhonda Merwarth, Editor for Hallmark Publishing.
4:00 – Authors Signing.
Authors’ books will be available for purchase both days.