Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sleuth Fest 2018

SleuthFest is a writers’ conference sponsored annually by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.  2018 will be its 24nd year.

2018’s Keynote is Andrew Gross, the Forensic Guest of Honor is Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.  The Guest Authors are James R. Benn, Hallie Ephron, Kristy Montee (PJ Parrish), and Hank Phillippi Ryan.

All the Guests of Honor will be giving intensive workshops and participating in panels and other sessions.

While SleuthFest’s emphasis is on writing mystery/thrillers/suspense, over the years, it has become known as one of the best (if not the best) conference for writers of all genres and abilities.  There are four tracks of workshops, presentations, and panels in writing craft, business & marketing, and forensics.

Other features are the annual Freddie Awards for Writing Excellence - given at the Friday night banquet, and our famous Author Auction – where attendees can bid on one-on-one sessions, critiques, and character namings from our Guests of Honor and agents and editors.  There are cocktail parties, a raffle, pitch sessions with top agents and editors, and many other features.

For many writers, SleuthFest is where they met their agent or editor, which resulted in their books being published.  Unique to SleuthFest is the Strategy Sessions with an editor.  Attendees may arrange for one-on-one time to ask about any issues they have with their manuscript, whether it’s characterization, pacing, plotting, etc.  It’s a great opportunity and a lot of fun.

SleuthFest 2018 will take place March 1-4 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Boca Raton, Florida.  More information can be found on the website at www.sleuthfest.com, or contact Victoria Landis & Michael Joy, our Co-Chairs, at Sleuthfestinfo@gmail.com.

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