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SleuthFest Celebrates 20 Years

Starting Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 2, the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America will celebrate twenty years of SleuthFest, a conference designed for authors at all stages of their careers. This year’s conference will be held at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort, Bonnet Creek, in Orlando, Florida. Three days of powerful information will kick off with a presentation by Guest of Honor Hank Phillippi Ryan. Attendees can start their learning process on Thursday, Feb. 27, withThird Degree Thursday (extra fee), which is devoted to intensive skill-building, taking writers from concept to publication. The conference proper starts on Friday, Feb. 28, with agent and editor appointments (must be signed up in advance!) and roundtables designed to enhance presentations on the state of the industry and career planning. Throughout the event, attendees will hear from and mingle with Special Guests Ace Atkins and Laura Lippman. Registration includes some meals, a cocktail party, and a complimentary buffet and party at House of Blues featuring Heather Graham’s band, The Slushpile. While walk-ins are welcome as space permits, registration is encouraged. Special conference rate for rooms is available. Go to 

Our line up…

Laura Lippman-Since the publication of her first novel in 1997, Laura Lippman has won virtually every major award given to U.S. crime writings, including the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Agatha Award, Nero Wolfe Award, Shamus Award, and the Quill Award. She is a New York Times bestseller and the author of twenty books, including her most recent release After I’m Gone.

Ace Atkins-Ace Atkins is the New York Times Bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the forthcoming The Broken Places and Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland both out from G.P. Putnam’s Sons in May 2013. A former journalist who cut his teeth as a crime reporter in the newsroom of The Tampa Tribune, he published his first novel, Crossroad Blues, at 27 and became a full-time novelist at 30. Last year, he was selected by the Robert B. Parker estate to continue the bestselling adventures of Boston’s iconic private eye, Spenser.

Hank Phillippi Ryan-For her work as an investigative reporter, Hank Phillippi Ryan has won 30 Emmys and twelve Edward R. Murrow awards. A best-selling author of six mystery novels, Ryan has won two Agatha, the Anthony and the Macavity awards for her crime fiction. Her newest thriller, The Wrong Girl, was published by Forge in September 2013.


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One response to “SLEUTHFEST IS 20 YEARS OLD.

  1. Over the past 20 years, I have attended SleuthFest a few times–usually when I was engaged in writing a suspense story–and always found help, information, inspiration, and good gossip. Even the last year I attended, when the literary agent across the “pitch” table seemed to be about 14 years old, was a good one. Can’t make it this year, but maybe next time. –Martha Moffett

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