2016 Schedule (Mystery Writers Conference)

2016 Schedule

Thursday, July 28

12:00 pm & beyond
Registration/Check-In

Pre-Conference Workshops

1:00 - 3:30 pm
The Character of Crime: Creating the Character Web in Crime, Mystery/Detective and Thriller Fiction
David Corbett
Location: Event Room

1:00 - 3:30 pm         
Plotting the Perfect Murder
D.P. Lyle
Location: Gallery

Conference Begins

4:00 – 5:00 pm    
Making the Most of Your Conference Experience & Meeting Your Faculty
Cara Black, Co-Chair, David Corbett, Co-Chair and Karen West, Event Director                
Location: Event Room

5:00 – 6:00 pm    
John Lescroart, Author of The Fall, in conversation with Tim Maleeny 
Location: Event Room
        
6:00 - 7:30 pm    
Opening Night Dinner
Location: Patio
        
7:30 - 9:00 pm    
An Evening with Laurie R. King, Author of The Murder of Mary Russell, in conversation with Jacqueline Winspear
Location: Event Room 



Friday, July 29       

8:30 - 9:00 am        
Breakfast & Informal Gathering
Location: Patio
                
9:00 - 10:00 am        
Let's Talk Genre: What Kind of Book Are You Writing?
Cara Black, D.P. Lyle, & Tim Maleeny
Location: Event Room

10:00 - 11:15 am        
Writing Intensive: Character
David Corbett & Laurie R. King                   
Location: Gallery

11:15 - 11:30 am     
Break                    

11:30 – 12:30 pm    
What's That Sound?...Creating, Maintaining, and Intensifying Tension
Neal Griffin, Laurie R. King, Otto Penzler & Tim Maleeny (Moderator)
Location: Gallery

Talking Publishing
Bob Miller of Flatiron Books, interviewed by William Petrocelli
Location: Event Room

12:30 – 1:30 pm    
Lunch & Private Consultations

1:30 – 3:00 pm        
Scene of the Crime: Full Case Exploration
Susan Breall, Karen Catalona, David Corbett, George Fong, Neal Griffin, D.P. Lyle, Vilaska Nguyen & Judge Peter Busch (Moderator)
Location: Event Room

3:00 – 3:30 pm        
Break

3:30 – 5:00 pm        
Agents: Breaking and Entering the Publishing World
Kimberley Cameron, Amy Cloughley, Chelsea Lindman & Amy Rennert (Moderator)
Location: Event Room

5:00 – 6:00 pm        
Bringing the Past to Life
Rhys Bowen, author of Time of Fog and Fire, & C.W. Gortner, author of The Vatican Princess
Location: Event Room

What is Murder, Anyway?
Susan Breall & Vilaska Nguyen
Location: Meeting Room

6:00 – 7:00 pm        
Evening Recess

7:00 – 8:00 pm    
An Evening with Martin Limón (Ping-Pong Heart)
Interviwed by Cara Black
Location: Event Room

8:00 – 9:30 pm        
Late Night Critique Group
David Corbett & Tim Maleeny
Location: Event Room



Saturday, July 30

8:00 - 8:30 am        
Breakfast & Informal Gathering
Location: Patio

8:30 - 9:30 am        
Don't Overlook Watson: Sidekicks Can Be Compelling, Too
Joe Clifford, Tim Maleeny & Kelli Stanley
Location: Event Room

9:30 - 11:00 am        
Writing Intensive: Putting It In Perspective - How Point of View Shapes Your Story
Rhys Bowen & Laurie King
Location: Event Room

Writing Intensive: The Villian - Architect of Noir
Cara Black & Kelli Stanley
Location: Gallery    

11:00 – 12:00 pm    
The Editor/Author Relationship
Otto Penzler in conversation with David Corbett
Location: Gallery

12:00 – 1:00 pm    
Lunch & Private Consultations

1:00 – 2:00 pm        
Forensics & Fiction: Research & Authenticity in Writing
Isabel Allende & D.P. Lyle
Location: Event Room             
        
2:00 – 3:00 pm        
Law & Disorder: The Good Guys Show You How to Keep It Real
Judge Peter Busch, George Fong, Neal Griffin & William Petrocelli (Moderator)
Location: Event Room
            
LOL: Infusing Humor Into Writing
Rhys Bowen, D.P. Lyle, Tim Maleeny & Otto Penzler (Moderator)
Location: Gallery

3:00 – 3:30 pm         
Break

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Revision: Writing is Rewriting
David Corbett, C.W. Gortney, Laurie R. King & Cara Black (Moderator)
Location: Event Room

5:00 – 6:00 pm        
Wine and Crime
Participant and Faculty reception
Location: Patio

6:00 - 6:30 pm
Marilyn Wallace Memorial Lecture
D.P. Lyle
Location: Event Room



Sunday, July 31

8:30 - 9:00 am        
Breakfast & Informal Gathering
Location: Patio

9:00 - 10:30 am        
Writing Intensive: Time & Place - Creating a Backdrop
Cara Black & C.W. Gortner
Location: Gallery

Writing Intensive: Plot Fundamentals
Joe Clifford & David Corbett
Location: Event Room

10:30 - 10:45 am    
Break  

10:45 - 12:15 pm    
FBI Case Study: A Writer's Interpretation 
David Corbett & George Fong
Location: Event Room

12:15 - 1:30 pm    
Lunch & Private Consultations
            
1:30 - 2:00 pm        
Carrying the Conference Forward
​​​​​​​Kelli Stanley
Location: Event Room 
            
2:00 - 3:00 pm        
The Game's Afoot
Cara Black, David Corbett & Kelli Stanley
Location: Event Room

3:00 pm        
Closing Champagne Reception
Location: Event Room