2015 Schedule (Mystery Writers Conference)

2015 Schedule

Thursday, July 23

12:00 pm and beyond   
Registration/Check-In

Pre-Conference Workshops

1:00 - 3:30 pm
Sub-Genre Subtleties: How to Meet, Exceed, & Transcend Reader Expectations
David Corbett, Author of The Mercy of the Night
Location: Event Room

1:00 - 3:30 pm
Creating Memorable Characters
Hallie Ephron, Author of Night Night, Sleep Tight
Location: Gallery

Conference Begins

4:00 – 4:45 pm   
Making the Most of Your Conference Experience & Meeting Your Faculty
Cara Black (Co-Chair), David Corbett (Co-Chair), & Karen West (Event Director)
Location: Event Room 

5:00 – 6:00 pm   
John Lescroart, Author of The Fall
Interviewed by Nancie Claire
Introduced by Tim Maleeny
Location: Event Room

6:00 - 7:30 pm   
Opening Night Dinner   
Location: Patio   

7:30 - 9:00 pm   
An Evening with Don Winslow, Author of The Cartel
Introduction by David Corbett
Location: Event Room

 

Friday, July 24       

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

8:30 - 9:30 am   
Once Upon a Crime: Opening Strategies
Bruce Holsinger, William Petrocelli, Kelli Stanley, & Nancie Clare (Moderator)
Location: Event Room 

9:30 - 11:00 am   
Writing Intensive: Weaving Your Character Web
Hallie Ephron & C.W. Gortner 
Location: Event Room

Writing Intensive: The Tyranny of Motive - Crafting Complete Characters
David Corbett & Tim Maleeny   
Location: Gallery 

11:00 - 11:15 am
Break 

11:15 – 12:30 pm   
The Enforcers: Law Enforcement Perspective
George Fong, Arthur Kerns, Adam Plantinga & Tony Broadbent (Moderator)
Location: Event Room 

12:30 – 1:30 pm   
Lunch & Consultations

1:30 – 3:00 pm   
Scene of the Crime
Karen Catalona, David Corbett, George Fong, Vilaska Nguyen, Adam Plantinga, & Judge Peter Busch (Moderator)
Location: Event Room  

3:00 – 3:30 pm   
Break

3:30 – 5:00 pm   
The Agents: Breaking and Entering the Publishing World
Amy Cloughley, Lisa Gallagher, Elizabeth Kracht, Chelsea Lindman, Andy Ross, & Amy Rennert (Moderator)
Location: Event Room

5:00 – 6:00 pm   
What's That Sound? Creating, Maintaing, and Intensifying Tension
Tony Broadbent, Joe Clifford, David Corbett, Tim Maleeny, Thomas Perry, & Hallie Ephron (Moderator)
Location: Event Room

Community Responds to Crime: Shires to Cities
Rhys Bowen, George Fong, & Cara Black (Moderator)
Location: Gallery

6:00 – 7:00 pm   
Evening Recess

7:00 – 8:00 pm   
An Evening with Thomas Perry (Author of A String of Beads)
Introduced by Otto Penzler
Location: Event Room

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

 

Saturday, July 25

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

8:30 - 9:30 am   
The Protagonist: The Will to Justice
John Burley, George Fong, C.W. Gortner, & Tim Maleeny (Moderator)
Location: Event Room 

9:30 - 11:00 am   
Writing Intensive: Plot Fundamentals
Cara Black & Kelli Stanley
Location: Event Room

Writing Intensive: Advanced Plot Techniques
Hallie Ephron & Tim Maleeny
Location: Gallery 

11:00 – 12:00 pm   
Paths to Publishing
Sam Barry, Otto Penzler, & William Petrocelli (Moderator)
Location: Event Room

Revision: Writing is Rewriting
John Burley, Joe Clifford, Kelli Stanley, & Cara Black (Moderator)
Location: Gallery

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

1:00 - 2:00 pm   
400 Things Cops Know
Adam Plantinga, introduced by David Corbett
Location: Gallery 
  
The Editor/Author Relationship
Thomas Perry & Otto Penzler, introduced by Elaine Petrocelli
Location: Event Room

2:00 - 3:00 pm
Forensic Psychiatry: The Minds of the Murderer
George Fong, Arthur Kerns, Adam Plantinga, & David Corbett (Moderator)
Location: Gallery

3:00 - 3:30 pm
Break

3:30 – 5:00 pm   
The Final Polish: Giving Your Draft the 3rd Degree
Cara Black, Tony Broadbent, John Burley, Joe Clifford, David Corbett, George Fong, C.W. Gortner, Tim Maleeny, Otto Penzler, & Kelli Stanley
Location: Patio

5:00 – 6:00 pm   
Wine & Crime
Location: Patio

6:00 – 7:00 pm   
An Evening with Tony Broadbent, Author of The One After 9:09
Introduced by David Corbett
Location: Event Room



Sunday, July 26 

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

8:30 - 9:30 am   
The Summons to Appear: Query the Court
Judge Peter Busch & George Fong
Location: Event Room 

9:30 - 11:00 am
Writing Intensive: The Craft of Action - Scene & Dialogue
Joe Clifford & David Corbett
Location: Event Room

Writing Intensive: Taste It, Touch It, See It, Smell It - Writing Killer Sensory Detail That Takes Your Reader to a Time and Place
Cara Black & C.W. Gortner
Location: Gallery  

11:00 - 11:15 am   
Break   

11:15 - 12:30 pm   
FBI Case Study: A Writer's Interpretation
David Corbett & George Fong
Location: Event Room

12:30 - 1:30 pm   
Lunch & Private Consultatioons 

1:30 - 2:30 pm   
Marilyn Wallace Memorial Lecture
Location: Event Room 

2:30 - 3:30 pm   
The Game's Afoot
Cara Black, David Corbett, & Tony Broadbent (Emcee)
Location: Event Room 

3:30 pm   
Carrying the Conference Forward & Closing Champagne Reception
Location: Event Room