More About Prep for PSWA Conference

Over the years I've been to lots of writers and fan conferences: Mayhem in the Midlands, Maui Writers Retreat, Bouchercon, Left Coast Crime, Win/Win, Malice, Epicon and of course, I've been to the Public Safety Writers Association's conferences starting back when it was called the Police Writers Association.

The conference has grown from small to medium then back to small, though this year we've already doubled the amount of registrants from last year. A good thing about being small is we'll only have one track which means we'll have the opportunity to get to know everyone who comes and do some real networking.

Because of all the conferences I've gone too, I think I know what works and what doesn''t. Of course I have no way of knowing how things will go, but we have a line-up of interesting and qualified speakers--forensic experts (two), a former P.I. who is now and editor for a mystery publishing company and a screen writer, a well-known award winning mystery writer, an editor of an award winning anthology, and others. We'll also have some panels that will be entertaining and informative. With a prosecuter, two police officers and a lawyer, we're going to find out what makes them cringe in what's depicted on TV, movies and books.

We'll learn what not to put in our manuscripts, what editors and publishers are looking for, how to build characters, the importance of setting, all about electronic publishing, and putting humor in our mysteries.

For those interested in writing for trade publications in paper and on the Net, we have the editor of a popular daily Net newspaper for police officers as well as a panel of authors who write for those publications.

And of course on the final day we'll learn who won the writing contest we have every year.

This is only April and the conference is in June. If any of what I've been telling you appeals, it's not too late to register.

Now, if I can keep from dreaming about it when I go to bed....

Marilyn a.k.a. F. M. Meredith


Morgan Mandel said…
Sounds like you're really looking forward to it. It must be good.

Morgan Mandel
Of course I'm prejudiced because I'm organizing the conference. I've watched it grow through several transitions and we're trying new stuff this year.


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