Organizing and putting on a conference or convention is a major undertaking and depends upon willing volunteers. Sometimes, the volunteers wear out or get too old, leading to the demise of the event.
The two biggest mystery cons, Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime are going strong. I've attended many of both and they are great if you like to see many mystery writers and fans gathered together. Both are big events with lots of people.
This year I'm only attending one conference and it's my favorite, the Public Safety Writers Association's writing conference. This one is small with only one track, and believe me everyone stays for everything.
Though the program isn't up on the website yet (will be soon), it will have a good mix of writing presentations and public safety topics, including some panels. Anyone who wants to be on a panel, just marks that on the registration form.
Something new: before the conference begins there is a writing workshop from 9 to 3. For anyone wanting some good writing tips and comments on their work in progress, this would be good to sign up for--and yes, I'm one of the facilitators.
Registration begins at 3, followed by a get-acquainted reception at 6, with snack food and a no-host bar.
Bright and early Friday at 9 a.m., the first session begins. Friday and Saturday go until 5 p.m. or so, and Sunday ends after the writing awards are handed out after lunch.
The conference is always held in the Orleans hotel in Las Vegas in July which means great hotel prices. Frankly, I never step out of the hotel until the conference is over, there is plenty to do right there, but it's easy enough to get a shuttle to go elsewhere in the evening if you're so inclined.
What I like about this conference is you really have the opportunity to get acquainted with other mystery writers and all sorts of experts in many law enforcement and other public safety fields.
And yes, you can bring books for sale.
For details and registration about the conference go to http://policewriter.com/wordpress/
If you have any questions, just ask in the comments.
Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith
|One of our great lunch times.|
|Me at the bookstore with two of my books|