A little over a year ago, I became a part of something completely new: Mystery Writers Key West Fest. That weekend taught me more about being a real writer than almost any other writer’s event I have attended.
This year, the Fest is August 14-16, with panels, workshops, and events taking place all over Key West. The main venue is the Marriott Beachside, with excursions around town on various evenings. I highly recommend that you attend this year. Why? Read below.
Schedule of Events: August 14-16, 2015
Monroe County Sheriff’s – CSI – collecting evidence Vs. TV.
Monroe County Sheriff’s – Detectives – working with evidence.
When you write about investigating a crime scene, do you want to get the details correct? Too many times, the small details trip a writer up. And a knowledgeable reader will notice the mistake. For instance, Is that thing that holds the bullets in a semi-automatic handgun called a “clip” or a “magazine”? It is called a magazine. Does your suspect have a “safety” on his or her gun? Not if it is a revolver! They don’t have safeties. When a suspect asks for an attorney, what can you do and what can’t you do? Can you still ask questions about the crime? No, not if you want to use the information to make the case.
Wouldn’t it be handy to have a real detective you could call to ask these things? Here is your chance to see and speak with a real detective and CSI in action as they investigate the scene of a crime.
· What is a crime scene? How do you determine the boundaries?
· How do you document a crime scene?
· What kind of surfaces hold fingerprints and which don’t?
· How do you lift fingerprints from different surfaces?
· How is evidence packaged?
· Who enters a crime scene and who doesn’t?
· How do you question witnesses, suspects and victims?
· What evidence do you need to make an arrest?
· When questioning a suspect, what are the ground rules?
Two veteran Monroe County Sheriff’s Office detectives – Major Crimes Detective Manny Cuervo and Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) John Underwood will show you the answers to these questions and more as they set up a typical scene and investigate it while you watch. And they will be happy to answer your questions as they work with the tools of their trade, and figure out who committed the crime.
Social Media & Writing – Laurence O’Bryan
Audio books – Mike Dennis
FRIDAY OPENING CEREMONIES SMOKIN’ TUNA SALOON
Mayor, Sheriff, KWPD and city officials welcome writers & attendees.
8/8:30 p.m. Bar Stroll (*Tentative)
8:30 a.m. Choosing a Point-of-View for Your Story
Moderator: Shirrel Rhoades
10 a.m. The Mystery Umbrella – Cops to Cozy
Moderator: Don Bruns
noon – 1:30 p.m.
Buffet luncheon w/guest author Jeffery Deaver/ Michael intro.
1:30 p.m. Does Sex Sell?
Moderator: Heather Graham
3 p.m. Character Vs Plot
Moderator: Libby Hellmann
4:30 p.m. Crime in the Florida Keys/Florida Straits
Moderator: James O Born
- Jim Linder – JIATF
- Ken Davis – DEA
- Sheriff Rick Ramsay
- KWPD Chief Donnie Lee
- Jim Fitton – USCG
- Carol Frederick, FDLE
SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFAST
Blood Mary Sunday Morning Buffet Breakfast at the Schooner Wharf. Attendees free, guests $10, includes one free Bloody Mary.