Mystery Writers Key West Fest–Almost Here!

Authors at the Bar Crawl Mystery Writers Key West Fest 2014

It’s almost time for the conference! There’s still time to join us. Here’s what will happen after you get here:

Schedule of Events: June 10-12, 2016


1:00 Workshop -True Crime – MCSC SWAT Team and KWPD Team Members
2:00 Workshop – James O. Born – “How to Write a Novel, Part 1″
3:00 Workshop – James O. Born – “How to Write a Novel, Part 2″
4:00 Workshop – Lisa Black -“Real Forensics and the Mystery Writer”
5:30-8:30 Reception at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon
6:00 – 6:30 Welcome Celebration with County and City Officials
6:30 – Sit-down dinner at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon
7:00 We roast Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter President Randy Rawls – James O. Born, MC


8:15 a.m. Welcome comments from Shirrel Rhoades, Michael Haskins
8:30 a.m. Panel Discussion: “How I Write – Blank Screen to ‘The End’”
Moderator: Siera London
Robert Coburn
Sandra Balzo
Rick Ollerman
Bill Craig

9:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: “Creating Suspense”
Moderator: Mike Dennis
Heather Graham
Lisa Black
Anna Castle
Don Bruns

11 a.m. The Whodunit Award Presented by Shirrel Rhoades and Sandra Balzo. Introduction of 2015 winner, J.E. Irvin. Presentation of the 2016 Award

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Luncheon with Special Guest Author Robert K Tanenbaum

1:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: Believable Dialogue
Moderator: Anna Castle
Timothy Hallinan
Siera London
Mel Taylor
Deborah Sharp
Randy Rawls

2:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Noir
Moderator: Shirrel Rhoades
Mike Dennis
Jake Hinkson
Paul McGoran
Lewis M. Weinstein

4 p.m. Panel Discussion: Local Law Enforcement
Moderator: James O. Born
Carol Frederick – Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Jim Linder – Joint Interagency Task Force
Sheriff Rick Ramsay – Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Chief Donie Lee –  Key West Police Department

Evening Events:
5:15 p.m. Depart hotel for sunset and dinner at the waterfront Turtle Kraals Restaurant and Tower Bar
6 – 7 p.m. Sunset cocktails (cash bar)
7 p.m. Dinner (included in registration + $35 each for additional guests)
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Guest speaker Timothy Hallinan
9 p.m. Explore Sloan’s Haunted Key West with Heather Graham (included in registration – + $15 for each additional guest)


8 – 11 a.m. Bloody Mary Buffet Breakfast at the Schooner Wharf Bar in the historic Key West waterfront (included in registration + $15 for each additional guest.


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