2021: Online, Plugged -In, and Exclusive

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The online conference provides and alternative for people who don’t want to attend in-person in 2021. There will be new, totally separate sessions offered. Someone who attends the in-person event is welcome to attend the online events at additional cost. In the event that the in-person conference has to be cancelled, registrants will be given free admission to the online sessions and their registration fees for online will roll over to in-person 2022 Crime Bake.

Online Schedule – Click here to learn more about the online offerings! (Times and sessions are subject to change)

Sunday, November 14

7:00 PM
Introduction and Launch (Recorded)
t’s Crime Bake’s 20th year and like any great mystery, we’ll keep you guessing to the very end! First, the setup: ONLINE!?! How? Why? Next, the backstory: How did we get here? Then, the resolution and this introduction will provide a guide on how to see the recorded sessions and to interact with upcoming live sessions. Connie Johnson Hambley and Paula Munier

7:30 PM
A Conversation with Hank Phillippi Ryan (Recorded)
Hank Phillippi Ryan, TV journalist, Novelist, Teacher. Where does she find the time? A conversation with our super powered friend and fellow author to find out how she does it!

Hank Phillippi Ryan, Paula Munier

8:30-8:45 PM
Al Blanchard Award 2021 Winner (Recorded)
The 2021 Al Blanchard short story winner is announced!

8:45-9 PM
Flashwords (Recorded)
Mo Walsh will announce winners of the Flashwords Contest. Winner and Finalists will be read by Crime Bake VIPs

Monday, November 15

12-1 PM
Killer Minds (Recorded)
A guided conversation by Connie Johnson Hambley between Joanna Schaffhausen, author of psychological thrillers, and Tammy Jones, Forensic Psychologist and expert witness in murder trials. Her high-profile cases include the Clark Rockefeller and Abigail Hanna kidnapping trials. Tammy and Joanna explore the criminal mind and what authors get write even if the lawyers get it wrong.

1-2 PM
KILLER SECRETS #1: A PLACE FOR MURDER: SETTING (Recorded)
Special guest mystery writers show the settings that inspire them, not just where they set their stories but where they go to write, think, and create. It might be 21st century Vermont or 19th century Boston. With maps, photographs, museum trips, newspapers and maybe a road trip or two, these authors will show where the mystery happens.

Presenters: Ray Anderson, Sarah Stewart Taylor, Sarah Smith, Ang Pompano

5-6 PM
The Making of a Murdererino with Megan Collins (Recorded)
Jennifer Gordon of Vox Vomitas interviews Megan Collins (The Family Plot). This conversation focuses on the murderino/true crime/citizen detective community and how that works as inspiration for Megan’s work.

12-1 PM WATCH THIS SESSION PRIOR TO THE LIVE Q&A AT 7:00 pm; max 100
Harnessing Viewpoint and Voice (Recorded)
Agents and editors always say they are looking for a fresh “voice.” So what does that mean, and how do you create one? In this workshop, Hallie Ephron teases apart point of view (viewpoint) and narrative voice. Then, we’ll examine how to harness viewpoint to create a voice that makes characters, setting, dialogue, and action far more compelling.

Presenter: Hallie Ephron

Tuesday November 16

5-6 PM
New England After Dark with Paul Tremblay (Recorded)
Jennifer Gordon of Vox Vomitas interviews Paul Tremblay (No Sleep til Wonderland, Survivor Song) In this “love letter to New England,” Paul will talk about New England as a setting and character in his work, how he has used all of his favorite places in his most disturbing work.

12-1 PM WATCH THIS SESSION PRIOR TO THE LIVE Q&A AT 7:00 pm; max 100
KILLER SECRETS #5: GREAT BEGINNINGS–PERFECTING LINE ONE (Recorded)
Our very own Guest of Honor and honorary Homecoming Queen will give you the inside scoop and all the best writing tips.
Presenter: Hank Phillippi Ryan

8-9 PM
KILLER SECRETS #2: TYPECAST FOR MURDER: CHARACTER(S) (Recorded)
Guest mystery writers describe how they create appealing protagonists, villains, and supporting casts. Some authors will reveal their visual aids character sketch forms, vision boards, or series bibles giving viewers great tips on creating compelling characters.

Presenters:  Wendy Tyson, David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Judy Copek

Wednesday November 17

5-6 PM 35 min
Crimes, Craft and Cocktails: A Conversation with Shawn Crosby (Recorded)
Jennifer Gordon of Vox Vomitas interviews Shawn Crosby (Blacktop Wasteland, Razorblade Tears) and what makes a killer story.

12-1 PM WATCH THIS SESSION PRIOR TO THE LIVE Q&A AT 7:00 pm; max 100
KILLER SECRETS #4: THE PATH TO MURDER (Recorded)
All roads lead to a mystery-writing success. Agent, editor, and USA-TODAY bestselling author PAULA MUNIER explores the many Career Paths for Mystery Writers.
Presenter: Paula Munier

8-9 PM
KILLER SECRETS #3: A PLAN FOR MURDER: PLOT (Recorded)
In their New England home settings, mystery writers describe how they dream up twists and turns and murderous plots. It’s not just fingers on a keyboard that they use. Index cards? Scrivener screens? Three-act structure sheets or beat sheets? View for great tips!

Presenters: William Martin,  Edith Maxwell, Edwin Hill, Jane Willan, Spencer Quinn (Peter Abrahams), Brendan DuBois

Thursday November 18

12-1 PM
Homing in on the Dead (Recorded)
Writers talk about characters “demanding to be heard” or stories that “poured onto the pages” as if channeled from “some other place.” A conversation with author and medium Carolyn Wilkins and Connie Johnson Hambley explore how spirits may be trying to tell their stories through our fictional characters.

12-1 PM WATCH THIS SESSION PRIOR TO THE LIVE Q&A AT 7:00 pm; max 100
Historical Research and Conduction Oral History Interviews (Recorded)
Frankie Bailey walks participants through some of the basics of conducting historical research, including what resources to use and who to speak with.
Presenter: Frankie Bailey

Friday November 19

12-1 PM WATCH THIS SESSION PRIOR TO THE LIVE Q&A AT 7:00 pm; max 100
Writing Cops in 2021 (Recorded)
Bruce Coffin talks about changes in policing and writing about procedure now.
Presenter: Bruce Coffin

8 PM Multiple zooms with one winner per session. Polling will be used to choose winner.
LOGLINE SLAM
Have a killer idea for a book? Give your 15 second pitch to a Zoom Room of peers and one agent. Each room will have a “winner.” Winners go head to head in a killer finale.

Saturday November 20

6:30-7 PM
Two Truths and One Lie (Recorded/Polling)
It’s time for the BIG REVEAL! Can you tell a good lie from a bad truth? Test your behavioral sleuthing skills and have some fun as members of the Crime Bake committee try to stump you!

7-8 PM
Ask the Experts (Live/Chat)
Industry Experts on a variety of issues meet registrants and answer their frequently asked questions. Want to be better at your cop speak? How about gaining better insight into the clergy or romantic tension? Interested in creating a podcast? Our experts are here to answer your questions!

Experts: Kathy Meis, Jane Willan, Matty Dalrymple, Keri-Rae Barnum, Sarah Stewart Taylor

8-9 PM
Closing Cocktail Party (Live)
Wow! What a week this has been! Join the Crime Bake Committee and our many special guests for a gathering of all for fun, polls, and breakout rooms.