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Home Sweet Homicide: Time to Kill Your Darlings

Friday, November 12

2:00 – 7:00
Check in

3:00 – 4:15
Master Class 1: Creating Conflict in Your Writing 
Debra H. Goldstein

3:00 – 4:15
Master Class 2: Whydunit? Character Motivation                                                                                             
Jess Montgomery & Mariah Fredericks

3:00 – 4:15
Master Class 3: The  Muddle in the Middle
Hank Phillipi Ryan

4:30 – 5:45
Master Class 4: Love and Murder: Getting the Romantic Subplot Right                                               
Jane Haertel

4:30 – 5:45
Master Class 5: 10 Basic Ingredients of a Successful Mystery   
Gary Goshgarian

4:30 – 5:45
Master Class 6: Writer’s Guide to Social Media 
Bruce Robert Coffin

6:00 – 6:30
Crime Bake 101:
Tips on making the most of the weekend conference                  

6:00 TO 8:00
Dinner on Your Own

7:00 to 8:00
Agent & Editors Track: Practice Your Pitch
A short pitching primer followed by workshopping your pitch with agents/editors. Paula Munier & Jennifer Gordon (Exclusive benefit for A&E Program registrants)

8:00 – 9:00
Logline Slam
Poetry slam meets Hollywood. You’ve got 30 seconds–tops!–to pitch the logline of your book. Go! Paula Munier & Jennifer Gordon (Open to the first 120 participants. First come, first served.) 

Saturday, November 13     

8:00-8:45 Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00
Welcoming Remarks and Al Blanchard Finalists

Historical: When Home Already Happened
Our panel of historical mystery writers discuss the ins and outs of creating worlds set in the past, including how to bring a fresh perspective to the world today through the darlings of yesterday.
Moderator: Frances McNamara
Panelists: Matthew Cost, Sarah Smith, Mary Lawrence, Gabriel Valjan, Carolyn Wilkins

Setting: Home Is Where the Heart Stops
Setting can play as vital a role in establishing the mood of your writing as any other element of fiction. Join our panel as they discuss how they keep setting the darling of the ball.
Moderator: Marian Stanley
Panelists: Ray Anderson, Alexia Gordon, Maureen Milliken

Agents & Editors Track: The Query Letter: Definitely Kill Your Darlings
Bring your one-page query and have it critiqued by agents/editors and authors.
Moderator: Jennifer Gordon
(Exclusive benefit for A&E registrants)

10:15 – 10:30 Break/Book Signing

True Crime: Media Darlings
No matter the media, true crime has never been more popular. Join our panel of true crime authors to discuss how they tell a great story while sticking to the facts.
Moderator: Edwin Hill
Panelists: Jan Brogan, Maureen Boyle, Sue Coletta, Kate Flora, Manju Soni

YA Fiction: How Darling Are They Really?
The market for young adult fiction continues to expand, including crime novels. Our panel will talk about the elements needed to write a winning crime novel for the young adult market.
Moderator: Paula Munier
Panelists: Emily Arsenault, Alison McMahan, Dave Pasquantino

Dynamics of Opposition Workshop
Presenter: Desmond Hall

11:45 – 12:30 Break/Book Signing
Bloodroot: Best New England Crime Stories author signing

Lunch Awards and Interview with Guest of Honor Hank Phillippi Ryan 

Agent & Editors Track: First Page Workshop: Home in on Success
Bring your first page for critique by agents/editors and authors.
(Exclusive benefit for A&E Program registrants)

Reading Like a Writer: Leslie Charteris and The Saint
The presenter will discuss the short story collection “The Brighter Buccaneer,” which is available free on Kindle Unlimited. The presentation will include discussion of Charteris’s work, a writing exercise, and Q and A.
Moderator: Tilia Jacobs

Suspense/Social Issues: Kill, My Darlings
Our panel of distinguished suspense writers delve into how crime fiction can be used to explore social issues.
Moderator: Joanna Schaffhausen
Panelists: Glede Browne Kabongo, Clea Simon, Mariah Fredericks

The Writer’s Business Plan Workshop
Presenter: Tonya Price

3:30 – 3:45 Break/Book Signing

3:45 – 5:00
Short Fiction: Little Darlings
How to start a short story? How to build suspense when space is limited? Our panelist of short fiction writers will talk about the elements that go into creating suspenseful short fiction.
Moderator: Susan Oleksiw
Panelists: Christine Bagley, Debra Bokur, Claire A. Murray, Stephen Rogers, Connie Johnson Hambley

3:45 – 5:00
Cozy Trends: Home Sweet Home?
New England is home to some of the best and most prolific cozy mystery writers working today. Our panel will talk about the latest trends in the cozy market and give your some tips for getting your own series started
Moderator: Ang Pompano
Panelists: Sarah Osborne, Tina deBellegarde, Julia Henry, Sherry Harris, Barbara Ross

3:45 – 5:00
The Under Cover Story: Book Design and Formatting Workshop
Presenter: Ursula Wong

3:45 – 5:30
Agent & Editors Track: One-on-One Pitch Sessions
Three-minute pitch sessions with agents and editors
(Exclusive benefit for A&E Program registrants)

5:00 – 5:30 Break/Book Signing

5:30 – 6:30

5:30 – 6:30
Meet the Debut Authors
Want to hear about this year’s must read books? Our debut authors will happily tell you about their just published novels and proudly show off their baby!

5:30 – 6:30


Do you have a question about writing or simply wonder about life? Join Crime Bake’s Guest of Honor Hank Phillippi Ryan and her friends for a free-ranging conversation and a surprise or two!

6:30 Dinner on Your Own

Sunday, November 14

7:30 – 9:00
FLASHWORDS Contest Awards

9:00 – 10:30
Medical Examiner: At Home in the Morgue
Join Michelle Clark, CT ME, as she takes you through the day-to-day life of a medical examiner.
Presenter: Michelle Clarke, CT ME

10:30 – 10:45 Book Signing

10:45 – 12:15
Tales from the Crypt: Homicidal and Suicidal Poisonings
Our resident poison expert, Dr. BJ Magnani, will take you through the ins and outs of death by toxin
Presenter: Dr. BJ Magnani

12:15 – 12:30 Closing Remarks