Doubletree Resort by Hilton Grand Key
The 3rd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest
Robert K. Tanenbaum is the keynote speaker along with a criminally stellar hit-list of award-winning and bestselling crime fiction authors and true-crime experts.
Schedule of Events: June 10-12
FRIDAY, JUNE 101:00 Workshop - Monroe County Sheriff’s SWAT Team and Key West Police Department Team Members (subject to change)
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 in Old Town Key West 6:00 - 6:30 Welcome - County and City Officials
6:30 Sit-down dinner at Smokin' Tuna Saloon (included in registration + $20 for each additional guest)
7:00 - 8:30 Mystery Roast – James O. Born, MC
SATURDAY, JUNE 118:14 a.m. Welcome comments from Michael Haskins & Shirrel Rhoades
8:30 a.m. Panel Discussion: How I Write – Blank Screen to ‘The End’
8:30 a.m. Moderator Siera London
9:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: Creating Suspense
9:45 a.m. Moderator Mike Dennis
11 a.m. The Whodunit Award Presented by Shirrel Rhoades and Sandra Balzo.
Introduction of last year’s winner J.E. Irvin Presentation of the 2016 Mystery Writing Award
11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Luncheon with Special Guest Author Robert K Tanenbaum (included in registration - + $30 for each additional guest)
1:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: Believable Dialogue.
Moderator: Anna Castle
2:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Noir
Moderator: Shirrel Rhoades
Lewis M. Weinstein
4 p.m. Panel Discussion: Local Law Enforcement
Moderator: James O. Born
FDLE - FLorida Department of Law Enforcement - Carol Frederick JIATF
Joint Interagency Task Force - Jim Linder
KWPD – Key West Police Department
MCSO – Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
JIATF – Joint Interagency Task Force
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Event registration includes all panels, presentations and four meals.
It's a steal at just $175
We'll be holed up at the luxurious
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key
Call 305-293-1818 to make your booking.
Registrant rooms are specially priced at $199.00 per room, per night with Code Word MY3. This special will end May 15, 2016.
Room coordinator Becky Swope is available to assist attendees in finding room-mates to share cost of room: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
9:00 p.m. Sloan’s Haunted Key West Ghost Tour: Join New York Times and USA Today best selling author Heather Graham who will co-host this haunting Old Town walk-about. (included in registration - + $15 for each additional guest)
SUNDAY, JUNE 128 – 11 a.m. Brunch at Schooner Wharf Bar at the historic Key West waterfront. Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America - Florida Chapter (included in registration + $15 for each additional guest).
Four finalists have been announced in a nationwide competition to claim the 2016 Mystery Writers Whodunit Award, to be presented at the 3rd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest.
Coronado’s Trail by Carl Bock of Loveland, CO
Murder with Kayaks in the Florida Keys by Elia Chepaitis of Grassy Key, FL
The Crayon Box by Paul Marion Geiger of Ocean City, MD
Tequila Mockingbird by Lewis C. Haskell of Key West, FL
Candidates for the Award, which is supported by the Marion Stevens Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, were required to submit the first three pages of a finished, but unpublished manuscript to a judging committee led by mystery author Sandra Balzo. Ted Hertel, an attorney, author, reviewer and past executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America; Gary Warren Niebuhr, library director, reviewer and author of numerous nonfiction works on the subject of crime fiction; and Shirrel Rhoades, an author, film critic, media consultant and publisher of Absolutely Amazing eBooks completed the judging team.