Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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The Ferguson Library 
96 Broad Street
Stamford, CT 06901

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Ferguson Library 
Ferguson Library 

Mystery Writers of America/New York Chapter's Fiction Writers' Conference

Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Ferguson Library

Main Library, DiMattia Building

Always wanted to write that story? Finished your first draft and not sure what to do next? Written six books, but need new inspiration? Then MWA/NY's Fiction Writers' Conference at The Ferguson Library is for you.

Mystery Writers of America is the  premier organization for writers of the world's most popular fiction genre. And members of MWA's NY (inc. CT, PA, NJ, DE and WV) Chapter are coming to The Ferguson Library to help you take your fiction - whether it's mystery, romance, historical or general fiction - to the next level.

One full day of sessions (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) with established novelists covering subjects from Great Beginnings, Structure, Dialogue, Creating Compelling Characters to Revisions. And publishing professionals will address the Basics of Publishing, the Short Story Market, and more.

Our teaching staff is filled with New York Times best-selling authors, Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Nero Award-winning authors like Reed Farrel Coleman, Lyndsay Faye, Jane Cleland, Charles Salzberg, Chris Knopf, James Benn and more. (See full schedule, below.)

$75 per person

$65 per person for MWA members, students and seniors

(Continental breakfast, boxed lunch, and coffee/wine wrap-up party included.)


MWA/NY Fiction Writers' Conference Schedule
(Schedule subject to change.)

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.   Registration

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.    Welcome
Alice Knapp, President, The Ferguson Library; Laura K. Curtis, President, MWA/NY

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.
Start Your Engines – How to Write a Killer First Chapter
With Chris Knopf and  Jill Fletcher

You Talkin’ to Me? - Dialogue 
With Charles Salzberg and Tim O’Mara

10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Mastering Suspense, Structure and Plot 
With Jane Cleland

Marketing/Social Media  
Jill Fletcher leads a discussion with Dru Ann Love and Laura K. Curtis

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
An Actor Writes: Tricks of the Observation Trade 
With Lyndsay Faye 

Heroes and Villains 

With James Benn and Reed Farrel Coleman; Moderated by Charles Salzberg

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.   LUNCH

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.
Secrets of Successful Short Stories  
With Linda Landrigan, Jane Cleland, Steve Liskow and Lyndsay Faye

Small is Beautiful (How Smaller Publishing Houses are Challenging the Big Guys)
With Jason Pinter, Maggie Topkis and Tim O’Mara; Moderated by Chris Knopf

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Once More With Feeling – The Wise Way to Revise

With Reed Farrel Coleman

4:00  - 5:00 p.m.
Final Tips Before You Push Send
With Chris Knopf, Reed Farrel Coleman, Maggie Topkis, Lyndsay Faye, James Benn, Linda Landrigan, Steve Liskow and Jason Pinter; Discussion led by Charles Salzberg

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.    Wine and cookies wrap-up in Auditorium