AT THE FERGUSON LIBRARY                             

                               Co-sponsored by Mystery Writers of America, New York Chapter


Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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The Ferguson Library 
One Public Library Plaza
96 Broad Street
Stamford, CT 06904

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CrimeCONN 2018  
Keeping It Real
:  Information, Entertainment and Inspiration From Deep Inside The Mystery World 

Saturday, June 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Main Library, DiMattia Building

    CrimeCONN is Connecticut’s own one-day mystery lovers' conference.

The conference enriches readers, aspiring writers and professional writers alike.  Panel topics include: forensics and law enforcement experts sharing their insights, mystery writing for the big and little screen, and a behind-the-scenes look into the writer’s craft and modern publishing. 

Panel discussions, interviews with celebrity authors, book signings and audience participation are included in this action-packed day.

Hear directly from the people who solve crimes, write about crime, bring amazing stories from book to screen, and share insights you can trust whether you’re a fan or a mystery writer yourself. 

Before May 25 - Early Bird Registration
$30 per person

After May 25 
$45 per person
$35 per person for MWA members, Friends members, seniors and students

 (Light breakfast and lunch included. )

CrimeCONN 2018 Sessions
(Additional information coming soon. Schedule subject to change.)

Real to Reel.
Tom Straw (Buzz Killer), David Rich (Caravan of Thieves) and David Handler (The Man Who Couldn’t Miss) are successful mystery novelists who also write for film and television.  Get the inside scoop on the how it’s all done in the battle zone between literature and show biz. 

As Real As It Gets.
Death investigator Michelle Clark interviews Dr. Kristen Hartnett-McCann, a board-certified Forensic Anthropologist at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington, CT, where she performs forensic anthropological casework and scene response. Michelle and Dr. Hartnet-McCann are on the front lines of the war on crime, and are eyewitnesses to solving real-life mysteries every day.    

Pitching Your Work in the Real World.
Ever wonder how mystery authors launch, maintain and super-charge their careers?  Witness the actual process as members of the Mystery Writers of America pitch their ideas to a panel of literary agents.  Gina Panettieri, president of Talcott Notch Literary Services in Milford CT, joins a panel of experienced agents to field pitches, assess concepts, applaud ideas and share no-nonsense advice.

The Thrill of Fact-based Fiction.
James Benn (Solemn Graves), Jane Cleland (Antique Blues, Mastering Suspense, Structure, and, Plot), Karen Olson (Vanished) are not only leading mystery writers, but great detectives in their own right.  Learn first-hand the joys and challenges of research in the modern age of Google and Wikipedia, and when good old shoe-leather research is essential.  Journalist and book reviewer John Valeri moderates and lends his own research insights.

The Creative Process in Real Time.
The greatest mystery in mystery writing is creativity itself.  Here’s your chance to witness how it works before your very eyes.  Members of the Mystery Writers of America are given an opening line that they’re hearing for the first time.  Then one-by-one they improvise a spontaneous “flash fiction” story.  

To Thine Own Self Be True.
A conversation between Charles Salzberg (Second Story Man) and best-selling mystery author, S. J. Rozan.

Co-sponsored by Mystery Writers of America, New York Chapter.