Bouchercon 2017, eh?




Bouchercon is an international mystery convention, the largest in the world, typically held in North America. Fittingly, Bouchercon 2017: Passport to Murder was held in Toronto, a very international, very lovely city.

I had a great time catching up with long-time mystery friends and making new ones during the conference.

One of the highlights of the conference was a one-day workshop organized by Sisters in Crime– SinC Into Great Writing IX! Learn How to Give Your Novels Structure by Alexandra Sokoloff. We learned screenwriting techniques that can be applied to fiction writing. Alex finished with an excellent and very instructive commentary on the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. 

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My panels for Ithaca Spring Writes 2017








This year’s Ithaca’s Spring Writes Literary Festival  is May 4-7. It’s a fabulous, not-to-be-missed weekend, and the entire festival is free and open to all.  If you’re in the area, please consider attending.

I’ll be on two panels:

11:00 – 12:15pm
History Center
Panel: World Building: If You Build It, They Will Come

A panel discussion by genre fiction writers Doreen Alsen, E.C. Barrett, Cara DiGirolamo, Jackie Swift and Gigi Vernon on the ins and outs of world building. Come learn how these authors create rich, believable worlds in a variety of genres including science fiction, fantasy, romance, historical fiction, and more.

Doreen Alsen writes contemporary romantic comedy. Her seventh book, Worth A Thousand Words, came out in September, 2016.

E.C. Barrett writes weird and macabre speculative fiction. She teaches writing at the Community School of Music & Arts and is a freelance journalist.

Cara DiGirolamo is a graduate student in linguistics, with a particular interest in how our world is shaped through language, and how writers use language to shape their worlds.

Jackie Swift creates science fiction and fantasy worlds by harnessing poetic inspiration and science to blind leaps of faith via binary code. Also, she’s a freelance writer and editor.

Gigi Vernon is an historical crime fiction author and a class of 2016 Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate. Her short stories have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies.



12:00 – 1:15pm
CAP ArtSpace
Intimate Communities: Starting and Sustaining a Writing Group That Works

Writing groups can be an essential part of the writing life, a supportive mini-community to help you develop your writing projects and goals. They can also be challenging to create and sustain. Authors Kathy Henion, Angie Pelekidis, Aimee Lehman, Bob Proehl and Gigi Verson share their experiences forming and/or participating in writing groups, including how these groups were essential in drafting, revising, and/or publishing their work. They will also discuss how to find or create a group and provide practical strategies for organizing, dividing time wisely, and critiquing fairly.

Kathryn Henion’s fiction has appeared in Saranac Review, Natural Bridge, & Green Mountains Review, among others. Currently she reads fiction and serves as a production editor for the online journal of art and literature Drunken Boat.

Angie Pelekidis worked in public relations before receiving her Ph.D in Creative Writing from Binghamton University. Her dissertation won the Distinguished Dissertation Award and her work has appeared in The Michigan Quarterly ReviewConfrontation, The Masters Review, and other journals

Bob Proehl is the author of the novel, A Hundred Thousand Worlds, was a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction and a 2013 resident at the Saltonstall Arts Colony.

Gigi Vernon is an historical crime fiction author and a class of 2016 Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate. Her short stories have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies.

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There and Back Again: Odyssey TNEO Workshop

Because I had such an amazing time at the Odyssey Writing Workshop in the summer of 2016, I decided to return in 2017 for an Odyssey alumni-only one week workshop focused on novels called The Never Ending Odyssey.

Can’t wait!

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