Schedule of Events: June 22-24, 2018

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.  Workshop 1 - The Business of Being an Author - Debbie Richardson and Shirrel Rhoades

2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Workshop 2 - The Forensic Use of Fingerprints - Lisa Black

3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Workshop 3 - Workshop -How to Write and Sell a First Novel - Dianna Collier

4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Workshop 4 - Crisis Negotiation - David J. Stark, Crisis Negotiator Team Leader, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department

5:30-7:00 p.m. Poolside Reception - Island hors d’oeuvres - Live music.
6:00 Welcome - Heather Graham



8:30 a.m. Coffee & Danish
8:45 a.m. Introduction - Shirrel Rhoades
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: State of the Publishing Industry
Moderator: Diane A.S. Stuckart (President, Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter)
Panel: Patrick Kendrick, Alyssa Maxwell, Dianna Collier, Otto Penzler.

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.  Panel Discussion: Promoting Your Book
Moderator: Patrick Kindrick
Panel: Lewis C. Haskell, Wayne Stinnett, Nancy J. Cohen.

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. The Whodunit Mystery Writing Award (new fiction) - Presented by Shirrel Rhoades
Brief reading from winning entry by author.

11: 45 - 12:00 p.m. Presentation of Florida Keys Community College Scholarship Winners

12:00 - 1:45 p.m. Luncheon
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.  Keynote Speaker - Ace Atkins

2:00 -2:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Co-writing a Mystery
Moderator: Rick Ollerman
Panel: Carl and Jane Bock, Susan Haskell, Charles Todd, David Beckwith.

3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Writing Historical Mysteries
Moderator: Heather Graham
Panel: Charles Todd, Robert Coburn, John Guerra, Alyssa Maxwell, Diane A.S. Stuckart

4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Panel Discussion: Audio Books
Moderator: Mike Dennis
Panel: Reef Perkins, Marjorie Sorrell Rockwell, Lewis Haskell, Ross Pipkin
Sampling of how readers audition.

4:45 p.m. Book Signings - Books&Books

5:15 p.m. Conch Train mini-tour (and transportation to Key West Lighthouse

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mystery Fest Champagne Social - Key West Lighthouse
Speakers - Ace Atkins and Otto Penzler


8:30 - 11:00 a.m. Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter sponsored brunch - Schooner Wharf

To Contact Mystery Writers Key West Fest

To Contact:
Mystery Fest Key West
Please write to:
Mystery Fest Key West,
926 Truman Avenue,
Key West, Florida 33040
or Email Us info@mysteryfestkeywest.com

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A weekend with your favorite mystery writers and friends, only $195 – it’s practically criminal!
Includes poolside reception, all panels and workshops, Whodunit Awards event, book signings, Conch Train mini-tour of Key West, prime rib luncheon & keynote speaker event, Key West Lighthouse tour & ice cream social, and Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter sponsored brunch overlooking historic Key West Harbor.
Want to bring a friend to the keynote luncheon, Champagne Social or brunch? It’s just $35.00 additional per event to bring a buddy.

Day passes, and event passes are available at the door!

Discounted hotel rates while available 
$209 per person - nearly ⅓ off regular room rates.
(Speakers have a special room rate.)

We'll be holed up at the luxurious
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key
Call 800/222-TREE to make your booking
or go online to keywestdoubletree.com
Enter Group Code: SMA

Books & Books @ The Studios Of Key West
will provide book sales for Mystery Fest Key West.


Schedule is Subject to Change