Friday, August 07, 2009

The New England Crimebake, a Mystery Conference

Yours truly is a founding member of the New England Crimebake, begun eight years ago in a room at the Morse Institute in Natick with the late evening summer sun streaming in the windows and eight nervous women wondering if they could get this thing off the ground. We did, and the rest is mystery history.

This year, the talented and gracious Sue Grafton will be our guest of honor. Writers, fans and thinking-about-it writers will convene at the Dedham Hilton for a weekend of murder and mayhem, on the page and in the mind but definitely not on the police blotter.

Here is some information from our excellent PR committee about the event.


G is for Grafton, Sue Grafton, who will be Guest of Honor at the New England Crime Bake on November 13, 14, 15, 2009 at The Boston/Dedham Hilton. Grafton is the author of the much loved series featuring private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, an irreverent, sharp-tongued loner, who cuts her hair with manicure scissors and carries a wrinkle-free black dress in her purse for special occasions. Grafton’s 21st novel in the alphabet series will be U is for Undertow.

R is for Registration which is now open at with fabulous choices for Master Classes on Friday night, including sessions on Developing Character, Revision, Television Techniques and Writing Short Stories. Saturday and Sunday are packed with fascinating panels.

A is for an abundance of Authors, Agents and Editors, panelists at Crime Bake, with whom you can schedule a private pitch session and have a manuscript critique.

F is for Free seminars about how to pitch and market your book and a Free Pizza Party. F is for Forensics taught by an old fashioned Private Investigator and a real Crime Lab Director. F is for Fans who come to Crime Bake to hear their favorite authors share the secrets behind their stories. F is for the Fun we all have each year which is why so many people return to Crime Bake year after year and to keep meeting new Friends!

T is for the countless Tips and Techniques about how to write and publish a mystery from authors who have been there and want to help you.

O is for Opportunity. Where else can you meet and mingle with so many savvy agents, talented authors and experts on crime writing? Whether at breakfast, the Cocktail Party or Banquet, you will be treated to the company of some of the most talented names in mystery writing.

N is for NOW. Register before rooms are sold out and classes are filled. With so many great events, you can’t afford to miss Crime Bake this year!

My last year on the Committee. Hope to see you there.


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