Haven't posted much about writing lately, but I'm down deep in the trenches with my 6th novel and half-way through a difficult short story. Writing groups and conferences make the lonely life of a writer less so and can give one heart and inspiration after being rejected. One such conference for crime writers is the The England Crime Bake. Yours truly was on the first (and many subsequent) committees ten years ago when the event was born. Check out Lindsay Down's blog to read first-hand how one of these events gets off the ground. How The New England CrimeBake got started
We've been sold out for many moons, but check it out. Great panels, guests, agents, editors and an entire weekend that's all about crime writing. Yowza. Official website of the New England Crimebake
It's a fun weekend for old writing pros and beginners alike. Very friendly and accessible.