The BookFest will continue the annual writing workshops on Saturday, March 15 from 10a.m. –3 p.m. in the W. T. Bland Public Library. Writers who are just beginning to those who are ready to get an agent will benefit from these excellent authors and experts in their field. A light lunch will be provided for those wishing to stay throughout the sessions.
10 a.m. Elaine Viets – Mystery Writing - the Basics: Anything You Were Afraid to Ask about Writing Your Mystery
How do I write a query letter? What should I say? Do I need an agent? How long should I wait after I sent my query to an agent? Elaine Viets will answer these and other questions about getting started in traditional publishing, with sample letters and other useful tips. Elaine cannot advise you on self-publishing, but she has been traditionally published by New York houses since 1997. Elaine writes two national bestselling mystery series which have garnered her the Agatha, Anthony and Lefty Awards.
11 a.m. Nancy Cohen – Plotting Made Perfect
Is most important aspect of a good mystery is the ingenuity of the crime, the unraveling of the clues? Readers of mysteries and thrillers like tightly-plotted narratives, clever red herrings, and a certain element of surprise. Learn from Mystery Writers of America President Elect Nancy J. Cohen about using as many of these aspects in your whodunit or crime story.
12 p.m. Deborah Sharp – Settings that Sizzle
Like the main character in her humorous "Mace Bauer Mysteries," Deborah’s family roots were set in Florida long before Walt Disney and "Miami Vice" came to define the state. As a Florida native, and a former, longtime reporter for USA Today, she knows every burg and back road. She has visited spots not found on maps: Molasses Junction. Muse. And now, Himmarshee, her own tiny slice of "Authentic Florida."
1 p.m. Robin Burcell – Forensics and Fiction
Robin Burcell is the award-winning author of ten novels to date. Her new series is about FBI forensic artist and agent, Sydney Fitzpatrick. An FBI Academy-trained forensic artist, Robin’s drawings have been used to solve a number of crimes, including homicides, bank robberies and hate crimes. Robin has worked in law enforcement for over two decades as a police officer, detective and hostage negotiator. She is the two-time Anthony Award-winning author of four previous novels featuring SFPD Homicide Inspector Kate Gillespie