Welcome to SleuthFest 2020
We are in the process of issuing refunds for SleuthFest 2020 – Read more>>The Writers Auction which traditionally takes place on Friday night of the conference has been shifted from a live event to an online auction. Don’t miss this opportunity to bid and win a variety of critiques and character namings from award-winning authors, agents, and editors. The Writers Auction begins Monday, March 23rd at 8 am and ends April 1st at 5 pm. There are 14 items in total. Click this link to explore all that is offered. https://www.32auctions.com/SleuthFest
March 13th, 2020Dear SleuthFest Registrant,
It is with regret we announce the cancellation of SleuthFest 2020.
The health and safety of our participants is of paramount concern to us. A week ago, we had hoped to proceed, and take the necessary precautions, in concert with the hotel, (sanitizer, social distance, etc.) to protect our attendees. Within the last forty-eight hours, it has become clear that to help further reduce the potential spread of Covid-19, we must take this action.
If you have purchased a manuscript critique, it will become a virtual critique instead of a face to face one. Please be on the lookout for an e-mail with those instructions and details. We are in the process of evaluating refunds after factoring in booking fees and paid expenses. You’ll hear from us shortly. Don’t forget to cancel any hotel and travel reservations you’ve made.
MWA-Florida Chapter thanks all our registrants, volunteers, and presenters. Your ongoing support is crucial to SleuthFest’s future. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.
President, Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America
“Helping mystery writers improve their craft for over 25 years”
Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America
Doubletree by Hilton Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton
100 Fairway drive | Deerfield Beach | FL-33441
* A forensic track with current forensic techniques & hands-on workshops
* Includes Friday lunch and dinner & Saturday lunch and evening soirée with plenty of appetizers & Sunday brunch
* Social events to mingle with agents, editors and your favorite authors
* An auction to purchase great writing stuff from bestselling authors and industry pros
* Agent & Editor strategy sessions for your work in progress
* Agent & Editor Appointments to pitch your finished work – plus practice your Pitch sessions with experienced authors
* Critiques of your 25-page manuscript submission
Sunday Send-off Keynote
Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. He graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him “the most destructive force on campus.” Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and several natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. He is an award-winning environmental reporter for Florida’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times and the author of five non-fiction books, including The Scent of Scandal, which was classified as “True Crime/Gardening” and Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, a New York Times bestseller and won a Florida Book Awards gold medal. His latest is Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther.