Welcome to SleuthFest 2021 Live Online

March 19-21, 2021 Live Online

Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America

– If you missed SleuthFest 2019 and want to know why writers keep coming back, check out the 50 great recordings at VWTapes. Start with our SleuthFest Editor in Residence Neil S. Nyren, our Agent & Editor panels, and then move to the outstanding workshops from last year’s guest faculty: Alexia Gordon, Tom Straw, and Elaine Viets.

Registration: Closed


Richie Narvaez is the award-winning author and has taught at Columbia University, New Jersey City University, the Borough of Manhattan Community College, and the Fashion Institute of Technology — and he taught at the Mystery Writers of America University. He was elected to the board of Mystery Writers of America, New York Chapter, in 2013 and served as chapter president for two years. In 2018, he was appointed Bronx Council on the Arts Artist in Residence at the Morris Park Library in the Bronx, and I recently served as a judge for the 2019 PEN Open Book Awards.

His work has appeared in Long Island Noir, Plots with Guns, Thrilling Detective, and Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder, among others. His debut novel, Hipster Death Rattle, was published in March 2019.


SleuthFest Editor in Residence: Neil S. Nyren is the former executive vice president, associate publisher, and editor in chief of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, and the winner of the 2017 Ellery Queen Award from Mystery Writers of America. His column on publishing appears monthly in the MWA’s The Third Degree, and his pieces on ITW debut authors appear monthly on BookTrib and in The Big Thrill. He is also Editor at Large for the website CrimeReads.Among the authors of crime and suspense he has edited are Clive Cussler, John Sandford, Robert Crais, C.J. Box, Ken Follett, Frederic Forsyth, Jack Higgins, W.E.B. Griffin, Randy Wayne White, Carl Hiaasen, Alex Berenson, Ace Atkins, Ed McBain, Jonathan Kellerman, and Daniel Silva.

Jill Marr is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

She graduated from SDSU with a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history. She has over 15 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books, and continues to write book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces, and promotional features for television.

Jill is interested in commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and horror, women’s commercial fiction and historical fiction. Jill is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of science, history, narrative non-fiction, sports, politics, current events, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor, and music.

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