Welcome to SleuthFest 2020

March 25-29, 2020 – A Premier Conference for Writers of All Levels
“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

* Sessions on the craft of writing, marketing, and promoting your work
* 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 editors
* 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
– If you missed last years SleuthFest 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 years guest faculty (4 each): Alexia Gordon, Tom Straw, and Elaine Viets.
Registration opens September 1st, 2019 – our early registration discount ends January 5th, 2020 – standard registration runs until March 15th. Online registration also closes on March 15th, 2020. Onsite registration will be available during SleuthFest based on availability.

Catriona McPherson was born in Scotland and lived there until 2010, before immigrating to California. A former academic linguist, she is now a full-time fiction writer, the multi- award-winning and best-selling author of the Dandy Gilver detective stories, set in Scotland in the 1920s. She also writes award-winning contemporary standalone novels including Edgar-finalist “The Day She Died” and Mary Higgins Clark finalists “The Child Garden” and “Quiet Neighbors.” She has won the Macavity, Agatha (2), Anthony, Bruce Alexander Memorial Lefty (4), Sue Feder Memorial Macavity Award (2), Silver Falchion, and has been a finalist or on the shortlist for every other major award in the genre.

Her first Lexy Campbell mystery “Scot Freewon the 2019 Lefty award for best humorous mystery and Publishers Weekly called her follow up “Scot and Soda” “Frightfully funny.”

Catriona is a proud member of Mystery Writers of America, The Crimewriters’ Association, The Society of Authors and past national president of Sisters in Crime.

Chantelle Aimée Osman is the editor of Agora, a new diversity-focused crime imprint at Polis Books. The former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews Magazine and a freelance editor for over 10 years. She co-hosts the Crime Friction podcast, and is an instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Authors at Large and LitReactor. Chantelle is the author of the seven-volume non-fiction series on writing The Quick and Dirty Guides To… and has also published numerous works of short fiction in addition to serving as editor for several anthologies. She is currently editing an episodic thriller, Serial Killer, featuring a variety of authors including Jeffery Deaver, Eoin Colfer, Jason Starr and herself. She was named a Left Coast Crime Guest of Honor in 2016, and will be keynote speaker at the 2018 Central Coast Writers Conference. Find her online at chantelleaimee.com and on Twitter @SuspenseSiren.

Alex Segura is the author of the Pete Fernandez Miami Mystery novels, which include Silent City, Down The Darkest Street, Dangerous Ends, and Blackout, all via Polis Books. Blackout was listed as one of the most anticipated mystery novels of 2018 by CrimeReads, MysteryPeople and Bookbub, and included in The Boston Globe’s Summer Reading List. He has also written a number of comic books, including the best-selling and critically acclaimed Archie Meets Kiss storyline, the “Occupy Riverdale” story, and the Archie Meets Ramones one-shot and The Archies ongoing series. Alex will be co-writing Lethal Lit, a new fictional crime podcast launching this fall from iHeart Media. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies including Florida Happens the 2018 Bouchercon anthology, and in publications including The Daily Beast, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, The Strand, Mental Floss, and LitReactor.
A Miami native, he lives in New York with his wife and son.

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.


Mystery Writers of America (MWA) welcomes people from all backgrounds, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. We do not tolerate discrimination or abuse of any kind, including any form of sexual harassment. We similarly require our members and guests to comply with this policy when participating in any MWA-sponsored events.

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