In 2015
We Welcome 

Anne Perry

 

and

Zoe Sharp

and

Denise Swanson


and

Local
Featured
Author

Robert
Goldsborough


Check back often to see who else is coming to next year's Con!

And thanks again to our 2014 Featured Authors:

Jamie Freveletti

Heather Graham

Peter Kornbluh

Jacquelyn Mitchard

Marcus Sakey

Local Featured Author:
Shane Gericke

for the 2015 Con

  
Testimonials
As always, great information, well organized. Good mix of presentations.

-Nancy Sweetland
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2014 Schedule

FRIDAY | SATURDAY | SUNDAY | PANEL DESCRIPTIONS | WHO & WHAT IS WHEN


Agents and Editors Tell It Like It IsFri (12-1p); Sat (8:30-9:30a)

Alexander, Annie Rose – Fri (3-4p – Author Chat); Sat (Breakfast – First Time Authors Panel)

Amateur Sleuth, In Name Only – Sat (4-5p)

Arson InvestigationFri (2:15-3:30p)

Art Tour – Fri (4:30-5p)

Author ChatsFri (12-1p); (1-2p); (2-3p); (3-4p)

Author Signings – Fri (5-5:30p); Sat (11:30a-12p), (5-5:30p)

Bain, Donald – Sat (2-3p – Writing a Series), (3-4p – Tea)

Barth, Laura – Fri (3-5p – Pitch Perfect); Sat (1-2:30p – Pitch Perfect)

Benson, Raymond – Sat (2-3p – Writing a Series), Sat (9:30-10:30a – The Thriller Elite), (After Dinner – Dann & Raymond’s Movie Club)

Book DiscussionFri (2-3p)

Borger, Gale – Fri (12-1p – Agents/Editors), (3-5p – Pitch Perfect); Sat (8:30-9:30a – Yeah, YA), (1-2p – Self-Editing), (3-4p – Craft)

Bowman,  Sandra – Fri (3-5p – Pitch Perfect); Sat (8:30-9:30a – Agents & Editors Tell It Like it Is), (1-2:30p – Pitch Perfect)

Buehler, Luisa – Fri (1-2p – Creating Memorable Characters); Sat (9:30-10:30a – What Was I Thinking?), (Lunch – Love is Murder All-Stars)

Camacho, Austin – Sat (Breakfast – First Time Authors Panel), (9:30-10:30a – The Thriller Elite), (2-3p – Police Procedurals)

Camacho, Denise – Fri (12-1p – Agents/Editors); (3-5p – Pitch Perfect); Sat (8:30-9:30a – Agents & Editors Tell It Like it Is), (1-2:30p – Pitch Perfect)

Champagne Art Tour – Fri (4:30-5p)

Chapman, Tim – Fri (1-2:15p –Trace Evidence); (3-4p – Author Chat); Sat (Breakfast – First Time Authors Panel)

Chicago Writers AssociationSat (2-2:30p)

Ciambrone, David – Fri (11:45a-1p – Poisons); Sat (2-3p – Police Procedurals); Sun (9:30-10:30a – The Doctor is “In”)

Clemens, Matthew – Fri (12-1p – From Conferee to Author)

Collins, Tori – Sat (2-2:30p – Chicago Writers Assocation)

Computer Forensics – Sat (3:30-4:30p)

Craft Programs – Fri (3-4p – Creating Ribbon Wreaths), Sat (3-4p)

Crawford, Susan – Fri (12-1p – Agents/Editors) ; (3-5p – Pitch Perfect); Sat (8:30-9:30a – Agents & Editors Tell It Like it Is), (1-2:30p – Pitch Perfect)

Creating Memorable CharactersFri (1-2p)

Creating Ribbon Wreaths (craft) – Fri (3-4p)

CSIFri (3:30-4:45p)

Cullet, Evelyn – Fri (2-3p – Author Chat); Sat (10:30-11:30a – Romantic Suspense is Always in Style)

Cummings, Doug – Sat (10:30-11:30a – Author Chat), (2-3p – Police Procedurals)

Curton, Carmen – Sat (4-5p – Readers Panel)

Dann & Raymond’s Movie ClubSat (After Dinner)

Deitz, Deni – Fri (12-1p – Agents/Editors) ; (3-5p – Pitch Perfect); Sat (8:30-9:30a – Agents & Editors Tell It Like it Is), (1-2:30p – Pitch Perfect)

DNA – Sat (9:30-10:30a)

Doctor is “In”Sun (9:30-10:30a)

Draheim, Jan – Sat (4-5p – Readers Panel)

Ebook Formatting Sat (2:30-3:30p)

Evans, Donald G. – Sat (2-2:30p – Literary Hall of Fame)

Excel Training – Sat (8:30-9:30a – Gun Experts)

Expert Witnesses:

Arson InvestigationFri (2:15-3:30p)

Computer Forensics – Sat (3:30-4:30p)

CSIFri (3:30-4:45p)

DNA Sat (9:30-10:30a)

Gun ExpertsSat (8:30-9:30a)

How to Poison Your PenFri (11:45a-1p)

PolygraphsSat (10:30-11:30)

Project InnocenceSat (1-2:15p)

Trace EvidenceFri (1-2:15p)

Trademarks & Copyrights – Sun (9:30-10:30a)

First Time Authors PanelSat (Breakfast)

Flasch, Monique – Fri (2-3p – Rebecca Book Discussion); Sun (9:30-10:30a – Librarians Panel for Authors), (10:30-11:30a – Librarians Panel for Readers)

Fortier, Mardelle – Sat (8:30-9:30a – Yeah, YA), (9:30-10:30a – Short Story, Long Literary Life)

Four C’s – Cuba, Chili, Conspiracies and the CIASat (2:30-3p)

Freveletti, Jamie – Fri (10a-12p – Brunch); (1-2p – Author Chat); (3:30-4:30p – SinC interview); Sat (9:30-10:30a – The Thriller Elite), (10:30-11:30a – Martial Arts Demonstration), (Lunch – Love is Murder All-Stars), (2-3p – Writing a Series)

From Conferee to Author: What I’ve Learned in 27 YearsFri (12-1p)

Gager, W. S. – Fri (1-2p – Writing Routines);

Gamboe, Scott – Fri (3:30-4:45p – CSI); Sat (1-2p – Normalizing the World in Paranormal, Horror & Fantasy)

Gericke, Shane – Fri (10a-12p – Brunch); Fri (12-1p – Author Chat); Sat (9:30-10:30a – The Thriller Elite), (10:30-11:30a – Martial Arts Demonstration), (Lunch – Love is Murder All-Stars)

Getting Your Book to the Big ScreenSat (8:30-9:30a)

Gibberman, Susan – Fri (2-3p – Rebecca Book Discussion); Sat (1-2p – Normalizing the World in Paranormal, Horror & Fantasy),  (4-5p – Sisters in Crime); Sun (9:30-10:30a – Librarians Panel for Authors), (10:30-11:30a – Librarians Panel for Readers)

Gire, Dann –Sat (After Dinner – Dann & Raymond’s Movie Club)

Goldsborough, Robert – Sat (8:30-9:30a – History Now and Then), (2-3p – Writing a Series), (4-5p – Sisters in Crime)

Graham, Heather – Fri (10a-12p – Brunch); (3:30-5p – Master Class); Sat (10:30-11:30a – Romantic Suspense is Always in Style), (2-3p – Writing a Series); Sun (Breakfast – Love is Murder Virgins)

Guilty Until He Was Proven InnocentSat (1-2:15p)

Gun ExpertsSat (8:30-9:30a)

Hansen, Amy Gail – Fri (3-4p – Author Chat); Sat (Breakfast – First Time Authors Panel)

Hellmann, Libby Fischer – Sat (9:30-10:30a – The Thriller Elite), (1-2p – Author Chat), (2:30-3p - Four C’s)

History Now and Then – Sat (8:30-9:30a)

Hopkins, Evelyn – Sat (4-5p – Readers Panel)

How to Attend this ConferenceFri (12-1p)

How to Poison Your PenFri (11:45a-1p)

Hyzy, Julie – Fri (2-3p – Author Chat); (3-4p – Stages of a Writer’s Career); Sat (4-5p – Amateur Sleuth, In Name Only)

Jackson, James M. – Fri (12-1p – Author Chat); (1-2p – Writing Routines)

Kaesdorf, Gunter – Sat (Breakfast – First Time Authors Panel)

Kanar, Hanley – Sat (4-5p – Readers Panel)

Kargol, Jan – Fri (3-4p – Creating Ribbon Wreaths)

Keyworth, Richard – Fri (2:15-3:30p – Arson Investigation)

Kornbluh, Peter – Fri (10a-12p – Brunch); (Dinner speaker); Sat (10:30-11:30a – Research-Beyond Google), (2:30-3p - Four C’s)

Librarians Panel for AuthorsSun (9:30-10:30a)

Librarians Panel for ReadersSun (10:30-11:30a)

Light, Donnie – Sat (2:30-3:30p – Ebook Formatting)

Lindsey, Julie Anne – Sat (Breakfast – First Time Authors Panel), (8:30-9:30a – Yeah, YA), (2-3p – Author Chat)

Literary Hall of FameSat (2-2:30p)

Lott, Cynthia – Fri (1-2p – Writing Routines)

Love is Murder All-Stars – Sat (Lunch)

Love Is Murder Virgins – Sun (Breakfast)

Lukasik, Gail – Sat (8:30-9:30a – History Now and Then), (1-2p – Self-Editing), (4-5p – Amateur Sleuth, In Name Only)

Major,  J. Michael – Fri (12-1p – Author Chat); Sat (Breakfast – First Time Authors Panel), (9:30-10:30a – Short Story, Long Literary Life), (1-2p – Normalizing the World in Paranormal, Horror & Fantasy)

Markland, Marcia – Fri (3-5p – Pitch Perfect); Sat (1-2:30p – Pitch Perfect)

Markowitz, Jeff – Sat (2-3p – Author Chat)

Martial Arts DemonstrationSat (10:30-11:30a)

Master Class with Heather Graham Fri (3:30-5p)

May, M. E. – Sat (2-3p – Police Procedurals); (4-5p – Sisters in Crime)

McClain, Kevin – Sat (1-2:15p - Guilty Until He Was Proven Innocent)

McCombs, Maryglenn – Fri (3-5p – Pitch Perfect); Sat (1-2:30p – Pitch Perfect)

McNamara, Frances – Sat (8:30-9:30a – History Now and Then), (4-5p – Amateur Sleuth, In Name Only)

Meeks, Jeanne – Fri ((2-3p – Author Chat); Sat (Breakfast – First Time Authors Panel), (9:30-10:30a – Author Chat)

Mickey, Linda – Sat (9:30-10:30a – Author Chat)

Miller, Peter – Fri (3-5p – Pitch Perfect); Sat (8:30-9:30a – Getting Your Book to the Big Screen), (1-2:30p – Pitch Perfect)

Mitchard, Jacquelyn – Fri (10a-12p – Brunch); Sat (8:30-9:30a – Yeah, YA); Sun (Breakfast – Love is Murder Virgins)

Morgan, Rejean Sun (9:30-10:30a – Trademarks & Copyrights)

Murder, She Wrote Sat (3-4p – Tea)

MWA Tracks:

Actor’s View on DialogueFri (2-3p)

Creating Memorable CharactersFri (1-2p)

From Conferee to Author: What I’ve Learned in 27 YearsFri (12-1p)

Stages of a Writer’s CareerFri (3-4p)

Myers, Angela – Sat (9:30-10:30a – What Was I Thinking?), (10:30-11:30a – Author Chat)

Myers, Sue – Fri (1-2p – Writing Routines); Sat (Breakfast – First Time Authors Panel), (9:30-10:30a – What Was I Thinking?), (1-2p – Author Chat), (4-5p – Sisters in Crime)

Mystery Writers of America – Sun (11:30a-12:30p)

Nordstrom, Kathleen – Fri (12-1p – Author Chat); Sat (9:30-10:30a – Short Story, Long Literary Life)

Normalizing the World in Paranormal, Horror and Fantasy FictionSat (1-2p)

O’Donohue, Clare – Fri (3-4p – Stages of a Writer’s Career)

Osterman, Helen – Sat (9:30-10:30a – What Was I Thinking?)

Paley-Bain, Renee – Fri (1-2p – Author Chat); Sat (2-3p – Writing a Series), (3-4p – Tea)

Perfecting Your PlatformFri (2-3p)

Pinkerton, Brian – Sat (10:30-11:30a – Author Chat), (1-2p – Normalizing the World in Paranormal, Horror & Fantasy)

Piron-Gelman, Diane – Fri (2-3p – Actor’s View on Dialogue); Sat (8:30-9:30a – History Now and Then), (9:30-10:30a – Polishing for Publication), (3-4p – Wired for Sound)

Pirrone, D. M. – see Piron-Gelman, Diane

Pitch Perfect – Fri (3-5p); Sat (1-2:30p)

Police ProceduralsSat (2-3p)

Polishing for PublicationSat (9:30-10:30a)

Polygraphs – Sat (10:30-11:30a)

Ponczak, Lydia – Sat (4-5p – Amateur Sleuth, In Name Only)

Posner, Marcy – Fri (12-1p – Agents/Editors); (3-5p – Pitch Perfect); Sat (8:30-9:30a – Agents & Editors Tell It Like it Is), (1-2:30p – Pitch Perfect)

Project Innocence Sat (1-2:15p)

Quertermous, Bryon – Fri (12-1p – Agents/Editors); (3-5p – Pitch Perfect); Sat (8:30-9:30a – Agents & Editors Tell It Like it Is), (1-2:30p – Pitch Perfect)

Rader-Day, Lori – Fri (3-4p – Stages of a Writer’s Career); Sat (1-2p – Author Chat)

Readers’ Panel – Sat (4-5p)

RebeccaFri (2-3p)

Research – Beyond GoogleSat (10:30-11:30a)

Riley, Rob – Fri (1-2p – Author Chat); Sat (2-3p – Police Procedurals)

Romantic Suspense is Always in Style Sat (10:30-11:30a)

Rowe, TD – Sat (8:30-9:30a – Gun Experts)

Ruocco, Patricia – Fri (2-3p – Rebecca Book Discussion); Sat (4-5p – Readers Panel); Sun (9:30-10:30a – Librarians Panel for Authors), (10:30-11:30a – Librarians Panel for Readers)

Sakey, Marcus – Fri (10a-12p – Brunch); (1-2p – Author Chat); Sat (9:30-10:30a – The Thriller Elite), (Lunch – Love is Murder All-Stars)

Self-EditingSat (1-2p)

Short Story, Long Literary LifeSat (9:30-10:30a)

Signings – Fri (5-5:30p); Sat (11:30a-12p), (5-5:30p)

Singer, Melissa Ann – Fri (12-1p – Agents/Editors); (3-5p – Pitch Perfect); Sat (8:30-9:30a – Agents & Editors Tell It Like it Is), (1-2:30p – Pitch Perfect)

Sisters in Crime – Fri (3:30-4:30p); Sat (4-5p)

Smith, Kristina – Fri (12-1p – Agents/Editors); (3-5p – Pitch Perfect); Sat (8:30-9:30a – Agents & Editors Tell It Like it Is), (1-2:30p – Pitch Perfect)

Spallone, Jennie – Fri (1-2p – Writing Routines); Sat (9:30-10:30a – What Was I Thinking?)

Spy Craft and Cool GadgetsSun (10:30-11:30a)

Stefanson, Kara – Sat (9:30-10:30a - DNA)

Stone, Terri – Fri (12-1p – How to attend this conference); (3-4p – Author Chat); Sat (10:30-11:30a – Romantic Suspense is Always in Style); Sun (10:30-11:30a – Tax Tips for Writers)

Stringer, Marlene – Fri (12-1p – Agents/Editors); Sat (8:30-9:30a – Agents & Editors Tell It Like it Is), (1-2:30p – Pitch Perfect)

Swangin, B. – Fri (12-1p – Agents/Editors); (3-5p – Pitch Perfect); Sat (1-2:30p – Pitch Perfect)

Sweetland, Nancy – Sat (10:30-11:30a – Romantic Suspense is Always in Style)

Tax Tips for WritersSun (10:30-11:30a)

Theodore, Deanne – Sat (10:30-11:30a – Polygraphs)

Those Were the Days Radio Players – Fri (After dinner entertainment)

Thriller EliteSat (9:30-10:30a)

Trace EvidenceFri (1-2:15p)

Trademarks & Copyrights – Sun (9:30-10:30a)

Verstraete, Christine – Sat (8:30-9:30a – Yeah, YA), (2-3p – Author Chat)

Victorson, Emily Clark – Fri (12-1p – Agents/Editors); (3-5p – Pitch Perfect); Sat (8:30-9:30a – Agents & Editors Tell It Like it Is), (9:30-10:30a – Polishing for Publication), (1-2:30p – Pitch Perfect), (4-5p – Sisters in Crime)

Webb, Wendy – Sat (1-2p – Normalizing the World in Paranormal, Horror & Fantasy), (4-5p – Amateur Sleuth, In Name Only)

Welk, Mary – Sat (9:30-10:30a – Short Story, Long Literary Life), (1-2p – Self-Editing)

What Was I Thinking?Sat (9:30-10:30a)

Williams, Lee – Sat (10:30-11:30a – Author Chat)

Wilson, Connie Corcoran – Fri (1-2p – Writing Routines); (2-3p – Author Chat)

Wilson, JL – Sat (10:30-11:30a – Romantic Suspense is Always in Style), (1-2p – Author Chat)

Wired for Sound – Wonderful World of DIY AudiobooksSat (3-4p)

Witthohn, Christine – Fri (12-1p – Agents/Editors); (3-5p – Pitch Perfect); Sat (1-2:30p – Pitch Perfect)

Writing a SeriesSat (2-3p)

Writing Routines from A to ZFri (1-2p)

Yarrish, Tom – Sat (3:30-4:30p – Computer Forensics)

Yeah, Y.A.! Sat (8:30-9:30a)

Zeller, Bill – Sat (8:30-9:30a – Gun Experts)

  
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