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In 2015
We Welcome 

Anne Perry



Zoe Sharp


Denise Swanson




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

What Folks Say
Thanks to the hotel staff, [from the] reservations line to the people at the front desk, from the housekeeping services to the wait staff, my trip trip was smooth.... the conference chose well when they chose this hotel. My compliments.

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Thanks to all who attended the 2014 Con - 

we hope you'll come back in 2015 and bring a friend (or 3!) 

We'll see you back in Chicago February 6-7-8, 2015! 

(believe it or not, that's just 4 short months away)

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Take a look at our 2014 Conference Schedule to see the great panels and sessions plus all the fun activities in our 3-day jam-packed Conference.


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Latest News

29 Oct 2014

Jacquelyn Mitchard at Merit Press

The New York Times bestselling author of nine books for adults and five for teenagers, Jacquelyn Mitchard is now editor of an imprint she helped to create, Merit Press. Merit Press is actively acquiring realistic, contemporary Young Adult fiction - suspenseful, mysterious, some-times with historical subjects or a twist of magical realism. Merit Press has twice been featured in Publishers Weekly as an up-and-coming new publisher, under the aegis of the media giant F&W Media. Mitchard, who comes from Chicago, now lives on Cape Cod with her family. Email her at or call her at 608-576-5568, and visit her website,

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9 Sep 2014

Moved to Emulation

by Michael Lister, sponsor of the Gulf Coast Writers’ Conference

Saul Bellow said a writer is a reader moved to emulation.

I am a reader moved to emulation. I am a moviegoer moved to make story. 

I am a crime, mystery, detective, noir novelist inspired by more writers and filmmakers than I can begin to catalog, but here are three contemporary crime writers that first moved me to emulation, and continue to inspire me.  

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4 Sep 2014

Creatures, Crimes & Creativity (C3) Con

October 10-12, 2014

The Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con (C3 Con) is the Mid-Atlantic’s book lover event of the year (Oct. 10-12, 2014). Three days of workshops, panels and fun! 36 panels and classes for writers AND fans led by top-selling genre fiction authors! Meet dozens of authors at the book signings October 10 and 11! All meals are included so come dine with your favorite authors! Plus a free anthology of stories by attending authors, and other prizes, free gifts and giveaways. Register now at

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27 Aug 2014

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the World of Spirit

"Come, Watson, the game is afoot!"

Few Sherlock Holmes fans wouldn’t recognize these words from The Adventure of the Abbey Grange, published in 1904 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. However, how many devoted fans know of Doyle’s fierce involvement in the spiritualist movement of his time? Surely not a majority.

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27 Aug 2014

More Ways to Build Your Platform

"Build and and they will come" - or will they?

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Featured Authors

Anne Perry

Zoe Sharp

Denise Swanson

Local Featured Author

Robert Goldsborough

Ghost of Honor

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Conference Schedule

Click here to view the 2014 conference schedule -- for a hint of what's coming in 2015. Along with many returning friends and topics, we're bringing you even more new, exciting, and informative panel discussions, activities and presentations!

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