2014 May 09 – Doing Time With Sisters in Crime – 2014 Killer Nashville Event


Nashville, TN. May 9, 2014

WHAT: 9th annual Killer Nashville® International Thriller, Mystery and Crime Literature Writers’ Conference
WHEN: August 21-24, 2014
WHERE: Hutton Hotel & Conference Center, Nashville, TN

Many budding writers struggle to find that perfect opening sentence, that killer first paragraph, but no more. International organization Sisters in Crime is sponsoring a kickoff event at Killer Nashville that is sure to set writers on the right path.

Doing Time with Sisters in Crime: Great Beginnings is a half-day writing event on Thursday, August 21, 2014, the opening day of the ninth annual writers’ conference.

“Sisters in Crime has been a supporter of Killer Nashville from Day 1. This event is part of the ever-growing expansion of Killer Nashville and its benefits to writers,” said Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville.

Participants will work with four Sisters in Crime experts – Laura DiSilverio, Catriona McPherson, Cathy Pickens and Hank Phillippi Ryan – all multi-published authors with decades of writing, publishing, and teaching experience between them. Because of the intimate setting, seating is limited.

At the event, these four bestselling authors will analyze effective opening paragraphs from crime fiction novels to see what makes them reader-snaring and awe-inspiring. The panelists will then, in turn, teach attendees their specific techniques and tips to craft great novel beginnings by:

  • Critiquing attendees’ anonymously submitted first paragraphs, offering key suggestions for making them more compelling and virtually un-put-downable;
  • Laying out specific strategies for beginning a series that will have “legs,” that will have room to grow and expand to six, ten, or twenty-six books;
  • Finally, they’ll put it all on the table and discuss “Our Beginnings,” the varied ways they got their start in this biz, and answer (with complete candor!) any questions attendees might have
  • Additionally, four names will be drawn at random during the afternoon and the winners will have their first three chapters critiqued by the instructors

The cost is only $55 for Sisters in Crime members, and $160 for non-members. (Since a year’s membership to Sisters in Crime is only $40, attendees might consider joining, if not already a member, and save $65!)

Now in its ninth year, Killer Nashville has become one of the nation’s most prestigious book events. Last summer, Publishers Weekly named Killer Nashville and founder Clay Stafford as one of the top 10 Nashville literary leaders playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” not only in middle-Tennessee, but also extending “beyond the city limits and into the nation’s book culture.” (06/10/13).

The Killer Nashville International Thriller, Mystery, and Crime Literature Writers’ Conferences, held annually on the fourth full weekend in August, were created in 2006 by author/filmmaker Clay Stafford to bring together forensic experts, writers, and fans of crime and thriller literature. The conference draws attendees from as far away as Portmahomack, Scotland; Rome, Italy; and Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan. For interviews or more information: www.KillerNashville.com, contact@KillerNashville.com, 615-599-4032.

Killer Nashville | P.O. Box 680759 | Franklin, TN 37068-0759 | 615-599-4032