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2022 Killer Nashville Schedule

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

1:00 P.M. Registration Desk Open

2:00-5:00 P.M. Killer Nashville Master Classes
How to Write the Successful Novel / Jaden Terrell (Ticketed)
Building a Platform & Developing Your Personal Marketing Plan / Elysse Wagner [This session runs 2:00-4:00] (Ticketed)
Tough Love for Writers: Take Charge of Your Writing Career / Steven Hutson (Ticketed)

5:00-6:00 P.M. Southeast Mystery Writers of American (SEMWA) / Killer Nashville Ready! Set! Pitch! (Ticketed)

5:30-6:00 P.M. Killer Nashville Open Bar

6:00 P.M. Registration Desk Closes

6:00-9:00 P.M. Killer Nashville ‘Shine ‘n’ Wine Shindig featuring Killer Nashville Band – sponsored by Bryan Robinson (Ticketed)

Friday, August 19, 2022

6:00-8:00 A.M. Killer Nashville Networking Breakfast

7:45 A.M. Registration Desk Open

8:20-8:30 A.M. Opening Remarks / Killer Nashville Founder Clay Stafford

8:30-8:50 A.M. Keynote: What Writers Really Need to Know / Charlie Donlea

9:00-9:50 A.M. Friday Panel Bank 1
Character as an Outgrowth of Setting
SEMWA Panel TBD
Writing About Organized Crime
Writing Action Adventure
Sherlock Holmes as Science Fiction / Bradley Harper

10:00-10:50 A.M. Friday Panel Bank 2
How to Make Scenes Emotional
Writing Regional Fiction
Poetry in the Manner of Poe
Writing the Investigator Novel (Procedural, P.I., Detective, Noir, Journalist)
Street Reality for Writers from the Perspective of Law Enforcement

11:00-11:20 A.M. Killer Nashville Bookstore Book Signing Event. Open to the Public.

11:30-1:00 P.M. Killer Nashville Networking Lunch

12:00-12:20 Keynote: The Author/Agent Relationship / Joëlle Delbourgo

12:20-1:00 P.M. Clay Stafford interviews Guest of Honor Charlie Donlea

1:10-1:30 P.M. Killer Nashville Bookstore Book Signing Event. Open to the Public.

1:40-2:30 P.M. Friday Panel Bank 3
How to Keep Readers Interest in the Middle of Your Book
Description: Too Much or Not Enough
Writing Suspense
Most Common Questions About Self-Publishing
The Serial Killer Next Door / James L’Etoile

2:40-3:30 P.M. Friday Panel Bank 4
Writing Effective Dialogue
Writing Rural Crime
Tricks for Writing the Page Turning Thriller
Writing Sci-Fi Fantasy Thrillers
An Overview of Homicide / Jeff Shaw

3:40-4:40 P.M. Friday Breakout Workshop Sessions
Writing the Perfect First 5 Pages / Carly Watters, P.S. Literary (Ticketed)
5 Lesser Known PR Hacks More Authors Should Be Using / Elysse Wagner, Books Forward (Ticketed)
Twenty Things to Do (or Not Do) to Attain Success / Victoria Skurnick, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency (Ticketed)

4:40-5:00 P.M. Killer Nashville Bookstore Book Signing Event. Open to the Public.

5:15 Registration Desk Closes

5:30-7:30 P.M. Killer Nashville Open Bar

Saturday, August 20, 2022

7:00-8:30 A.M. Killer Nashville Networking Breakfast

8:00 A.M. Registration Desk Open

8:30-8:50 A.M. Keynote: TBD

9:00-9:50 A.M. Saturday Panel Bank 1
To Plot or Not to Plot
What is Theme Really and How to Use It
Timeless Mysteries: Historicals
Editing for Traditional & Self-Published Independent Books
Your ticket to Art Crime

10:00-10:50 A.M. Saturday Panel Bank 2
Writing the Irresistible Hero
Writing Urban Crime
Writing for the Stage
Writing Humor
Murder for Real: Adding Realism to Your Mystery Writing / Robert Bruce Coffin

11:00-11:20 P.M. Killer Nashville Bookstore Book Signing Event. Open to the Public.

11:30-1:10 P.M. Killer Nashville Networking Lunch

12:10-12:30 P.M. Keynote: Finding Success as a Novelist in Today’s Market / Robert Brewer

12:30-1:10 P.M. Clay Stafford interviews Guest of Honor Hank Philippi Ryan

1:20-1:40 P.M. Killer Nashville Bookstore Book Signing Event. Open to the Public.

1:50-2:40 P.M. Saturday Panel Bank 3
Conflict and How to Include It on Multiple Levels
Specialty Thrillers: Spy, Espionage, Political, Legal, Medical, Techno
The Cozy Mystery
Writing Horror and the Paranormal
Defending the Damned: The Role of the Criminal Defense / Richard Jaffe

2:50-3:40 P.M. Saturday Panel Bank 4
Character or Plot: Which Comes First & How to Develop Each
How to Write Great Endings and Resolutions
Writing for the Screen
Creating Independent Self-Published E-Books & Audiobooks
What Happens After the Cell Door Slams / James L’Etoile

3:50-4:50 P.M. Saturday Breakout Workshop Sessions
Vision Board Workshop: Write Your Future Now! / Peggy Grigowski, Psychotherapist (Ticketed)
A Writer’s Expectations / Priya Doraswamy, Lotus Lane Literary (Ticketed)
The Business of How Authors Make Money / Carly Watters, P.S. Literary (Ticketed)

5:00-5:20 P.M. Killer Nashville Bookstore Book Signing Event. Open to the Public.

5:30 P.M. Registration Desk Closes

5:30-7:00 P.M. Killer Nashville Open Bar

7:00-10:00 P.M. Killer Nashville Awards Dinner featuring keynote “Ten Things You Absolutely Need to Know” by Hank Philippi Ryan, Killer Nashville Guest of Honor, and the Killer Nashville Band. (Ticketed)

Sunday, August 21, 2022

7:00-8:30 A.M. Killer Nashville Networking Breakfast

8:00 A.M. Registration Desk Open

8:30-8:50 A.M. Keynote: Why All Writers Need Authentic & Meaningful Author Brands in Today’s Publishing Marketplace / Carly Watters

8:50-9:00 A.M. Closing Remarks: Clay Stafford, Founder Killer Nashville

9:10-10:00 A.M. Sunday Panel Bank 1
Building the Scene or Chapter
Writing for the Middle Grade, Juvenile, YA
Writing Southern Gothic Stories
Distribution of Self-Published and Independent Books
Writers’ Mistakes About the Law That Drive Lawyers Crazy / S. Lee Manning

10:10-11:00 A.M. Sunday Panel Bank 2
Making a Good Manuscript Even Better
Writing Great Beginnings
Writing Novellas
Techniques for Psychological Thrillers
What Writers Get Wrong When They Write About the Military / Luis Rosas

11:10-11:30 A.M. Killer Nashville Bookstore Book Signing Event. Open to the Public.

11:30 A.M. Boxed Lunch (Ticketed)

11:40-12:20 P.M. Sunday Panel Bank 3
Writing the Irresistible Villain
How POV Influences Your Story
Solving the Crime with an Amateur Sleuth
Marketing Self-Published and Independent Books
Criminal Investigations Inside a State Agency / Dan Royse

12:30-1:30 P.M. Sunday Breakout Workshop Sessions
Writing the Short Story / Robert Mangeot & Jaden Terrell (Ticketed)
Using Video Content to Build Your Brand / Christina Kaye (Ticketed)
TBD (Ticketed)

1:30-1:50 P.M. Killer Nashville Bookstore Book Signing Event. Open to the Public.

2:00 P.M. Conference Over

2:15 P.M. Registration Desk Closes

*Times, Speakers, and Topics Subject to Change

Panel Request Sign Ups Will Be Posted Soon

Priority Sign Up Will Be Given to Paid Registrants Prior to Open Call