Program

FRIDAY

8:30 AM Registration for Deadly Ink Academy 2018

Early Registration for Deadly Ink MysteryConference 2018

DEADLY INK ACADEMY

 9:00 AM – NOON

JENNY MILCHMAN

CRAFTING BAD GUYS FROM THE INSIDE OUT: A PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH TO BUILDING YOUR VILLAIN

Mary Higgins Clark award winning and USA Today bestselling novelist Jenny Milchman is known for having an “intimate knowledge of psychology” (The New York Times) and writing novels “that delve deep into the mind and psyche of her characters” (Romantic Times). In this workshop, she will take participants deep beneath the skin of their villains to discover what makes their wicked hearts tick.

Participants will identify personality traits that lend motivation and justification for villains’ most evil behaviors. Through a character “case study,” you will create a back story for an antagonist, based on psychological dynamics and family of origin. Disorders such as narcissistic personality and obsessive-compulsive have received popular attention of late—now learn how these and others can underlie behaviors in the baddest of the baddies. Examine the differences between conscious, subconscious, and unconscious processes so that you know everything your bad guy knows—and a lot that he doesn’t. Finally, explore a fundamental question for writers that will bolster every novel’s ending: Can people, and their personalities, change?

Jenny Milchman’s psychological thrillers have won the Mary Higgins Clark and Silver Falcion awards for best novel, been shortlisted for the Barry and Macavity awards for best first novel and earned additional honors and acclaim. Jenny holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology but turned away from a career as a psychotherapist to pursue her writing dreams. Her newest novel, Wicked River, is a spring release from Sourcebook.

JENNY MILCHMAN will be signing outside of the Diamond Ballrooms at noon.

NOON – 1:00 PM Lunch on your own

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

ART TAYLOR

BRICK BY BRICK: STRATEGIES FOR PRODUCING A WELL-PACED PLOT

A professor and book critic in addition to being an award-winning author, Art Taylor’s fiction workshops at George Mason University have long focused primarily on the shape and structure of a story’s plot.

This workshop looks at several aspects of plotting, pacing, and more, first for short stories, then for novels, drawing on sources as diverse as Lester Dent, Patricia Highsmith, Madison Smartt Bell, and the folks behind South Park. What is the difference between linear storytelling and modular storytelling—and how is suspense built in each one? How do you shape the various building blocks of a short story or novel—the scene, the chapter, the act—and what are the possible connections between those blocks? How do you fold in subplots? Should every chapter end with a cliffhanger? And yes, if you’re a pantser instead of a plotter, this discussion is still for you!

Art Taylor is the author of On the Road with Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories, winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. He has won three additional Agatha Awards, an Anthony Award, two Macavity Awards, and three consecutive Derringer Awards for his short fiction, and his work has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories. He also edited Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015, winner of the Anthony Award for Best Anthology or Collection. He is an associate professor of English at George Mason University, and he contributes frequently to the Washington Post, the Washington Independent Review of Books, and Mystery Scene Magazine.

ART TAYOR will be signing outside of the Diamond Ballrooms at noon.

  4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Early Bird bonus panel:

  VILLAINS WE LOVE TO HATE AND HATE TO LOVE

Roberta Rogow, moderator – Teel James Glenn, Carol Gyzander, David Manfre, Lynn Marron, Tj O’Connor, Chris Ryan

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM REGISTRATION FOR DEADLY INK

7:30 PM – ?   WELCOME TO DEADLY INK

Welcoming remarks, Introduction of Meg Gardiner as Guest of Honor and Roberta Rogow as Toastmaster.

Bring on the desserts to die for! Join us at the DEADLY DESSERTS PARTY!

AUTHOR ‘HOT POTATO’

Each author will have a timed turn to discuss any of the following: Why do you write mysteries? What are your influences? Your background? Your books?

Debby Buchanan, moderator – R.G. Belsky, Christine Bush, Peggy Ehrhart, Kate Gallison, Meg Gardiner, Jack Getze, Teel James Glenn, Carol Gyzander, Jeff Markowitz, Lynn Marron, James McCrone, Tj O’Connor, Linda Rawlins, Roberta Rogow, Chris Ryan, Ilene Schneider, A.J. Sidransky, Art Taylor, Al Tucher, Eileen Watkins, Rich Zahradnik.

 SATURDAY

 8:00 – 9:00 AM Registration

9:00 AM Book room opens (Please note: The book room will only be open on Saturday.)

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

101 WINDING ROADS – Paths to publication

Eileen Watkins, Moderator – Christine Bush, Linda Rawlins, Tj O’Connor, A.J. Sidransky, Rich Zahradnik

102 KEEPING IT SHORT

Jack Getze, moderator – Peggy Ehrhart, Carol Gyzander, Art Taylor, Al Tucher

10:00-10:50 AM
201
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Roberta Rogow, moderator – R. G. Belsky, Peggy Ehrhart, A.J. Sidransky, Al Tucher

202 MURDER WITH TOUCHES OF WIT AND WHIMSEY  

Jeff Markowitz, Moderator – Jeff Cohen, Jack Getze, Jane Kelly, Ilene Schneider

 11:00 AM – 11:50 PM

301 PACING – THE MAKING OF A ‘PAGE-TURNER’

Art Taylor, moderator – R.G. Belsky, Meg Gardiner, James McCrone, Tj O’Connor, Art Taylor, Rich Zahradnik

302 THE MYSTERY IN HISTORY
Rebecca Russell Mears, moderator – Kate Gallison, Teel James Glenn, Roberta Rogow

 12:00 – 12:30 PM Author signings…don’t forget to visit the book room!

12:30 – 1:50 PM

LUNCH BUFFET

DAVID nominees introduced

Door prizes

R.G. BELSKY interviews Guest of Honor MEG GARDINER

2:00 -2:50 PM

401 WRITING FIGHT SCENES – TEEL JAMES GLENN

Join author and professional fight choreographer Teel James Glenn as he takes you on a journey through the process of creating believable and dramatic action scenes in every kind of fiction. Using wit and personal experience he dissects action scenes for the keys to what makes them work. You will benefit from his combat experience, including eastern martial arts, the physiology and kinetics and the dramatic story telling from film and stage acting.

From fantasy swordfights, barroom brawls, comic combat to martial arts knockabouts he not only outlines and explains the whys and wherefores of literary violence he also explores techniques that allow you to create them yourself. He takes the mystery out of writing action, but not the excitement!

402 COZY CATS – A discussion of cozy mysteries (felines optional)

Ilene Schneider, Moderator – Jeff Cohen, Peggy Ehrhart, Clea Simon, Eileen Watkins

3:00 PM DEADLINE FOR BALLOTS FOR THE DAVID AWARDS

 3:00 – 3:50 PM
501
THRILLS AND CHILLS

Jack Getze, moderator – R. G. Belsky, Meg Gardiner, Teel James Glenn, James McCrone, Clea Simon

502 NEW JERSEY AND YOU – PERFECT MYSTERY TOGETHER?

David Manfre, Moderator – Jeff Cohen, Peggy Ehrhart, Jane Kelly, Linda Rawlins, Eileen Watkins

4:00 – 4:50 PM

601 CHARACTER DESCRIPTION

Teel James Glenn, moderator – Christine Bush, Peggy Ehrhart, Kate Gallison, Jeff Markowitz, Ilene Schneider

602 BLURRING THE LINES

Eileen Watkins, moderator – Carol Gyzander, David Manfre, Roberta Rogow, Al Tucher

5:00-5:30 PM Author Signings

Book room closes at 5:30

7:30 PM – ?  GALA AWARDS DINNER

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – MEG GARDINER

Bill and Carol Aronoff, Fan Guests of Honor

David G. Sasher, Sr. Award presented

SUNDAY

9:00 -9:45 AM
1011

WILL ANYONE SURVIVE IN CABOT COVE?

Nikki Bonanni, moderator – R.G. Belsky, Christine Bush, Eileen Watkins, Rich Zahradnik

 10:00-10:55 AM

2011 KEEPING YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT

Jane Kelly, moderator – Kate Gallison, Jeff Markowitz, Lynn Marron, Roberta Rogow, Chris Ryan

11:00 – 11:30 Author signings   

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

BRUNCH 

CAROL ARONOFF interviews our Toastmaster ROBERTA ROGOW

1:00 – 2:00 PM

3011 WHAT IF?

Our authors come up with a victim, plot, setting, and suspects to create a mystery (think MadLibs and mystery writing!)

Roberta Rogow, moderator – Jack Getze, James McCrone, Linda Rawlins, Ilene Schneider

2:00 – 2:30 PM

Final author signings

2:30 PM

Conference officially ends