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September 23, 2016


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The Cabrillo Suspense conference sounds right up my alley. I'm sorry to hear it's not around anymore. Sounds like it was a blast!

Michael A. Black

Great summaries of the conferences, Peggy. I strongly recommend the PSWA Conference. It's in Las Vegas, which is easy to get to no matter where you are, and there's always plenty to do. It's also the most affordable conference around (Where else can you stay in an great hotel for prices around $40 a night?). There are plenty of professionals in law enforcement, fire fighting, and the military, as well as a lot of good writers. Mysti and I taught a workshop there last year, and this coming year is going to be just as good. It's July 13th through the 16th at the Orleans Hotel. Informative, affordable, and fun... that's the PSWA Conference.

Ellen Kirschman

Thank you Peggy. This is a really useful list. I've been to Bouchercon, Left Coast Crime and Public Safety Writers. They each have something different to offer.

Margaret Lucke

Staci, I'm sorry Cabrillo is no longer around to. It had a good run but a lot of us who went there wish it were still happening.

Michael, I'm definitely hoping to get to the PSWA Conference.

Ellen, you're right, every conference has its own character -- by which I mean its own special qualities, not the kind of character we might put in our books.

Nancy J. Cohen

You are missing Sleuthfest, held at the end of February. It's in the Embassy Suites, Boca Raton, FL on Feb. 23-26, 2017. http://sleuthfest.com

Margaret Lucke

I mentioned Sleuthfest, and included a link, in the paragraph listing conferences I haven't attended yet. I'd love to get there, though Florida, where it's held, is a bit of a hike from California.

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