SleuthFest 2018 Writers Conference

March 1-4, 2018 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Boca Raton, Florida. One of the country’s premier conferences for writers, SleuthFest is an intensive four-day conference featuring writing workshops, social events, and pitch sessions. SleuthFest includes four tracks of workshops, presentations, and panels on the craft of writing, business, traditional and self-publishing, marketing, and forensics. In addition, top literary agents and editors will be available to hear pitches from aspiring writers, offer troubleshooting sessions, and manuscript critiques.

SleuthFest 2018 features an incredible line-up of guests and events:

Keynote Speaker Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zone, The Dark Tide, and WWII novels, The One Man and The Saboteur, will present “History as a Thriller Backdrop”, a presentation about how to best use which elements of history to immerse the reader in the story and his Keynote talk, ‘Career Transitions-Meeting the Challenge of Change.”

Renowned forensic psychologist Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., will lead a workshop on ‘Integrating Forensic Research Into Fiction’; a presentation on ‘Talking to Serial Killers’, and an additional presentation, ‘A Discussion and Demonstration of Hypnosis – How to Use Hypnosis As A Tool For Your Sleuth’, with certified hypnotist, Glenn Miller.

Additionally, SleuthFest 2018 features an outstanding lineup of NY Times Bestselling and multiple Award-Winning Guest Authors delivering not-be-missed presentations: Hallie Ephron: ‘The Grand Finale – Writing the Final Climax’ and ‘You’re Giving Me the Creeps – Getting the Right Amount of Creep Factor’; Hank Phillippi Ryan: ‘Write a Mystery or Thriller in an Hour’ and ‘Starting With Wow – The Crucial First Chapter’; Kristy Montee (PJ Parrish): ‘Let Them Breathe – How to Pace Your Novel’ and ‘Villainous Thoughts – Getting Into the Head of Your Antagonist’; and James R. Benn: ‘Show Me – Learn About Show Vs. Tell’ and ‘Stranger in a Strange Land – How to Write the Unfamiliar.’

For more information please contact SleuthFest 2018 Co-Chairs Victoria Landis,, 561-716-3481 or Michael Joy,


Henderson Writers’ Group, hosts the 15th Las Vegas Writers’ Conference at the Tuscany Hotel and Casino. April 19–21, 2018. Full-day workshop with Jane Friedman Sunday, April 22, 2018. Attendance is capped at 150 attendees. All meals and pitches are included.

For non-fiction, bring the proposal before writing even begins—included in the conference cost.

Book before March 31 for group rates. Cost for the two-day conference with meals and pitches included: $500. Cost for Jane Friedman’s workshop: $250 (Priced separately)
Attend one or both.


Portland, Oregon, April 7-8. Whether you’re looking for introductory learning on new-to-you topics or hunting for strategic approaches to new challenges, IBPA’s Publishing University is the place for you. You’ll press fast forward on your publishing program with 30+ educational sessions including experiential learning labs, insightful keynotes, a gala book award ceremony, fun networking events, and so much more!