Conference 2016

PSWA’s (Public Safety Writers Association) annual conference will be held in Las Vegas, July 15-17, 2016 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. The conference is open to anyone writing crime and mystery fiction or non-fiction, technical writing for public safety magazines in print or online, or anyone interested in writing. Check back here for registration forms, rates and deadlines, and the conference program.

The Orleans Hotel and Casino:

  • 5 guest rooms blocked on either side of our conference dates for attendees wishing to make this a working vacation.
  • 40 guest rooms blocked for conference dates.
  • Conference Rates: see the chart below
  • Room rates $40 per night for all but Friday and Saturday nights, which are $89.
  • Call hotel reservations 800-675-3267 and tell them your are with the Public Safety Writers Association and reservation number A6PSC07. Your card will be charged for the first night immediately. The balance is payable on check-in.
  • Shuttle service to strip and Suncoast and Gold Coast casinos.
  • No airport shuttle, but taxi from airport to Orleans straight up Tropicana is about $10-$12
  • Shuttle services (small buses, multiple companies) from airport Approx. $7.50 – $10.00
  • Can walk to new strip from hotel if energetic. Don’t recommend because of heat and riff-raff begging on streets along the way.
  • Buffet, restaurants, coffee shop, Seattle’s best, bowling alley bingo hall, movie theaters etc.
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Conference fees Members Non-Members
Full conference (includes opening reception and all lunches)
Before Mar. 15, 2016: $230.00 $280.00
Before May 15, 2016: $255.00 $305.00
After May 15, 2016: $280.00 $330.00
Friday or Saturday day session only (includes lunch):
Before March 15, 2016 $120.00 $145.00
Before May 15, 2016: $145.00 $170.00
After May 15, 2016: $170.00 $195.00
Sunday day session only (includes lunch)
Before Mar. 15, 2016: $70.00 $85.00
Before May 15, 2016: $85.00 $100.00
After May 15, 2016: $95.00 $110.00
Lunch only (for guests)
Per guest lunch $38.00
Higher prices for late registration reflect the contractual commitments we have to the hotel as the conference date approaches.

For the first time this year, there will be a one-day writer’s course held on Thursday, July 14, 2016. The course will be held at The Orleans, and will carry a cost of $35 for PSWA members and $40 for non-members. No meals are included with the cost of the workshop. You may register for the workshop together with the conference or separately via the registration form linked below.

Cancellation policy:

  • Cancellations prior to June 14, 2016 will be refunded 100%
  • Cancellations after June 14, 2016 will be credited to next year’s conference, less the price of meals

The amazing, pre-conference Writer’s Workshop, will start things off on Thursday, July 14th) at 9:00 AM. The Workshop, which will offer writers a chance to get one-on-one feedback and instruction on various writing techniques, will be taught by three professionally published authors, Mysti Berry, Michael A. Black, and Marilyn Meredith. it’s not your usual writer’s class. This one will offer tips on proven techniques as well as a chance to get personal critiques on your writing. You’ll also have a chance to send a manuscript in advance for a special, one-on-one critique by a published author. But the Workshop is not just for beginners. It’s a chance to learn new things and hone your skills. Although it’s primarily geared for fiction writing, all of the instructors have extensive writing experience in both fiction and nonfiction. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a new perspective on the craft of producing the written word. The Workshop runs from 0900 AM to 300 PM on Thursday, If you want to sign up for this great opportunity to expand and enhance your writing abilities to bring your writing to the next level, sign up for this special, pre-conference class.

Immediately following the Writer’s Workshop, the conference check-in begins. It starts at 3:00 PM. Stop by the hallway on the second floor conference center and get acquainted with some of the other members and attendees. You’ll get your conference packet, as well as your special invitation to the evening get together, which follows the check-in.

The evening get-together features snacks, refreshments, and a cash bar. It’s a great way to introduce yourself, if you’re a first-time attendee, or to catch up with old friends, if you’ve attended before. It runs until 9:00 PM.

The conference then begins in earnest the next morning (Friday, July 15th). Starting at 9:00 AM and concluding around 5:30 PM, you’ll be entertained the entire day. Lunch is included all three days, and the food is fabulous.The panels will explore topics of interest in both the field of public safety and writing. Additionally, both Friday and Saturday have special presentations given by engaging, professionals speaking on topics of interest. In the past, these presentations have dealt with such things as crime scene processing, terrorist attacks, undercover police operations, and various aspects of writing.  The PSWA bookstore is also open during this time, displaying the books of the attendees and presenters. The friendly staff does the selling… All you have to do is autograph them.

Topping things off on Saturday is our special event. Last year the PSWA Players performed an old, radio mystery play. The year before we had our version of CSI Jeopardy, based on the TV game show. This year we have we have something equally engaging planned.

Sunday morning opens with more panels and concludes with our PSWA Writing Contest Awards Ceremony, which announces the winners of the annual writing contest. Information on entering the contest is already posted on the website under Writing Contest. Check it out. There are multiple categories for both published and yet-to-be published authors.

Lunches are included on each day, and the food is usually fabulous.

More specifics will be posted after the Board meets in February, but rest assured, it’s always a great time and a lot of fun.

I guarantee that this will be the best and the friendliest writer’s conference you’ll ever attend.

Michael A. Black, Conference Program Coordinator


Conference registration form

Conference program

Photos from the 2015 Conference

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