July 22-25 at the Orleans in Las Vegas!
July is right around the corner, folks, so let’s get registered for the 2021 PSWA Conference. As you all know, we had to cancel the event last year, our “Fifteen will get you Twenty” conference, but this year we’re moving ahead with “Sweet Sixteen,” our 16th annual PSWA conference.
The room’s been reserved at the Orleans, Join us at the 2021 PSWA Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada July 22-25, and we’ve got a dynamite line-up of featured speakers.
Ever wonder how the story behind the headlines of a crime story makes it to TV? Rannah Grey will be on hand to tell us how her award-winning true crime book, Familiar Evil, was made into a prime-time TV documentary. The program was so successful here in the States that it’s gone international.
Former LAPD homicide investigator, Mike Brandt, will talk about the lost art of interviewing. Mike’s interviewed more homicide suspects than Vegas has got slot machines, and he’s going to tell you how to make your writing of such scenes more realistic.
And Former FBI Agent, Terry L. Kerns, was an FBI Field Division Evidence Team Leader during her time with the agency. At present, she’s the Opiate Coordinator with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office, a contributor to the Microbial Forensics textbook, and has just been awarded a federal grant which will fund opioid risk training in the state of Nevada
The successful husband and wife writing and publishing team of Larry K and Lorna Collins will do their popular presentation about writing the perfect pitch letter to agents and/or editors. It’s something that every writer should know how to do, and this present will not only show you the basics, but it’ll also give you a chance to practice and perfect your own pitch writing skills. The presentation is interactive and also a lot of fun. They’ll also be doing a Q&A while people are writing and composing. Then, they invite volunteers to read their pitches aloud for on the spot feedback. Larry and Lorna have done this for quite a few chapters of the California Writers Club and it has always been well-received.
We’ve also got our famous Writer’s Workshop scheduled. It takes place on Thursday, July 22, from 0900 to 1500 hours. (That’s nine am to 3 pm for all you civilians.) Several published writers will offer techniques on the aspects of writing fiction and those who sign up also have the option of submitting up to 30 pages of a manuscript for a one-on-one critique with one of the instructors. It’s an invaluable experience no matter what your level of writing.
Our annual Writer’s Contest also has some fantastic entries this year. We’ll be announcing the winners and giving out the awards as usual at our Sunday luncheon.
We’ll also have our renowned PSWA Bookstore available and two and a half days of fabulous panels on writing and public safety. We hope to have several publishers on hand as well to take pitches.
So don’t miss our “Sweet Sixteen” PSWA Conference.