PSWA’s (Public Safety Writers Association) annual conference is being held in Las Vegas, June 18-21, 2009 at the Suncoast Hotel and Casino. 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. Registered attendees may offer a suggestion for a presentation or panel. There is no-restriction as to who can serve on a panel.
Steve Scarborough, a Forensic Scientist with over 30 years experience in Law Enforcement with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI.an accomplished technical writer and the author of several books, will give a presentation on “Writing Forensics Right.” http://www.steve-scarborough.com/
Tim Dees, Editor-in-Chief of LawOfficer.com, after serving in law enforcement, he was the first editor-in-chief at Officer.com before joining Elsevier Public Safety and LawOfficer.com in January 2008. His work has been published in nearly every major law enforcement magazine. His topic for the conference will be: Writing for the New Media.
Fire Fighting and Arson, Presenter: Dave Doust
We’re delighted to announce the addition of Betty Webb as our keynote speaker at Saturday’s lunch. Betty is the author of the prize winning and much acclaimed, hard-boiled Lena Jones books, which are based on stories she covered as a reporter, include Desert Noir, Desert Wives, Desert Shadows, Desert Run and Desert Cut. Her much softer Gunn Zoo series will debut in December with The Anteater of Death. Currently a creative writing teacher at Phoenix College, Betty is a member of National Federation of Press Women, Mystery Writers of America, and the Society of Southwest Authors. Her topic is: “From Hard-boiled to Darn Near Cozy, and Why I Dunnit.” http://www.bettywebb.com
Victoria Heckman, Friday’s Keynote luncheon speaker will talk about “The Journey Is Everything” or “Where The Hell’s The AAA When You Need It?” about the journey to becoming a writer and how it parallels our own life journeys.
Victoria Heckman is the author of the K.O.’d in Hawaii mystery series trom Pemberley Press
& Writer’s Exchange. Kapu, A Coconut Man Mystery of Ancient Hawai’i, 2008 from Seven Sisters Publishing http://www.victoriaheckman.com
Logistics of Writing: How to gear up and rev up you writing productivity. A system to layer on top of your present way of writing. A practical series of step that will show you how to switch into a proactive approach of generating work.
Presenter: Sarah Cortez
Authors may bring their books for sale. PSWA will keep 10% to help defray the cost of the conference and for the scholarship fund.
Some surprises are being planned, so keep watching the PSWA website: http://policewriter.com
There is a price break for members and for non-members registering before September 30th.
Membership is open to anyone in any of the public safety fields or writing or interested in writing for or about them.
I go to many writing and mystery conferences and confentions, this is my very favorite because of its friendliness and networking possibilities.