Every August, writers, authors, agents, publishers and amazing keynote speakers converge onto a writers’ conference called Killer Nashville. Located in Tennessee, the hospitality is outstanding and the environment nurtures the most hesitant of introverts. Three years ago, I traveled to the event alone, hoping my new attempt at a writer’s life would be inspired and encouraged. This conference opened many doors for me which helped to move my career in a positive direction.
Three of my fellow Sleuths’ Ink writers decided to give it a try this year. Needless to say, I worried that perhaps I’d talked it up too much, or maybe this would be just too overwhelming. As it turned out they fell in love with this incredible opportunity. The very first night we were meeting new authors from across the country, laughing and swapping stories of how we got our start. With friendships created and business cards exchanged, the job of improving our craft began.
What can I expect to learn at this conference?
- Tennessee Bureau of Investigation provides a crime scene taken from their files for participants to solve. I’m proud to say our bunch from Springfield solved the mystery!
- Panels – Terrorism, police procedure, writing the cozy mystery (as well as thrillers and other kinds of stories like romance and science fiction) deadly poisons, forensics and much more
- Workshops – Outlining, self publishing, marketing, fantasy worlds
- Round tables – Get your work looked at by a pro
- Agents – Give your best pitch and you might snag a contract
- Contests – Whatever you write there is something for you
- Keynote speakers – From former generals, to motivational speakers to great authors like Steven James, you have a chance to chat with them one on one. They are so willing to help you out.
- Book signing – I served on two panels and had several book signing opportunities. I got sandwiched between the awesome Steven James and the beautiful Pamela Hutchins who made me laugh the entire time. I even got a chance to visit with Michael B. Lewis, a former military pilot.
- The best part? I got to know my fellow writers better and made lifelong friends.
What does it cost?
With conference fees, extra workshops, hotel, travel and food I probably spent around $500. I also bought a lot of books! Keep in mind I shared a room and four of us drove together. That kept costs down.
What did I take away?
- New friendships
- Increased confidence
- Networking with other authors who can help me A chance to recharge
- New ideas
- Support from those in the know
Keep an eye out for the 2018 Killer Nashville Conference. It won’t be long and the planning will begin. Start saving for the trip now. You won’t be sorry.