Mystery in the Midlands is open for registration!

Registration Here:


Saturday, July 28, 2018, 8:30 am to 5 pm, $25 per ticket includes lunch

 Location: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull Street, Columbia, SC

Sponsored by Sisters in Crime Palmetto Chapter and Southeast Mystery Writers of America


Elaine Viets and 20 other mystery and suspense writers will be feted. Award-winning mystery writer Elaine Viets has written 32 mysteries in four bestselling series. The Art of Murder is her fifteenth Dead-End Job mystery.



  • 8:30 — Registration Opens
  • 9:00 to 9:50 — Master Classes
    • Jaden (Beth) Terrell: Don’t Sweat It. Just Get It Done.
    • Debra H. Goldstein: Ditch the Southern Charm. Amp up the Conflict.
    • Richard Helms: The Brains Behind the Words.
  • 9:50 to 10:00 — Break
  • 10:00 to 10:50 — Getting Real with Crime Fiction. Lynn Chandler Willis, moderator. Panelists: Lynn Hesse, Brian Thiem, Roger Johns, and Paul Barra.
  • 11:00 to 11:50 — Interview with Elaine Viets
  • 12:00 to 1:30 — Lunch/Author Go Round. Enjoy your favorite authors or meet someone new!
  • 1:30 to 1:50 — Author Signings
  • 1:50 to 2:40 — Hot Shorts: The Art of Short Story. Paula Benson, moderator. Panelists: Robert Mangeot, Warren Moore, Karen McCulloch, Claire Count, and Elaine Viets.
  • 2:45 to 3:35 — Characters that Sizzle on the Page. Riley Miller, moderator. Panelists: Maggie Toussaint, Holly McClure, Reagan Teller, and Joseph Terrell.
  • 3:40 to 4:30 — Turning up the Heat: Defining Genres. Sally Handley, moderator. Panelists: Leslie Connor, JR Ripley aka Marie Celine, Kathleen Delaney, and Sharon Marchisello.
  • 4:30 to 5:00 — Signings
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