Mississippi SkillBuild

Sponsored by Southeastern Chapter Mystery Writers of America

Friday, May 19, 2017, Jackson, MS

This Event has been Canceled

Listen and learn writing and marketing tips from recognized mystery authors. This event is being held at the River Run Country Club in Jackson, MS and features Carolyn Haines, USA TODAY Bestselling Author. Other authors include Maggie Toussaint, Joe Lee, Michael Kardos, John Floyd, Martin Hegwood, Phil Hardwick, and Darden North. Lunch is included with the $75 registration fee.


Carolyn Haines – Entranced by the pine barren region of Mississippi, this former journalist knew she wanted to write about the stark contrasts in her native state. Though early on, she aspired to be a cowgirl, a writer, or Nancy Drew, she went on to write numerous bestselling and award winning mysteries. http://www.carolynhaines.com

Maggie Toussaint – A scientist by training, a romanticist at heart, award winning author Maggie Toussaint is President of Southeast Mystery Writers of America. http://www.maggietoussaint.com

Joe Lee – publisher at Dogwood Press, is the author of seven mystery/suspense novels and over 500 non-fiction articles. http://www.dogwoodpress.com/joe-lee.html

Michael Kardos – novelist and short story author whose works have won Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for fiction and the 2015 Pushcart Prize. http://www.michaelkardos.com

John Floyd – Author of more than 1000 short stories and three-time winner of the Derringer Award. http://www.johnmfloyd.com

Martin Hegwood – author of a private eye series set on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He’s the winner of MS Library Association’s Author’s Award for Green-Eyed Hurricane. http://www.mswritersandmusicians.com/mississippi-writers/martin-hegwood

Darden North – national award winning author of four mystery and thriller novels, most notably winning an IPPY in Southern Fiction. http://www.dardennorth.com

Phil Hardwick – A former police officer and state investigator, today Phil’s a strategic planning facilitator, personal coach/trainer and college instructor who also writes mysteries. He’s the Western Representative on the Southeast Mystery Writers of America Board and the organizer of this event. http://www.philhardwick.com


9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Overview, Phil Hardwick

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Write the Book, Maggie Toussaint, President, SEMWA

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Joe Lee, Dogwood Press

10:30 – 10 45 a.m.  Break

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Michael Kardos

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Writing Mystery Short Stories, John Floyd

11:45 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch and Book Sales

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Carolyn Haines

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Working With An Agent, Martin Hegwood

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Using Setting as a Marketing Strategy, Phil Hardwick

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Working With An Editor, Darden North, MD

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Closing

4:00 p.m.  Book Sales

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