Event Chair Paula Gail Benson announces that the Mystery in the Midlands conference on Saturday, June 22, in Columbia, S.C, is open for registration. This is an all-day event with buffet lunch and 24 presenting authors and author master classes for only $25.

Hosted by SEMWA and Palmetto Sisters in Crime, Mystery in the Midlands is in its second year. Once again it will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull Street, Columbia, SC. This year it will be on Saturday, June 22, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.


Master Classes from 9 to 9:50 am (chose 1)

  • Down those Sultry Mean Streets: Police Tactics for Writers–Brian Thiem
  • Balmy Sailing, Craft the Hemingway Way: Using Multiple POVs–Paul A Barra
  • Heated Jab, Spark of Laughter: Humor in the Mystery–Roger Johns and Warren Moore

10-10:50 am Sensational Settings that Sizzle, Raegan Teller moderates; Panelists: Stacy Allen, Paul A. Barra, Tracee de Hahn, Nancy Sartor, and Marvin J. Wolf.

11-11:50 am Interview of Nancy Pickard by Cathy Pickens

12-1:30 pm Lunch and Hot Leads Game

1:30 to 1:50 author signings

1:50 – 2:40 pm A Simmering Boil: Authors of Novels and Short Stories, Paula Gail Benson moderates; Panelists Kaye George, Terrie Farley Moran, Nancy Pickard, Jaden (Beth) Terrell

2:45 – 3:35 pm Melt into a Cozy Crowd: Finding Mystery in Gardens, Libraries, and Chocolate, Oh My! Sally Handley moderates; Panelists Victoria Gilbert, Dorothy McFalls, JR Ripley aka Marie Celine, and Maggie Toussaint

3:40 – 4:30 pm Hot Pursuit: The Road to Publication, Brian Thiem moderates; Panelists Candace J Carter, Elysabeth Eldering, Sasscer Hill, Roger Johns, and Warren Moore.

4:30 – 5 pm Author Signings

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