February 4, 2017 – This one-day conference has a single track, but boy is it a good one. This year’s lineup includes Andrew Grant, Tasha Alexander, Lori Rader-Day, Greg Herren, and many more. It’s a readers’ conference with plenty to offer writers. You’ll find them at http://mmcmysteryconference.com/.
March 16-19, 2017 – This year, LCC will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii. It’s a long-running annual conference for writers and fans of crime fiction and give the Lefty awards. Learn more at http://leftcoastcrime.org/
April 28-30, 2017 – An annual conference that salutes the traditional mysteries of the type best typified by Agatha Christie. For further information, go to http://malicedomestic.org.
July 11-14, 2017 – Thrillerfest is presented by International Thriller Writers and is a premier conference, including Craftfest for writers, Pitchfest for those seeking agency representation, and Thillerfest for fans. This year’s Grand Master is Lee Child. To learn more, go here: http://thrillerwriters.org/.
August 10-13, 2017 – Okay, this one is for writers, but it will be interesting to anyone with an interest in law enforcement and forensic science. Created by Lee Lofland (check out his Graveyard Shift), WPA offers hands-on experiences like putting on handcuffs, lifting fingerprints, clearing a building and more. It takes place at an actual police academy and gives you a chance to do car chase simulations and virtual shoot/don’t shoot training. It fills up FAST, so if you’re interested, sign up for the newsletter and watch for registration to open up. Then get on line that very second and do your best to get in. Learn more at http://writerspoliceacademy.com/.
August 24-27, 2017 – Guests of Honor are A.J. Tata and Chris Grabenstein. This conference is large enough to attract good panelists but small enough to allow for a spirit of camaraderie. There are sessions and events for readers as well as writers. The forensic track is especially fascinating, and there’s a mock crime scene like those used in training at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Learn more at http://killernashville.com.
September 7-10 – Held in Corte Madera, CA. The URL is http://bookpassage.com/mystery-writers-conference.
October 12-15, 2017 – will be held in Toronto, Canada this year. The website is http://bouchercon2017.com.
September 1-3, 2017 – With upwards of 1,000 authors and 70,000 attendees, the Decatur Book Festival is the largest independent book festival in the country. Check it out here: https://decaturbookfestival.com/.
Held during the second full weekend in October, this annual festival is put on by Humanities Tennessee at Nashville’s Legislative Plaza. Free an open to the public, the Festival annually welcomes more than 200 authors from throughout the nation and in every genre for readings, panel discussions, and book signings. Book lovers have the opportunity to hear from and meet some of America’s foremost writers in fiction, history, mystery, biography, travel, poetry, and children’s literature, among others. Learn more at http://humanitiestennessee.org/programs/southern-festival-books-celebration-written-word.