Coming up in 2012
Prepare to join us on August 11, 2012, when there will be not one but six Grant Allen Award Winners.
The 2012 Grant Allen award for contributions to Canadian crime and mystery writing goes to The Ladies Killing Circle (Joan Boswell, Vicki Cameron, Barbara Fradkin, Mary Jane Maffini,
Sue Pike, and Linda Wiken). The inspirational femmes fatales whose award-winning anthologies launched the careers of several of Canada's premiere crime writers.
The Ladies Killing Circle is joined by:
YS Lee, author of the acclaimed historical mysteries for young adults featuring Mary Quinn
DJ McIntosh, author of the Mesopotamian Trilogy, featuring John Madison
John Moss, whose series features Toronto homicide detectives Miranda Quin and David Morgan
Thomas Rendell Curran, author of the Eric Stride mysteries, set in historical Newfoundland
Once again, Vicki Delany will lead the morning workshop. This year's topic is: Chapter One, Page One: How to get your crime novel off to a great start.
Publishers and agents are busy people. They will decide whether or not to read your novel submission in the first few pages, perhaps even the first page. If that gets their interest, they might read
another twenty manuscript pages and then decide whether or not to continue. Modern readers aren't prepared to spend a lot of time slowly getting into a story. You need to get them hooked. And FAST.
This doesn't necessarily mean a gun fight on page one or a dead body in the first paragraph. But it does mean creating a dramatic opening, introducing interesting characters and avoiding common
pitfalls that lead to a dull start. Vicki Delany, one of Canada's most prolific and varied crime writers, will discuss ways of starting your book off so readers just have to keep on reading!
Join us for a day on bucolic Wolfe Island for author readings, a panel discussion, meet and greet breakfast, lunch, and our famous church supper as well as the award presentation and a guest lecturer
on matters criminal.