SATURDAY, APRIL 19 at the Glickman Library at the University of Southern Maine in Portland

2014 MAINE CRIME WAVE POSTER SMALLThe MWPA is excited to announce the inaugural Maine Crime Wave conference! The day-long event will include a keynote address from best-selling author Tess Gerritsen, panel discussions, theme-specific workshops, manuscript critiques, book-signings with sales provided by Kelly’s Books To Go, and more!

From television stalwarts such as Murder, She Wrote and Dark Shadows to the works of Stephen King, Maine has a reputation as the spookiest state in the nation. Never mind that statistics consistently show the Pine Tree State to be one of the country’s safest places, in the public’s imagination, Maine equals murder, mystery, and mayhem.

One explanation for the state’s dark reputation is the character of our landscape: impenetrable forests, weather-beaten seascapes haunted by foghorns, remote islands that strangers visit at their own risk. Combine this ripe landscape with the sheer number of writers who are practicing their own dark arts and Maine is, unsurprisingly, a haven for crime and suspense novelists.

Why are writers drawn to Maine? Atmosphere to be sure—the same qualities that intrigue readers of thrillers are catnip for authors of suspense fiction—but another attraction is the connectivity of Maine’s literary network. In other places, the term “writing community” is an oxymoron. Here in Maine it is the real deal, thanks in part to the MWPA’s mission to bring together the state’s most creative minds.



Reality Check
On Character with Gerry Boyle

Scene of the Crime
On Setting with Paul Doiron

Building a Killer Plot
On Plot with Kate Flora

Creating and Sustaining Tension
On Suspense with Julia Spencer-Fleming


  • MWPA Members: $95 (conference & workshops)
  • MWPA Members: $120 (conference & workshops + morning coffee bar & lunch)
  • Nonmembers: $155 (conference & workshops)
  • Nonmembers: $175 (conference & workshops + morning coffee bar & lunch)


  • MWPA Members: $50
  • Nonmembers: $75



  • MAIL: MWPA, Attn: 2014 Maine Crime Wave, 314 Forest Avenue #318, Portland ME 04101
  • PHONE: Call to have your registration and payment processed over the phone: 207.228.8263
  • FAX: Fax in your completed registration form and credit-card information: 207.228.8150
  • ONLINE: Register and pay online using PayPal


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  • In the field labeled “Item price,” please enter the payment amount for the registration option you desire (i.e., conference, with meals, etc.)
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We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. *Book your room by March 18 to ensure availability.

We are encouraging attendees of the 2014 Maine Crime Wave to gather on the evening of Friday, April 18 for conversation and drinks at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.

Price: $150 per night for single or double occupancy (*This means you may book a room with two double beds and split the $150 rate with a friend.)
Details: Mention “Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance” when booking.
Deadline: This rate is good for either/both April 18 and April 19. *Book your room by March 18 to ensure availability.

Holiday Inn Portland By The Bay 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 207-775-2311 |


In partnership with the Maine Community Foundation, the MWPA is proud to offer the Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship for Maine Writers. The Dibner Fellowship will cover the full cost of one attendee to the 2014 Maine Crime Wave. Every applicant must submit an application, statement of need, and work sample.

DOWNLOAD → Dibner Guidelines
DOWNLOAD → Dibner Application  (*Due by 9:00 AM on Friday, March 28)


If you’re concerned that the conference might fill up before you have time to fill out and mail a registration form, just contact us and we’d be happy to hold you a  slot for one week. Contact: / 207-228-8264


The MWPA is not able to accept installment payments. Workshop space will not be reserved until we receive full payment. If an agency, business, school, or other organization is paying student fees, payment is still due at the time of registration. Purchase orders or intent to pay are not accepted. The MWPA accepts checks, money orders, cash, and Visa or MasterCard through our PayPal account, printed registration forms, or over the phone. If you would prefer to pay with American Express or Discover, payment can be made through out PayPal account. If you are unfamiliar with PayPal, we will be happy to assist you. A $25 fee is assessed for bad checks.


A nonrefundable fee of 25% of the conference cost is included in each registration. Partial refunds (75% of the fee) will be granted for cancellations made at least one week before the conference. Cancellations made less than one week in advance will not be refunded, no matter how compelling the reason.


If the conference does not meet a minimum enrollment, it may be canceled up to two business days (48 hours) prior to the event. If a conference is canceled by the MWPA for any reason, all registrants will receive a full refund.


Weather-related cancellations are extremely rare. Call 207-450-1225 to check on the status of your workshop if you are concerned about inclement weather. If the conference is canceled for weather-related reasons, the MWPA will announce the cancelation as soon as possible, the workshop will be rescheduled, and all registrants will be notified of the new date. If a registrant cannot attend the rescheduled workshop due to scheduling conflicts, the registrant will receive a full refund.