Friday, June 1 

DOUGLAS PRESTON honored with the 2018 CrimeMaster Award and all new kick-off Crime Wave panels—free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 2 

A daylong mystery writer’s conference includes panel discussions, theme-specific craft sessions, and more.

Keynote Speaker Legendary defense attorney F. Lee Bailey

Presenters William D. Andrews, Jen Blood, Gerry Boyle, Richard J. Cass, Bruce Robert Coffin, Julia Spencer Fleming, Kate Flora, Elizabeth Hand, Chris Holm, Katrina Niidas Holm, Celia Johnson, Shannon Kirk, Gayle Lynds, Sandra Neily, Barbara Ross, Frank O Smith, Lea Wait, and more.

Panel Topics “Publishing: Self, Indie, Tradition”; “ Conflict is the Hear of Drama”; “Sex, Booze, and Violence”; “Reviewers Reveal”; and more.

In coming weeks, we’ll announce more presenters, more panel topics and the instructors of this year’s breakout craft sessions.

Register Today

General registration is open from March 3 to May 21

2018 Maine Crime Wave


The 2018 Crime Wave Flash Fiction Contest is open! Win a full scholarship to the Crime Wave & publication in the Maine Sunday Telegram. In no more than 500-words, write a story using  this opening line from bestselling author Douglas Preston:

“On the thirteenth alligator gizzard she opened with her scalpel, out poured a dazzling array of cabochon-cut star sapphires, mingled with mud, grit, and a rotting human finger.”

Deadline: April 6

Check back soon for full schedule, instructor profiles, and more details.









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