Friday, May 31 | 3 PM – 7:30 PM USM’s Glickman Library, Portland

We honor the recipient of the 2019 CrimeMaster Award and kick-off Crime Wave with panels—free and open to the public.

CrimeMaster Award for Distinguished Achievement
Lisa Gardner
Presented by Tess Gerritsen

Saturday, June 1 | 8 AM – 6:30 PM | USM’s Glickman Library, Portland 

A daylong writer’s conference at the University of Southern Maine’s Glickman Library in Portland includes panel discussions, theme-specific craft sessions, and more, including:

Panels & Moderators
2019’s panel themes & magnificent moderators

Crime Wave Keynote
Neil Nyren
Editor in Chief emeritus, G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Crime Pitch
One-on-one pitch sessions with two acclaimed New York City literary agents:
Meg Ruley of the Jane Rotrosen Agency
Lisa Erbach Vance of the Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency
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For those interested in a 10% discount, early bird registration is open until March 15.


Advertising in the Maine Crime Wave program gives attendees and presenters alike the opportunity to put their work front and center before their fellow readers and writers.

The 2019 Maine Crime Wave is sponsored in part by:


Mystery Writers of America: New England welcomes all crime writers, both published and aspiring, for programs and networking. More

Sisters in Crime has 3500+ members in 51 chapters world-wide, offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors. Their members are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our affection for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries.


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