2019 Maine Crime Wave registration includes:

Attendees may add to their standard registration:


Standard Crime Wave Pricing  Open until to May 20

  • MWPA Member $90
  • MWPA Member + Continental/Lunch $115
  • Nonmember $150
  • Nonmember + Continental/Lunch $175


You may register for the Maine Crime Wave via mail, phone, fax, or online with PayPal.

Registration Form → (Downloadable/Printable PDF)
+ Print and mail your form with your check or credit card information to:
MWPA Attn: Maine Crime Wave, 314 Forest Avenue #318, Portland ME 04101

Call and have your registration and payment processed over the phone: 207-228-8263

Fax in your registration form and credit card information: 207-228-8150

Select your registration preferences and pay online using the PayPal button below:

2019 Maine Crime Wave

Once we receive and process your registration, you’ll receive a confirmation email to double-check your preferences, and we’ll send along more info with directions, parking, etc.

Registration closes May 20


The MWPA is proud to offer two full scholarships to this conference for MWPA members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Applications are due on May 1 at 9:00 a.m.



Guests attending the Maine Crime Wave regularly stay at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, and early bookings receive a special rate (details below).

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

Crime Wave Rate $xx per night for single or double occupancy (*This means you may book a room with two double beds and split the rate with a friend.)

Details Mention “Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance” when booking.

Deadline This rate is good for either/both May 31 and June 1. Rooms must be booked by xx 1.

Reservation Questions Sally Page (Holiday Inn by the Bay) 800-345-5050

*PLEASE NOTE There is no “official” hotel of the Maine Crime Wave. If attendees Google “Portland Hotels and Motels” there are dozens and dozens around Portland, some more expensive, some much cheaper. No one is under any obligation to stay anywhere in particular, nor does the MWPA recommend one place over another. As a small literary arts nonprofit with limited staffing, we do not have the capacity to advise on attendee’s travel and lodging.


Phone: 207-228-8263
Email: info@mainewriters.org

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.


The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance is committed to providing harassment-free experiences for everyone attending our workshops, conference, writers retreats, and events regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability, or other protected status.

The MWPA has a zero-tolerance policy toward any and all harassing or bullying behavior at MWPA workshops, conference, writers retreats, and events. This includes but is not limited to deliberate intimidation, verbal harassing behavior, and inappropriate physical contact. This policy includes harassment or bullying between attendees, or between attendees and MWPA instructors.

Participants asked to cease inappropriate behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the MWPA may take any action they deem appropriate, including expulsion from the event.

If you have any questions, concerns, or thoughts, please contact MWPA’s executive director Joshua Bodwell at any time: director@mainewriters.org or 207-450-1225.

Attendees are encouraged to be considerate and thoughtful when attending MWPA events. If pre-conference reading has been assigned, please read the handouts in advance; if pre-conference manuscripts have been distributed, please read and mark them in advance, and arrive prepared to discuss your opinions in a supportive manner.

During the conference, please try to be aware of how your behavior might impact others and avoid behaviors that might detract from your colleagues’ experience, including but not limited to arriving late, monopolizing  discussions, and after the conference, please avoid persistent, unwanted email contact post-workshop with either other attendees or instructors.

The MWPA is not able to accept installment payments. Conference 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 cannot 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 207-228-8263 or 207-450-1225 (on the day of the event only) 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.

The MWPA offers Continuing Education Units (CEU) for this conference. The CEU is a nationally recognized method of quantifying the time spent in the classroom during non-credit learning. Ten hours of instruction equal one (1) CEU. (*Please note that by definition, CEUs are non-credit continuing education and therefore not transferrable)



Check back soon for our full schedule and more details.