Category: Crime Fiction

New Jersey and murder, perfect together

Join me this Sunday in conversation with my good friends Jack Getze and Jane Kelly at the Ocean City NJ library.mwaoc.

 

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Burstein Scholarship

Aspiring mystery writers in CT, DE, NJ, NY, PA and WV have two weeks left to submit an application.

The purpose of the scholarship is to inspire aspiring mystery writers by offering financial support to writers who want to take a specific class, attend a conference, or to do specific research as demonstrably necessary to a mystery work they are creating. It was named for Leon B. Burstein, an avid mystery fan, that more work in his favorite genre might be created.

The application deadline is August 3, 2016.

Burstein Scholarship

 

Noir at the Bar – NYC

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My friend Suzanne promises “hot noir, cool bar.” I’m inclined to agree. My contribution to the evening is rounding into shape. A bit of suburban paranormal noir. Next Sunday night. Shade Bar. NYC. Be there. You’ve been warned.

The Leon B. Burstein/MWA-NY Scholarship for Mystery Writing

When I first became serious about writing mysteries, I considered going to a writer’s conference in Chicago. My problem was simple… the cost. When I added up the cost of the conference registration, hotel and airfare, I struggled to justify the expenditure. Then one of my friends offered a bit of advice. If you want to be a real writer, you have to start going to the places that the real writers go.

I was fortunate to get such good advice. I learned important lessons about the craft and the business of writing. And it was at that conference in 2005 that I met the acquisitions editor for the publisher who would offer me my first traditional publishing contract.

If an aspiring writer asks me for advice, I often recommend that they go to a writer’s conference or workshop. And they often tell me that they don’t have the money. So I was especially pleased when the New York chapter of the Mystery Writers of America asked me to work on a project that could help address the problem. As a result of a generous donation from one of our members, we have created a scholarship program that will make it possible for aspiring mystery writers (whether or not they are members of MWA) located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia to seek financial support “to take a specific class, attend a conference, or to do specific research as demonstrably necessary to a mystery work they are creating.”

Perhaps that’s you. If it is, you’ll want to take a closer look at the
Leon B. Burstein/MWA-NY Scholarship for Mystery Writing.

 

 

Festival of Art, Books and Culture

This week, the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill NJ is holding an annual Festival of Art, Books and Culture. The lineup of guest speakers is exceptional – Alan and Arlene Alda, David Gregory, Erica Jong,Susie Essman, to name just a few. On Tuesday evening the guest speakers were “the royal family of mystery writers, Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, along with their son Jesse.” I had the pleasure and the privilege of moderating their conversation.

(photos courtesy of the Katz JCC)

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(additional photos courtesy of my wife)

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Many people contributed to the success of the event, most especially the Kellermans themselves and the staff of the JCC. I am pleased to know that I played a small part.