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The Killer Nashville Jimmy Loftin and Lisa Jackson Scholarships


Have you wanted to attend Killer Nashville, but like a down-on-his-luck gumshoe finding it hard to crack the case that will save your, client, your reputation, and save you from the bill collectors?

Well, here’s a clue, maybe two that could crack the case wide open. You might just qualify for either the Jimmy Loftin Memorial Scholarship or the Lisa Jackson Scholarship. Both scholarships are aimed at helping those who have a desire to attend, but don’t have the lucre to lay down. Both scholarships are based on financial need.

The Jimmy Loftin Memorial Scholarship is in honor of Jimmy Loftin, who “was murdered in the prime of his youth,” according to the Killer Nashville web site. Jimmy family has several writers and an uncle who has been a long-time supporter of the Killer Nashville. Killer Nashville also accepts donations to this scholarship.

Before she was an internationally known, bestselling author, Lisa Jackson was a single mother struggling to make ends meet. The author of 85 novels, Lisa was also the 2014 Guest of Honor at Killer Nashville. She has been a big supporter of the conference and wanted to help those who are struggling with the bills while struggling with the writing.

Guidelines for the scholarships is as follows:

–write an essay that illustrates your financial need and why you want to attend the Killer Nashville Writer’s Conference.

–Entries should be 500 words long, double spaced, and in 12-point Times New Roman or Courier with at least 1-inch margins.

–Attach entries to the online form found at https://killernashville.com/killer-nashville-scholarships/

–The deadline is July 1, 2017.


The Killer Nashville Conference is August 24 – 27, 2017 in Franklin Tennessee. Details at https://killernashville.com/.


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Writing tip Wednesday: “Killer Nashville”

The Writers Conference for Mysteries, Thrillers, Espionage, Suspense, Romance, Young Adult (YA), Fantasy, Adventure, Historical, Science Fiction, Horror, True Crime.

Guests of Honor: Anne Perry and D.P. Lyle

Starting at $119 for full conference

Conference: August 22. 25, 2013
Conference Hours:
Thursday, August 22 — 6 PM – 10 PM
Friday, August 23 — 8 AM – 7 PM
Saturday, August 24 — 7:05 AM – 11:30 PM
Sunday, august 25 — 8 AM – 3 PM

Over 60 session and 7 tracks

9 breakout session for intense small group session

Agent / Editor / Publisher Roundtables — free with registration

Manuscript critiques

Special Sessions: Synopsis Writing: Query Writing

Prizes and free giveaways

Many more things. To find out more,
call: 615-599-4032

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Writing Tip Wednesday: “Community of Writers”

Held in Squaw Valley, California

Held in Squaw Valley, California

Click on either graphic above to get an enlarged view of the information.

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Killer Nashville, August 23 – 26, 2012

[Editor’s note: I have attended two Killer Nashville conferences and can say there is plenty to see and do and learn, even if what you write is not strictly thriller, suspense or mystery. To be clear, I have no stake in the conference, and will not make any money if you attend. I have written a few blog entries from my most recent attendance. You can find those by clicking on Killer Nashville in the tags below.]

Killer Nashville

A Conference for Thriller, Suspense, Mystery Writers & Literature Lovers
August 23-26, 2012
Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon
Nashville, TN

Guests of Honor for 2012 Killer Nashville are New York Times Bestselling Authors C.J. Box, Heywood Gould, & Peter Straub

Since 2006, Killer Nashville has become THE conference for mystery, thriller, and crime fiction authors and fans. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Killer Nashville is held the fourth full weekend of every August.

Killer Nashville attracts bestselling authors from across the U.S., Canada, and beyond, plus scores of fans and budding authors.

Sponsored by numerous national organizations, attendees have included authors, screenwriters, playwrights, filmmakers, fans, attorneys, editors, agents, and publishers.

Killer Nashville’s objectives are to assist writers of all writing genres and formats; develop a better understanding of the craft of the mystery, thriller, suspense and true crime genres specifically; to discuss such topics as investigative techniques, verifying crime information, and submitting one’s manuscript for publication; and portray law enforcement and forensic science in a fair and accurate manner.

Killer Nashville is offered in five concurrent tracks including over 60 events ensuring the weekend has something for every lover of literature.

One track, the forensic/CSI track provides insight into the latest in forensic investigations and crime detection and is hosted by the TBI (Tennessee Bureau of Investigations), FBI, and other law enforcement branches. Event includes a realistic crime scene staged by the TBI and solved by conference guests.

Many writers have found agents, editors, and publication through networking at Killer Nashville.

Killer Nashville is a volunteer-produced event and was founded in 2006 by bestselling Franklin writer and filmmaker Clay Stafford.

Contact information:
Killer Nashville
P.O. Box 680759
Franklin, TN 37068-0759

(615) 599-4032
Website: killernashville.com.
Blog: http://killernashville.wordpress.com/

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Crested Butte Writers Conference, June 22-24, 2012

[Editor’s note: Every now and then, I get e-mails about writers’ conferences, most of which I have never gone to. I have not been to the one below, but thought I would pass along the information. Before you go, check it out. I’m not saying this conference or any other is trying to take advantage of you, just that not every conference will be right for you, and it is best to find that out before you sign up. Certainly, if you attend this or have attended any others and you would recommend it, send the information my way.]

Crested Butte Writers Conference — June 22-24, 2012

Source: http://crestedbuttewriters.org/conf.php


A small conference designed to be friendly and cozy with the caliber of a large conference
Casual, small-group workshops encourage personal connection
A Pie in the Sky book signing where fans share dessert and conversation with favorite authors
Sandy Contest finalists share their experiences on a panel at the awards luncheon
Genre-Specific Informal Get-Together
Readings at Elevation Hotel lobby – We gather one evening to kick off our shoes, sip a drink, while sitting back and enjoying short readings from our Sandy Finalists and local poets and talented writers.


Pitch & Pages – unique efficient method of granting agent/ editor appointments
Advanced Read and Critique Masters Add-on Class – Thursday afternoon critique opportunity with attending agents and editors as well as other class participants

– New!

Plenty of free time to network and explore the area while making new writing friends
Opportunity during the Saturday Readers in the Rockies Day to interact with readers
Enthusiastic and accessible agents, editors, and guest authors


Nestled in the beautiful West Elk Mountains of Colorado
Gourmet Meals. Check out our menu choices before registering.
Comfortable as well as affordable accommodations
Group discounts – Groups of five or more friends/members of a writing group or complete strangers sign up together for the Conference, receive a $50 per person discount


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Writing Tip: Drama is conflict

My writing is distinctly middle brow. Just ask anybody who has suffered through it. Still, I like to think that even in my middling way, I can offer some helpful advice when I stumble across it. Therefore, from time to time, I will post some writing advice, but not from me. The advice will come from established sources. I will endeavor not to make it overlong or overreaching, and sometimes it will simply be reminders of what we all probably already know, but it will be some tips I have picked up from reading, from attending writing conferences, or it may even come from you.

Writing with paperclips in ears and nose

Darma is conflict, sometimes even self-inflicted

The first bit of advice comes from a writing course the Knoxville Writers’ Guild sponsored way back in 1993. The teacher was Joseph Gunnels and the cost was $75. It was two-day event, May 15 and 16, and we spent part of a pleasant afternoon sitting on the grass outside the Candy Factory, on The 1982 World’s Fair site. I took over 30 pages of notes, but rather than bore you with details, here is the essence of what I took away from the seminar:

Drama is conflict;
Without conflict no action;
Without action no character;
Without character no story;
Without story, who cares?

In a future entry, I’ll give you a short, crisp definition for conflict that I learned at a more recent one-day writing seminar. It comes from a very highly regarded script doctor in Hollywood, but applies just as well to other forms of fiction writing. Stay turned.

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Pictures at an exhibition

Below are a few photos of agents and editors taken while at Killer Nashville this past August 20 – 22, 2010. Consider this visual reference for the names of people mentioned in some of my earlier posts on pitching your novel to editors or agents.

From left, agents Jill Marr, Cari Foulk, and Jeff Gerecke. Beth Terrell, author and Killer Nashville Executive Driector, leaning over behind them.

Jill Marr (seated left) and Cari Foulk listening to a question at Killer Nashville 2010.

Jill Marr (seated left) and Cari Foulk listening to a question at Killer Nashville 2010.

Agents Jill Marr (left) and Cari Foulk standing for a few moments after listening to pitches.

Agents Jill Marr (left) and Cari Foulk standing for a few moments after listening to pitches.

Agent Jill Marr walking out of the Pitch Room.

Agent Jill Marr walking out of the Pitch Room at Killer Nashville 2010.

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