Murderous March 2022

Hosted by The Upper Hudson Chapter of Sisters in Crime,
The Mavens of Mayhem

Guests of Honor:
Catriona McPherson and Hank Phillippi Ryan

SCHEDULE (All Times in Eastern – All Panels are Live, Not Pre-Recorded)
All events are online only.

Friday March 4, 2022

12:30               Opening Remarks

1:00 – 2:00      Pitch Workshop with Edwin Hill

Loglines, Pitches, and Queries
Finding a way to get your manuscript to stand out in a crowd is one of the tricks of being a writer. In this hands-on session, we’ll take a look at today’s traditional publishing process, then we’ll dig into writing pithy-yet-substantive descriptions of manuscripts.

2:15 – 3:45      Master Class #1 Settings with Catriona McPherson

Once Upon a Time, a Place, and a Point of View: making your settings sing

Catriona McPhersonUsing examples from books in the genre, this class first looks at the elements of setting in time, place and beyond, then digs into the pros and cons of using real and invented locales (or a blend of both). Next, we’ll focus on doing it well: using all five senses to conjure up authenticity; avoiding the dreaded info-dump and the should-be-more-dreaded-if-you-ask-me Wiki-whiff . . . We’ll end with a look at doing it badly. Because nothing else cheers you up quite like a bit of horrific writing, right?

4:00 – 5:00      Master Class #2 Great Beginnings with Hank Phillippi Ryan

Great Beginnings 

Hank Phillipi RyanYou know the great opening lines: Ishmael, Manderley, the last camel. Why do those work? And how can you create one for your own novel?  And then–what about that crucial first paragraph? And a first page that will entice editors and enchant readers? How can you set the proper expectations for the story to come—and make every word work? Does your first line entice readers to read your second line? Or does it cause them to close the book?

In this class, suitable for any genre, USA Today bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan will show you how to dissect and analyze acclaimed first lines and opening paragraphs, and reveal the writing secrets these brilliant examples offer. If you are brave enough–Please bring your own first line!  Hank and the class will offer advice and guidance—to set you and your book off in the right direction.

6:00 – 7:30      Speed dating

Saturday March 5, 2022

10:00 Welcoming Remarks

10:30 – 11:30   Reluctant Detectives: Amateur Sleuths on the Case

Moderator: Hank Phillippi Ryan

Tina deBellegarde

Alexia Gordon

Terrie Farley Moran

Ovidia Yu

11:45 – 12:45    Just My Cup of Tea: American Authors Writing British Mysteries

Moderator: Carol Pouliot

Connie Berry

Jessica Ellicott

Marni Graff

Clara McKenna

1:00 – 2:00    Conversation with our Guests of Honor
Catriona McPherson and Hank Phillippi Ryan

2:15 – 3:15    The Art of Detection: The Game is Afoot

Moderator: Frankie Bailey

Bruce Coffin

Mary Keliikoa

Bob Knightly

Gabriel Valjan

3:30 – 4:30     1920s. ‘30s, ‘40s: Crime Never Goes out of Fashion

Moderator: Catriona McPherson

L.A. Chandlar

Erica Ruth Neubauer

Kelly Oliver

Lori Rader-Day

4:45 – 5:45     Villains: People We Love to Hate

Moderator: Eleanor Kuhns

Mally Becker

Tori Eldridge

Leanna Renee Hieber

Alex Segura

5:45 Closing Remarks                     

Pitch Sessions to be arranged separately at registration. If you are interested in arranging for a pitch session and did not do so at registration, please contact us at or

Friday Master Classes: $40 each (if you register for one of the Master Classes, Saturday panels are free along with Friday’s Speed Dating and Pitch Workshop)
Registration to Master Classes restricted to 30 participants each

Saturday Program:  $25 (includes Friday’s Pitch Workshop and Speed Dating)

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After you pay, you will be directed to a short registration page so be sure to fill that out.


Murderous March 2022

We look forward to having you join us for another Murderous March!
      Tina deBellegarde – Co-Chair
      Carol Pouliot – Co-Chair
     The Mavens of Mayhem/Upper Hudson Sisters in Crime

Please support our authors by purchasing books through our shop set up by our partner, Mysteries on Main St.

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