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We've got something for everyone at LCC Denver!

WOW = Writers On Writing (workshop track)
M = moderator

Wednesday, March 5: Ski Trip to Breckenridge – All Day

Thursday, March 6: Registration open noon-5:30 PM

Time Vail Columbine Terrace
12:30-1:15 PM Sidekicks: The good, the bad, the ugly?
Linda Petrelli Duncan (M), James Calder, Maria Hudgins, Karen Olson, Priscilla Royal
WOW: Exploring the mystery thriller spectrum
Leslie O'Kane (M), C.J. Lyons
WOW: Deep editing for psychological power
Gwen Shuster-Haynes (M), Margie Lawson
1:30-2:15 PM WOW: Don't murder your mystery™
Chris Roerden (M), Jane Cleland, Reed Farrel Coleman, Twist Phelan
Cozymania: Its cause
and cure
Becky G. Martinez (M), Rita Lakin, Terri Thayer, Deb Baker, Leslie Caine
WOW: Thriller pacing and killer conflict
C.J. Lyons (M), Toni McGee Causey
2:15-2:45 PM Author Signings - Majestic Ballroom
2:45-3:30 PM Dying Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard
Mario Acevedo (M), John Getz, Marc Louis Lecard, Jess Loury, Joseph Pittman
WOW: How to outline your novel in one hour
Chris Jorgensen (M), Michael Black, Julie Hyzy
The panel from hell: Those who sign up late take what they can get
David Walker (M), Dana Fredsti, Steve Rasnic Tems, Mike Thompson
3:45-4:30 PM Mind games & manhunts: Psychological thrillers
Carol Caverly (M), Robert Greer, Christine Jorgensen, Peter May, Laura Benedict
Private Eye in the 21st Century
Mark Coggins (M), Mario Acevedo, Colleen Collins, Barbara Fister, Harry Hunsicker, Michael Siverling
WOW: u r hawt: BSP on the WWW
Linda Berry (M), Madeira James, Cornelia Read, Susan Arnout Smith
4:30-5 PM Author Signings - Majestic Ballroom
6-9 PM The Mile High Murder Machine: A Party Bus tour of Denver's Most Notorious Killing. Mario Acevedo, local writer, will emcee. Special Registration.
This event is now full. We will start a wait list in the event of cancellations.

Friday, March 7: Registration open 8 AM-5 PM

Time Vail Columbine Terrace Beverly
7:30-8:30 AM New Author Continental Breakfast (Open to everyone)
8:30-9:15 AM So hardboiled you could roll them on the White House lawn
C.J. Lyons (M), Reed Farrel Coleman, Jodi Compton, Ed Goldberg, Mark Schweizer
Don't turn out the light: thrillers
J.J. Lamb (M), Jeff Buick, Albert Ellis, Bette Golden Lamb, Bonnie Ramthun
How mysteries handle touchy issues
Sally Fellows (M), Christine Goff, Ken Isaacson, Joan Johnston, Betty Webb
Over medium: Soft-boiled v. hardboiled
Paul Anik (M), Carl Brookins, J.M. Hayes, Roberta Isleib, Richard A. Thompson
9:15-9:45 AM Author Signings - Majestic Ballroom
9:45-10:30 AM Dicks with Baggage: the Modern PI
Anthony Bidulka (M), Lori Armstrong, Parnell Hall, James Mitchell
Killing with Kindness: Traditional Mysteries
Leslie Klinger (M), Ellen Byerrum, Barbara Graham, Steve Hockensmith, Craig Johnson
Essential mystery lists
Roger Sobin (M), Steve Glassman, Michael Masliah, Linda S. Smith
Mystery Trivia preliminary round 1
10:30-11 AM Author Signings - Majestic Ballroom
11-11:45 AM Double-Edged Sword
John Maddox Roberts (M), Stephanie Barron, Margaret Coel, Stephen White
MWA: Past Perfect: Historical Mysteries
Frederick Ramsay (M), Aileen Baron, Rhys Bowen, Beverle Graves Myers
Sex and violence: Is too much ever enough?
Bill Cameron (M), Tasha Alexander, David Corbett, Marcus Sakey, Eric Stone
Mystery Trivia preliminary round 2
11:45 AM-12:15 PM Author Signings - Majestic Ballroom
12:15-1:15 PM Lunch on your own
1:15-2 PM Walking the Mean Streets in High Heels
Diana Rowe (M), Lori Armstrong, Toni McGee Causey, Karen Olson, Joanne Pence
What's my Niche? Cozies with a theme
Jane Cleland (M), Nancy Atherton, Rosemary Harris, Gabriella Herkert, Cricket McRae
Shaken, Stirred and Blended: Sleuths that cross genre lines
Margaret Lucke (M), Lee Killough, Kat Richardson, Jeanne Stein
Mystery Trivia preliminary round 3
Savoy Room: Endless conversation
1:15-1:45 Mike Hayes, Twist Phelan, Julie Pomeroy, Penny Rudolph
1:45-2:15 Joanna Carl, Dana Fredsti, Maggie Sefton, Kelli Stanley
2-2:30 PM Author Signings - Majestic Ballroom
2:30-3:15 PM3:15-3:45 PM Forensic: Objection! Law, fiction and the CSI effect
Laura Pellerin (M), Twist Phelan, Cathy Pickens, Louise Ure
The Good Old Days: Writing about the Past
Lauren Haney (M), Stephanie Barron, Sharon Rowse, Brian Thornton, Jeri Westerson
"You Cougar/Me Rabbit" Surveillance Workshop and Exercise Mystery Trivia preliminary round 4
Savoy Room: Endless conversation
2:15-2:45: Mario Acevedo, Steve Brewer, Mary Jane Maffini, Bill Moody
2:45-3:15: Mike Befeler, Rick Mofina, Eric Stone, Andy Straka
3:15-3:45 Beth Groundwater, Steve Hockensmith, Mike Sherer, Roger Sobin
3:15-3:45 PM Author Signings - Majestic Ballroom
3:45-4:30 PM Forensic: Working with the Man
Chris Grabenstein (M), J.T. Ellison, Julie Hyzy, Neil Plakcy
Hooray for Hollywood
Irene Turner (M), John Billheimer, Bruce Cook, Bill Fitzhugh, Susan Arnout Smith
"You Cougar/Me Rabbit" Surveillance Workshop and Exercise ITW: Thrills and Chills. Don't Forget to Breathe.
Jeff Buick (M), Laura Caldwell, C.J. Lyons, Linda Richards, Theresa Schwegel
Savoy Room: Endless conversation
3:45-4:15: Music and Murder: Claudia Bishop, Rhys Bowen, Don Bruns
4:15-4:45: "Everyone’s funny 'cept Barbara": Jeff Cohen, Barbara Fister, Gabriella Herkert, Jack Getze
4:30-5 PM Author Signings - Majestic Ballroom
5-7 PM MWA Cocktail Party and Surveillance Workshop debriefing
7 PM-? Movies TBA

Saturday, March 8: Registration open 8 AM-5 PM

Time Vail Columbine Terrace Beverly
7:30-8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:15 AM MWA: He Writes/She Writes
Steven Torres (M), Cara Black, Libby Hellman, Rick Mofina, Neal Plakcy
Forensic: Rick McMahan SinC: Kick-Ass Sisters on a Mission
Denise Dietz (M), Carolyn Hart, Roberta Isleib, Hailey Lind, Nancy Pickard
MWA: What's age got to do with it?
Mike Befeler (M), Beth Groundwater, Parnell Hall, Patricia Stoltey, Simon Woods
9:15-9:45 AM Author Signings - Majestic Ballroom
9:45-10:30 AM MWA: Where Do These People Come From?
Don Bruns (M), Jeff Cohen, J.T. Ellison, Michelle Gagnon, Pari Noskin Taichert
Forensic: The ABCs of Forensic Science
Doug Lyle & Jan Burke
Post-Modern Detective: An Exploration of the Crime Novel
Joel Goldman (M), Bill Moody, Kris Neri, Penny Rudolph, Andy Straka
Mystery Trivia
10:30-11 AM Author Signings - Majestic Ballroom
Savoy Room: Endless conversation
"Baseball, Brooklyn and Crime Fiction"
Jason Starr and Reed Farrel Coleman
11-11:45 AM What's not to like?
Gwen Shuster-Haynes (M), JoAnna Carl, Carolyn Hart, Nancy Pickard, Elaine Viets
Forensic: Use of Force
Rick McMahan
Romancing the Mystery
Joan Johnston, Marget Lucke, Peter May, Kris Neri
Mystery Trivia
Savoy Room: Endless conversation
"Murder methods and all things medical"
D.P. Lyle, M.D.
10:30-11 AM Author Signings - Majestic Ballroom
12:15-1:15 PM Lunch on your own
1:15-2 PM MWA: Where Stories Come From
Mike Sherer (M), Donna Andrews, Jane Cleland, Alexandra Sokoloff, Penny Warner
Historical Views
Jan Burke (M), Sam Reaves, Sharan Newman
Cowboys are my Weakness
Julia Pomeroy (M), Mark Coggins, Craig Johnson, Robert Fate, Ken Kuhlken
Short and Deadly
Reed Farrel Coleman (M), Rebecca Bates, R.T. Lawton, Mary Jane Maffini, Simon Wood
Savoy Room: Endless conversation
1:15-1:45: "Best & Worst": Bill Cameron, Jess Lourey, Camille Minichino, Rick Mofina
1:45-2:15: Aileen Baron, Cara Black, Lauren Haney, Beverle Meyer
2-2:30 PM Author Signings - Majestic Ballroom
2:30-3:15 PM MWA: Writers in the Hot Seat
Twist Phelan (M), Steve Brewer, Chris Grabenstein, D.P. Lyle, Elaine Viets
Forensic: Forensic Anthropology Dianne France Murder on the Rocks
Louise Ure (M), Sandy Ault, Kathy Brandt, Mark Cohen, Vicki Delany
Mystery Trivia Final
Savoy Room: Endless conversation
2:15-2:45: Michelle Gagnon, Jeanne Stein, Pari Noskin Taichert
2:45-3:15: "The Gay Mystery: Welcome to Our Niche": Anthony Bidulka, Joseph Pittman, Neil Plakcy, Mark Zubro
3:15-3:45: "Opposites attract": Margaret Coel, Craig Johnson
3:15-3:45 PM Author Signings - Majestic Ballroom
3:45-4:30 PM I'm cozy, you got a problem with that?
Lori Lacefield (M), Claudia Bishop, Denise Dietz, Dana Fredsti, Maggie Sefton
Down These Mean Streets
Camille Minichino (M), Michael Black, Rick McMahan, Michael Siverling
Shades of Black: Noir at 50 paces
Ken Kuhlken (M), Con Lehane, Cornelia Read, Jason Starr, Kelli Stanley
Dude, Where's the Body? Building the Next Generation of Mystery Readers
Tim Maleeny (M), Wick Downing, Bonnie Ramthun, Robert Spiller, Penny Warner
Savoy Room: Endless conversation
3:45 to 4:15: Libby Fisher Hellman, Susan Arnout Smith, Louise Ure
4:15 to 4:45: Patricia Stoltey, Sam Reaves, David Corbett, Laura Benedict
4:30-5 PM Author Signings - Majestic Ballroom
6-6:45 PM Cocktails (cash bar) and Hawaiian costume preliminary round
6:45-7 PM Hawaiian contest finalists selected
7-9 PM Alferd E. Packer Banquet and Live Auction (auction items, quilt)
Awards presentation

Sunday, March 9

Time Vail Columbine Terrace
8-9 AM Continental Breakfast
8:45-9:30 AM How Real is Real Enough?
Craig Johnson (M), Bill Cameron, Colin Campbell, Troy Cook, Robert R. Kresge, Barbara Petty
Beyond Agatha Christie: Movements in the Traditional Mystery
Beth Groundwater (M), Ellen Crosby, Michael Allen Dymmoch, Margaret Tessler
Books that keep you turning the pages past midnight: Suspense Fiction
Libby Fischer Hellmann (M), Fleur Bradley, Lori Lacefield, Sheila Lowe, Steven Sidor
9:45-10:30 AM Write your letter on a Chicago typewriter: Machine guns (and more!) Tradition Rules: the Basic Mystery Form
Patricia Coleman (M), Lynn Miller, Mark Zubro
Check my Pulse: Adventure Crime
Theresa Crater, Sara Almeida Hoyt, Lucinda Schroeder, Sandi Sumner
10:30-11 AM Author Signings - Majestic Ballroom
11 AM-12:30 PM CLOSING EVENT: Stephen White Interview

Monday, March 10: The Shining and the Gray Lady lunch trip to Estes Park. Special registration – 9 AM-3:30 PM

To register for the special programs, print out this form and send it with your payment to LCC 2008, c/o Christine Goff, 573 Williams St., Denver CO 80218. Questions? Email chris@christinegoff.com.

Hit the Slopes!
Ski/Snowboarding/Mountain Trip to Breckenridge, CO
Time: All day on Wednesday, March 5, 2008
What: Take a bus up to Breckenridge, get discounted tickets to ski or snowboard, or just come along for the fun. Lunch and shop in an historic Old West town with the amenities of any fine resort. The mountains are beautiful in the spring with corn snow to ski and snowboard. Bargains galore await shoppers since the local merchants want to clear out their merchandise before the end of the season. We will meet outside the LCC conference hotel for the 1 1/2 hour ride over the Continental Divide.
Cost: $40-170 (see form for details)

photoGhosts, Mayhem and Old Time Murder on the LCC Party Bus
This event is now full. We will start a wait list in the event of cancellations.
Place: Around Denver
Time: Thursday, March 6, 2008, 7-9 PM
What: A prison bus tour of Denver's most notorious crime sites. Mario Acevedo, author of X-Rated Bloodsuckers, will emcee. Mario is a well-known, and very twisted, Colorado author. Paul Rielly of Corazon Tequila has kindly donated 3 bottles for our tasting pleasure. You drink, we'll do the driving.
Cost: $25

You Cougar, Me Rabbit (Surveillance Workshop)
Place: Adam's Mark Hotel and surrounding area, mostly 16th Street Mall
Time: Friday, March 7, 2008: afternoon and early evening
What: 8 teams of 6 attendees each (48 maximum) will be given a one hour lecture on surveillance techniques, followed by a one hour practical exercise following 8 celebrity authors (including Marcus Sakey and Margaret Coel). Teams will start from the Adam's Mark Hotel and end up at the MWA Cocktail Party for debriefing, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and mingling with other conference attendees.
Cost: Absolutely Free, but the exercise portion is limited to 48 participants, so sign up now!

Beyond CSI: Get the facts (Forensic Workshop)
Place: Adam's Mark Hotel
Time: One panel track, Friday afternoon and all day Saturday
What: Jan Burke and D.P. Lyle are hard at work pulling together a great team of outside experts and some of the best mystery writers in the forensic and medical genre for this exciting day of nuts and bolts information. Here is the preliminary schedule (subject to change); all author panels will be followed by signings.

Friday, March 7
2:30-3:15 PM
Panel: Objection! Law, Fiction, and The CSI Effect
Laura Pellerin (moderator), Louise Ure, Cathy Pickens, Twist Phelan
3:45-4:30 PM
Panel: Working with the Man: How "Outsiders" Research Police Procedure & Forensic Science
Chris Grabenstein (moderator), JT Ellison, Neil Plakcy, Julie Hyzy

Saturday, March 8
8:30-9:45 AM
Presentation: Rick McMahan (topic TBA)
9:45-10:30 AM
Presentation: The ABCs of Forensic Science and Police Procedure
Doug Lyle & Lee Lofland
11 AM-12:15 PM
Presentation: Charles Tindall: A Look at Real-Life Forensic Science
1:15-2 PM
Panel: Historical Views of Police Procedure & Forensic Science
Sam Reaves (aka Allen Salter) will talk about the history of Chicago police reform; Sharan Newman will talk about criminal investigations in medieval Europe; Ann Parker will be talking about Colorado's history. Moderated by Jan Burke.
2:30-3:45 PM
Presentation: Diane France: Forensic Anthropology
3:45-4:30 PM
Panel: Down These Mean Streets: The Wide-Ranging World of Law Enforcement
Camille Minichino (moderator), Michael Black, Lee Lofland, Richard McMahan, Michael Siverling

Cannibals and Hula Skirts
The Alferd E. Packer Banquet, Auction and Hawaiian Runway Costume Contest
Place: Adam's Mark Hotel Ballroom
Time: Saturday evening, March 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
What: The festivities will kick off with a cash bar and Hawaiian Runway Costume Contest. Entrants will walk the runway in their best Hawaiian attire to be judged by several of the best mystery fiction authors around. The winner will be announced during the banquet and receive a free membership to LCC 2009 in Hawaii.
Next, dinner will be served from a menu specifically designed for LCC Denver by our Celebrity Chef Joanne Pence. She give a special nod to Denver's most infamous cannibal Alferd E. Packer. Find the whole gruesome story of his ill-fated trip and unusual dining habits on this page. He's the kind of folk villain mystery fans can really sink their teeth into.
Also that night, expect to be serenaded by Parnell Hall singing his "Ode to Alferd"; entertained by our toastmaster, Elaine Viets; our guest of honor, Stephen White; and our fan guest of honor, Michael Masliah. Items will be auctioned, awards will be given, and we promise to keep things fast and fun.
Your Menu Choices

The Shining and the Gray Lady
Place: Estes Park and The Stanley Hotel
Time: Monday, March 10, 2008, 9 AM-3:30 PM
What: A day trip to Estes Park, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park.
See the hotel that inspired Stephen King's classic The Shining. While there, you can also look for the resident ghost, aka the Gray Lady. We will go up in the morning, spend a little time walking the main street, then have lunch at the historic Stanley Hotel, built by the inventor of the Stanley Steamer.
Cost: $52


Logo by Mario Acevedo