Sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America, The Key West
Citizen and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts
Key West has been a long-time writers’ haven -- from Hemingway to Tennessee Williams.
But it’s also been an island of popular intrigue -- from the mystery novels of
Laurence Shames to Stuart Woods, John Leslie, Tom Corcoran, John Hersey, Thomas McGuane, and Robert Stone.
And now it’s
the setting for the Inaugural Mystery Writers Key West Fest, a gathering of
nearly two-dozen premier South Florida true crime, mystery and
suspense writers. This is a meet-and-greet where authors can
meet and chat with their favorite mystery writers, collect
autographs and attend panels where the authors explain how and
why they do it.
As Hemingway once said...
Well, these writers certainly know how to draw blood. Their memorable murder mysteries are guaranteed to entertain.
From a Friday-night opening party populated with nearly
two-dozen participating mystery writers … a day-long session
filled with informative panels and luncheon with best-selling
mystery and detective fiction author W.E.B. Griffin … a chance
to win a “walk on” cameo role in an upcoming mystery story … a
noir movie night, group book-signing event, bar-hopping with
your favorite mystery writers, and free consultations with
industry experts, you’ll discover why everybody loves a good
The autographs are free, the suspense is palpable, the
experience is priceless…
and until May 10 hotel rooms can be reserved at the
Festival’s main venue, the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key
Resort for the “killer” early bird discounted price of $179.00
per night. After May 10 rates will revert to approximately
$300 per night, so book now!
For aspiring writers with a finished manuscript, there will an opportunity to pitch your book to an eBook publisher or meet with a professional editor to discuss editing. The meetings are free, just fill out the registration form and answer the publisher/editor section.
See the above tabs to check out the complete
festival schedule, get a list of the participating mystery writers and other guests, and you can even sign up or book a room on the spot. Rooms are limited and it is suggested that when your
register for the MWKWF you also
book your room. The hotel,
DoubleTree Grand Key offers attendees the discounted rate June 12 – 15, so you can come early and stay late.
Fury Water Sports is offering a discount for attendees’ family on Saturday, for snorkeling trips to the reef off Key West.