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Southwest Christian Writers to hold mini-conference at Marvel

The Southwest Christian Writers Association will hold its Marvel Mini-Conference — “Murder, Mystery, and Mischief” — May 19 at the Marvel Grange Hall in Marvel, Colo.

The schedule is as follows:

• 8:45–9:15 a.m. — Registration.

• 9:15–9:30 a.m. — Welcome and Introductions.

• 9:30–10:30 a.m. — Dale West, “The Day Honey Died-Part One.”

• 10:30–10:45 a.m. — Break and book table.

• 10:45-11:45 a.m. — Dale West, “The Day Honey Died-Part Two.”

• 11:45 a.m.-noon — Break and book table.

• Noon-1 p.m. — Lunch.

• 1–1:45 p.m. —Lin Harris,“Kill Off Your Honeys-Other Mysteries for Adults.”

• 1:45–2 p.m. — Break, book table.

• 2–2:45 p.m. — Connie Peters, “Who Took the Honey-Mysteries for Children.”

• 2:45 –3:15 p.m. — Barb Kugle and Annette Hutchins, 2013 SCWA Calendar workshop, “God’s Mysterious Ways.”

• 3:15–3:30 p.m. — Wrap-up, clean up.

Dale West, a senior criminal investigator with the Navajo Nation, will present a case study on a murder case and members will look at how it would translate into a mystery novel. His two sessions are “The Day My Honey Died” and “The Day After My Honey Died.” Honey is dead. The investigation is underway as both the death of Honey and the guidelines for writing a great adult mystery novel are dissected in this interactive two-hour session where every minute counts.

Linda Farmer Harris — “Kill off Your Honeys-Other Mystery Genres for Adults.” When you write a mystery, you’re inviting the reader to play a game with you. Once you decide which game to play, the classic, the cozy, etc., the rules are set and the game is afoot. In this session, we’ll discuss how to stay one step ahead with clues, red herrings, and the illusions that lead to the solution.

Connie L. Peters — “Who Took the Honey?” Mystery writing for children and youth. Together, we’ll figure out who took the honey and why, and along the way discover what’s needed to make a children’s mystery a mystery.

Barbara Kugle and Annette Hutchins — “God’s Mysterious Ways.” A hands-on workshop on building the SCWA 2013 Calendar

Please come armed with your favorite Bible verse to use on your calendar page. We encourage you to send photos or your own artwork that you think illustrates the mysteries of God’s creation. Send them to Barb Kugle at

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