by Paula Gail Benson
Presidents Riley Miller (Palmetto Chapter) and Maggie Toussaint (SEMWA) headed our planning committee, which included Carla Damron, Maxine Henry, Debra H. Goldstein, Lynn Chandler Willis, and myself as liaison and event coordinator for each group. We sent out a call to SinC chapters and SEMWA members in the region, asking who might want to participate in a day of master classes and panels. We were delighted by the overwhelming response. In addition to Elaine Viets, 20 authors served on 4 panels and 3 authors taught master classes.
|Lynn Hesse, Brian Thiem, Roger Johns, Paul A. Barra, Lynn Chandler Willis|
After lunch, we continued with “Hot Shorts: The Art of the Short Story.” I was delighted to moderate for Robert Mangeot, Warren Moore, Karen McCullough, Claire Count, and Elaine Viets. I’ll have to brag a little. Robert Mangeot got an acceptance from an editor during our panel discussion! Another YAY!
|PGB, Elaine Viets, Robert Mangeot, Claire Count, Warren Moore, Karen McCullough|
The final panels were “Characters That Sizzle on the Page,” a lively consideration with Riley Miller moderating Maggie Toussaint, Stacy Allen, and Reagan Teller, and “Turning Up The Heat: Defining Genres,” a great round up moderated by Sally Handley with Leslie Conner, JR Ripley aka Marie Celine, Kathleen Delaney, and Sharon Marchisello.
|Riley Miller, Maggie Toussaint, Reagan Teller, Stacy Allen|
|Sally Handley, Kathleen Delaney, JR Ripley, Sharon Marchisello, Leslie Conner|
|Kim McCathern, Books on Broad|
Seventy-eight people registered for Mystery in the Midlands this year and almost all attended. We were delighted with the participation and look forward to continuing the new
Won’t you come to Columbia for next year’s Mystery in the Midlands?