Gerritsen to be honored

Crime Wave dead ahead

Mar 27, 2017
Tess Gerritsen

Portland — Maine writers are preparing to belt on their trench coats and snap on their Ray-Bans for the 2017 Maine Crime Wave, set for Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the University of Maine’s city campus.

The daylong writer’s conference includes panel discussions, theme-specific craft sessions, manuscript workshops, one-on-one agent critiques and more. Experts will discuss how to write winning query letters; debut authors will reveal how they got published; attorneys and law enforcement officers will unveil inside info about crime and punishment; top authors will describe how they develop ideas into selling manuscripts; and break-out craft sessions will give the inside scoop on plot, character and scenes. At 4 p.m., Two Minutes in the Slammer will close the conference as attendees read their most crowd-pleasing two minutes of crime fiction (sign up by April 17).

This year’s Maine Crime Wave will kick off Friday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. in USM’s Glickman Library, 314 Forest Ave. In a free ceremony open to the public, the MWPA will honor literary legend, and Camden resident, Tess Gerritsen with the inaugural CrimeMaster Award for Distinguished Achievement. Fellow New York Times-bestselling author Gayle Lynds will introduce Gerritsen at the ceremony.

On Saturday, Gerritsen and her renowned New York literary agent Meg Ruley of the Jane Rotrosen Agency will talk about the process of developing from debut author to New York Times bestseller. The conference’s luncheon keynote address will be delivered Saturday by Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, who will share insider tales on the truth about crime in the State of Maine.

For the full rundown of panels, workshops and speakers, as well as registration information, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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