With all best intentions, some things just don’t work out the way we want them to. Right now I’m supposed to be in Chicago at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy rehearsing and setting up for a first ever live webinar of the Writers Homicide School. This whole venture came by way of the International Screenwriters’ Association. They tried their best but timing and the Easter weekend that we inadvertently planned this event for were just too much to make the event profitable.
The day we decided to cancel the event and not throw money down the drain for a big venture with only a few participants, I started looking for somewhere to quickly put together an event location for the Writers Homicide School. Having formerly lived in a location where putting on a great event meant driving some distance away and making a lot of distance planning. But now I live in Knoxville, Tennessee. It dawned on me after a couple of hours of research nearby areas that I live in a target rich environment of writers right here in the wonderful Southern United States.
Knoxville is a beautiful city, its one of the reasons I moved here in the first place. It’s on a river, there is warm and rich downtown full of varying foods and atmospheres. There is wonderful history for those who appreciate American history, and many writers have at least some interest if not an all out love of all things historic, even when they are science fiction writers.
I went downtown and pulled into the Holiday Inn Worlds Fair Park right across from the convention center. When I walked in and saw the cleanliness and upscale looks of the location, I thought to myself that I’d love to host an even here, but at this late notice and budgets being what they are, minimalistic at this point, I feared it would be too expensive and I’d have to find a different destination of lower quality. But I was pleasantly surprised at the truly affordable cost of the meeting room. I walked in to hotel without an appointment and was able to speak with the director of sales who showed me around the location. When I explained who I was and what the event was all bout, she seemed genuinely interested and excited to have the event at their location.
I’m always looking for long-term partnerships with organizations who have a mutually beneficial desire to see my program excel as a result of our partnership. I’ve always liked the Holiday Inn chain and prefer to stay at Holiday Inn Express’ chains across the country when I can; they are always clean and I love their hearty breakfast. I know this must sound like a commercial, but when I’m treated right, get a fair value and like the product, I’m going to say so. Just ask me about Apple products and I could go on for hours in my praise.
So my next session of the Writers Homicide School will be on April 27/28, 2013 at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park Hotel in beautiful downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. Because this is my hometown and I have no traveling expense for this event, I have greatly reduced the price for this spring special event. From now through April 11, writers can sign up for $199 for a single registration, but if you are a member of the Mystery Writers of America or Sisters In Crime, you can get group rate prices if multiple seats are purchased at the same time. Even if you can’t get a group to buy in to tickets together, the Spring Special price of $199 is greatly reduced from the nationwide price of $350 for regular season pricing.
I sent an email to the Middle Tennessee chapter of Sisters in Crime and got a quick reply from their president Beth Terrell-Hicks. She has immediately sent out the flier and within 24 hours, I’ve already started receiving registrations. SINC – Pasadena is where I got my start and now SINC – Tennessee is coming to my side once again.
I appreciate all the support I have been receiving from those who have come to know or recently learn about the Writers Homicide School and Crime Writers Consultations. Recently I was interviewed live on “It’s A Crime Radio” with host Margaret McLean. It was a great time and I’m enjoying other people being interested in what I’m doing and having me on their shows or inviting me to their blogs.
By popular demand, I’m adding some practical exercises writers in the audience can take part in, namely blood spatter and fingerprinting. It should make for some interesting and fun class time!
Hopefully, some of you will be able to come to the Knoxville event and share in my joy of this great city.
Well, that’s all for now. I’m not a prolific blogger and try to keep it close to the heart and when I’ve got something worth report. I hope you find it worthy too.