Every one of the speakers, successful authors all, was engaging and inspiring. (I will say, I think the MWA should make an effort to include instructors from the host city -- there are plenty of excellent crime/mystery writers right here in the City of Brotherly Love.)
Special thanks to the instructors, every one of whom took the time to greet attendees individually and talk to us about our works-in-progress. A generous crew, full of wisdom.
The authors/instructors and their courses:
JESS LOUREY: "After the Idea"
HALLIE EPHRON: "Dramatic Structure & Plot
DANIEL STASHOWER: "Setting and Description"
REED FARREL COLEMAN: "Character"
KATHLEEN GEORGE: "Writing as Re-writing"
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: "The Writing Life"
If you get a chance to attend an MWA-University event like this in your area, seize the moment. There's nothing like hanging out with a bunch of murderers and investigators for a day.