General schedule: Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 8

The detailed program schedule, which lists the panels, presentations, and Mystery Cafe authors, will be posted in early to mid-May.

All the Bloody Words activities take place in the Regency Ballroom and Regency Salon on the east side of the escalator. We’ll include room assignments when we post the full programming schedule.

Friday, June 6

2 p.m. – 9 p.m. Registration. The registration/information desk is on the east side of the escalators.
6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Agent/editor appointments (you’ll be given your appointment time a week or two before the conference)

TimeTrack 1Track 2Mystery Café
5:30-6:30 PMReception — Welcome to Bloody Words!
7:00-7:50 PMBlood, blood, glorious blood…
(forensic hematology)
Romantic suspense & cozies: No longer what you expect
(new approaches to these subgenres)
The Sage, the saint, and the sleuth
(religion, philosophy, and the “modern” sleuth)
8:00-8:50 PMCSI: Toronto
(the reality of crime scene investigations)
Are short stories the new black?
(short story panel)
Law & order with sword & gun
(1320s England or 1919 Toronto: a cop is a cop…or is he?)
9:00-9:50 PMThe many worlds of crime
(a look at crime from neighbourhood-level to the Supreme Court of Canada)
Indie publishing: We’re here to stay
(non-traditional publishing)
EVEning the Odds
(women sleuths, past & present)
10:00-11:00 PMBooks with Legs
(books published in the last 6 months struttin’ their stuff on the catwalk in our literary fashion show)

Saturday, June 7

8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Registration. The registration/information desk is on the east side of the escalators.

TimeTrack 1Track 2More Track 2
9:00-9:50 AMAsk them anything: Agents & editors
(Q&A with agents & acquiring editors)
Split personality
(writing more than one series, or a series & stand-alones, or different subgenres…)
It’s Number One!
(first novel panel)
10:00-10:50 AMFrom rocks to Glocks
(weapons thru the ages)
You are what you write…or are you?
(character = author…true or false)
An hour with Michael Jecks
(interview with our international GoH)
11:00-11:50 AMForensic bits & digital bytes
(digital investigations & cybercrime)
Fifty shades of cop
(various takes on police procedurals)
Reinventing history
(historical mysteries)
12:00-1:30 PMLunch – see you back at 1:30 for the afternoon sessions
1:30-2:20 PMPssst, wanna be a professional author?
(tips on doing readings, fielding interviews, body language, & more)
That’s not sick; that’s funny
(humour panel)
Setting: More than trees & houses
(getting characters’ attitudes & beliefs correct as part of the setting)
2:30-3:20 PMDeath & taxes & contracts…oh my!
(what authors should know about taxes & contracts)
Old sins cast long shadows
(how past wrongs impact present-day characters)
An hour with Vicki Delany
(interview with our Canuck GoH)
3:30-4:20 PMBloody Idol
(BW attendees’ story openings judged by an agent, 2 editors, & a reviewer)
Is the female of the species more deadly than the male?
(men & women authors discuss how women are portrayed in crime fiction)
The science of murder
(premature murder meets science, medicine, & hi-tech)
4:30-5:20 PMThe cinematic Sherlock Holmes, 1922–2014
(Holmes on the silver & small screen)
The evil that men do
(writing about societal evils like genocide, racism, child abuse, slavery, etc.)
Heroes with feet of clay; villains with hearts of gold
(multi-dimensional characters)
5:30-7:00 PMMeet & greet and mass autograph session
7:00-10:00 PMBanquet & awards ceremony

Sunday, June 8

TimePresentationWorkshopMystery Café
10:00 AM-1:00 PMCostumes & clothing
(slide show & talk on historical clothing & theatrical & film/TV costumes)
Reality check
(from cussin’ to names to wounds & more – getting your facts, etc. right)
Who sees what & how?
(point of view & structure in your book)

Dealers room

The dealers room will be open from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Scene of the Crime room

The scene of the crime room will be open from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday.