Gwen Florio’s Workshop and Craft Talk

Workshop: Demystifying the mystery

A step-by-step interactive guide to writing a mystery novel that can be summed up in four short words: Structure is your friend. As we go through the workshop, we’ll create a framework – characters, plot, the works – for a hypothetical mystery of our own.

Gwen Florio’s Workshop
Saturday, September 28, 2024:
10:00 AM-4:00 PM

$200. Limited seating!
(Includes lunch)
Click here for workshop tickets!

Craft talk: Five Steps to a Winning Novel

Lessons culled from a trial by fire as an Edgar Awards judge, with a mandate to choose just five finalists from nearly 250 submitted. It’s a crash course in what doesn’t work — and far more important, what does. It boils down to these five steps.

Gwen Florio’s Craft Talk
Saturday, October 5, 2024: 5:00 PM
No charge! Limited seating!
Please register! (So that we can make enough food!)

Gwen’s talk will be followed by a reception and buffet dinner

Gwen Florio

Gwen Florio “is one of those writers who regularly publish series and stand-alones that leave a lasting impression,” says the New York Times. Her debut crime novel, Montana, won a High Plains Book Award and the national Pinckley Prize for crime fiction by women. Four more books followed in the Lola Wicks series, recently re-released by Open Road Media. Best Be Prepared (Severn House) launched a four-book series featuring amateur sleuth Nora Best. She’s also written two legal thrillers featuring a public defender – The Truth of It All and The Least Among Us (Crooked Lane) – as well as Silent Hearts (Atria, 2018), a standalone literary novel set in Afghanistan. Her books have been published in several languages.


Before turning to fiction, Florio’s lengthy journalism career took her across the country and overseas to several conflict zones, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. She covered stories ranging from the Oklahoma City bombing trials and the school shooting at Columbine, to a feature on Lost Springs, Wyoming (population three) and the Miss Navajo contest, whose contestants slaughter and cook a sheep.