In addition to our annual conference, we also host a few smaller events throughout the year. See our list of upcoming events below and subscribe to our newsletter to be notified about future events.

Annual Conference

November 11, 2023, 9:00-5:00p

Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan, 2nd fl, Chicago, IL

Our in-person conference is back! This one-day event is ideal for crime fiction readers, writers, and publishing pros. With a single track of panels and keynote conversations, the Midwest Mystery Conference is a great opportunity to connect with your favorite authors, and meet a few new ones!

The venue is fully accessible and registration includes a tote bag full of books and goodies!

Online registration for the 2023 conference is now closed. If you are interested in attending, you may register and pay at the door. Day-of tickets are $75.


8:30a-9:15a: Check in / Registration

9:15a – Opening remarks from Midwest Mystery Conference organizers Dana Kaye, Lori Rader-Day, and Tracy Clark

9:30-10:15a – Starting with a Bang: Thrillers

  • Jen Collins Moore, moderator
  • Tracy Clark
  • Tori Eldridge
  • Mindy Mejia
  • Nick Petrie

10:30-11:15a – Murder Among Friends; Cozies

  • Julie Hennrikus, moderator
  • Juneau Black (Sharon Nagel and Jocelyn Cole)
  • JC Kenney
  • Mia Manansala
  • Mindy Quigley

11:30a-12:15p – First-Time Thrills: Debuts

  • Tracy Clark, moderator
  • Lina Chern
  • Cindy Fazzi
  • Rebecca McKanna
  • Kate Robards

12:15-1:45p – Lunch on your own or with Sisters in Crime Chicagoland and Cheryl Head

1:45-2:30p – The Inside Buzz on Audiobooks

  • Eleanor Imbody, moderator
  • Amy Deuchler
  • Anne Marie Lewis
  • Shaina Summerville
  • Marcus Zarco

2:45-3:30p – The Past Isn’t Even Past: Historicals

  • Susanna Calkins, moderator
  • Dianne Freeman
  • Cheryl Head
  • Anna Lee Huber
  • Mary Winters

3:45-4:30p – From Inside the House: Psychological/Domestic Thrillers

  • Dana Kaye, moderator
  • Keir Graff
  • Carol Dunbar
  • Lori Rader-Day
  • Tony Wirt

4:30-4:45p – Closing remarks from Dana, Lori, Tracy

Interested in sponsoring our annual conference? Click here for available opportunities!

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors!