Session descriptions below


FRIDAY, August 25

5:00-7:00  Registration

6:00-7:00 Cocktail reception with no-host bar

7:00-9:00 Author Talk & Signing: D.P. Lyle, Plotting the Perfect Murder


SATURDAY, August 26

10:00-Noon Workshop: Katherine Ramsland, Psychological Sleuthing

12:00-1:30 Lunch Talk: Lane County Law & Order with local law enforcement officer

2:00-4:00 Workshop: D.P. Lyle, Forensics Unmasked

4:00-5:00 Workshop: Self-Publishing Q&A with Patricia Marshall of Luminare Press

4:00-7:00 Dinner & Writing Time–on your own

7:00-9:00 Author Talk & Signing: Katherine Ramsland, Into the Mind of a Killer


SUNDAY, August 27

10:00-11:30 am  Crime Lab: Lisa Pope, CSI Eugene

11:45-1:00 pm  Author Q&A and Closing: Katherine Ramlsand & D.P. Lyle, The Devil’s in the Details


Session Descriptions

Plotting the Perfect Murder, Presented by D.P. Lyle

When your character plans and executes “The Perfect Murder,” they always, ALWAYS makes a mistake or two. These errors ultimately lead your sleuth to the solution. In this session, attendees will plot the perfect murder in every detail. We will then “deconstruct” the crime while considering the many variables that make plotting a murder fun for the writer and a disaster for the antagonist. We will discuss the killer’s Pre-Crime Behavior, the steps taken to “do the deed,” and their Post-Crime Behavior from social, psychological, forensics, investigative, and motivational points of view.

Psychological Sleuthing, Presented by Katherine Ramsland

The fields of forensic psychology, pathology, biology, anthropology, and criminal justice have jointly developed protocols for death investigation. Katherine will demonstrate with actual cases what psychology brings to the table, distinguishing between a psychological autopsy and a behavioral profile. Included are guidelines that have emerged from complex investigations that will help make you ground your stories with authentic protocols and details.

Forensics Unmasked, Presented by D.P. Lyle

How do the various techniques of forensic science help solve crimes? How can you use these in your story? This class will cover evidence—what it means and how is it used—the Medical Examiner, the autopsy, and toxicological examinations. After attending this class, you will have a sound and practical understanding of many forensic science techniques as well as how each can add depth and realism to a story.

Into the Mind of a Killer: Psychological Insights, Presented by Katherine Ramsland

There is a significant difference between the facts of a case and the way offenders tell their story. Experts who have interviewed serial killers, from Bundy to BTK, have devised methods for retrieving important information about motives, pre- and post-crime behavior, fantasies, and the role of mental deviance and disorder.

CSI: EUGENE, Presented by Lisa Pope

Discover the world of CSI Eugene! Forensics is an intriguing science, come learn what evidence a Forensic Analyst can locate, analyze, develop and reconstruct during the course of an investigation. From latent print processing techniques to blood stain pattern interpretation – this is a hands-on crime lab presentation you won’t want to miss!

The Devil’s in the Details

In this fast-paced Q&A, ask our speakers anything about forensics, killers, and writing!

Lane County Law & Order

An investigator from Lane County Sheriff’s Office will share details of area crimes and the particular challenges of investigating crime in the PNW.