Elaine Viets: A mystery for every mood

Book Clubs and Libraries!

Elaine talks to book clubs and libraries by Skype, by phone, or in person.


Elaine teaches writing seminars at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. They include:

"Forensics for Writers."  This class, taught at the Florida Authors Academy and the monthly meeting of the Mystery Writers of America's Florida Chapter, gives writers savvy information about body identification, the key to your bestselling mystery. Get the info only the pros know from someone who took the Medicolegal Death Investigators Course at St. Louis University. The one-hour class includes handouts.

“The Birth of a Novel: From the First Idea with a New York editor to the reviews – with self-editing, copy-editing and the dreaded editorial letter” on Third Degree Thursday at the Mystery Writers of America’s Sleuthfest conference in Orlando, Florida.

“Mystery Writing: The Basics.  How do I write a query letter? What should I say? Do I need an agent? How long should I wait after I've sent my query to an agent? And other questions about getting started in traditional publishing, with sample letters and other useful tips” at the Lake County BookFest, in Mt. Dora, Florida.

“Writing from a Florida Point of View: Murder in the Sunshine State” at the Florida Authors Academy sponsored by Murder on the Beach Bookstore.

Elaine has been a guest and a panel moderator at the Bouchercon International Mystery Conference, ThrillerFest in New York City, the Malice Domestic Mystery Conference in Bethesda, Maryland; Sleuthfest in Orlando, Florida; the Missouri Writers’ Guild Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, and other major conferences.

But wait, there’s more . . .

Commencement speaker at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Toastmaster at the Malice Domestic and Left Coast Crime conferences and emcee at the Plant Fashion Show at the University of Missouri at Columbia.

To enquire about a personal appearance, email Elaine.