The Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference was created in 2006 by author/filmmaker Clay Stafford in an effort to bring together forensic experts, writers, and fans of crime and thriller literature.

Our objective is simple: to educate and empower aspiring and established writers, and connect them with other industry professionals. We pride ourselves on our intense, intimate workshops and panels, and on our close-knit community of writers.

At the conference, we try diligently to ensure that the weekend has something for every writer and lover of literature, and our sessions are structured to assist writers on multiple career levels. Our learning tracks tackle the craft of writing, business of writing, marketing, and forensics.

Killer Nashville features nine breakout sessions for intense smaller group interaction, an authors’ bar (free for hotel guests), a moonshine and wine tasting, free agent/editor roundtable pitch sessions, a mock crime scene designed by special agents and other law enforcement professionals, cocktail receptions, the Guest of Honor Dinner and Awards Banquet, film previews, live music performances and—of course—all the great activities one can enjoy in downtown Nashville.

  • Over 60 Sessions

  • Guests of Honor

  • 7 Distinct Session Tracks

  • 9 Breakout Sessions for Intense Study

  • Special Sessions

  • Networking with Bestselling Authors

  • Agents, Editors, Publishers, Attorneys, Publicists

  • Agent, Editor, Publisher Roundtables

  • Manuscript Critiques

  • Law and Emergency Services Representatives

  • Guest of Honor Dinner and Awards Banquet

  • Authors’ Bar

  • Wine Tasting Event

  • Two Cocktail Receptions

  • Realistic Mock Crime Scene

  • Mystery Themed Event

  • Free Giveaways

  • Free Book Signings

  • Prizes

  • and More!