Proposals accepted from February 15 – March 31, 2024.

Acceptance emails will be sent the week of April 15, 2024.

All proposals will be considered, but preference will be given to experienced educators, published writers, and others actively working in literary fields (editors, agents, publishers, etc.).


Presentation formats include:

Individual or Panel: Focus on a theme or issue that will engage a variety of writers from new writers to established writers. The most successful panels include a range of perspectives and case studies with practical strategies that have broad applications to many different kinds of writers.

Roundtable: Short presentation by the individual and/or panel, followed by a moderated discussion with the audience about a particular topic.

Workshop: Guiding attendees through a series of hands-on activities in which they apply the skills and concepts being covered to their own work (or example pieces). These kinds of sessions often include the showcasing of abilities and the imparting of knowledge that can be used immediately by the audience in order to help them meet their personal writing goals. 


All Sessions should be a total of 75 minutes long, giving instructors 60 minutes for content and allowing for 15 minutes of Q & A. 

Please complete and submit the following proposal form by Sunday, March 31, 2024.

Questions? Contact Diane Kelly, SEMWA Conference Representative, at 

We are specifically looking for programs on these topics:

1 – Writing Crime, Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense

2 – Traditional or Indie? Publishing Choices and Contracts

3 – Editing and Revision

4 – How to Create a Bestseller

5 – Researching and Writing Historical Stories

6 – Working with an Editor 

7 – Writing Southern Fiction

8 – How to Have a Successful Author Event

Southern Fried Crime Con / September 26-29, 2024

*Details below subject to change.

Conference Location

The Lodge On Lake Oconee 

930 Greensboro Road, Eatonton GA

(706) 485-7785

Room Block

When conference registration opens, we will post a promo code for the room block. You will need to call The Lodge (not book online) to use the code and receive the discounted rate. Please note, lodging is not included in conference registration.


$300 full conference fee (including Crime & Wine, keynote dinner and book)**

$145 per day a la carte fee (includes lunch for the registered day)

$40 per individual session, keynote/book, or Crime & Wine

*Please note registration will open once sessions have been selected.

** $25 discount for SEMWA members. Want to join SEMWA? More info here:


Thursday, September 26 – Check-In

Tentative Schedule for Friday – Saturday, September 27-28

Tentative Schedule for Friday – Saturday, September 27-28

9:00am – 12:00pm – Workshops

Two workshops of 1 hour each, followed by 15-minute Q&A, then 15-minute book signing/break, for a total of 1 ½ hours each workshop.

12:00 – 2:00pm – Lunch Break

2:00 – 5:00pm – Workshops

Two workshops of 1 hour each, followed by 15-minute Q&A, then 15-minute book signing/break, for a total of 1 ½ hours each workshop.

Friday, Sept. 27 at 6:30pm – General Session

Crime & Wine with Law Enforcement Hall of Fame Recipient Sheryl McCollum. Founder of the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute, Sheryl will present a cold case program alongside a catered dinner at Georgia Writers Museum.

Saturday, Sept. 28 at 5:30pm – General Session

A Novel Idea presents on landing book speaking engagements and book marketing. Appetizers and drinks included at this event.

Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30pm – General Session

Keynote Speaker, TBA

Sunday, September 29 – Check-Out