Forensics and Policing
Just how important is forensic science to police investigations? This talk will discuss the relationship between them and debunk a few of the misconceptions established through crime shows and novels.

Women In Crime
A quick look at the roles women have played in crime writing, from the Old testament to modern day detective fiction and true crime books – as victims, as criminals, as protagonists and as writers who reshaped the genre.

Tara Moss: Guest Appearance and Book Launch
Award-winning crime fiction author Tara Moss will be launching her new novel “Assassin” and will discuss her work.

A Case For Prosecution
Lawyer Paul Yovich speaks to us about his work in prosecution and provides a background as to what happens with prosecution, what evidence needs to be available in order to prosecute and why, unlike in the TV crime shows, it takes much longer than half an hour to get a verdict.

From An Editor’s Perspective
We get the viewpoint from an editor as to what they look for, common writing mistakes, what the pretty red pictures and symbols on your manuscript mean and what it is that editors do.


Author Presentation: Katherine Howell
Davitt Award-winning crime fiction author Katherine Howell discusses her workings, her life and her novels.

Author Presentation: Felicity Young
Crime fiction author Felicity Young discusses her workings and her novels.

Building Suspense
A vital element of the crime novel is the building of suspense throughout the story but what devices or methods can be used to best effect to accomplish this? Come along and find out!

Forensic Astronomy
Answering questions about the past using astronomical calculations is called ‘Forensic Astronomy’, and it is an important tool in some investigations. Was glare from the Sun a factor in a traffic accident? Was the Moon bright enough for a witness to have identified a suspect on the night of the crime? Based on the shadows in a photo, when and where was the picture taken? This talk will present an interesting aspect of forensic investigation that you might not have ever considered.

The Fickle Finger of Fate: The Science of Fingerprint Detection
Identification of an individual’s presence at the scene of a crime or terrorist incident is vitally important for the successful progression of an investigation. Fingermarks remain the most widely used and reliable means of personal identification and hence are extremely important to law enforcement as contact evidence. A key element in the successful recovery of a latent (hidden) fingermark from a scene or object is detection. This presentation will describe the scientific basis of fingerprint detection and provide an overview of local research in this area.

Small Press Publishing
Small Press Publishing is providing many authors with the means of getting their stories out to the public without going through the big publishing houses. Come along and find out about this vital and growing area of the publishing world.

Enduring the Years – A Study of Sherlock Holmes
Why has Sherlock endured and transferred so well from the literary media to the screen media? What has made him such an iconic character? What do people find so fascinating that he has stood the test of time? The Sherlock Holmes Society provides an insight into this most legendary character.


Setting The Scene
You have the characters and you have the story but what about the world around them? How does it look and feel? How do the characters interact with it and how can the writer make the setting feel authentic and real to the reader? A look at how the scenery is just as important as the people in it.

“The Prison Cell : Fremantle Prison.” The evolution of the prison cell as seen in Fremantle Prison 1850 to 1991″
Fremantle Prison is one of Western Australia’s most fascinating and significant cultural attractions. It is the largest convict built structure in Western Australia and the most intact convict establishment in the nation. Decommissioned as a maximum-security gaol in 1991, the Prison was continuously used as a place of incarceration for almost 140 years. With death row, solitary cells and gallows, it is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent.

Author Presentation: David Whish-Wilson
Crime fiction author David Whish-Wilson discusses his workings and his novels.

Creating Your Characters
What makes a character memorable or interesting? How can you make sure that your readers will root for the heroine and hope for a suitably unpleasant demise for the villain…and not the other way around? This panel will look at what makes for good characterisation.

The Soham Murders: A Case Study in Forensic Science
Forensic science has become a focus of popular fictional television programs, which has contributed to a generally unrealistic view of this important area. Through a discussion of the Soham Case, the real significance of the many different scientific disciplines will be demonstrated and the importance of teamwork involved in the solution of this tragic crime . This high profile British murder case involved the investigation of the death of two ten year old girls in August 2002 in Soham, England. An overview of forensic research being carried out in Western Australian universities will also be provided.

Author Presentation: Alan Carter
Crime fiction author Alan Carter discusses his workings and his novels.


Getting The Details Right Forensically and Scientifically
In addition to great characters, a compelling story and engaging scenery, getting the science and forensics right can add another layer of authenticity and believability to your story and help pull your readers into your world. Find out why the little things can be so important.

Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS and LA-ICP-MS) – the future of inorganic forensics science?
With so much forensic science in TV crime shows, not only has the general public become more aware of the subject but the professional criminals have become better educated in ensuring no evidence is left at a crime scene. Resulting from this is the increasing demand on the forensic scientist to do more and more with less and less. Over the last ten years, mass spectrometric techniques, pioneered by the Centre of Forensic Science at UWA, have become available that are able to provide analytical data from particles less than the size of a sand grain. Today’s talk will outline the impact of this technology to crime scene investigation and the provenance establishment of forensic evidence, using a technique that is far more amazing in fact than in fiction.

Writers Question And Answer
A chance for attendees to ask the writers whatever burning questions they may have.

Victim Identification
One step in solving a crime is finding out who the victim is. Sometimes this can be fairly easy but other times it can be extremely difficult. This talk will discuss various methods of victim identification and why this is so important.

Short Stories vs The Novel
Is the story a short story or a novel? How do you know when to cut it? What details can be skipped? Or should you include every detail and make it a novel? Our authors talk about their works and the choices they made for the stories they wrote.

Forum – Q&A for all presenters
A last opportunity to ask our presenters that question that has been sitting in the back of your mind and is just begging for an answer.


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