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Mignon Ballard
Mignon Ballard
Evelyn Coleman
Evelyn Coleman
David Fulmer
David Fulmer
Phillip DePoy
Phillip Depoy
Gwen Hunter
Gwen Hunter
Walter Sorrells
Walter Sorrells
Patricia Sprinkle
Patricia Sprinkle
Kathryn Wall
Kathryn Wall
Fred Willard
Fred Willard


2004 Murder Goes South

Official 2004 Murder Goes South poster designed by Craig Faris.
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Events Summary

The 2004 Mystery Writer's Forum was changed from a Third Thursday program to an all day event held on Saturday January 24, 2004. A new name was also adopted: Murder Goes South: Projecting the Beauty, History and Allure of the South in the Mystery Novel.

Nine accomplished authors were featured: Mignon Ballard, Evelyn Coleman, David Fulmer, Phillip Depoy, Gwen Hunter, Walter Sorrells, Patricia Sprinkle, Kathryn Wall and Fred Willard The program was hosted at the Smyrna Public Library and ran from 10 AM to 4 PM. The event was sold out.

The nine writers were grouped into three panels of three. Each panel was allocated 45 minutes to discuss aspects of their writing pertaining to our three topics: History, Characters and Setting.

The first panel consisted of Phillip DePoy, Evelyn Coleman and David Fulmer. Each gave an outline of the particular section of history that is mentioned in their stories. Lifestyles, mannerisms and the Southern Charm of people they meet were reviewed as the basis of Characters discussed by Patricia Sprinkle, Kathryn Walls and Fred Willard. Writers Mignon Mallard, Gwen Hunter and Walter Sorrels discussed the pros and cons of setting stories in major cities like Atlanta versus small unknown towns - fictional or real. They also discussed the use of local dialects in their writing.

The lively and entertaining discussions presented by the three panels were very well received by the audience. Other events held in the afternoon included a lunch catered by Café Michelle, mystery workshops and book signings. The event was a resounding success.


Photos & Memorabilia

Photo Album

Initial Planning Timeline for 2004 Mystery Writers Forum
Murder Goes South Grant Application
First Known Hand Sketch of Event Logo
Letter Approving Grant from Georgia Humanities Council
Follow-Up Letter from Georgia Humanities Council
Grant Announcement in Georgia Humanities Council Newsletter
Murder Goes South Flyer
Ticket Request Form  Obverse  Reverse
The Writers Forum Book List
Murder Goes South information from The Link: Front Page, Page 4, Page 5
Another Murder Goes South Flyer
Murder Goes South Program
Writer & Presenter Biographies
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Article
Thank You Notice


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