Want to make your stories feel so real that your reader can actually see the yellow crime scene tape? Find out how these impressive mystery authors crafted their award-winning tales! Bill Rabkin (“Psych”, “Monk”, “Spenser For Hire”) will discuss how he creates authentic crime stories for both TV and novels. Before they became such successful novelists, David Corbett spent years working as a PI in Beverly Hills while James Scott Bell began his career as a legal professional. You’ll get the scoop on the crazy cases that inspired their crime stories and how they used their insider experience to inject their tales with authenticity. They’ll also offer practical advice on how to write a page-turner. You’ll be dusting your stories for fingerprints in no time!


Panelists: William Rabkin, David Corbett, James Scott Bell
Friday, March 8, 2013
8:00 – 9:30 p.m.


william rabkinWilliam Rabkin has written and/or produced hundreds of hours of dramatic television. He served as showrunner on the long-running Dick Van Dyke mystery series “Diagnosis Murder” and on the action-adventure spectacle “Martial Law.” His many writing and producing credits include “The Glades,” “Monk,” “Psych, “Nero Wolfe,” “Missing,” “Spenser: For Hire,” “seaQuest 2032,” “Hunter” and “The Cosby Mysteries”. He has also written a dozen network TV pilots. His work has been nominated twice for the Edgar Award for best television episode by the Mystery Writers of America. He has written two books on writing for television, Successful Television Writing (2003), with Lee Goldberg and Writing The Pilot (2011). Bill is also the author of the novels “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read,” “Mind Over Magic,” “The Call of the Mild,” “A Fatal Frame of Mind” and “Mind-Altering Murder.” He is the co-creator and co-editor of “The Dead Man,” a monthly series of supernatural action thrillers published by Amazon’s 47North imprint, and has written two installments. He is part of the core faculty of the University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts, and has lectured on television writing and production all over the world.


David CorbettDavid Corbett is the author of four novels: “The Devil’s Redhead” (nominated for numerous Best First Novel awards), “Done for a Dime” (a New York Times Notable Book), “Blood of Paradise” (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar, and named both a Top Ten Mystery/Thriller for 2007 by the Washington Post, and a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book), and “Do They Know I’m Running” (Spinetingler Award, Best Novel—Rising Star Category 2011). His work has often been compared to that of Graham Greene and Robert Stone, and has been described as “the best in contemporary crime fiction” by the Washington Post. David’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, with two stories selected for Best American Mystery Stories. In 2012, Mysterious Press/Open Road Media re-issued his novels plus a story collection, Killing Yourself to Survive, and in January 2013 Penguin published his textbook on the craft of characterization, “The Art of Character”. He graduated cum laude with honors in mathematics from Ohio State University, and worked for over fifteen years as a senior operative for the private investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland, playing a significant role in such headline cases as the DeLorean Trial, the Michael Jackson case, the Peoples Temple Trial, the Lincoln Savings & Loan Scandal, the Cotton Club Murder Case, and many others.


maass-JamesScottBell[1]James Scott Bell is the #1 bestselling author of “Plot & Structure”, and thrillers like “Deceived”, “Try Dying”, “Watch Your Back”, and “One More Lie” (International Thriller Writers Award finalist). Jim attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He graduated with honors from the University of Southern California law school, and has written over 300 articles and several books for the legal profession. He has taught novel writing at Pepperdine University and numerous conferences in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. His short fiction has appeared in two anthologies and he is currently at work on two series: pulp style boxing stories featuring Irish Jimmy Gallagher and the vigilante nun series Force of Habit. Under the pen name K. Bennett he is also the author of the Mallory Caine zombie legal thriller series, which begins with “Pay Me in Flesh”. Jim served as fiction columnist for Writer’s Digest magazine, to which he frequently contributes, and has written four craft books for Writer’s Digest Books: “Plot & Structure”, “Revision & Self-Editing”, “The Art of War for Writers” and “Conflict & Suspense”. A former trial lawyer, Jim now writes and speaks full time. He lives in Los Angeles. He blogs every Sunday at The Kill Zone.