Ball State University’s E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center is home to a not-so-well-kept secret—Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival, scheduled for October 19-21, 2018, in downtown Indianapolis. In its 24th year, Magna’s reputation has spread globally since its association with CRIMEFEST, one of Great Britain’s most highly respected crime writing conferences. This collaboration, now in its fifth year, has brought crime fiction readers and writers from all corners of the world to Monument Circle each October for a weekend of panels, book signings, and camaraderie.

The Columbia Club, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the perfect venue for an unforgettable weekend with a few hundred of your closest friends who share the same passion for crime fiction. Magna has been described as the best small mystery festival in the Midwest for devotees of the genre.

Why attend Magna? Let our readers and writers tell you why they come year after year!
"There are many elements that make Magna cum Murder special, but if I had to pick just one, it would be how well writers, aspirants, and readers interact
." – Jeffery Deaver

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Guest of Honor
Reavis Z. Wortham

International Guest of Honor 
Peter Lovesey


If you can't attend the entire weekend, consider attending one day or even the banquet dinner. Several registration options are available to you. Register online today!

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