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Reason to Attend Magna

Here's why readers and writers attend Magna year after year:

“I've said for a long time that Magna has always been my favorite conference. I'm blown away by the honor of being guest of honor!”  – John Gilstrap

“This is a gem of an event. Discover Indiana and its marvelous mystery festival – I did and enjoyed every moment.”  – Alexander McCall Smith

“Magna cum Murder is the best small mystery conference in the country, period.  Everything is run to perfection, the people are great, the location is great...  What more could you ask for?”  – Steve Hamilton

"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. In the sessions and the socializing, there's a true energy that inspires everyone involved in--or fascinated with--the world of crafting crime fiction." – Jeffery Deaver

"Magna cum Murder was the first festival that asked me to be a Guest of Honor. I, of course, accepted before they realized their mistake. And I had a blast! What a magnificent gathering. Everyone so smart and thoughtful about crime fiction. So committed to making the genre as diverse and inclusive as possible. It was small enough to allow for really meaningful contact with each other, and large enough so that there was always something fascinating to attend, and someone fascinating to speak with. It is without a doubt one of the great crime writing/reading festivals in existence. Congratulations on 20 years!"   – Louise Penny

"I came to Muncie more than twenty years ago, when Magna cum Murder was only a twinkle in someone’s eye. Now it is an institution, a legend, and a whole heap of fun. I've come back for more." – Peter Lovesey

"Magna cum Murder has long been the friendliest of mystery conventions with consistently interesting, innovative programming. Its new home at the magnificent Columbia Club in bustling downtown Indianapolis makes this event as easy to access as it is to enjoy."    --Kate Stine & Brian Skupin, publishers of Mystery Scene Magazine

"Inspiring, educational, and an amazingly good time.  Magna cum Murder's a brain boost of the highest order for writers—the access, the insight and the guidance are non-stop—and the incredible connections will last a lifetime.  No matter where you are in your writing career--it’s a complete pleasure from the first fascinating panel to the final blowout bash. Magna is marvelous." –  Hank Phillippi Ryan

"I love our new home! The Columbia Club was so welcoming and cozy.”
– Cathy Akers-Jordan

“Worth flying across the country!” – Nancy L. Higby

"Excellent programs with top-notch speakers. The new location in the heart of Indianapolis is first-rate. All of this combines to make Magna a first-rate Mystery Conference.” – Ted Hertel, Author

“Wonderful city, wonderful facility, wonderful program and wonderful people.” – Jeremiah Healy, Crime-Fiction Author, Mystery Writers of America

"Magna is on the cusp of being THE Midwestern Mystery Con to attend.” – Carl Brookins

"My all-time favorite mystery conference!” – Molly Weston, Editor, Indiana Sisters in Crime

"Magna cum Murder is the only convention where you’re coming home every year.” – Beth Gray

"MM – Magnificent and Memorable! All best wishes to this wonderful crime festival."  –  Lindsey Davis.