Linda Fairstein

National Guest of Honor

Linda Fairstein — lawyer, former prosecutor, and author of twenty-two books — is one of America’s foremost legal experts on crimes of violence against women and children. And she is the 2018 National Guest of Honor for the 2018 Florida Writers Conference

For three decades, from 1972 until 2002, Fairstein served in the office of the New York County District Attorney, where she was chief of the country’s pioneering Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for twenty-six years. In that position, she supervised the investigation and trial of cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and homicides arising out of those crimes. Producer Dick Wolf based the long-running TV show Law & Order: SVU on her unit and the character of ADA Alex Cabot on our 2018 National Guest of Honor.

In 1993, Linda Fairstein published her first book – a non-fiction work entitled Sexual Violence:  Our War Against Rape, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Fairstein is the author of eighteen crime novels, published by Dutton, featuring Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper, including her newest, Deadfall.

In November 2016, she debuted a second series, for middle-grade readers, featuring a twelve-year old sleuth named Devlin Quick. That novel, Into the Lion’s Den, was inspired by the author’s childhood devotion to the famed Nancy Drew series. The second in the series, Digging for Trouble, was published last in November, 2017.

Fairstein was awarded the Nero Wolfe Award for Excellence in Crime Writing in 2008, and in 2010 received the Silver Bullet Award of the International Thriller Writers.


Turning Your Professional Experience into Fiction

Doctors, lawyers, politicians and morticians – just about every profession has provided expertise and background color for novelists to use in creating works of fiction.  This workshop will explore how to attempt to translate the day job into a compelling novel.


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