The Japan Writers Conference 2016

I’m pleased and honored to announce that I’ve been chosen to teach at the 9th annual Japan Writers’ Conference, which takes place October 28-29 (2016) in Tokushima, Japan.

I’ll be teaching two workshops: “Writing a Killer Mystery” and “Coal to Diamonds: How to Edit Your Manuscript from First Draft to Final Polish.” The conference is free to attend, and the workshops are taught in English, so if you’re in Japan in October, and interested in writing, I hope you’ll plan to attend this wonderful conference!

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The conference changes locations each year; this year’s site is Tokushima University, a short walk from Tokushima Eki (Station) in the city of Tokushima.

Tokushima City is located on Shikoku, the third of the four main islands of Japan (counting from North to South). I haven’t visited this island before, and I’m looking forward to the trip as well as the conference.

After the conference concludes, I’m spending a couple of weeks researching the next few installments in the Hiro Hattori (Shinobi) mystery series–Hiro and Father Mateo have some exciting adventures ahead, and I can’t wait to walk in their footsteps, especially since I get to do it during Japan’s spectacular foliage season. (Big thanks to my husband, too, for staying home to care for the seahorses during my absence, and letting me roam Japan on a no-holds-barred research adventure!)

More details in the weeks to come – and during my trip, I’ll be posting regular dispatches and sharing photos here, as well as on Twitter (@SusanSpann) and on Facebook ( I can’t wait to take you on another virtual Japanese adventure through photos!

2 thoughts on “The Japan Writers Conference 2016

  • August 5, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Hopefully you can schedule in a visit to an aquarium so you don’t get too homesick 😉

    • September 12, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Already have one planned 🙂 I’ve been to the Kyoto Aquarium once, but I may make another stop while I’m there.

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