The conference grew from an idea of the inexhaustible Maureen Amaturo, founder of so much that is good in Rye, including my beloved Sound Shore Writers Group and the Arts Center's annual literary event celebrating the extraordinary Edgar Allan Poe. Maureen had attended conferences further afield and thought it was about time we had something similar in this corner of the Tri-State area. The keynote speaker is writer (Young Frankenstein, for goodness sake) and legend Gene Wilder. There'll be another not-to-be-missed session by my buddy Lee Stringer, who gives me two degrees of separation from Kurt Vonnegut. Oh, and somewhere down the list there's a workshop on writing the mystery novel by some guy with my name.