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Sunday, November 13 • 11:30am - 12:40pm
Expert Session 2–Building a Platform with Podcasting

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The podcast Crime Writers On... started when husband and wife true crime authors Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn got some fellow writers together discuss the blockbuster podcast Serial. That was in December of 2014 and it has since morphed into a broader conversation about true crime, journalism, and pop culture. It has also garnered a viral following of approximately 100,000 listeners per episode that includes fans in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and even Australia. In the spring of 2016, the podcast secured regular sponsorship.

Hosts Rebecca Lavoie, Kevin Flynn, Toby Ball and Lara Bricker will talk about how they’ve used the emerging field of podcast as writers to build a platform. They’ll also delve into how they chose topics for the podcast, how the show is produced and how they built their audience. They will also discuss how the hit podcast Serial has led to not only their podcast but a number of other shows.

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Toby Ball

Author, Invisible Streets
Toby Ball is the author of the critically acclaimed City Trilogy and a panelist on the podcast, Crime Writers On... During the day, he is the Business Manager at the Crimes against Children Research Center and the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. He... Read More →

Lara Bricker

Lara Bricker is a crime writer and former private detective. She has more than 15 years of experience writing and reporting on crime and justice issues. Her work has appeared in the Portsmouth Herald, the Exeter News-Letter, the Hampton Union, the New Hampshire Union Leader, Woman's... Read More →
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Kevin Flynn

author, Dark Heart
Kevin Flynn Kevin Flynn is the coauthor of Notes on a Killing, Legally Dead, and Our Little Secret, and author of Wicked Intentions and American Sweepstakes. As a radio and TV journalist, Flynn has won more than fifty broadcast awards, including an Emmy, four Edward R. Murrow awards... Read More →
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Rebecca Lavoie

Podcast Maker, Partners in Crime Media
Rebecca Lavoie is the coauthor of Notes on a Killing, Legally Dead, and Our Little Secret, and has written for outlets including New Hampshire Magazine, Newsweek, and Playboy magazine. She is also the creator and host of the popular podcast "Crime Writers On..." on which she and... Read More →

Sunday November 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:40pm EST
Grand Ballroom