Questions? Contact conference organizers Christopher Graham or Karen Dionne at You may also telephone Chris at 732-267-6449.

About Karen and Chris:

karen brown door avatarKaren Dionne is the internationally published author of the science thrillers Freezing Point and Boiling Point (Berkley). Her most recent novel, The Killing: Uncommon Denominator, an original novel based on the hit AMC detective drama “The Killing,” published from Titan Books in June 2014.

Karen is co-founder of the online writers community Backspace, and served on the board of directors of the International Thriller Writers as Vice President, Technology. Karen has been honored by the Michigan Humanities Council as a Humanities Scholar for her body of work as an author, writer, and as co-founder of Backspace.

chris gChris Graham is a former independent bookstore owner and co-founder of Backspace. Chris works closely with the International Thriller Writers as Website Administrator, and also designs websites for authors and other clients.

He has written for a variety of newspapers, and his fiction has appeared in BluePrintReview.


Together, Karen and Chris organized and directed the highly respected Backspace Writers Conferences and Backspace Agent-Author Seminars held in New York City twice annually for nine years.

salt cayThey currently organize and oversee the Salt Cay Writers Retreat, a week-long retreat held on a private island in the Bahamas for authors who wish to take their writing to the next level by working with bestselling authors, literary agents, and editors in a gorgeous and inspiring setting.

“The SCWR was a life-changing experience I will never forget. The faculty was just superb across the board, especially the authors who were wise and gifted teachers. I appreciated how accessible, generous, and helpful everyone was. I was at a place in my writing career where I was ready for tools to take my work to the next level. I found this at the SCWR and so much more. Thank you all!” – 2013 Salt Cay Writers Retreat student