Mr. Morrell was also on two panels. The first was called The First Page. We submitted the first page of a WIP to get his opinion and that of two agents, Regina Brooks of Serendipity Literary Agency, and Marcy Posner of Folio Management. The moderator would read until one of them would say "stop," at the point whee they would typically stop reading a submission in their office. It was an eye-opening experience. One big no-no was a flashback on the first page. Others included misspelling (or wrong word), excessive descriptions, and cliches. Another panel was ask whatever you want. Again Mr. Morrell was a wealth of information.
He was available throughout the weekend. Very approachable. I spent at least fifteen minutes one-on-one with him, asking him everything I could remember to ask about writing. By the way, after a 40 year career as a published author, he still tries to write five pages a day. This weekend was exceptional.
For those of you who may be interested, he just released a new book, Murder As A Fine Art, a thriller set in 19th century London.