E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center Suspended

Due to the pandemic, the E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center’s operations have been suspended since March, and it’s unlikely that we could resume activities for the remainder of this calendar year.

Columbia Club on Monument CircleSave the Date

October 23-25, 2020

Join us at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis. Registration information and the complete schedule will be published at a later date.

Activities and Events

Ball State University’s E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center is home to a not-so-well-kept secret—Magna cum Murder Crime Writing Festival. For more than 25 years, Magna’s reputation has spread globally since its association with CRIMEFEST, one of Great Britain’s most highly respected crime writing conferences. This collaboration has brought crime fiction readers and writers from all corners of the world to Monument Circle each October for a weekend of panels, book signings, and camaraderie.

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Authors and Guests of Honor

Read short bios for our guests of honor and international honors, and see a list of registered authors and presenters.

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Find a complete list of all activities during the festival, including times and locations.

There's no more intimate, better organized, welcoming, or downright enjoyable conference devoted to mysteries than Magna cum Murder. It's like spending a weekend in a lovely manor house with a lot of smart, fun people, dissecting crimes and crime stories. I'm willing to bet that if Agatha Christie were alive today, she'd be a regular at Magna!

—William Kent Krueger

Plan Your Visit

The Columbia Club, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the perfect venue for an unforgettable weekend with a few hundred of your closest friends who share the same passion for crime fiction.

There are many elements that make Magna cum Murder special, but if I had to pick just one, it would be how well writers, aspirants, and readers interact. In the sessions and the socializing, there’s a true energy that inspires everyone involved in—or fascinated with—the world of crafting crime fiction.

—Jeffery Deaver

About Us

Our festival has grown globally over its 25 years thanks to our attendees and the partnership between Ball State University’s E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center and CRIMEFEST, one of Great Britain’s preeminent crime-writing festivals. Read more about our venue, history, and more recent news. And be sure to check out what the Ball Center offers.

E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center

400 Minnetrista Parkway
Muncie, IN 47306


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