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Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference 2018
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Plot Twists, Secrets, Detectives and Death, Oh My! ​

 Export to Your Calendar 9/27/2018 to 9/30/2018
When: September 27-30, 2018
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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, California  94925
United States
Presenter: Book Passage
Contact: Kathryn Petrocelli
800-999-7909, ext. 239

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The four-day Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference has a strong tradition of great authors and teachers. It covers everything mystery writers need—from developing ideas and writing skills to finding a publisher. Participants work closely with mystery writers, agents, editors, and publishers as well as investigators and crime-fighting professionals.

In this conference, mystery writers learn the clues to a successful writing career. Editors, agents, and publishers tell participants what they need to know to get published. Authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense, point of view, and openings. They tell how to write about private eyes, amateur sleuths, and police protagonists, and how to create thrillers and historical mysteries. Panels of detectives, forensic experts, police, and other crime-fighting professionals provide information that allows crime fiction writers to put realism in their work.

The collegial atmosphere of this four-day conference attracts participants and faculty from all over the country, many for repeat visits. Opportunities abound for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in classes, workshops, panels, and informal lunches.

For a full overview of the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, visit the conference website -- 
http://www.bookpassage.com/mystery-writers-conference

 

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Update of July 25, 2018. Book Passage announced it is accepting registration for its 2018 Mystery Writers Conference, set for September 27-30 in Corte Madera. Now in its 25th year, the conference is a popular venue for wide audiences—aspiring writers looking for industry info, an agent, or a publisher; readers who enjoy hearing favorite authors on panels; and published writers looking to find new readers and network with other writers. The Mystery Writers Conference is co-chaired by bestselling mystery authors Cara Black and David Corbett.

The four-day conference offers new and hopeful mystery writers the opportunity to work closely with mystery writers, agents, editors, and publishers as well as investigators and crime-fighting professionals.  Established mystery authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense, point of view, and openings.  Sessions will include how to write about private eyes, amateur sleuths, and police protagonists, and how to create thrillers and historical mysteries. The conference also features panels of detectives, forensic experts, police officers, and other crime-fighting professionals—including former special agent to the FBI, George Fong, and Marin County Coroner Ken Holmes.

For whodunit fans, there will be special evening events open to the public for free, including the Saturday, September 29, presentation “Dead Men Tell No Tales…or Do They? Forensics in Fiction” from 6 to 7 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Alta Journal of California and will feature Mr. Holmes as well as husband and wife pathologists Judy Melenick and T.J. Mitchell.

“Book Passage’s Mystery Writers Conference has a strong tradition of great authors and teachers—many whom have published hundreds to thousands of books,” says Elaine Petrocelli, owner and president of Book Passage.  “Chances are, if you have a favorite American mystery writer, he or she has most likely taught at our conference.”

Petrocelli added that some of the mystery writers on the conference faculty began their career as students at the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference and have returned as published authors and teachers—like Cara Black, the bestselling author of the Aimee Leduc mysteries set in Paris.  “The conference bolstered my skills and helped me get published,” Black shares. “You can’t beat the caliber or the inspiration."

In addition to conference co-chairs Cara Black and David Corbett, this year’s conference faculty will include Isabel Allende, Kelli Stanley, Tim Maleeny, Danny Gardner, Rachel Howzell Hall, Lisa Unger and Jacqueline Winspear. (For a complete list of current faculty, please visitbookpassage.com)

Quotes from Past Participants


On Making Invaluable Contacts:

"At the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, I was lucky enough to get a consultation with thriller writer Lee Child, who took a very kind interest in the manuscript. He has championed the book ever since, and when we met up again at Book Passage last July, he asked whether I’d be interested in doing a joint book tour, since both my first book and his tenth were slated for publication in the same month this coming spring." – Cornelia Read, author ofA Field of Darkness

On Dreaming It and Doing It:

"For me, the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference made the difference between dreaming it and doing it. Every day, I learned from masters up close and personal. It was the perfect mix for an aspiring writer: specific teaching on craft and huge helpings of inspiration. Much of the satisfaction I’m now enjoying is a direct result of what I learned and the support I received—and still get today—from the great people who put that conference together." – James C. Mitchell, author ofLovers Crossing and Choke Point

Book Passage in Corte Madera is located at 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. For more information, call (415) 927-0960 or visitbookpassage.com.

 

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