Writers’ Police Academy scholarship!
Writers’ Police Academy founder Lee Lofland (who’s holding a one-day workshop for us in September—see below) has offered one lucky NorCal member a free registration!
The WPA is an intensive training course aimed at helping writers learn everything about law enforcement: from arms to arson, blood spatter to constitutional law, topics include dogs, fingerprinting, high-speed driving, SWAT response, and MUCh more. The WPA takes place this August 10-13 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This year’s Academy includes Guest of Honor Craig Johnson!
Registration is a $395 value, and includes ALL workshops and sessions, transportation to and from the hotel and academy to all off-site activities, catered lunches at the academy, Friday night reception, and all sessions at the hotel. A hot breakfast buffet at the hotel each morning is also included. Absolutely NO additional fees for any workshop. (Transportation to Green Bay and the optional Saturday night banquet with Craig Johnson are extra.)
MWA NorCal members only. Winner picked the week of June 5. To put your name in Craig Johnson’s ten-gallon hat for the drawing, go here: https://promosimple.com/ps/b2d5
June 3 & 4
Bay Area Book Festival
Downtown Berkeley turns into a book fest during this annual celebration of the book, and MWA NorCal will be an even bigger presence this year! We’re sponsoring Grand Master Walter Mosley in conversation, and there will be several crime panels, plus a booth in the streets where we can give away samples of MWA NorCal’s work—and a repetition of the hit Noir at the Bar.
MWA NorCal sponsored panels include (signings will follow):
Shaken and Stirred: Thrillers with Heart. Sat. June 3, 11:45 AM-1 PM, David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room. Mod. Keith Raffel; John Lescroart, Bradley Spinelli, Chuck Wendig.
Noir at the Bar: Sat. June 3, 5:15-7:15 PM, Cornerstone Craft Beer hall. Writers reading short pieces filled with pizzazz. Join emcee Tony Broadbent trying to keep in line his fellow MWA members Walter Mosley (NorCal’s GoH), Bill Moody, Heather Haven, Nick Mamatas, Mysti Berry, Ann Parker, Randal Brandt and others in what promises to be a memorable event.
WALTER MOSLEY! interviewed by Laurie R. King: Sat. June 3, 1:30-2:45 PM, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Crystal Ballroom
Twist and Shout: How Genres Mix it Up: Sun. June 4, 11:45 AM-1 PM, David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room. Mod. Steve Hockensmith; Wendy Hornsby, Ellen Kirschman, Thomas Rydahl, and Vidar Sundstol.
KQED television summer fundraiser
Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America, NorCal.
San Francisco’s public television station, KQED, has been a long-time provider of the very best in mystery fare, especially that from England. This is MWA NorCal’s way of supporting them… and getting our name linked with this Bay Area giant. They only need 15 people, but we’re still taking volunteers, if you’d like to join us on air to answer phones and take pledges. Let me know here.
Life After Innocence
San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium
A panel on the Innocence Project and Life After Innocence, which help the wrongly convicted from new trials and DNA evidence to building a life after exoneration. Panel will include lawyer/writers Laura Caldwell and Leslie S. Klinger, editors of Anatomy of Innocence, Linda Starr, co-founder and legal director of the Northern California Innocence Project, and bestselling crime writer/contributor Laurie R. King.
No charge, but limited seating, so sign up here.
Our press release is here (PDF).
10 AM-3:30 PM
Cops, Crooks, & CSI: Writing Your Cop Scenes With Authority
A one-day Mystery Writers of America NorCal workshop with Lee Lofland & friends
Lafayette Public Library
A free ticketed event, open to the public. Free tickets are available here.
Readers are more knowledgeable about cops than ever before. They expect at least that same level of knowledge from their favorite authors. So, like it or not, it’s time go that extra mile—and you can begin by strapping on your gun belts and body armor, polishing your badges and shoes, because you’re about to take a wild (and fun!) ride into a side of law enforcement not normally seen by the average citizen. Please join me in signing 10-41: On-duty!
Our press release is here (PDF).
Mystery Week returns! We’re in the early planning stages here, but we’re putting together a week of mystery events across the Chapter area. The success of this will depend on you, so please let us know if you’d like to get involved.
Holiday Meet-and-Greet with Sisters in Crime
Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St, San Francisco
Networking and nibbles, with our criminous sisters (and brothers.) Come, and bring an appetite!
January 27, 2018
The Self-Published Writer: an all-day workshop
From research to cover art and promotion, the Indie writer runs a one-person business. But MWA welcomes Indies, and we’re running our first one-day academy that covers the nuts and bolts to get your writing career moving—even if you’ve already been traditionally published.
Details to come.