Mystery Week returns!
Six days’ events (it’s a mystery, what happened to the Friday…) celebrating the work of MWA NorCal, throughout the chapter area.
Saturday, October 14
Noir at the Bar
Latin American Club
3286 22nd St.
San Francisco, CA
Cara Black, Tony Broadbent, Jerry Kennealy, Laurie R. King, Ellen Kirschman, Kelli Stanley & Jacqueline Winspear
Sunday, October 15
Fact and Fiction in Mysteries: The Challenge of Research
Castro Valley Public Library
Castro Valley, CA
Janet Dawson, Jim Guigli, Camille Minichino, Judith Overmier & Ann Parker
Monday, October 16
Motives for Murder: Mystery Writers Plotting the Perfect Crime
Santa Clara Public Library
Santa Clara, CA
Susan Bickford, John Billheimer, Ellen Kirschman, Robin Stuart & Susan Wolfe
Tuesday, October 17
Bad Guys, Scary Stuff, and Why We Write About Them
Davis Public Library
Michael Cooper, Rae James (R.F. James), Catriona McPherson, Beth McMullen & Eileen Rendahl
Wednesday, October 18
Crime Does Not Pay… Enough! MWA NorCal, Yesterday and Today
Morrison Library (UC Berkeley)
Randal Brandt, Laurie R. King, Sheldon Siegel & Kelli Stanley
Kindly RSVP if you’re thinking of attending, here.
Thursday, October 19
Entertainment With an Edge: The Suspense in Mystery Writing
Santa Cruz Public Library
Santa Cruz, CA
John Burley, Heather Haven, Katherine Hyde, Laurie R. King & Gigi Pandian
Holiday Meet-and-Greet with Sisters in Crime
San Francisco, CA
Networking and nibbles, with our criminous sisters (and brothers.) Come, and bring an appetite!
January 27, 2018
10:30 AM-3:30 PM
The Self-Published Writer
An all-day workshop—with professional portraits!
Rockridge Public Library
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 NorCal academy that covers the nuts and bolts to get your writing career moving—even if you’ve already been traditionally published.
-Self-pub v. traditional: which is for me?
-Editing & copyediting: how much can I afford?
-Cover art: how to grab the reader’s eye
-Promotion & social media: web site to Tweets, where to spend time and $
-Writer as retailer: using the Square, PayPal, and bookstore shelves
This event includes professional photographer Charles Lucke doing author head-shots! MWA NorCal will cover his set-up fees. You get a low-res digital image for covers, promotion, and what-have-you. Or you can get a high res version for just $20. Signup numbers are limited to 25—MWA members only for this part, please.
Sign up for the workshop, the portrait, and for lunch, here.
Feb. 10, 2018
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!
March 10, 2018
–MWA MEMBERS ONLY–
JEFFERY DEAVER one-day workshop on Writing Commercial Fiction
(Time & place to come)
2017 MWA President Jeffery Deaver will teach a Master Class on commercial fiction, from writing to selling!
(Read Sujata Massey’s report on a similar class here.)
April 28-29, 2018
Bay Area Book Festival
A festival, for and about books—panels, talks, Noir at the Bar, crafts, guest writers, and more.
Summer Mystery Reading for Kids
Time, writers, and location(s) to come
Kids’ mysteries by kids’ mystery writers! One or more panels of YA / Middle school writers talking to their reader. If you’re a kids’ author and want to get involved, let us know!
Time & place to come
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