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
Jeffery Deaver event—exclusive to NorCal members!
10 AM-2:30 PM, in Oakland
MWA President Jeffery Deaver will teach an all-day Master Class on writing commercial fiction! Lunch, conversation, handouts, a lecture on specific goals and techniques—this is a way to put your career into high gear. (And, Jeff is just a fabulous person!) Sign up here.
This one is for MWA members only, so encourage your friends to join MWA.
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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