September 22, 2018
A lunch event—discount for MWA members
Signup required here!
12 PM, Echo & Rig Steak & Butcher Shop, 500 J St., Sacramento
NYT bestselling author Robin Burcell spent nearly thirty years in law enforcement before retiring to write fiction full time. She is an FBI Academy-trained forensic artist whose drawings have been used to solve a number of crimes, including homicides, bank robberies and hate crimes. Her skills have helped multiple Central Valley law enforcement entities, including the FBI. She has worked with live witnesses, and with the dead, sometimes having to set up shop in a morgue to draw the corpses for identification purposes after they have been found in a state beyond recognition (hence the term forensic artist). Robin will speak about what it takes to do this unique and specialized job and talk about some of the real cases in which forensic art has played a role.
Pay for lunch at the door—$25 non-members, $15 NorCal members.
September 27-30, 2018
Book Passage Mystery Conference
Book Passage offers MWA NorCal members a $75 discount!
BP’s amazing Mystery Writers Conference is a four-day immersion in writing mysteries, with agents and editors on hand. Plotting and point of view; dialogue and building suspense; PI to spy thriller—and there’s an impressive history of alumni getting published. If you’re serious about your writing, you need to do this conference—at least once!
Details are here, registration’s here. For questions (or a refund if you’ve already registered!), talk to Kathryn at 415-927-0960, x239.
October 20-28, 2018
Mystery Week: A week of events across the NorCal chapter area
Saturday, Oct. 20, 6:30 PM: San Francisco/ LitCrawl
Amnesia, 853 Valencia
Noir at the Bar with Laurie R. King (moderator), Heather Haven, Terry Shames, Mary O’Shaughnessy, Pamela O’Shaughnessy, Gigi Pandian, Kirk Russell, Sheldon Siegel & Jacqueline Winspear
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2 PM: Belmont
Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas
The Mystery of Writing Mysteries with Laurie R. King & Ellen Kirschman
Monday, Oct. 22, 6 PM: San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo Library, Greenhouse Community Room, 395 Paseo Grande
As You Like It: Mysteries Across Genre with Terry Shames (moderator), John Burley, Reece Hirsch, Camille Minichino, Ann Parker & Nancy Tingley
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6 PM: Fremont
Fremont Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd.
Getting to Know Your Protagonist, or, Did We Really Write That? with Heather Haven (moderator), Susan Bickford, John Billheimer, Mary Feliz & Vinnie Hansen
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6:30 PM: Petaluma
Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive
With Randal Brandt (moderator), Bill Pronzini, Bette Lamb & J.J. Lamb
Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30 PM: Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Library, 224 Church Street
The Case of the Mystery Panel with Laurie Sheehan (moderator), Sandra Balzo, Alan Jacobson, Leslie Karst & Laurie R. King
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2 PM: Sacramento
Pocket-Greenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Drive
With Robin Burcell (moderator), Pat Canterbury, James L’Etoile, Catriona McPherson & Eileen Rendahl
December 8, 2018
Cookies & Crime with Sisters in Crime
2-4 PM, Borderlands Books, San Francisco
Our annual get-together with Sisters in Crime: nibbles, drinks, and conviviality!
January 26, 2019
Your Social Media Presence
Rockridge Library, Oakland
A workshop on what to do about your digital outreach. Details to come!
March 2, 2019
The Police and PTSD
First in 2019’s series of lunch-time events, giving members a chance to mingle, meet, and munch.
Speaker will be Dr. Joel Fay, retired police officer (36 years), police psychologist, founder of The First Responders Support Network and co-author (with Ellen Kirschman & Dr. Mark Kamena) of Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need To Know.
March 28-31, 2019
Left Coast Crime
May 4-5, 2019
Bay Area Book Fest
Planning is in the early stages, but put it on your calendar.