April 11, 2020
Get Your Murder Scene Right
550 37th Avenue
San Francisco, CA
Dr. Judy Melinek, a board certified forensic pathologist, and with her husband, writer T.J. Mitchell, are the New York Times-bestselling coauthors of Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner, and the new forensic detective mystery First Cut. They will present an overview of death investigation procedures, and will discuss their process of weaving science and art into genre fiction.
Please note: this presentation includes graphic images.
Doors open at 1:30 PM for social time/networking/snacks, the presentation will begin at about 2:30 and end about 4 PM, followed by more social time with your fellow NorCal members.
May 2-3, 2020
Bay Area Book Fest
Downtown Berkeley, CA
A signing booth (with Edgar Allan Poe looking on), and panels on everything: forensics to feminism, aardvarks to zebras (well, maybe not those).
June 6, 2020
Redwood City, CA
10 AM-12:30 PM
(Lunch after, if interested)
911 Dispatchers are a first responder’s first responder—the unsung heroes of public safety. Learn what they do, how they do it, and the challenges they face in this one-of-a-kind workshop at the new San Mateo public safety communications center in Redwood City.
Part lecture, part tour of the call center, part Q & A, helping writers figure out how the 911 center works, and why 911 is a cop, Firefighter’s, or EMT’s lifeline. We will meet with experienced dispatchers and look inside one of the most modern call centers in the country. And we can gather later for lunch at a nearby restaurant.
July 30-August 2, 2020
Book Passage Mystery Writing Conference
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA
Over the years, many MWA NorCal members have begun their writing careers at this amazing conference—with a $75 discount for MWA members! To get the discount, call Kathryn at 415-927-0960, x239.
October 9, 2020
Noir at the Bar
San Francisco, CA
(Time and place to come)
In conjunction with Litquake, another great group read of gritty (and not so gritty) writing, in a bar, in San Francisco. What’s not to love?
October 15-18, 2020
Hyatt Regency & Sheraton Grand Hotels
Bouchercon 2020 is in the NorCal chapter area—so we’ll be hosting events and meet-ups. Stay tuned!
October 24-30, 2020
A week of crime events across the chapter area—planning starts soon.
MWA NorCal will host online and in-person meetups, offer tips, hold cheering sessions, and share end-of-the-month wrap-ups & suggestions, as our members make a dash to the finish line of a first draft. More to come!