July 19, 2018
Summer Mysteries for Kids
4-5:30 PM, Albany Public Library, Albany
Nancy Ellen Hird, Steve Hockensmith, and Beth McMullen talk kids’ mysteries. Your library might host a summer reading program for kids, but is it bringing a panel of great MWA Young Adult/Middle School authors?
August 12, 2018
Jane Friedman—Marketing and Promotion in a Digital Age
(MWA NorCal members only)
1:30-4:30 PM, 2222 Bush St., San Francisco
Jane Friedman, co-founder of the Hot Sheet and a national expert on digital media strategy for writers, teaches a members-only workshop to help you better identify and grow a readership, regardless of how you’re published. The workshop will address issues such as your target audience, what kind of direct outreach you should be using, how to build your community of readers, and what kind of strategies and tools you should be using—and, Jane will conduct a personal critique of a few NorCal members’ social media efforts.
If it’s about writing, Jane has suggestions for you. This is a tremendous opportunity—sign up here.
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 at the door—$30 non-members, $20 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
Across the NorCal chapter area
Saturday 20th: Litquake/SF
Sunday 21st: 2 PM, Belmont
Monday 22nd: 6 PM, San Lorenzo
Tuesday 23rd: Fremont
Wednesday 24th: 6:30, Petaluma
Thursday 25th: 6:30, Santa Cruz
Sunday 28th: Sacramento
The committee is filling panels for these Mystery Week events. If you’re an Active-status NorCal member, please let us know as soon as possible if you’re interested in being on a panel, and which day you’d be available—drop us a line here.
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!