Past Events


October 19
Noir at the Bar
Laurie R. King (emcee) with Cara Black, Robin Burcell, Rae James, S.A. Lelchuk, Camille Minichino, Jason Ridler, Faye Snowdon, & Jacqueline Winspear

October 16-17
Virtual Bouchercon, featuring the NorCal Players’ “Ghost Town Mortuary”—an original 1946 Anthony Boucher radio play

October 10
David Corbett – “The Art of Character” (Facebook Live)

September 26
Claire Johnson – The ABC’s of Writing a Mystery (Facebook Live)

September 19
Your Author Newsletter (virtual event)
Presented by Jane Friedman

September 12
Laurie R. King – How to Write the Perfect First Chapter (Facebook Live)

September 5
Successful Indie Publishing and Marketing (virtual event)
Julie Smith in discussion with Heather Haven 

August 8
A Beginner’s Guide to Scrivener (virtual event)
Presented by Eileen Rendahl 

July 18
Improve Your Author Website (virtual event)
Presented by Jane Friedman

June 27
A Frank Discussion with the Spouses of First Responders (virtual event)
Police Psychologist and MWA member Ellen Kirschman led a discussion with three spouses of first responders.

May 5
Bay Area Book Fest (virtual event)
Meg Gardiner & Rachel Howzell Hall in conversation with NorCal chapter President Laurie R. King

April 11
Get Your Murder Scene Right (virtual event)
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 presented an overview of death investigation procedures, and discussed their process of weaving science and art into genre fiction.

February 19
NorCal Noir: An Evening with Mystery Writers of America
Featuring Reece Hirsch (moderator), Michael Nava, Claire Ortalda & Lisa Towles
Oakland Public Library – Dimond Branch

February 15
The Why of Where: Crime Writers Talk About the Sense of Place in Crime Fiction
Featuring Nancy Tingley (moderator), Glenda Carroll, Priscilla Royal, Susan C. Shea & Domenic Stansberry
Petaluma Regional Library

January 25
Self-Publishing Workshop
Featuring Brooke Warner—writing coach, publishing expert, author, TEDx speaker, weekly podcaster, and Publishers Weekly columnist
Rockridge Library