Friday, October 15, 2021

PLOTTING: Great than the Sum of Its Parts: MWANorCal Free Event!

Mystery Writers of America NorCal Mystery Month
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Next up: Saturday, October 16 

PLOTTING: Greater than the Sum of Its Parts – Plotting it all Together 

Via Zoom; advance registration required 

2 PM Pacific Time 

Plot: to plan or contrive especially secretly; to scheme Plotters and Pantsers have a lot in common. They all strive to include every necessary element of a good plot. But, what are those elements and how do they all join together to become something greater than the parts themselves? To find out join us, on Zoom, for this lively discussion! 


Camille Minichino received her Ph.D. in physics from Fordham University. She is currently on the faculty of Golden Gate University, San Francisco, and teaches writing throughout the Bay Area. Camille is Past President and a member of Mystery Writers of America NorCal, NorCal Sisters in Crime, and the California Writer’s Club. 


Glenda Carroll wrote a weekly sailing column for the Marin Independent Journal for 19 years. During that time, she also wrote for local, national, and international sailing publications. She branched into travel writing and her features have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Travel & Leisure, Ford Times, Chevron USA, Defenders of Wildlife, and Bay & Delta Yachtsman. 

Deborah Crombie’s fifth novel, Dreaming of the Bones, was a New York Times Notable Book in 1997, was named by the Independent Mystery Booksellers as one of the 100 Best Crime Novels of the Century, was an Edgar nominee for Best Novel, and won the Macavity award for Best Novel. Subsequent novels have been published to critical acclaim and in a dozen languages. 

Eileen Rendahl is a national-bestselling award-winning author of mystery, thriller, urban fantasy, romantic comedy, and romantic suspense. She also writes as Kristi Abbott, Lillian Bell, and Eileen Carr.


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

MWA NorCal Mystery Month: SETTING!!

October is Mystery Month! Mystery Writers of America NorCal presents a host of special events starting today!

Wednesday, October 13

SETTING: Locked Rooms to Hot Air Balloons – Crafting the Perfect Setting and Making It Real
Via Zoom; advance registration required
5 PM Pacific Time

Setting: 1) the place and conditions in which something happens or exists; (2) the time, place, and conditions in which the action of a book, movie, etc. takes place; and (3) the rooms, painted backgrounds, furniture, etc., that are used for a scene in a movie or a play. Join us, on Zoom, as we dive into the world of backdrop and scene. What’s the context for the action of our characters? With a (literal) world of options how do we pick the best setting for our characters, and how do we assure readers step into the places we create? Setting should encompass more than just place—it is what imbues our stories with mood and ambience.

Moderator: Daisy Bateman is a mystery lover, cheese enthusiast, and world-renowned expert in Why You Should Buy That. Her educational background is in molecular biology from Caltech and UC Berkeley, and in what passes for normal life, she works in biotech.


  • John Billheimer holds an engineering Ph.D. from Stanford University and for thirty years was Vice President of a small consulting firm specializing in transportation research. He has investigated such diverse topics as commuter lane performance, mobile phone safety, drunk driving countermeasures, DMV service, video surveillance, and motorcycle safety
  • Mark Coggins has earned two degrees and a Phi Beta Kappa Key from Stanford University and has worked for a number of Silicon Valley computer and venture capital firms, including Netscape Communications and Hewlett Packard Company. His books have been nominated for the Shamus and the Barry crime fiction awards and have been selected for best of the year lists compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Detroit Free Press and, among others.
  • Margaret Dumas writes books about smart, funny women who are trying to figure things out in the San Francisco Bay Area. Occasionally they fall in love. Occasionally they solve a murder.

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