Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Berkeley Mystery Writing Workshop: November 21 & 22

Berkeley Mystery Intensive Writing Workshop

A two-day workshop on Saturday, November 21 & Sunday, November 22 at the historic Claremont Resort & Spa. NEA grant recipient and Edgar-nominated author Cornelia Read has organized this workshop for aspiring crime fiction writers. Literary agents, published authors, and an Academy Award nominated actor/writer/director will help aspiring authors complete and sell their work. Published authors will present on a variety of topics and meet with aspiring authors face-to-face.

Barbara Poelle, a top-selling New York agent with the Irene Goodman Literary Agency will talk about trends in publishing and instruct authors on how to write project and query letters.
Law-enforcement professionals will give insights on police procedure.

The cost to attend the workshop for both days, with breakfast and lunch service, is $249 (before Friday, Nov. 6). The Claremont is offering a special room rate of $149 per night. Workshop participants are encouraged to submit their work for an additional fee if they want feedback.
For a complete schedule, fees, and workshop details, please go HERE.

A few workshop updates:

SINC President Juliet Blackwell will be a presenter. Her first book in her NEW series, "Secondhand Spirits," has been on the IMBA and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists and is going back for a second printing. She has also been nominated for the Agatha award for her Art Lover's Mystery Series.
Peter Riegert, whose films include Animal House, Local Hero, and Crossing Delancey, will discuss creating memorable characters and why storytelling matters.
Seth Harwood recently added to list of presenters. He will discuss what motivated him to finish his novel "Jack Wakes Up."
Sophie Littlefield, another workshop presenter, signed with St. Martin's for two more books in her Stella series. Her first novel, "A Bad Day for Sorry," made the San Francisco Chronicle and IMBA bestseller lists and is getting rave reviews.
The Berkeley Mystery Writing Workshop will be a great opportunity to meet with these authors, literary agents, and hear from actor/writer/director Peter Riegert about storytelling and adapting novels for the screen.

If you want to stay overnight at the Claremont during the workshop, please let the reservations clerk know that you are booking a room for the "Berkeley Mystery Writing Retreat" on Nov. 21 & 22. They will extend the special workshop rate of $149/night. The reservations number is 800-551-7266.

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