Friday, August 3, 2018


Book Passage announced it is accepting registration for its 2018 Mystery Writers Conference, set for September 27-30 in Corte Madera, CA. Now in its 25th year, the conference is a popular venue for wide audiences—aspiring writers looking for industry info, an agent, or a publisher; readers who enjoy hearing favorite authors on panels; and published writers looking to find new readers and network with other writers. The Mystery Writers Conference is co-chaired by bestselling mystery authors Cara Black and David Corbett.

The four-day conference offers new and hopeful mystery writers the opportunity to work closely with mystery writers, agents, editors, and publishers as well as investigators and crime-fighting professionals. Established mystery authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense, point of view, and openings. Sessions will include how to write about private eyes, amateur sleuths, and police protagonists, and how to create thrillers and historical mysteries. The conference also features panels of detectives, forensic experts, police officers, and other crime-fighting professionals—including former special agent to the FBI, George Fong, and Marin County Coroner Ken Holmes.

For mystery fans, there will be special evening events open to the public for free, including the Saturday, September 29, presentation “Dead Men Tell No Tales…or Do They? Forensics in Fiction” from 6 to 7 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Alta Journal of California and will feature Mr. Holmes as well as husband and wife pathologists Judy Melenick and T.J. Mitchell.

Book Passage’s Mystery Writers Conference has a strong tradition of great authors and teachers—many whom have published hundreds to thousands of books,” says Elaine Petrocelli, owner and president of Book Passage. “Chances are, if you have a favorite American mystery writer, he or she has most likely taught at our conference.”

Petrocelli added that some of the mystery writers on the conference faculty began their career as students at the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference and have returned as published authors and teachers—like Cara Black, the bestselling author of the Aimee Leduc mysteries set in Paris. “The conference bolstered my skills and helped me get published,” Black shares. “You can’t beat the caliber or the inspiration."

In addition to conference co-chairs Cara Black and David Corbett, this year’s conference faculty will include Isabel Allende, Kelli Stanley, Tim Maleeny, Danny Gardner, Rachel Howzell Hall, Lisa Unger and Jacqueline Winspear. (For a complete list of current faculty, please visit


Are you a member of MWANorCal? 

Book Passage now offers MWA NorCal members a $75 discount on their excellent Mystery Writing Conference!  That nearly pays for a year’s MWA membership!

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