2014 Schedule (Mystery Writers Conference)


2014 Schedule 

Thursday, July 24

12:00 pm and beyond   
Registration/Check-In

Pre-Conference Workshops

1:00 - 3:30 pm
Beyond Good & Evil
Taught by David Corbett
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1:00 - 3:30 pm
Ripped from the Headlines
Taught by Anne Perry
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Conference Begins

4:00 – 4:45 pm   
Making the Most of Your Conference Experience: Secrets Revealed 
Sheldon Siegel, Conference Chair, Jacqueline Winspear, Conference Chair & Karen West, Event Director
Location: Event Room 

5:00 – 6:00 pm   
John Lescroart (Author of The Keeper) in conversation with William Petrocelli (Author of The Circle of Thirteen)
Moderated by Tim Maleeny
Location: Event Room   

6:00 - 7:30 pm   
Opening Night Dinner   
Location: Patio   

7:30 - 9:00 pm   
An Evening with Anne Perry (Author of Death on Blackheath) interviewed by Cara Black (Author of Murder in Pigalle)
Introduced by Sheldon Siegel
Location: Event Room

 

Friday, July 25           

8:00 - 8:30 am   
Breakfast & Informal Gathering
Location: Patio 

8:30 - 9:30 am   
Starting With a Bang: Opening Strategies
D.P. Lyle, Kirk Russell & Tim Maleeny (Moderator)
Location: Event Room 

9:30 - 11:00 am   
Writing Intensive: Developing Character
Tim Maleeny & Tom Rob Smith
Location: Event Room

Writing Intensive: Dexterity with Dialogue
David Corbett & Kirk Russell
Location: Gallery 

11:00 - 11:15 am
Break 

11:15 – 12:30 pm   
The Tension Mounts: Maintaining Suspense
Ace Atkins, Laurie King, Anne Perry, Tom Rob Smith & Sheldon Siegel (Moderator)
Location: Event Room 

12:30 – 1:30 pm 
  
Lunch & Consultations

1:30 – 3:00 pm   
Scene of the Crime: Full Case Exploration
Judge Susan Breall, SF Deputy D.A. Karen Catalona, David Corbett, George Fong, D.P. Lyle, SF Deputy Public Defender Vilaska Nguyen, Sheldon Siegel and Judge Peter Busch (Moderator)
Location: Event Room  

3:00 – 3:30 pm   
Break

3:30 – 4:30 pm   
Making the Past Immediate
Rhys Bowen, Laurie King, Priscilla Royal & Jacqueline Winspear (Moderator)
Location: Gallery

50 Shades of Death: How To Do People In
George Fong, Willie Gordon and D.P. Lyle (Moderator)
Location: Event Room

4:30 – 6:00 pm   
The Agents: Breaking and Entering the Publishing World
Kimberley Cameron, Elizabeth Kracht, Chelsea Lindman, Jill Marr, Andy Ross & Amy Rennert (Moderator)
Location: Event Room

6:00 – 7:00 pm   
Evening Recess

7:00 – 8:00 pm   
Valerie Plame (Author of Blowback) interviewed by Brian Copeland (KGO Radio Personality)
Introduced by Elaine Petrocelli
Location: Event Room

8:00 – 9:30pm   
Late Night Critique Group
Sheldon Siegel
Location: Event Room

 

Saturday, July 26   

8:00 - 8:30 am   
Breakfast & Informal Gathering
Location: Patio

8:30 - 9:30 am   
The Compelling Protagonist: Heroic, Flawed, Exposed
George Fong, D.P. Lyle, Anne Perry & Tim Maleeny (Moderator)
Location: Event Room 

9:30 - 11:00 am   
Writing Intensive: Plot Fundamentals
Cara Black & Kirk Russell
Location: Event Room

Writing Intensive: Advanced Plot Techniques
Tim Maleeny & Sheldon Siegel
Location: Gallery 

11:00 – 12:00 pm 
  
The Writing Life
Laurie King in conversation with Anne Perry
Moderated by Jacqueline Winspear
Location: Event Room  

12:00 – 1:00 pm   
Lunch & Private Consultations

1:00 - 2:00 pm
   
Isabel Allende, Author of Ripper
Introduced by Elaine Petrocelli
Location: Event Room 

2:00 – 3:00 pm   
The Arc of Grief
Cara Black, David Corbett & Jacqueline Winspear (Moderator)
Location: Event Room

Paths to Publishing
Sam Barry, Otto Penzler & William Petrocelli (Moderator)
Location: Gallery 

3:00 – 4:00 pm   
Tweet, Shout, & More: Marketing, Publicity, and the Web
Sam Barry & Zack Ruskin
Location: Event Room

Polishing Your Prose: The Heartbreak of Editing and Revision
Laurie King, Kirk Russell & David Corbett (Moderator)
Location: Gallery

4:00 – 5:00 pm   
Wine & Cheese Hour
Location: Patio

5:00 – 6:00 pm   
Covert Ops
George Fong, Valerie Plame & D.P. Lyle (Moderator)
Location: Gallery

6:00 – 7:00 pm   
Tom Rob Smith (Author of The Farm) in conversation with Otto Penzler (Editor & founder of The Mysterious Press)
Moderated by David Corbett
Location: Event Room 



Sunday, July 27 

8:00 - 8:30 am   
Breakfast & Informal Gathering

8:30 - 9:30 am
   
Sustaining Your Writing Steam
Jacqueline Winspear
Location: Event Room 

9:30 - 11:00 am

Writing Intensive: Creating the Backdrop - Time and Place
Cara Black & Laurie King
Location: Event Room

Writing Intensive: Mining Your Research - Time and Place
Kirk Russell & Jacqueline Winspear
Location: Gallery  

11:00 - 11:15 am   
Break   

11:15 - 12:30 pm   
FBI Case Study: A Writer's Interpretation
David Corbett & George Fong
Location: Event Room

12:30 - 1:30 pm   
Lunch & Private Consultatioons 

1:30 - 2:30 pm  
 
Marilyn Wallace Memorial Lecture
Cara Black, Introduced by Jacqueline Winspear
Location: Event Room 

2:30 - 3:30 pm   
The Game's Afoot
David Corbett, Sheldon Siegel, & Jacqueline Winspear
Location: Event Room 

3:30 pm   
Carrying the Conference Forward & Closing Champagne Reception
Sheldon Siegel & Jacqueline Winspear
Location: Event Room



Faculty Spotlight

 

Otto Penzler
2014 MWC Faculty

Mystery Writers Conference
July 23-26, 2015
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
(San Francisco Bay Area)
Conference Coordinator:
Kathryn Petrocelli
(800) 999-7909, ext. 239
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