Mystery Writers Conference
July 25-28, 2013 - Corte Madera, CA
Discover All the Clues for a Successful Career as a Mystery or Suspense Writer!
For more information or to register, contact Kathryn Petrocelli at 800-999-7909, ext. 239, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2013 Conference Scholarship
One Mystery Writers Conference Scholarship will be awarded this year, including full conference tuition to the the 2013 conference (travel and accommodations not included). To be considered, please submit up to a 1500 word sample of your fiction writing, plus one paragraph about what this conference would mean to you in your writing life. The scholarship is sponsored by William C. Gordon, the author of The Chinese Jars and King of the Bottom.
Submissions must be received by 5:00 pm PST on Friday, June 14, 2013. Email submissions to email@example.com. The selected entry will be announced on our website and via an email to those who have submitted on Monday, July 1, 2013.
|Press Coverage of the Conference |
"Before I learned about Book Passage’s classes and the
Mystery Conference, the only creative writing I’d ever done were a
couple of particularly imaginative IRS submissions at tax time. Sure, I
was an avid mystery reader, but that didn’t translate to being a mystery
writer anymore than being a gourmet means you know how to cook. So I
decided to learn from the pros. Within a year I’d written my first
novel, partnered with a well-known agent, and sold the book to Time
Warner’s Mysterious Press...It’s been a great year of book tours,
signings and getting to meet some terrific readers, librarians and
booksellers. It also feels good to fulfill a fantasy I’ve been dreaming
about for close to fifty years. I can stick to nonfiction for the IRS
"The Conference bolstered my skills and helped me get published. You can’t beat the caliber or the inspiration."
am a graduate of the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference who has
since published three mysteries through St. Martin’s Press... My first
mystery, Murder Off Mike, was published as the result of winning the St.
Martin’s Press Best First Traditional Mystery Contest."
Read more conference success stories at Alumni News.
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What People Are Saying
"Book Passage's annual Mystery Conference is the creme de la creme of gatherings for both aspiring and accomplished authors, offering a star faculty, real life connections to agents and editors, and the joy of time spent with those who understand why writers write."
"The Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference is the most
interesting, most challenging, and most fun event for novice writers
I’ve ever attended, a unique symposium that challenges all those who
take part to think about this curious craft from both a practical and
aesthetic point of view."
"Last year I attended the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference for the first time. As a direct result of contacts I made there, I have had my supernatural mystery Elena accepted by a small publisher. It is my first published novel and will be coming out in July. It will be available via online booksellers as an E-book or in soft cover."
more than a decade of studying the craft of fiction writing, I was
pleased that the professional consultants I met with at Book Passage
felt my work was publishable. The contacts brought me one step closer to
"I want to thank you again for your hard work and help in
facilitating my interviews at this year's Mystery Conference for my new
podcast. The first edition of The Solwave is now published both at http://www.thesolwave.com
and by searching "The Solwave" on the iTunes store. (It's free, of
course). This edition features a discussion with my podcast partner, Michael Neff, an extended eight-and-a-half minute feature on the Mystery Writers Conference including portions of my interviews with Michael Connelly, Elizabeth George, Cara Black, Ken Mercer, Tim Maleeny, Jacqueline Winspear, Sheldon Siegel, Tony Broadbent, and Elaine Petrocelli! The podcast also has a longer interview with Katherine Neville
and ends with our new feature, "Strange Food for Writer Thought" in
which we use an unusual news story as a prompt for short fiction (and a
humorous dramatic reading of my story about some runaway nuns). Thanks
again for your help and your terrific work on putting this all together."
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