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2018 Mystery Writers Conference (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 3:00pm

Mystery Writers Conference

September 27-30, 2018
Corte Madera, CA (Just north of San Francisco)

Discover All the Clues for a Successful Career as a Mystery or Suspense Writer!

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The four-day Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference has a strong tradition of great authors and teachers. It covers everything mystery writers need—from developing ideas and writing skills to finding a publisher. Participants work closely with mystery writers, agents, editors, and publishers as well as investigators and crime-fighting professionals.

In this conference, mystery writers learn the clues to a successful writing career. Editors, agents, and publishers tell participants what they need to know to get published. Authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense, point of view, and openings. They tell how to write about private eyes, amateur sleuths, and police protagonists, and how to create thrillers and historical mysteries. Panels of detectives, forensic experts, police, and other crime-fighting professionals provide information that allows crime fiction writers to put realism in their work.

The collegial atmosphere of this four-day conference attracts participants and faculty from all over the country, many for repeat visits. Opportunities abound for faculty and participants to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in classes, workshops, panels, and informal lunches.

For a full overview of the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, check out Learning All the Clues!

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The 2018 Mystery Writers Conference faculty is an outstanding group of mystery writers, editors, agents, forensic experts, detectives, and teachers. Together, they will show you how to bring realism to your work and help guide you through the publishing process.

Meet the 2018 Faculty

There are many conferences where you can meet great writers, and you can certainly do a lot of that at the Book Passage Mystery Writers Confernece, but here you'll also do something more. The emphasis of this four-day conference is to show you what you need to do to become a successful mystery writer yourself.

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Look Back at 2017

Browse Our 2017 Schedule

Want to meet with a member of our faculty one-on-one? Optional 30-minute private consultations are available for $95. You may use that time to discuss a concept or proposal, or to have a faculty member review and provide feedback on a portion of a manuscript you have submitted. A list of faculty members available for consultations will also be made available prior to the conference.

Learn More About Private Consultations

Thinking of traveling from afar to learn the craft of mystery writing? No problem! We have some great recommendations for places nearby where you can rest and relax.

Accommodations 

Still have questions? We have answers!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Success Stories

"I attended two Mystery Writer's Conferences a few years back.  I hooked up with agent Liz Trupin Pulli and my mystery/thriller, Tropical Ice, was introduced at the Waterstreet Press booth at the 2016 Chicago Book Expo. The conference provided invaluable information and stimulated me to see the project through."
Ken Smith, San Rafael

"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 submissions now."
Louise Ure, Author of Forcing Amaryllis

"The conference bolstered my skills and helped me get published. You can’t beat the caliber or the inspiration."
– Cara Black, Author of Murder in the Latin Quarter

"I 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."
– Joyce Krieg, Author of Murder Off Mike

"I attended the conference twice, when I was learning how to write my first novel, and the faculty were so encouraging that I stuck with it. And now I've recently had my second novel published, signed a new book deal, and hit the USA Today bestseller list to boot. It's been a long and winding road, but a very fun one. Thank you for being part of the journey!"
- Gigi Pandian, Author of the Jaya Jones Series 

Read more conference success stories

Confirmed 2018  Faculty

 Click here to see the full list! 

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2018  Scholarships 

Two Mystery Writers Conference Scholarships will be awarded this year, including full conference tuition to the 2018 conference (travel and accommodations not included). To be considered, applicants must submit the first 10-20 pages of a mystery novel in progress, plus one paragraph about what this conference would mean to them in their writing life. The scholarships are sponsored by William C. Gordon, author of Unfinished and The Halls of Power, and Kimberley Cameron, founder of Kimberley Cameron & Associates Agency.

To apply, send the required materials to Kathryn Petrocelli at bpconferences@bookpassage.com.

Applications must be received by Monday, August 20th, at 5:00 pm PST.

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Former Los Angeles prosecutor and current mystery writer Marcia Clark signs books at the 2011 Mystery Writers Conference.

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2018 Pre-Conference Class

This optional writing workshop is taught by David Corbett on Thursday afternoon just prior to the conference. It is open to the public and available to confernece participants for a reduced fee.

David Corbett
The Character of Crime

Thurs., September 27, 2018, 1:00 - 3:30 pm

In this pre-conference lecture and workshop, award-winning crime novelist David Corbett will guide students in exploring the key roles that make crime fiction work, with specific focus on the specific demands of the three major subgenres of crime fiction—mystery/detective, crime, and thriller—and an emphasis on maintaining dramatic tension, creating moral complexity, and avoiding cliché.

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An expert displays a hazmat suit at the 2004 Mystery Writers Conference.

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"The Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference offers the best program of panels and workshops in the mystery community."

– Joe Blades, Vice-President & Executive Editor, Ballantine Books

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"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."

Carolyn Hart, Author of Death Comes Silently

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Literary Luncheon: Kate Atkinson - Transcription (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 12:00pm

In Conversation with Kelly Corrigan
Ticket: $55 (includes meal & signed book)

In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever.

Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence.

Transcription is a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit and empathy. It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of the best writers of our time.

Kate Atkinson's first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named England's Whitbread Book of the Year in 1996. Since then, she has written nine more ground-breaking, bestselling books, most recently A God in Ruins. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316176637
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 25th, 2018

A thrilling new novel from the bestselling author of Life After Life


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Andre Dubus III - Gone So Long (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 7:00pm

For as long as she can remember, Susan Dunn has been trying to escape. But peace and happiness have always eluded her--now an adjunct professor, she is tortured by the novel she cannot finish, and a lack of feeling toward a husband who loves her. Just when she's ready to abandon everything to try again, she receives a letter that forces her to reckon with the trauma that first sent her running: her mother's murder at the hands of her father, Daniel Ahearn, forty years ago.

Daniel, out of prison and living a spartan life, has written Susan with his dying wish: to see her for the first time since a policeman tore her from his arms. But does she want to see him, and confront the reason he's been gone so long? What could Daniel possibly offer the daughter he robbed of a family? As the story moves toward a possible reunion, it pulses with emotion, probing the limits of our capacity to forgive. Like Andre Dubus III's award-winning Townie and House of Sand and Fog, Gone So Long is a profound exploration of the struggle between our best intentions and most mercurial desires.

 

 

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780393244106
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 2nd, 2018

For as long as she can remember, Susan Dunn has been trying to escape. But peace and happiness have always eluded her--now an adjunct professor, she is tortured by the novel she cannot finish, and a lack of feeling toward a husband who loves her.


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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Markus Zusak - Bridge of Clay (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $28.50 (includes signed book)

The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father's disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge -- for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.

The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?

Written in powerfully inventive language and bursting with heart, Bridge of Clay is signature Zusak.

Markus Zusak is the author of the extraordinary international bestseller The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, an LA Times Book Award Finalist and Printz Award Honor book. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children.

 

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781984830159
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 9th, 2018

An unforgettable and sweeping family saga from Markus Zusak, the storyteller who gave us the extraordinary bestseller THE BOOK THIEF, lauded by the New York Times as "the kind of book that can be lifechanging."


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