Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference

Book Passage

Mystery Writers Conference 

Fri., Aug 5, 12:00 noon to Sun., Aug 7, 5:00 pm - 2022

The Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference is in its 27th year, and its reputation among writers continues to grow. The Conference covers everything mystery writers need, from developing ideas and writing skills to finding an agent and publisher. Here's what you'll find at this 3-day Conference:

  • Authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, and character development.
  • Editors, agents, and publishers tell participants what they need to know to get published.
  • Writers in the various mystery genres show how to write about private eyes, amateur sleuths, cyber-crimes, and police protagonists, as well as stories in historical settings.
  • Participants learn how to work with editors, agents, and publicists
  • Conferees meet with panels of detectives, forensic experts, prosecutors, defense lawyers and other crime-fighting professionals who share their expertise and help authors bring realism to their writing. 
  • Optional, private evaluations of manuscripts can be arranged for Conference participants.

Click Here to See This Year's Tentative 2022 Conference Schedule

Learning all the Clues

The Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference has a long history and a rich tradition. Read here about the the rave reveiws and success stories over the years.

The collegial atmosphere of the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference makes it something special.

From the opening session to the closing reception, participants and faculty spend a lot of time together in meals, informal gatherings, and evening presentations. Participants come to the Conference from all over the country to learn the craft of mystery writing, and many of them return to hone their craft in repeat visits. We'll be adding exciting new features to the Conference over the coming weeks, so be sure to sign up to receive further information. A special feature this year is an added pre-Conference class on "Managing Viewpoint in a Mystery Novel,"  taught by the great mystery writer Hallie Ephron.

New Attendee Price: $495

Alumni Price: $425

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Click here to view a list of Faculty offering private consultations.

Click here for information about the Hallie Ephron class


Join these great mystery writers!  For the complete faculty list, click here

Cara Black - Hallie Ephron - Rachel Howzell Hall - Laurie R. King - Tim Maleeny - Kelli Stanley  


Conference Information & Highlights

Here are some things to know about the 2022 Mystery Writers Conference. We will be announcing updated information as we go along. 

  • The Mystery Writers Conference starts on Fri., Aug 5, and goes through Sun., Aug. 7. Each day is filled with classes, panels, author events, and other activities. The program includes dinner with the faculty on Friday evening and student-faculty lunches on all three days. The Conference is held at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925 (Just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco).

  • Be prepared to watch a criminal proceeding through the eyes of those most closely involved in the process. These are some of the more eagerly-awaited sessions in the Conference. Attendees are able to view the case through the eyes of the police who investigate it, the forensic experts who analyze it, the D.A.s who prosecute it, the attorneys who defend it, and finally the judge who must submit the case to the jury. Those writing crime-fiction will find their prose zinging with authority after one of these sessions.

  • Some of the Conference sessions will be videotaped and available to enrollees of the Conference without charge for further review after the Conference is over. 

  • Enrollees can sign up for a private consultation session with one of the Conference faculty members who has indicated a willingness to offer evaluation sessions. Enrollees who wish to sign up for this extra feature are advised to do so early, because the number of evaluation sessions with individual faculty members is likely to be limited.

Book Passage offers a discount to those who have attended a prior BP Mystery Writers Conference. We also offer a discount to those who belong to Left Coast Writers and to those who are members of either Sisters in Crime or the Mystery Writers of America. (If you want to sneak out now and join one of those great organizations so you can get the discount when you enroll for the Conference, that's fine with us.)