Frequently Asked Questions (Mystery Writers Conference)

2022 Mystery Writers Conference - Frequently Asked Questions


What meals are included in the conference?
The following meals are included in the price of the conference:
Friday – lunch and dinner 
Saturday – Breakfast & lunch buffets
Sunday – Breakfast & lunch buffets and closing reception
All the meals included in the conference include a vegetarian option. If you have any other dietary restrictions, please inform us at registration.

We additionally provide coffee and tea on the patio throughout the morning and water, ice tea and lemonade on the patio every afternoon. 

Can you attend only part of the conference and/or is there a prorated option?
Participants are welcome to attend as much or as little of the conference as desired. We are unfortunately not able to offer a prorated rate or single day rates.

Are the evening events open to the public?
Some of the evening events are open to the public. But in those cases, preferred seating is given to conference participants.

Is there a scholarship option to attend?

The OwnVoices Scholarship: This scholarship is open to applicants who are writing a mystery, thriller, or crime fiction from an authentic place using the point of view of a protagonist who is a person of color, LGBTQ, and/or a person with disabilities.

Please submit a sample of fiction writing of up to 10 pages double-spaced, along with a paragraph about what the conference would mean to you in your writing life. Please email your submission with the subject line “Scholarship” to The winner be announced on July 22nd.

*Please note this scholarship is for the conference only. It does not include airfare or accommodations.


Are there hotels near Book Passage?
Yes, there are two hotels located on the same block as Book Passage. Both are within walking distance and offer a discounted rate to conference participants. Please call the hotel directly, as discounted rates are not available via online booking.  

Marin Suites - Click Here for Discounted Reservations

Best Western Corte Madera Inn -  Please call the hotel directly, as discounted rates are not available via online booking.  

Is there a suggested dress code?
No, there is no suggested dress for any of our conferences. Please dress as comfortably and as casually as you would like. The weather is generally beautiful during the day, though you will likely want a sweater or jacket for the evening hours.
Is the conference appropriate for me if I'm a beginner in the field?
Yes, the conference is designed to meet the needs and goals for participants at all levels. We have different offerings geared towards writers who are at different stages in the process. You will find classes and panels at every level to challenge and inspire you.
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