Frequently Asked Questions (Mystery Writers Conference)

What meals are included in the conference?

The following meals are included in the price of the conference:

Thursday – Opening Night Dinner

Friday – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets

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. We have a café on premises for all other beverage and food needs.

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?

Yes, the evening events are open to the public, although preferred seating is given to conference participants.

Is there a scholarship option to attend?

Yes. Two Mystery Writers Conference Scholarships will be awarded this year, which include full tuition to the 2019 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 available are the Kimberley Cameron Scholarship, sponsored by Kimberley Cameron, founder of Kimberley Cameron & Associates Agency, and the Own Voices Scholarship, which 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. To apply, send the required materials to Kathryn Petrocelli at Applications must be recieved by Friday, July 26, at 5:00 pm PST.

Are there hotels near Book Passage?

Yes, there are two hotels located next door to Book Passage, both in walking distance and offering conference participants a discount. Please refer to the Accommodations link.

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.