The collegial atmosphere of the Conference attracts students and faculty from all over the country, many for repeat visits. Opportunities abound for faculty and students to talk, laugh, and exchange ideas in classes, workshops, panels, and informal lunches.
Over the past two decades, the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference has drawn faculty who are the best in the business. This year’s Conference boasts an outstanding faculty of writers, agents, editors, publishing professionals, forensics experts, and crime-fighting pros including internationally-
Each Conference day is structured to provide an intensive writing experience. In the mornings and afternoons there are panels & workshops, and special presentations in the evenings.
The cost of the four-day Conference is $540. Optional 30-minute private consultations are available for $95. For complete details, a full schedule, faculty list, accommodations, or to register, please visit the Conference homepage on the Web at www.bookpassage.com/
There are optional writing workshops taught by David Corbett, D.P. Lyle, and Hallie Ephron on Thursday afternoon just prior to the Conference. These pre-Conference classes are available to participants for an additional fee. The Mystery Writers Conference is chaired by mystery writers Sheldon Siegel and Jacqueline Winspear.
"The Conference bolstered my skills and helped me get published. You can’t beat the caliber or the inspiration."
"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 Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference is the most interesting, most challenging, and most fun event for 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." – David Hewson, author of The Seventh Sacrament
"At the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference I was lucky enough to get a consultation with thriller writer Lee Child, who took a very kind interest in the manuscript. ... He has championed the book ever since, and when we met up again at Book Passage, he asked whether I’d be interested in doing a joint book tour, since both my first book and his tenth were slated for publication in the same month." – Cornelia Read, author of A Field of Darkness
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Book Passage has served the Bay Area for more than 30 years, providing the community with an array of author events, writing and language classes, and highly-respected, annual writing conferences.