Mystery Writers Conference
July 23-26, 2015 - Corte Madera, CA
Discover All the Clues for a Successful Career as a Mystery or Suspense Writer!
We’re excited to announce the 22nd Annual Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference. This Conference has a strong tradition of great authors and teachers. Mystery writers learn all the clues to a successful writing career. Editors, agents, and publishers share with participants what they need to know to get published. Authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense and point of view. Panels of detectives, forensic experts, and other crime-fighting professionals provide invaluable information that allows writers to put realism into their work. We’re proud of the successful mystery writers who began their careers at this conference.
Questions or concerns? Contact Kathryn Petrocelli at 800-999-7909, ext. 239, or email email@example.com.
2014 Conference Scholarship
The recipient of the 2014 Conference Scholarship is Damon Shulenberger! Congratulations!
One Mystery Writers Conference Scholarship was awarded this year, including full conference tuition to the 2014 conference (travel and accommodations not included). To be considered, applicants submitted up to a 1500 word sample of their fiction writing, plus one paragraph about what this conference would mean to them in their writing life. The scholarship is sponsored by faculty member William C. Gordon, the author of The Halls of Power and King of the Bottom.
Information about 2015 scholarship opportunities will be posted when available.
|Press Coverage of the Conference |
"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
"The Conference bolstered my skills and helped me get published. You can’t beat the caliber or the inspiration."
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."
"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!"
Read more conference success stories at Alumni News.
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What People Are Saying
"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."
"The Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference is the most
interesting, most challenging, and most fun event for novice 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."
"Last year I attended the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference for the first time. As a direct result of contacts I made there, I have had my supernatural mystery Elena accepted by a small publisher. It is my first published novel and will be coming out in July. It will be available via online booksellers as an E-book or in soft cover."
more than a decade of studying the craft of fiction writing, I was
pleased that the professional consultants I met with at Book Passage
felt my work was publishable. The contacts brought me one step closer to
"I want to thank you again for your hard work and help in
facilitating my interviews at this year's Mystery Conference for my new
podcast. The first edition of The Solwave is now published both at http://www.thesolwave.com
and by searching "The Solwave" on the iTunes store. (It's free, of
course). This edition features a discussion with my podcast partner, Michael Neff, an extended eight-and-a-half minute feature on the Mystery Writers Conference including portions of my interviews with Michael Connelly, Elizabeth George, Cara Black, Ken Mercer, Tim Maleeny, Jacqueline Winspear, Sheldon Siegel, Tony Broadbent, and Elaine Petrocelli! The podcast also has a longer interview with Katherine Neville
and ends with our new feature, "Strange Food for Writer Thought" in
which we use an unusual news story as a prompt for short fiction (and a
humorous dramatic reading of my story about some runaway nuns). Thanks
again for your help and your terrific work on putting this all together."