Mystery writers will be heading to Corte Madera, California this week for the 17th annual Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, chaired by mystery writers Sheldon Siegel (Mike Daley series) and Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs series).This July 22-25, 2010 event will take place at Book Passage’s Corte Madera bookstore.
The conference includes among its faculty mystery series writers Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch series), Robert Crais (Elvis Cole series, Joe Pike series), Elizabeth George (Inspector Lynley series), Gregg Hurwitz (Tim Rackley series) and John Lescroart (Dismas Hardy / Abe Glitsky series).
The first day of the conference, Thursday, July 22, will feature a session by Lescroart on “The Craft of Creating a Good Read.” Later, Connelly and Crais will join forces to present “An Evening of Intrigue.”
On Friday, July 23, Connelly, Crais and Hurwitz – along with Don Winslow and David Corbett – will present a discussion of “Gumshoes on the Trail: Creating a Fully Realized Protagonist.” George and Hurwitz will also contribute to a session on “Inspired Writing: Whose Work Slays You?” with Ken Mercer, Michael Pietsch, Sheldon Siegel and Jacqueline Winspear.
Friday evening, Hurwitz will discuss his 2010 standalone novel, They’re Watching. George will speak on This Body of Death (2010), her 16th Inspector Lynley series title.
George is again on the schedule for Saturday, July 24. She will appear on panels with Don Winslow and Tony Broadbent on “Finding Your Voice in Fiction” and later with Cara Black, Tony Broadbent and Tim Maleeny on “International Mystery.”
In addition to the Mystery Writers Conference, Book Passage – which operates bookstores both in Corte Madera and in San Francisco – holds two other yearly writing conferences. Its Conference for Childrens Writers and Illustrators concluded on July 8-11, 2010. Next on its schedule will be the Travel Writers and Photography Conference, to be held August 12-15, 2010.
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